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Oct. 6: Former NFL standout is keynote speaker at domestic abuse conference

Thursday, October 6, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A former National Football League standout will deliver the keynote address and a panel of experts will discuss preventing domestic violence at the ninth annual Into the Light conference Friday, Oct. 21 at Hood College.

The events will take place from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the College's Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

Joe Ehrmann, former defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions, is president of Coach for America, an organization that promotes individual, communal and societal change to empower men and women to be their best. He will speak about his work to transform the culture of sports through innovative team building, mentoring and coaching concepts, and his efforts to encourage men to help prevent rape against women and domestic violence.

Dubbed by Parade magazine as "The Most Important Coach in America," Ehrman is the author of "InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives," which explains why and how he developed his groundbreaking coaching philosophy and what other coaches and leaders can do to incorporate it into their programs. He was a recipient of the Frederick Douglas national man of the year award for empowering youth to prevent rape and other forms of male violence, and named man of the year by the Nation Fatherhood Initiative for his work helping fathers become more involved, responsible and committed to their children.

Panelists, who will discuss specific strategies to get men involved in preventing domestic violence and sexual assault, include Janice Kispert, M.S.W., CEO of Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County; Tammy Keener, community educator at Heartly House, Inc., Randy Martin, M.S.W., assistant director of inmate services at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center; and Gregory Powell, Ph.D., co-founder of Frederick Psychology Center.

This year's Into the Light IX conference, themed "Sons Rising and Uniting: A New Approach to Domestic Violence Prevention," is co-sponsored by the Frederick County Office of the State's Attorney, Walmart, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Aramark and Hood College. The conference seeks to bring police officers, social workers, educators, judiciary personnel and other concerned citizens together to find ways to help stop the cycle of abuse.

The events are free of charge and open to the public. CEUs will be available for a $10 processing fee.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit or contact Carol M. Wuenschel, executive director for human resources at Hood College, via e-mail at or by phone at (301) 696-3592.

View the Into the light brochure.