OUR TEAM

WE ARE SafeBAE

SafeBAE defines the core issues of rape culture and sexual assault as the single most dangerous and impacting events in the lives of 

young people today. The statistics show the rate of assaults as significantly higher than any other age demographic, yet our culture 

offers little in the way of education or opportunities to change this epidemic.  SafeBAE was founded by us in 2015. Daisy, Ella, and Jada are teen sexual-assault survivors and together with Charlie (Daisy’s brother) and Shael (our executive director) we created SafeBAE in an effort to prevent what happened to us from happening to anyone else (the BAE in SafeBAE stands for “before anyone else.”) During the filming of the Peabody Award-winning Netflix documentary, ‘Audrie & Daisy,’ we began incubating the idea for SafeBAE when we realized the single most common and important theme among all our stories was the lack of sexual-violence prevention, consent education and Title IX knowledge there was in our high schools.  It was clear to us that education about these issues needs to happen pre-college, in middle school or early high school, when attitudes about intimacy and boundaries and dating safety were just forming. 

CO FOUNDERS

Cat Coleman

CO FOUNDER

At the young age of 14, Daisy was assaulted by her older brother’s friend in Maryville, MO.  The perpetrator and his friends coerced her to drink to the point of complete black out, and after the assault left her outside her house in below freezing temperatures. She was then bullied at school, on social media and her house was burned down. Considerable evidence was brought against the perpetrators, but because of suspected corruption, the charges were dropped. The group Anonymous then rallied on her behalf with #JusticeforDaisy and Daisy sparked a national conversation about sexual assault.

Jada Smith

CO FOUNDER

Jada Smith is the outspoken survivor who sparked the #JusticeforJada campaign. At 16 years old, Jada was drugged and assaulted at a party.  After assaulting her, the perpetrators posted pictures online of her unconscious, drugged body with the hashtag #jadapose that began trending in her community with reenactment pictures of her assault.  After Jada’s rape went viral she fought back, appearing on major news outlets, which ignited support from people all over the globe including celebrities such as Willow Smith and Gabrielle Union.  A movement was born to support Jada and call for the prosecution of her perpetrator with #JusticeforJada pictures. Jada is still seeking justice and continues to advocate for sexual assault and cyberbullying prevention.

Ella Fairon

CO FOUNDER | MEDIA DIRECTOR

After moving to a small town in Texas at the age of 14, Ella was beaten, drugged and raped by a peer. For weeks after, Ella was bullied and harassed by the perpetrator and his friends and was shamed for the assault committed against her. Ella’s family eventually relocated back to California for her safety. Throughout her early healing, she created her own school club, Buttervly, which evolved into a local Southern California organization. She has gone on to graduate from Corona Del Mar High school and earn her degree from the Los Angeles Film School. With a newly minted production company, Lancelot Media Inc, Ella has developed and produced much of SafeBAE’s digital and social media content, recruiting a team of young, female lead, trauma informed collective of film makers. 

Charlie Coleman

CO FOUNDER

Charlie Coleman is a recent graduate of Baker University with a Bachelors in exercise science and 4 year varsity baseball letterman. His impactful contribution to the acclaimed film Audrie & Daisy shows his incredible voice as both a brother of a survivor, an ally, a coach and mentor to young athletes. His previous experience speaking at schools has led him to want to reach as many young athletes as possible.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Shael Norris has dedicated her career to ending sexual violence. She is passionate about empowering young people to be change agents in preventing violence. She was a founding staffer of V-Day, overseeing the College and Community Campaigns for 19 years. After decades of work focused on college sexual assault, she sought a grant to establish SafeBAE to focus specifically on younger students. Her three children and dedication to making schools a safer place was the driving force which led to the creation SafeBAE.

