Rev. Dr. Bobbie Groth was born in New York State, raised in New Jersey, migrated to the Midwest for college, and never left. She is a Unitarian Universalist community minister, serving the needs of victims of domestic violence and their families in the clinical setting, shelters, hospitals and correctional institutions. She provides pastoral counseling, risk reduction education, substance abuse and violence recovery counseling, and writes curricula and articles addressing those issues. She holds a BA in Fine Arts/Psychology from Shimer College, an MS in Early Childhood Education/Administration from National Lewis University, and a D.Min. from Meadville/Lombard Theological School. Her dissertation discusses the role of the Church in maintaining a culture of domestic rape and violence. She has lived in the Milwaukee area since 1991, and is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Alverno College. She serves as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Cabinet of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, and is on the board of Cathedral Center, a shelter for homeless women and their children. She provides ritual officiation and pulpit supply to many Unitarian Universalist congregations in Wisconsin and consults in domestic violence and sexual assault related issues. She spends her free time playing the fiddle in a traditional Celtic music band, which, as a non-profit organization, donates its profits to worthy social causes.