Teresa Drake, J.D.
Teresa Drake is co-founder and Director of the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC) at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. This first-of-its-kind domestic/sexual violence clinic is a collaboration between the University of Florida College of Law, College of Medicine, UFHealth and the local non-profit Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network. The multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary, trauma-responsive IPVAC team consists of law students, a licensed clinical social worker and an outreach counselor who provide wrap-around holistic legal, medical, mental health and case management services to low income survivors of domestic/sexual violence and their families. Teresa also instructs all first year law students and second year medical students about the adverse childhood experiences research and the effects of complex trauma on the body and brain. She also introduces students to the dynamics of intimate partner violence, the laws addressing it, and protocols for screening and referrals.
In 2016 Teresa was appointed by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga to serve on the Florida State-wide Committee for Children and Family in the Courts, and co-chairs the subcommittee on domestic violence.
Prior to IPVAC, Teresa worked for Florida’s Eight Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney for 13 years: first as a Child Welfare Attorney; then as a domestic violence prosecutor; and finally as the Division Chief of County Court. Teresa is a nationally recognized expert in intimate partner violence. As such she has provided training for the National District Attorneys Association, the Battered Women’s Justice Project, US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women and Aequitas.
Teresa is a Community Resilience Model (CRM) trainer and certified yoga instructor specializing in trauma-informed yoga.
Dr. Nancy S. Hardt
Nancy Hardt, MD, is Professor Emerita of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Most recently she directed the Health Disparities and Service Learning Programs, including the Mobile Outreach Clinic. She learned policy as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow during which time she worked as a health legislative advisor for Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
In retirement, she collaborates with community leaders to address local health equity issues, specifically early childhood brain development as an important social determinant of adult health. A health report card for Alachua County was developed by Dr. Hardt, and key indicators were mapped, resulting in numerous community actions to respond to highlighted health inequities.
She spearheaded the University response, the Mobile Outreach Clinic, in which an interprofessional team meets the needs of the underserved in neighborhoods throughout Alachua County. In six years of operation, more than 23,000 free health care visits were provided by community health professionals, faculty, and student volunteers. This effort resulted in a significant reduction in premature births and documented cases of child abuse and neglect.
She co-founded the innovative Intimate Partner Violence Clinic in conjunction with the College of Law, in which law and medical students learn together how best to meet the needs of victims. The law-medicine partnership led to formation of Peace4Gainesville which seeks to reduce trauma and enhance resilience for children and adults. These outreach efforts have resulted in recognition by the Gainesville Sun in 2012 (Sprit of Gainesville), Blue Foundation in 2013 (Sapphire Award), Loyola University in 2014 (Damen Award), ESRI the International GIS Software distributor, Service Award in 2015, and the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council in 2016 (Women who make a Difference).
Carol Lewis, PhD MPH CP
Dr. Carol Lewis is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of clinical experience. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, where she is involved in professional training, research, clinical practice, and community behavioral health.
Dr. Lewis’ expertise includes the treatment of chronically suicidal, self-injurious individuals, using skills-based methods. She is trained in three mindfulness-based treatment protocols, which she uses extensively in her clinical work. Dr. Lewis has earned a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, and is board certified in public health (CPH). She has particular interest in evidence-based treatment for behavioral health problems, and the dissemination of best behavioral health practices to underserved populations using low-intensity and brief treatment models.
Along with Teresa Drake, Dr. Lewis recently completed training to be a Community Resiliency Model© (CRM) trainer.
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding (RPCP) is a co-founder of Peace4Gainesville and an active partner in advocating, coordinating, and educating the community on the prevalence and impact of trauma, providing strategies to enhance resilience and interrupt the cycle of violence. The mission of RPCP is to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities by providing and promoting the best practices and principles of peacebuilding and global sustainability. Developing a Trauma Responsive Community is one of RPCP’s initiatives toward this mission. RPCP is represented within Peace4Gainesville by it’s Board President, Heart Phoenix, co-founder of RPCP and Peace4Gainesville board member; Jeffrey Weisberg, co-founder and executive director of RPCP; and Katie Fields, managing director of RPCP. Please visit our website for more information: