Zeva Edmondson is a proven leader whose background in law enforcement, mental health and higher education spans more than 30 years. She served the Central Florida community as an Orange County Deputy Sheriff for over twenty-six years, a non- profit ministry executive, and Director of Rape Crisis Services in Orange, Osceola and Volusia Counties. Her experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors has given her a well-rounded approach to problem solving and doing what’s right for the community.
Zeva began her professional career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in 1982, building a solid reputation in the criminal justice system. While working full-time, Zeva attended Troy State University and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. During her career as a Major Case Investigator she was assigned to various units such as Forensics, Sex Crimes, Child Abuse and Professional Standards. Zeva had the opportunity to provide policy management as the Accreditation Manager and received numerous awards for achievement and excellence during her law enforcement career.
In 2008, Zeva retired and moved to Tennessee, serving as a Captain with the Vanderbilt University Police Department and commanded the Support Services Bureau. Zeva was the forerunner in creating the Professional Standards Division, Criminal and Administrative Investigations and Victim Services Units for Vanderbilt University.
Upon returning to Florida, Zeva was the Director for the Victim Service Center of Central Florida and was instrumental in helping to establish and expand the Victim Service Center’s services in Osceola County. As Executive Director of the Volusia Rape Crisis Center for Stewart Marchman Behavioral Health, Zeva was honored to continue service to the Central Florida community building collaborative relationships with business and governmental partners, and leading a team of crisis intervention experts dedicated to helping those impacted by sexual assault. She was a member of the Volusia/Flagler Police Chief’s Association, Volusia County Domestic Violence Task Force and the Freedom 7 Human Trafficking Task Force. Zeva developed and facilitated the Sexual Assault Response Teams for Orange, Osceola and Volusia counties.
Zeva returned to Tennessee and served as the Title IX Coordinator for Tennessee Tech University. While at Tennessee Tech, Zeva created protocols and training for Title IX and sexual assault prevention. She served as a member of the Coordinated Community Response Team and the Behavioral Intervention Team.
Subsequently, Zeva has also volunteered in the private sector as President of a non-profit ministry in Orlando. She has also served as a counselor and mental health professional for prison ministries in Florida and Tennessee. Zeva has always championed for those less served or underserved in our community and has strived to assist and improve the lives of the hurting and maltreated. Throughout her career, Zeva has succeeded in her various roles with integrity and passion earning her a solid reputation among her peers. Zeva is excited to be a member of UNT Dallas leadership and looks forward to serving our campus community.