- Deborah J. Vagins, President & CEO
- Tonya King, Vice President of Programs and Membership
- Sandeep Bathala, Vice President of External Affairs
Capacity Technical Assistance
- Beth Meeks, Capacity Technical Assistance Director
- Deborah DeBare, Capacity Technical Assistance Senior Deputy Director
- Ellen Yin-Wycoff, Senior Capacity Technical Assistance Deputy Director
- Kimberly Feeney, Capacity Technical Assistance Deputy Director
- Eric Stiles, Capacity Technical Assistance Deputy Director
- Meinkeng Fonge, Capacity Technical Assistance Specialist
- Anika Boyd, Capacity Technical Assistance Coordinator
Development & Communications
- Lisa Winjum, Director of Development and Communications
- Kayla Newton, Fundraising and Development Senior Specialist
- Rachel Schartz, Grants and Development Specialist
- Laura Zillman, Development and Communications Specialist
Domestic Violence Counts
- Ashley Slye, Deputy Director, Positively Safe & Domestic Violence Counts
- Laura Zillman, Development and Communications Specialist
- Francesca Caal Skonos, Public Policy Coordinator
- Kim Pentico, Economic Justice Director
- Sarah Wen, Economic Justice Specialist
- brandii collins, Economic Justice Coordinator
Finance & Administration
- Ressie M. Walker, Director of Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion
- Comfort Siodlarz, Senior Finance Director
- Lara Osman, Finance & Administrative Manager
- Sharron Harley, Accounting and Budget Manager
- Reshena Johnson, Senior Finance and Administrative Coordinator
- Lee Rolandi, Senior Executive Liaison
- Ashley Slye, Deputy Director, Positively Safe & Domestic Violence Counts
- Robin Pereira, Positively Safe Specialist
- Katelyn Gross, Transitional Housing and Positively Safe Coordinator
- Monica McLaughlin, Public Policy Director
- Melina Milazzo, Senior Policy Counsel
- Debbie Fox, Deputy Director, Housing Policy and Practice
- Francesca Caal Skonos, Public Policy Coordinator
- Erica Olsen, Safety Net Director
- Audace G., Tech Safety Project Manager
- Toby Shulruff, Tech Safety Project Manager
- Chad Sniffen, Safety Net Senior Specialist
- Shalini Batra, Safety Net Projects Specialist
- Jessie, Tech Safety Specialist
- Teresa Lopez, Deputy Director, Transitional Housing
- Kelly Moreno, Bilingual Transitional Housing Manager
- Yvette Richardson, Transitional Housing Technical Assistance Specialist
- Katelyn Gross, Transitional Housing and Positively Safe Coordinator
- Stacey Sarver, WomensLaw Legal Director and NNEDV Senior Attorney
- Michelle Robles, Deputy Legal Director of WomensLaw
- Angelina Fryer, WomensLaw Staff Attorney
As the President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Deborah leads the organization’s work to create a social, political, and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists. NNEDV represents the 56 state and territorial domestic violence coalitions, is the leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates, and offers a range of programs and initiatives to address the complex causes and far-reaching consequences of domestic violence. Deborah brings to NNEDV decades of experience as a guiding voice in civil, women’s, and human rights legal and policy advocacy, with a focus on economic and racial justice issues. She helps guide NNEDV’s vision and strategic partnerships to identify emerging issues and trends in the field to develop intersectional solutions to support survivors.
Prior to joining NNEDV, Deborah was the Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Research at the American Association of University Women (AAUW). At AAUW, Deborah led the government relations, legal advocacy, and research department to advance the organization’s vision at the local, state, and federal levels. In this role, Deborah developed strategic campaigns through advocacy, case law development, and research to reshape a public policy agenda and to marshal broad support for gender equity initiatives with respect to economic security, education, and leadership roles for women. Most recently, she helped to lead the national Paycheck Fairness Act coalition and the organization’s fight against the Administration’s rollback of sexual assault and sexual harassment protections in schools. She is the co-author of several AAUW research reports, including The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap; Limiting our Livelihoods: The Cumulative Impact of Sexual Harassment on Women’s Careers; and Broken Ladders: Barriers to Women’s Representation in Nonprofit Leadership.
Before AAUW, Deborah was a Chief of Staff and Principal Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Vagins rendered legal interpretations regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other laws governing equal employment opportunity. She served as an agency representative on the White House Council for Women and Girls, the White House Equal Pay Task Force, and the DOJ Interagency Transgender Workgroup. Among other projects, she was part of the teams working on the EEOC’s groundbreaking positions on LGBTQ workplace protections, the EEOC’s pay data collection initiative, and new guidance on retaliation and pregnancy discrimination.
Prior to joining the EEOC in 2015, Deborah was the Senior Legislative Counsel on civil rights issues for the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office. In this position, Deborah led campaigns on federal legislative and executive branch actions, including on employment discrimination and pay equity, voting rights, racial disparities in education and the school-to-prison pipeline, disability rights, and other civil and human rights issue areas. She worked closely with coalition partners and key congressional, White House, and federal agency staff to advance a national civil rights agenda.
At the ACLU, Deborah was instrumental in advocating for passage of major civil rights laws, including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act and, among others. She helped design and successfully advocated for executive action on employment and education issues, including the Department of Labor’s executive order banning punitive pay secrecy policies in federal contracting and the Department of Education’s racial disparities in school discipline guidance. She co-chaired several national civil rights coalitions advocating for passage of federal bills, such as the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Democracy Restoration Act. While at the ACLU, Deborah drafted and co-authored numerous congressional statements, articles, and reports including: Working in the Shadows: Ending Employment Discrimination for LGBT Americans; Promises to Keep: The Impact of the Voting Rights Act; The Democracy Restoration Act: Addressing A Centuries-Old Injustice; and Cracks in the System: Twenty Years of an Unjust Federal Crack Cocaine Law.
Prior to joining the ACLU in 2005, Deborah served as the Acting Deputy General Counsel and Senior Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR). The general counsel’s office provided recommendations to the White House, Congress and federal agencies to improve national civil rights policies and preserve constitutional protections. Deborah and the staff conducted investigations, held briefings, and drafted comprehensive analyses to develop national policies regarding voting rights, Title VI enforcement, environmental justice, racial disparities in education, and affirmative action.
Before working at USCCR, Deborah was an associate in the employment discrimination and civil rights practice group at Cohen Milstein, where she litigated high-profile nationwide civil rights class actions. She represented more than 1.5 million women from Wal-Mart in the largest Title VII employment discrimination class action in history. Prior to that, Deborah was an associate at Sidley & Austin in the civil, criminal, and constitutional litigation practice group and founded the firm’s Committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Women. Earlier Deborah worked at EMILY’s List and clerked at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project.
Deborah frequently lectures, speaks at press conferences and rallies, and has made appearances on The TODAY Show and NBC Nightly News and in Glamour, USA Today, Time, the New Republic, The New York Times, C-SPAN, TIME, Washington Post, AP, CQ, NPR, The Hill, Huffington Post, and others. In 2019, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts for her work in civil and women’s rights.
Deborah graduated magna cum laude from the Washington College of Law at American University, where she was an editor of the law review and the recipient of the Gillett-Mussey scholarship for her contributions in the field of gender equity. She received her B.A. with distinction from Swarthmore College.
Tonya King currently serves as the Vice President of Programs and Membership at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She is committed to centering the voices of survivors and working toward change that leads to inclusive and healthy communities. She is an experienced mediator and conflict resolution trainer who has used her skills to train community members, youth, law enforcement officers and public officials in South Africa.
Tonya has a career that spans over thirty years serving the community and working to improve quality of life with her executive leadership roles. She has a lifetime of experience working to empower others, bringing people together, strengthening communities and building relationships. She served as the executive director at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence where she led the strategic vision and mission working to make Rhode Island a safer place for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Tonya believes that diversity is our strength and being kind and patient with each other are essential to creating a culture of respect. She is passionate about the work to end violence and creating a world where all people can live a life free from violence.
Sandeep Bathala is the Vice President of External Affairs at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Sandeep joined NNEDV in April 2022. Most recently, Sandeep was the Executive Director of the Edna Adan Hospital Foundation. In that position, she was responsible for leading and growing the hospital foundation’s work and reputation for improving women’s health in Somaliland. She focused on sustainable and diverse funding, including foundation and individual support. She led the planning, development, and implementation of seminars, workshops, and conferences, focused on solutions for improving reproductive and family planning services, maternal health, and gender equity as senior program associate at the Wilson Center. She also led in-country and/or regional collaborations with the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya, Oxfam India, Population Foundation of India and Centre for Population and Reproductive Health in Nigeria. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she was director of the Sierra Club’s Gender, Equity and Environment Program where her efforts included coordinating study tours to India and Ethiopia to build a base of support for integrated reproductive health and environmental projects supported by USAID and U.S. contributions to the UN Population Fund. She spearheaded advocacy partnerships with family planning agencies in Albania and Mali at Planned Parenthood. Sandeep served as direct services director at Sakhi for South Asian Women, where she led the Domestic Violence and Economic Empowerment Programs as well as the Women’s Health Initiative. She assisted Attie and Goldwater Productions with the filming and producing of documentaries for national and international audiences on female genital cutting, family planning, and maternal health in Mali. Her experience in program management and social issues has also been enhanced through her work with the Domestic Abuse Project, the Rape Care Program of the New Jersey Division on Women, and Manavi, an organization for South Asian women. Sandeep holds a BA in sociology and women’s studies and an MSW with an administration, planning, and policy focus, both from Rutgers University.
Beth Meeks is the Director of the Capacity Technical Assistance Team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She has spent 30 years working in the field of gender-based violence with both victims and offenders. She has a bachelor’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology, as well as specialized training in hostage negotiations, media relations, and cultural competence. With particular acumen in risk assessment, self-defense, and domestic homicide, Beth has provided expert witness and trial consultant services winning exoneration for battered women charged with homicide while defending their lives. Prior to her work at NNEDV she was the CEO of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence for 7 years and served as the CEO of a dual domestic violence and rape crisis program in Ohio for more than 13 years.
Deborah DeBare currently serves as the Senior Deputy Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a national membership organization of state and territorial domestic violence coalitions. In this capacity, she provides training and technical assistance to coalitions, senior staff, boards and administrators around the country. She served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) for over 22 years, leading the statewide organization’s program development, planning, strategic partnerships, legislative advocacy and membership development. Prior to that, Ms. DeBare served for five years as the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County and as the Policy and Information Associate for the Rhode Island Division of Mental Health and Community Services.
Deborah received a Master’s degree from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Rhode Island Legal Services, the Rhode Island Emergency Food and Shelter Board, the RI Coalition for the Homeless and numerous statewide task forces and committees to address violence against women. She received the RI Fund for Community Progress’ Annual Award for Service in 2014, the YWCA Woman of Achievement award in 2016, and the RI NASW Community Service Award in 2018, and was recognized by the RI legislature by having the state officially name its funding for domestic violence the “Deborah DeBare Domestic Violence Prevention Fund” in 2018.
Ellen Yin-Wycoff serves as the Capacity Technical Assistance Senior Deputy Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She has worked in the violence against women movement (and nonprofit sector) for over 35 years as a Director, Manager, Coordinator, Board member, and Advocate at statewide domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions in California, Colorado, and Iowa, along with several local domestic violence and sexual assault organizations. She was the former President and a founding Board Member at My Sister’s House, a culturally-specific domestic violence and sexual violence program serving the Asian Pacific Islander communities in Sacramento, California. Ellen also served as the former Chair, Vice Chair, and member of the National Advisory Council at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). She has also served as a member of the Advisory Committees for the Women of Color Network (WOCN) and the National Organization for Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA). She has also served as an appointed member and Vice Chair of the State Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Victim Services through the California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES). Currently, she is the Chair of the School Site Council at Pony Express Elementary School in Sacramento, California.