Shael NORRIS

CO FOUNDER | Executive Director 

STAFF

MEDIA DIRECTOR
Ella FAIRON

After moving to a small town in Texas at the age of 14, Ella was beaten, drugged and raped by a peer. For weeks after, Ella was bullied and harassed by the perpetrator and his friends and was shamed for the assault committed against her. Ella’s family eventually relocated back to California for her safety. Throughout her early healing, she created her own school club, Buttervly, which evolved into a local Southern California organization. She has gone on to graduate from Corona Del Mar High school and earn her degree from the Los Angeles Film School. With a newly minted production company, Lancelot Media Inc, Ella has developed and produced much of SafeBAE’s digital and social media content, recruiting a team of young, female lead, trauma informed collective of film makers. 

ella@safebae.org

PARTNER OUTREACH DIRECTOR
Daphne FRIAS

Daphne Frias is a 22-year-old student activist. She is Latina and fiercely proud to represent the disabled community. She got her start shortly after the Parkland shooting by busing 100 plus students from her college campus to the nearest March For Our Lives event. In August of 2018 she was appointed as the NY State Director for March For Our Lives. It is also at her university that she joined Zero Hours Global Outreach team where she provided recruitment and support for all chapters. She just recently won her campaign for County Committee Women and now holds office representing her district. She is a strong proponent of youth leadership, having co-founded the National Children's Campaign, a non-profit initiative working to represent the voice of youth to presidential candidates. As of recent, she was appointed as one of the North American Regional Focal Points for Sustainable Development Goal 16 at the U.N. Major Group for Children and Youth. In this position she works to highlight and represent the voice of her fellow youth and the work they are doing to become pivotal peace makers.

daphne@safebae.org

Patrick FAIRON
YOUTH OUTREACH DIRECTOR
Aela MANSMAN

Aela Mansmann is a freshman at Cape Elizabeth High school, but has been a lifelong activist.  As president of her Civil Rights Club, she lead her school in a gun safety walk out in early 2018.  She also helped to create a “Words for Good” week project to build empathy in the school community.  She returned to her former school district in the Spring of 2018 to testify in support of consent education legislation in the state of Rhode Island. In June of 2018, she proposed a school-wide follow up event to the walk out, to help build school community and kindness among her peers as well as show support for school directly affected by gun violence.  Her principal gave her a full day with the entire school to plan activities, actions, and support which included making care packages to send to student survivors.  She is an active member of the Civil Rights team, Debate Club, Field Hockey Team, Drama Club, Mock Trial and the Gay/Straight Alliance as well as joining SafeBAE as a national BAE Breaker.

aela@safebae.org

Lauren WECHSLER HORN

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The board includes our co-founders, as well as the following dedicated team. We have memorialized in our founding by-laws that we are committed to maintaining a 2/3 youth representation on our Board at all times.

Torrey DEVITTO

Torrey DeVitto is an actress, musician, philanthropist, and producer. She is best known for her role as Melissa on Pretty Little Liars, Dr. Fell in The Vampire Diaries, as in One Tree Hill, and Dr. Natalie Manning in  Chicago Med. She joined the board of SafeBAE in 2019 and is one of the producers of "Saving Daisy." She is involved in a number of other organizations, including Hospice, RAINN, and Peta.

Lauren WECHSLER HORN

Lauren has committed her life and career to women’s and girls’ rights and youth philanthropy education. She has worked at the Ms. Foundation for Women, V-Day, and The White House Project. She has also helped to lead the national campaigns, “Take Our Daughters To Work Day” and “Vote, Run, Lead.” Lauren joined SafeBAE with the goals of ending sexual assault among teens, giving boys and girls the tools to change peer culture, and encouraging social change through art and activism.

Ari ZEITLIN

Ari Zeitlin is a first year student at St. Lawrence University. He is a sexual assault survivor. He is a full time student-athlete, rowing for 5 years and lettering as a varsity rower. Outside of rowing Ari enjoys rock climbing, surfing, and hanging out with friends. In the start of the 2018-19 school year, Ari joined SafeBAE as part of a student leadership board dedicated to planning and piloting a Regional Consent Summit in Maine with other local students and BAE Breakers. He has been a lifelong volunteer and activist aiding his community and always helping others.

Aidan CHESSA-STARK

Aidan Stark-Chessa is a 17 year old from Falmouth Maine. He loves surfing, hiking, biking and being outside. He is a passionate member of the Maine Boys to Men Youth Advisory Council and loves about teaching young men and boys about how gender pressures affect them.  He loves conversation and human connection and is excited to try to bring about a positive change in the world through his work at safeBAE and in his life as a whole. 

