Module 5 - Presenter Bios

Sean Black

Sean Black serves as Chief Projects Officer for the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

In this role, Sean oversees production of ICASA's publications, facilitates media coverage, maintains the organization's website,, and virtual services platform, and fulfills the ever present category of "other duties as assigned." Among the projects Sean has played a lead role in are the evaluation and creation of ICASA's prevention education curriculum Inside the Classroom, the Your Voice, Your View video creation contest, prevention program evaluation project, and the Illinois Imagines project, which works to improve services to women with disabilities.

Linda Sandman

Violence prevention and improving the response of the service delivery system for people with disabilities who have experienced violence has been a focus of Linda's work over the past 10 years. She has been a member of two federally funded, statewide collaborative projects addressing violence against people with disabilities: Illinois Imagines and Envision Illinois. Illinois Imagines addressed prevention and response to sexual violence against people with disabilities and Envision Illinois addresses domestic violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people. Currently, Linda also chairs the Responding to People with Disabilities and Older Adults committee, under CREST Illinois, a project of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Cathy Lynn Saunders

Cathy Lynn Saunders was born in Chicago, reared on the southside, educated in the Chicago Public School system and continued her educational goals at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. An avid reader, she developed an interest in writing and later, a talent for poetry. She nurtured her need for self-expression and honed a passion for both written and spoken word through performance. Cathy has been a mentor with Access Living's Mentor/Mentee Role Model program and is a strong advocate for people with disabilities, women and girls in particular. In addition, Cathy has been very active as a self-advocate in anti-violence

work locally and nationally through Illinois Imagines Chicago, the statewide Illinois Imagines project, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and the Vera Institute of Justice. Helping to educate women with disabilities in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence has been a passion and focus of her work. Cathy contributed to a recent publication by the Vera Institute of Justice called: Peer to Peer: Bridging the Gap through Self- Advocacy Curriculum. In addition, Cathy published her first book of poetry in 2019 entitled: "My Name is Cathy Lynn: A love letter from me to you."

Teresa Tudor

Teresa Tudor is a Program Manager for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. She works with the statewide partner abuse Intervention, sexual assault and domestic violence systems and serves as Project Director for the Office of Violence Against Women grant, Envision Illinois which address violence against people with disabilities.

Teresa has worked at the intersection of disability and domestic and sexual violence since 2006. Much of her work has been focused upon system development, service delivery, and multi-disciplinary collaborative efforts.

To support those efforts she has done extensive training, developed curriculum, written policy, facilitated state and local cross-discipline teams, and promoted self-advocate engagement.

Ms. Tudor's commitment to improving the identification of and response to violence against people with disabilities extends beyond Illinois. She has served as an Associate for End Violence Against Women International and provides technical assistance to other states. Teresa participated in the expert meeting in Cartegna, Columbia sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund and Women Enabled International. The expert group developed a Standards and Implementation Tool for service provision for women and young people with disabilities. She has presented at national and state conferences including Battered Womens Justice Project, Crime Victims with Disabilities National Conference, VERA Institute of Justice National Disability Conference, National Organization of Victims Assistance, National Sexual Assault Conference, End Violence Against Women International and Guam kNOw More conference. Additionally she presented at the Congressional Staff Briefing on Victimization of Children and Adults with Disabilities.