Dr. Marilyn Van Dieten
Senior Advisor, CEPP
Dr. Van Dieten is Director of CEPP’s National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women and Project Director of CEPP’s Gender-Informed Practice Assessment, Gender-Responsive Policy and Practices Assessment, and Gender-Responsive and Trauma-Informed Prison Operations initiatives. As a co-founder of Orbis Partners, she spent over 20 years developing trauma-informed and gender-responsive interventions that have demonstrated positive outcomes in changing the lives of women in both institutional and community settings. Dr. Van Dieten has served as an expert in the areas of gender-responsive practices to the National Institute of Corrections, Correctional Service of Canada, and her Majesty’s Prison Service in the UK. She is also the author of a number of gender-responsive programs and publications including Moving On, Living Safely and Without Violence, and the Creating Calm Workbook for Women. Dr. Van Dieten received her PhD in 1990 from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Program Assistant, CEPP
Ms. Joyner supports CEPP’s Gender-Responsive and Trauma-Informed Prison Operations and Gender-Informed Practice Assessment projects. Previously, she served as a Grants Coordinator at Ayuda, a nonprofit organization that provides legal, social, and language services to immigrants with low incomes, and as a Senior Policy Advocate for the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Ms. Joyner was formerly a civil rights specialist and assistant for the Florida Commission on Offender Review, and she has worked in a direct service capacity with girls in the foster care and juvenile justice systems who are vulnerable and at risk. Ms. Joyner holds a BA in journalism from Hampton University (Virginia) and a master’s degree in public administration and in science in criminology from Florida State University.
Program Associate, CEPP
Ms. Minhas provides support to CEPP’s Gender-Responsive Policies and Practices Assessment initiative. For more than a decade, she has worked with corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations—offering programmatic and research assistance to practitioners in the criminal justice, domestic and sexual abuse, and disability rights fields. Ms. Minhas supported initiatives at the Vera Institute of Justice, including the National Resource Center on Reaching Victims, the Accessing Safety Initiative, and the NoVo Coalition on Ending Violence Against People with Disabilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia College, Columbia University, where she was the Co-President and Founder of the Columbia University Students for Human Rights and the Secretary and Senior Editor of the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review.