Joycelyn SHROULOTE

Joycelyn is a 14 year old Native American activist from the New Mexico Pueblo Ohkay Owingeh. In the fall she will attend the New Mexico School for the Arts as a freshman. She works with Tewa Women United A'gin Youth Council, the NM Coalition to Stop Violence Among Native Women, Resolve, YMCA Epañola, and the Northern Youth Project. She is an avid poet and skateboarder. She is working with SafeBAE to present our first Consent Summit in NM in October 2020.

Patrick FAIRON

Patrick is an entrepreneurial executive with over 27 years of creating innovative new businesses, products and services that change the way people, businesses and organizations perform with measurable results. He has a diverse portfolio of experience including executive level Banking/ Credit/ Financial Services Sales, Computing, Mobile, Software, Cloud, eCommerce, New Media, Mortgage and Legal Services marketplace experience and he is expertise is in translating sales and business processes into technology platforms to increase efficiency, visibility and profitability.

Danielle ST. PIERRE

Danielle St. Pierre is a community based advocate at a domestic violence and sexual assault agency. She has been advocating for survivors of sexual violence since she was a student in college. As a survivor of sexual violence herself, she believes that no one should ever feel alone which is the moto that drives all of her work. Danielle has dedicated most of her time towards seeking justice and raising up the voices of all sexual violence survivors. Through her role as one of the legislative directors of The Every Voice Coalition, she advocates for better protections and legislation for survivors on college campuses. Danielle joined SafeBAE to create change and to ensure that people are continuing to have conversations about sexual violence and prevention.

Owen STEFANAKOS

Owen Stefanakos is a senior at Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine. He is a passionate entrepreneur and is currently working on a business that helps to provide supplies to elderly citizens during COVID-19. He loves the outdoors and has been a competitive mountain biker for the last five years. He learned about safeBae through his work with Maine Boys to Men and hopes that he can help SafeBAE put a stop to teen dating violence.

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BOARD OF ADVISORS

Michael GOLLAND

Michael has vast experience as an entertainment attorney.  He represents individuals and entities in all facets of the entertainment and media industry including television, film, Internet, licensing and merchandise, publishing and music.  Mr. Golland serves as production counsel for his film, television and alternative media clients (actors, writers and producers-for-hire): and handles intellectual property and general corporate matters for his clients including company formation and operations, asset acquisitions, employment matters and dispute resolution.  Michael’s clients include content producers, actors, writers, directors, composers, financiers, sales agents, distributors and technology companies.  He is a member of the Moot Court Board and recipient of the Judge Barry Russel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Federal Courts and Practice, 1993. 

Amanda MORGAN

Amanda is founder, owner, and chief consultant of Morgan Training and Coaching LLC, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development, corporate training and executive coaching. For the past nineteen years, Amanda has worked with a myriad of global, fortune 100 financial services and insurance companies, as well as esteemed non-profit organizations in the academia, social services and healthcare sectors.As a learning and development consultant, Amanda works with senior business leaders and human resources executive to strategically build and plan enterprise-wide leadership development programs. She conducts in-depth organization and team assessments to understand the unique culture, dynamics and challenges that exist in order to develop the most appropriate solutions. Amanda takes highly integrated approach to development and focuses on designing and delivering high impact training workshops that fuel superior performance, accelerate professional growth and unlock individual potential.  

Marla
SWANSON

Marla works with nonprofits and philanthropic foundations as an independent consultant on funding strategies, organizational development, and strategic communications. Currently, she works with Breakthrough, based in the U.S. and India, making violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable through culture change.  For 12 years prior, Marla worked for the International Women’s Program at the Open Society Foundations with a particular focus on communities facing discrimination. Marla holds a MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. ​

Joey
BRENNEMAN

Joey is the Artistic Director at STAR Theater for Social Change based in NYC.  STAR uses age appropriate/culturally sensitive theatrical methods to empower youth with skills to lead healthier lives. The program also helps parents and professionals to better understand and communicate more effectively with young people. STAR performs three different original musicals geared toward three different age groups, 5th grade through high school. Joey’s other New York directing credits include Truth Values, A Burial Place, SLUT, Vestments of the Gods, Two Girls, The Timing of a Day and Abstract Nude. Also a playwright, Joey is currently an artistic resident at Access Theater developing her new play, An Uninterrupted Thought. Joey’s produced plays include Better Left Unsaid, Fast Break, Of Loss and Grace and Off (Heideman Award Finalist).  She has also written and directed several films. Her film, Taking a Step Back, was selected by the Urban Visionaries Festival and won the “Best of Specials” award from MNN.  She is the mother of two and is married to actor, Craig Waletzko.  

