meet the movement
Changing the world is never a solitary act.
GRACE staff members are advocates who are working together to End Abuse Everywhere and create a braver, safer world. Learn more about our team below and consider supporting the mission of GRACE today!
Basyle ‘Boz’ Tchividjian, JD
Founder and Executive Director | Professor of Law
Boz Tchividjian founded GRACE in 2004. A former prosecutor, Boz created the first “Sexual Crimes” division at the Office of the State Attorney in the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Later as the division chief, Boz was personally responsible for prosecuting hundreds of sexual victimization related cases and supervising thousands of such cases. A world-renowned expert on issues related to sexual violence perpetrated against children and adults, Boz has spent over twenty years utilizing what he learned as a prosecutor to train and equip prosecutors, investigators, social workers, and medical personnel in handling various aspects of child sexual abuse prosecutions. Boz has also represented sexual assault plaintiffs in civil cases against perpetrators and institutions.
He is a former columnist for Religion News Service who wrote a weekly column that focused on the intersection of abuse and faith communities. His columns can now be found at www.netgrace.org/resources.
Boz is a published author and recently co-authored The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries with psychologist and attorney, Shira Berkovits. His scholarship focuses on issues related to sexual victimization. His most recent article entitled, Catching American Sex Offenders Overseas: A Proposal for a Federal Mandated Reporting Law, was published in the UMKC Law Review and is the basis for recently drafted federal legislation.
In addition to his duties with GRACE, Boz currently serves as a professor at Liberty University School of law where he teaches Child Abuse and the Law, a course which he developed and is designed to prepare students to become child advocates inside and outside of the courtroom.
Charissa Sloan Dvorak, JD, MBA
Attorney | Lead Investigator
Charissa Sloan Dvorak is a graduate of Baylor University Law School and a former prosecutor who has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases, including child sexual abuse, physical abuse, possession of child pornography, intimate partner violence, stalking, harassment, and capital murder. Charissa also served as an adjunct professor teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Homeland Security, and Ethical and Legal Aspects of Management at Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently Charissa practices law at Spencer Fane, LLP and is a member of the firm’s Higher Education, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and White Collar Crime practice groups. Her focus is on institutional responses to sexual misconduct. She has led a number of high profile investigations, conducted policy audits, and provided training and education for a range of institutions including universities, churches, mission boards, and other youth-serving organizations. In 2017, Charissa was appointed by her state’s governor to the Council for Sex Offender Treatment Providers. Charissa also serves on the Board of Directors for Poiema Foundation, while she and her husband are active in local church ministry.
Website: Spencer Fane Profile
Amy Stier, JD
Director of Programs | Investigator
Amy Stier is a graduate of Baylor University and Liberty University School of Law. During law school, Amy was a member of Liberty University Law Review and received the Family & Juvenile Law Award from the Virginia Bar Association. Upon completing her Juris Doctor degree, Amy began working for GRACE in multiple Independent Investigations and as the Director of Programs. Amy is a licensed attorney with the Texas State Bar and has extensive experience in misconduct investigations, including Title IX investigations within the university setting. She has received trauma-informed training which aids her with investigative techniques. Amy and her husband are active in their church and community where they are raising three children together.
Mike Sloan, MDiv
Director of Safeguarding Certification Program
Rev. Mike Sloan is the Director of Safeguarding Certification at GRACE. For the last eight years, Mike has trained churches, schools, and other Christian ministries across the U.S. and abroad in child abuse prevention and response best practices. Mike worked with GRACE board member Victor Vieth to develop the GRACE Seminary Curriculum, the first 3-credit hour seminary course on child maltreatment in churches, which was piloted at Biblical Seminary in 2017. Mike has served as a local pastor in congregations in Atlanta, GA, and Columbus, OH.
Zane Hart, MDiv
Director of Development
Zane Hart is a graduate of James Madison University and Covenant Theological Seminary. For the past nine years he served as a pastor developing programs, facilitating ministry initiatives, organizing educational trainings, and fostering teamwork. Zane currently lives in the southern United States with his wife and two children. Zane enjoys hiking and biking with his family. He also loves to play basketball at the Y and fetch with Gryff, his dog.
Ryan Ashton, BFA
Director of Technology and Social Media
Ryan Ashton is an advocate with a variety of skills in design, copywriting, marketing, and customer service. A 2018 graduate from Bob Jones University (BFA, Graphic Design), Ryan enjoys reading, calligraphy, hiking, visiting museums, and taking road trips. Ryan currently volunteers with the Julie Valentine Center and is the Creative Director of The Courage Conference. Ryan is always looking for more opportunities to collaborate with other victim advocates and to be available for the vulnerable and silenced.