Kimberly Feeney currently serves as a Deputy Director of the Capacity Technical Assistance Team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). With nearly 20 years of experience in the Domestic Violence field, she has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of South Florida (USF). Prior to joining NNEDV, Kimberly spent four and half years as a Senior Family Violence Program Specialist in the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining FVPSA, Kimberly spent 8 years at the South Carolina Department of Social Services as the FVPSA State Administrator and Domestic Violence Shelter Program Coordinator. She has also served as a legal advocate at a local domestic violence program in Florida.
Kimberly entered the field through internships at several local domestic violence programs in both undergraduate and graduate school. In addition, she held multiple graduate teaching and graduate research assistantships focused on intimate partner violence for both the College of Public Health and the Department of Women’s Studies at USF. She has worked on fatality review, state and local DV Task Forces, partnered with community based advocacy groups focused on the needs of underserved and culturally specific populations, and has experience providing shelter and community based services through answering hotline calls, facilitating support groups, and assisting survivor’s through criminal and civil court. Kimberly’s experience at the local, state, and national level has provided her a well-rounded perspective when consulting with and providing training and technical assistance to States, State Domestic Violence Coalitions, Tribes, and local Domestic Violence Programs.
Eric Stiles has over 25 years of experience in the anti-violence field and spent the last five years with the Michigan Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence in various positions, including Associate Director and Senior Program Director. Before that, he spent six years providing national TA with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Eric brings experience in providing trainings on a national level and has worked in the area of increasing and enhancing services for survivors across the lifespan. He has trained nationally to an audience of multi-disciplinary teams that provide support and assistance to those who have experienced interpersonal violence. Eric has been an activist, a sexual assault counselor, a mental health counselor, and a prevention educator/educator. Areas of focus for Eric include: working with male survivors of sexual violence, those from LGBTIQ+ communities, working with rural areas, and working with anti-oppression. He holds a BA of Sociology from Pennsylvania State University and MS of Community Counseling from Shippensburg University.
Meinkeng Fonge has over five years of domestic and gender based violence experience as well as sexual health experience working with both adults and adolescents. As a North Carolina native, she has done direct practice, training, and policy work across the state to combat teen and gender based violence and advance sexual and reproductive rights in both the U.S. and in various parts of Malawi, Southeast Africa. She has coordinated, lead, and assisted with projects that have contributed to decreasing teen pregnancy and increasing healthy relationships among adolescents in Cumberland, Durham, Guilford, and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She has also coordinated projects in Orange County, North Carolina to help provide survivors with resources to safely leave domestic violence situations.
Meinkeng obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Social Work and Minor in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has spoken at various Women’s Day events in Charlotte, NC, college campuses and public schools, has organized marches and events that have gained coverage by WCNC news in Charlotte, NC, and is a certified domestic violence advocate.
Lisa Winjum has two decades of experience in strategic communications, fundraising, and public policy advocacy. She comes to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) from NAMI Connecticut (NAMI CT) where she was the Executive Director.
From 2014 to 2018, Lisa was the Vice President of External Affairs at the Joyful Heart Foundation overseeing communications, digital fundraising, and the education and awareness program portfolio. She spearheaded initiatives to establish Joyful Heart as a thought leader and voice for change, increase the organization’s brand recognition, refine its messaging, and strategically leverage Joyful Heart’s unique expertise and celebrity advocates. Prior to joining Joyful Heart, Lisa was the Vice President, Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) and the PPHP Action Fund. This position capped off more than 9-years in roles leading advocacy, government relations, political affairs, communications, and marketing at the organizations. She began her career in the nonprofit sector as the Director of Public Policy and Communication at the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (now the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence). She was also formerly the President of the Board of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Lisa has a BA in English and Communication Arts from the College of New Rochelle and received a JD, with honors, from Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Kayla coordinates fundraising activities and outreach efforts. Kayla has an extensive background in development. Before joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), she worked fundraising offices at the University of Maryland, Children’s National Health System, and House of Ruth Maryland, Inc.
