2024 Board of Directors

Virginia Victim Assistance Network Board Members 2019

Amber Leake, President


Amber Leake, President

Amber Leake is the Victim Services Director for the Department of Corrections. She is a Victim Offender Dialogue facilitator, a NOVA Crisis Responder, and a Critical Incident Peer Supporter. Amber oversees the Department of Corrections’ victim advocacy, notification, training, and support. The Victim Services Unit (VSU) tripled in size in 2017, and Amber now leads a dynamic team of ten staff members serving victims statewide during the post-sentencing phase of the criminal justice system.

Robin L. Bostic, Past President

Robin Bostic is Victim/Witness Director for the counties of King William and King & Queen, serving in the position since 2009. Previously, Robin worked as a Deputy Clerk in the King William Circuit Court handling civil and criminal cases as well as the collection of restitution. She has a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Vacant, Vice President

Mindy Stell, Secretary

Mindy Stell has been involved in the criminal justice field for over 25 years, where she has provided services and advocacy to both adult and child victims of crime. As the Director of the Dinwiddie Victim/Witness Assistance Program for more than twenty years, she has worked directly with victims of all crime to include victims of domestic violence, homicide, sexual assaults, and robbery. Ms. Stell currently holds the position of Second Vice President for the Virginia Victim Assistance Network, and previously as Treasurer, President, and First-Vice President for 5 years. Her duties within the Network include serving on various committees which include legislation and program committees.

Cristi Lawton, Treasurer

Previously the Executive Director of The Network, Cristi Lawton has over two decades of work experience in public service and nonprofit organizations.  She previously served as an executive director of two organizations, in addition to positions in fund development and planning.  Cristi holds a master’s degree in Urban & Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.

Lindsay Cassada

At Large Board Members

Lindsay Cassada

Lindsay G. Cassada is the Coordinator of Chesterfield County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center and has served in this role since July of 2017. Lindsay has been with Chesterfield County since 2009, initially employed as an Assistant Director of the Chesterfield Victim/Witness Assistance Program, then as a Probation Officer in Community Corrections Services.  Prior to Chesterfield, Lindsay served nine years as the Director of Hanover County’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program. Before that, she served the rural counties of King William and King and Queen, as a Family Violence Specialist for Quin Rivers Agency for Community Action (now Project Hope). Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Virginia Tech.

Sharron Saunders

Sharron Saunders is a Victim/Witness Services Director for the City of Richmond, serving in the position since 2016. Sharron has been employed with the program since 2004. She has a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice from Liberty University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Our Network

We encourage our members to take an active role in the Network. Please contact the committee chairs below to find out more about opportunities to be involved and to join a committee(s).

Legislative Committee

The committee’s duties shall be to promote and encourage laws in connection with the purposes of the organization by recommending and advising the Board of Directors as to the initiation of legislation, the support of legislation, and the status of the laws and legislation, and to plan legislation in furtherance of the purposes of the organization and to monitor the effects of legislation.
Chair: Robin Bostic, rbostic@kingwilliamcounty.us
2022 version General Assembly Legislative Summary Report

Victims’ Rights Committee

The committee’s duties shall include monitoring issues related to the provision of services to victims of crime and informing the membership of any changes in policies or programs that affect victims’ rights; making recommendations for the enhancement and successful delivery of these rights to crime victims; identifying education and training needs; and, in collaboration with the Legislative Committee, make recommendations to the Board of Directors for advocacy regarding legislative changes that promote victims’ rights.
Co-Chairs: Laura Dunn, Esq., and Second Co-Chair Currently Open

Program Committee

The committee’s duties shall be to plan the annual Virginia Crime Victims’ Issues Conference, Crime Victims’ Rights week events and other Network-sponsored training and events.
Chair: Amber Leake, amber.leake@vadoc.virginia.gov

Victim Compensation Committee

The committee’s duties shall be to monitor the Virginia Victims’ Fund (VVF), to keep the membership informed of any changes in services to victims or police made by VVF that may impact upon program service delivery, and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors for formal presentation to VVF.
Chair: Kate Bennett, ben057@henrico.us