Emma
MYLES

A native of Northern California, Emma trained at the internationally recognized William Esper Studio in New York City. Past film and TV credits include Orange is the New Black (3-Time SAG Award Winner), Child of Grace, Girl Most Likely, Please Give, Spinning Into Butter, Conviction, Happy Yummy Chicken, How To Make It In American, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Odd Mom Out.Upcoming projects include the 6th season of Orange is the New Black where she will continue to recur as Leanne Taylor.  

Tonjie REESE

 Tonjie is Detroit native, preventionzist, and creative. She is the founder of eleven24, a training and consulting agency that utilizes identity affirmation, media literacy, and youth centered programming methods to enhance prevention programs. Her passion for ending relationship abuse and sexual violence began as a sophomore in high school when she participated in an interactive traveling play focused on teen dating violence, and has continued through her roles as a prevention program director, shelter advocate, community educator, and national community initiatives coordinator. Tonjie holds a BS in Behavioral Science and a MA in Education, Leadership, and Change. Tonjie is driven by the belief that everyone has a role in violence prevention. “It’s up to us to define what our role will be!”

Tracey E VITCHERS

Tracey has spent her professional career combatting sexual violence. She is Director of It’s On Us and was formerly the Chief Development Officer at Callisto, a nonprofit that creates technology to combat sexual assault, empower survivors, and advance justice, overseeing all fundraising and operations activities. She serves as Chair of the Board for End Rape On Campus, as a member of the Governing Board for Safe Haven of Pike County, and as an advisory board member with Culture of Respect. She previously served as Chair of the Board for SAFER. She has a B.A. from Williams College and a M.A. in Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture & Politics from Utrecht University.  

Sarah
MAYO

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree at University of La Verne in Sociology and Psychology. She developed a passion in working with teens through volunteering as a mentor for high school girls through an after-school program called Beautiful Butterflies. Sarah continued her work with teens in education and strived to help teens bridge the gap in graduation rates and academic and personal growth in San Bernardino high schools. Sarah completed her Master’s program in Social Work with an emphasis on Community Mental Health. Sarah continues to serve in the non-profit sector as an associate clinical social worker, working towards licensure as an LCSW. Sarah is driven to provide a safe space for healing, growth, and empowerment within the community.

MENTEES

Arielle STERN


Arielle Stern is a high school student from Los Angeles with a passion for politics and public service. She is the co-chair of the organization, I am a Teen Voter, centered around increasing civic engagement among the youth. Additionally, she is the president of her school's Women's Empowerment Club and GSA. When not in school, Arielle spends her time serving as the Youth Board member of her neighborhood council, volunteering on local political campaigns, and leading peer education workshops about sexual violence prevention. 

Ellie MCANUFF

Ellie McAnuff is a sophomore at the George Washington University studying civil engineering with a concentration in sustainability. She is a survivor of sexual assault. Ellie was a point person of her high school’s youth activist group specializing in environmental issues and now is on the executive board of her college’s student run sustainability organization. She also enjoys volunteering her time at local schools and has since middle school. Ellie is enlisted in the AmeriCorps in Washington DC and has served 300 hours this past year and accrued 1000 over high school. Ellie also enjoys practicing yoga and teaching it to her peers as well as going to the beach and being vegan.

Hannah STONE

Hannah is a lifelong social justice advocate who began her work with SafeBAE as a BAE Breaker. After launching her community’s chapter, Hannah worked with community organizations such as the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Ozark Rape Crisis Center, the Chamber of Commerce, and the local city council to spread awareness and collaborate on preventative projects that will ensure SafeBAE’s legacy lives on in her state. Hannah is entering her freshman year of college and will be majoring in Political Science, Sociology, and Criminal Justice, in hopes to remain a lifelong social activist.