Laura Zillman supports internal and external communications for the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), including content creation, social media campaigns, and the development of the annual Domestic Violence Counts survey and report. Prior to joining NNEDV, Laura worked with a number of organizations on gender-based violence intervention and prevention initiatives, including Saving Promise, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, RAINN, Polaris, and GW Students Against Sexual Assault. Laura earned her BA in Human Services with a minor in Women’s Studies, and her MPA with a concentration in Gender & Public Policy, from The George Washington University and currently lives in Washington, DC.
Kim has been working with and on behalf of survivors of sexual and domestic violence since 1990. She first spent over seven years working for a local domestic violence program in Kansas and another seven years at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She has also worked for the STOP Technical Assistance Project in Washington, DC. Kim works to ensure and enhance survivor access to economic justice and long-term safety.
Sarah began her career in financial health at St. Louis Community Credit Union and their non-profit affiliate, Prosperity Connection as a Financial Education Specialist and later Financial Capability Manager, where she delivered classes, coached individuals and families, and built partnerships to strengthen financial stability in St. Louis. In 2016, she transitioned to a financial coaching role with Neighborhood Trust Financial Partner’s social enterprise, TrustPlus, a workplace financial coaching benefit for low wage employers and their employees. She later became Associate Director of TrustPlus, charged with supervising financial coaches, ensuring highest quality assurance, and building interventions to deliver tech-enabled, best-in-class financial coaching. Sarah also taught Spanish with Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta. Sarah has a BA from Smith College and an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis.
After receiving her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California: San Diego, brandii started her career working in direct services with domestic violence survivors. For two years she worked in a crisis shelter where she provided trauma-informed care and emergency advocacy for survivors. She supported survivors in crisis safety planning, housing case management, and resource building. Now on the the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) team, brandii plans to spend the rest of her career striving for anti-racist community building and the revitalization of our communities.
Ressie M. Walker has worked as a HR leader and professional for the last 15 years, sharing her expertise in strategic HR management, policies, and systems with public, private, and nonprofit organizations in several states. Ressie previously enjoyed a career as an organization development consultant, grantmaker, and director of mission-driven operations and programs. She currently holds both the SHRM-SCP and HRCI-issued SPHR credentials, the highest level of non-degree certification available for the HR profession.
Lara Osman coordinates benefits and payroll, serves as a key part of the finance team, and provides general support to all of our teams. Prior to joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Lara spent 13 years as the Operations Manager for the Remediation and Training Institute, a small non-profit focused on online learning and educational policy. Before that, she served as the Operations Coordinator for Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County, where she started as a VISTA (Volunteer In Service to America) volunteer. Lara has a B.A. in International Politics from Penn State University, and an M. Ed. in Elementary Education from Duquesne University.
Sharron is a native Washingtonian, with over 21 years of experience in accounting and finance. She possesses over 13 years of experience in the nonprofit industry, where her work includes budgeting, finance, and accounting in the development and financial support of affordable housing, crisis intervention, and women and families homeless shelters. Sharron has a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Psychology, with a concentration in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, from Virginia State University, VA. Her current role supports and manages the organization’s programs and annual budgeting.
Reshena is a native Washingtonian with over 14 years of experience in the nonprofit arena. She began her nonprofit career as an intern at the Greater Washington College Info Center, where she started developing skills in grant research and reporting. She became Program Coordinator of the College Info Center, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the center and continued her work with grant research and reporting. Most recently, Reshena has worked with small, locally focused nonprofits, where she managed the financial, development, and administrative operations of those organizations.
