Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Alison Boak, MPH, Co-founder & President

Co-founder and President of the International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA), Alison Boak is a longtime advocate of adolescent health and an international expert on the issue of child trafficking. She has successfully created dozens of programs in more than 20 countries to protect children from exploitation and promote their development as leaders and productive members of society.


Monica Thornton, Vera Institute, Director,
International Business

With extensive expertise in international project management, Monica Thornton is the Director of International Business at Vera and the Altus regional representative for North America. Before joining Vera in 2004, she was senior director of Criminal and Supreme Court Programs at Safe Horizon, an organization that had its origins at Vera in the 1970s. At Safe Horizon, she oversaw domestic violence/felony centers, restitution programs, orders of protection services, and emergency services for victims of violent crime in New York City. Monica’s specialization has focused on recent immigrants and gender violence issues, including rape and domestic violence. She serves as a rape crisis counselor and an emergency medical technician providing direct services to women as a volunteer. Monica has led Vera’s international work focused on capacity building and transfer and the development of rule of law indicators. Monica’s interests include the emerging confluence of state-funded and/or recognized informal systems that may be producing or reinforcing a secondary status for the provision of justice to women and girls. Monica has co-authored “Supporting Security, Justice, and Development: Lessons for a New Era, Experimentation and Reform: Empirical Methods for Improving Justice System, and Developing Indicators to Measure the Rule of Law.” She has also practiced international corporate finance at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt and Mosle and at Morgan Stanley. She was formally trained in project management at the Bechtel Corporation and has managed work in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Haiti, Chile, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Nigeria, India, Chile, and China. Monica received her JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her BA from Smith College. She is fluent in Spanish.

Allan Weinstein, Lincolnshire Management,
Managing Director

Allan D.L. Weinstein is a Managing Director of Lincolnshire. Prior to joining Lincolnshire in 1994, Mr. Weinstein was a Senior Credit Analyst at Fleet Bank, a member of Fleet Financial Group. In addition to his other responsibilities at Lincolnshire, Mr. Weinstein served as a Director and Chief Financial Officer of Credentials Services International, Inc. and was instrumental in its turnaround. Mr. Weinstein is a graduate of Vassar College (B.A. 1992).

Board Members Emeritus

Debra Jones, MPH, MA, IOFA Co-Founder
Emily Lenzner, ABC News

IOFA Advisory Board

Lorna Grenadier, MA, U.S. Department of Justice (retired)
Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director, the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University
Tal Raviv, Esq., International Organization for Migration
Stacey Mariano Scarpone, MPH
Brigitte Schmid, MA, Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team


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