Maria Rösslhumer – Managing Director
Maria Rösslhumer was born in a small town in Upper Austria in 1960. She is a family counsellor, pedagogue for handicapped people and political scientist. Since 1997 Maria is employed and since 2000 she is managing director of the Austrian Women´s Shelter Network, (AÖF) and the national Women’s Helpline in Austria and WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe). Since 2006 Maria is one of the deputies of the Austrian Frauenring, one of the umbrella organizations for women NGOs in Austria. She is an expert in the field of domestic violence against women, gender-based violence, violence within the family, gender and women's politics and gender mainstreaming.
Andrada Filip – Project Coordinator
Andrada Filip joined the WAVE office in September 2015. She did her BA in International Politics at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, and her MA in Political Science at the University of Vienna in Austria. She is also affiliated to a think-tank, the Human Security Centre, and to the Academic Council on the United Nations System. At the WAVE Office, Andrada has been working on the 2015 edition of the magazine FEMPOWER, as well as the WAVE Report 2015 on specialized support services for women victims of violence and their children in Europe. She has also been organizing multi-disciplinary trainings for professionals working in the field of preventing and responding to DV, and protecting survivors.
Kelly Blank – Project Coordinator
Kelly Blank has a Bachelor’s degree of Political Science and European Studies at the University of Victoria, and a Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Kelly's has worked for women’s non-profits and campus women’s centers and has specialized training in sexual assault prevention, working closely with police and hospitals in providing immediate counselling and crisis support for survivors of sexual assault. Kelly was also a teacher’s assistant at Simon Fraser Univeristy on feminism, gender, and sexuality in the context of popular culture. Kelly was project manager for the IMPLEMENT Project, which aims to improve the response to gender-based violence in health care settings. For WAVE, Kelly is project coordinator, working on grant project proposals, social media and data collection, as well as coordinating internship placements in the WAVE office.
Anca Ciupa – Project Coordinator
Anca Ciupa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and a Master’s Degree in European and National Business Law also obtained in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Babes-Bolyai University. Additionally, Anca has obtained a postgraduate diploma in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in June 2014. Before working at WAVE, Anca was a co-author on a research project, “Analysis of the draft law to permit the Rosia Montana mining proposal”, where she was in charge with reviewing environmental legislation, decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and illustrating opinions in the report. Anca is a strong advocate of human rights and passionate about bringing her own contribution in this environment.
Lina Piskernik - Campaign Assistant
Lina Piskernik is Campaign Assistant to the WAVE Step-Up! campaign, supporting all campaign activities and also seeking fundraising and donor opportunities. She has a Bachelor degree in International Affairs & German from Florida State University as well as a Master of Science in International Relations & Environmental Technology from the Diplomatic Academy and Vienna University of Technology. Lina previously has worked at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the Austrian Energy Agency. She enjoys working in the communications field and is looking forward to contributing to making the Europe-wide campaign a success in every way possible.
Katarina Visnar - Campaign and Media Coordinator
Katarina Višnar comes from the small town of Lovran on the Croatian coast. She has a Degree in History and History of Art from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her early professional career took place in cultural heritage protection, where her interests and work focused on the complex connections between heritage, state and the general public. In the field of built heritage protection, Katarina finished a post-graduate specialization in Bratislava, Slovakia, and then did her MA at the University of York, UK, and a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. By the end of that period, her focus shifted from built heritage to the wider environmental issues, thus leading her to deep ecology and feminism, where she continued her work from 2008 on. Before joining WAVE, Katarina worked as a sports coach while also being active in local and international environmental and feminist groups.
Elizabeth Spouse - Office Assistant & Project Assistant
Elizabeth Spouse has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and is currently completing her Master’s of International Development at the University of Vienna. She is passionate about volunteering and supporting social projects within her community and has experience volunteering in shelters for homeless women in the Seattle area. Since arriving in Vienna she has been volunteering as a translator and counselor for FairHelp Austria, helping undocumented workers to attain legality and safety within Austria.
WAVE OFFICE INTERNS
Paulina is a student at Linköping University, where she is doing a Masters in Gender Studies – Intersectionality and Change. She did a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge and an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto. She has been volunteering at different organisations, including a women’s shelter in Sweden. Apart from gender equality, she is passionate about social justice in general and language justice in particular, human and animal rights, and environmental issues.
Valeria recently graduated in Anthropology with a Masters thesis on sexual harassment in Amman, Jordan, where she conducted her field research in women´s self-defense classes. She previously earned her BA in Middle Eastern Studies at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, leading her to work and study in Egypt, Palestine and Jordan. Her main area of interest is gender-power relations, which broadly includes gender-based violence, women’s empowerment and gender equality. She is also strongly interested in issues related to human migration and the environment.
Ute has a degree in Educational Sciences (1977), University in Münster, Germany and a Master of Social Work (1980), University of Minnesota, USA. Since 1978 she works on the issue violence against women in different settings (women's shelter, city administration, women's projects, women's counselling and advocacy programmes). Her main foci are training of other professionals, institutional advocacy, community organizing, perpetrator programmes and networking on the state, federal and European level. Since 2009 Ute freelances as a consultant on different projects for the WAVE network.
Each year, WAVE welcomes a number of volunteers, who contribute their time and efforts to the work of WAVE. The WAVE office is happy and very lucky to count them as part of the team!