Maggie
DAVIS-BOWER

Maggie Davis-Bower is a political science major at Pitzer College and a student activist.  At 15, she survived a mass shooting while shopping at the mall for a homecoming dress.  In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, her trauma compelled her to take action, initiating a school walkout/rally protesting gun violence in schools which was attended by 2,000 other students in her hometown of Bellingham, WA.  She then co-founded and lead a student activism organization, Students For Action, which focuses efforts on running voter registration days at high schools, lobbying elected officials for common-sense gun legislation and activating and empowering the youth voice.  Maggie then became a sexual health educator for Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council program.  In this position, she taught comprehensive sex ed to high school classrooms, lobbied for reproductive justice bills and educated nursing students on using inclusive language and how to interact with teen patients.  In addition to these programs, Maggie has served on candidate endorsement committees, volunteered for two state senate campaigns and is currently interning for a state house of reps candidate.  Maggie is a strong believer in the power of the youth voice and believes dialogue and education around consent culture and sexual assault is essential in order to reduce sexual violence and empower survivors which is why she applied to the SafeBAE mentee program.

Raegan RIFFLE

Reagan is a senior at her rural high school in NH and has been involved in local activism for her entire high school career. During her eighth grade and early freshman year, Reagan started her school's first "Social Justice Club" for students who wanted to learn more about local and national policy and how they as young people had a responsibility to learn about it. Since then, she has started letter writing projects, worked on political campaigns, participated in the March for Our Lives movement, been a founding member of her town's Rural Youth Union, and led various student leadership clubs within her high school. Although her town is small, her survey work and personal experience with sexual violence motivated her to start her most recent work; founding a local organization called End Sexual Violence on Campus — NH. Since her junior year, Reagan has been organizing events in her region and advocating for the implementation of nationwide consent-ed, access to trauma-informed counseling, and uprooting rape culture at the local and national level. Her work on this project is where she first found SAFEBAE. Reagan is an avid runner, foodie, singer, writer, and podcast listener. 

Elizabeth D. PEELER 


Elizabeth earned her her Master of Science in Public Health from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She is passionate in educating students about sexual violence prevention in an inclusive and supportive environment.

SAFEBAE RESEARCHERS

Tacianna INDOVINA


Tacianna has her master’s degree in clinical mental health and is in the process of earning her Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is dedicated to educating young men and women about consent, bystander intervention, victim blaming, and treatment of survivors. 

Elizabeth D. PEELER 


Elizabeth earned her her Master of Science in Public Health from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She is passionate in educating students about sexual violence prevention in an inclusive and supportive environment.

CREATIVE PARTNERS

Anna BAUMGARTNER


Anna is a writer, actor, and film producer. She hails from the Michigan mitten where she studied screenwriting at the University of Michigan (go blue!) and graduated with a liberal arts degree in film & television. As a survivor of sexual assault, she is passionate about using her talents and skills to influence change through media. Her short film Disfluency is what brought her to SafeBAE’s attention. Disfluency explores rape culture and the aftermath of assault. Anna is currently a writer’s assistant at MTV’s Ridiculousness. She is always looking for opportunities to creatively collaborate onstage and onscreen.

Laura HOLLIDAY


Laura Holliday is a writer, director and actor based in Los Angeles. Her short film “Persephone Goes Home” earned her the Sundance Ignite Fellowship, a competitive year long mentorship with Sundance Institute for filmmakers under 24. Laura has studied screenwriting and filmmaking at Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Art Center College of Design where she will graduate this fall with a BFA in Directing. She is currently in post production for her first directorial feature “Daddy Issues,” a female driven comedy that subverts the oversimplified implications of its title. Professionally, Laura has written and directed content for Lifetime, Funny or Die, Fullscreen, and PopTv. She is passionate about using media for activism.

Bedik BEDIKIAN


Bedik Bedikian is a cinematographer based in LA. Bedik is a graduate from film school with a bachelors. He has worked on commercials, music videos, narrative films and more recently web based content.