Lee Rolandi serves as the primary contact for NNEDV’s Executive Team and Board, overseeing schedules and day-to-day workflow between staff and their leadership. Prior to joining NNEDV, Lee Rolandi was the Operations Manager of AdvantEdge Workspaces, a shared workspace in downtown DC, where she managed a team of Client Services Coordinators and provided professional support to over 40 in-house clients. She is a DC/MD native and graduated from the National Cathedral School and received her BA in History from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Outside of the office, she volunteers her time, energy, and passion to addiction recovery and adult adoptee circles.
Monica works to improve federal legislation and increase resources to address and prevent domestic violence. She leads and co-chairs various national coalitions, educates Congress, implements grassroots strategies, and engages various government agencies to ensure that addressing domestic violence is a national priority.
Monica has led national appropriations efforts to secure record federal investments in programs that address domestic violence and sexual assault. Monica also directs the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)’s housing policy work with achievements such as: leading successful efforts to secure life-saving housing protections in the Violence Against Women Act of 2013; advocating for domestic violence survivors’ access to housing and homelessness resources in the McKinney-Vento Reauthorization Act of 2009; and drafting housing protections for immigrant survivors in the Senate-passed bill, S. 744. Building on her housing policy work, Monica leads NNEDV’s Collaborative Approaches to Housing for Survivors, a multi-agency technical assistance consortium designed to improve survivors’ access to safe, affordable housing.
Melina Milazzo has nearly a decade of national non-profit experience in government relations, legislative and policy advocacy, coalition building, and communications work on a range of US and international human rights issues. Prior to joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Melina was the Washington director for a legal advocacy organization that worked to free political prisoners from around the world. She previously worked in the DC offices of the Center for Victims of Torture and Human Rights First, where she successfully developed and executed policy and legislative advocacy strategies on US national security laws and policies to respect human rights. Melina has appeared in major print, radio, and TV outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, and NPR.
Prior to attending law school, Melina worked for over 10 years in the private sector in a variety of roles, including management, operations, and data analysis in the hotel management and mortgage insurance industries. Melina received her J.D. with high honors in international law from Florida State University College of Law and her B.S. in Business Administration from the same university. She is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar.
Debbie Fox, MSW, has worked in the domestic and sexual violence movement for over 20 years with a focus on fundraising, organizational development, nonprofit administration, and domestic violence population-specific housing and economic justice programming. Most recently, she shared community leadership in the systems planning and implementation process for the DV system in Portland, Oregon, working with all 13 domestic violence victim service providers to create a coordinated assessment for survivors to access housing, shelter, and eviction prevention and shelter diversion programs. She has worked extensively on housing and economic justice issues, envisioning Oregon’s first economic empowerment program at Bradley Angle and then creating the statewide Economic Justice program at the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She co-founded the statewide asset building initiative with the Individual Development Account (IDA) program, Savings for Survivors, and founded Oregon’s first statewide Aspiring White Allies Committee in 2011, to address programmatic inequities that exist for communities of color accessing domestic and sexual violence services. In her role as Multnomah County’s Domestic Violence Coordination Office Program Specialist, she oversaw all of the domestic violence housing and economic justice and general victim service provider funding contracts for the county totaling over $5 million. Working in two jurisdictions, both at Multnomah County and most recently, in the District of Columbia at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV), she represented the domestic violence housing system in a variety of jurisdictional meetings with community-wide efforts to address and end homelessness in the Continuums of Care. At DCCADV, she launched the Osnium WS development project to create a database District-wide reporting tool and organized the Domestic Violence Housing Continuum to coordinate their shelter and housing efforts. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana University and Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas with high honors.
Prior to joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Francesca worked as a Legislative Aide on Capitol Hill for her own Congressional Representative from Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Public Policy and moved to DC in 2018. Outside of the office she enjoys boxing, hiking and cooking.
Since joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) in 2007, Erica has advocated on behalf of survivors of gender-based violence by educating and advocating victim service providers, policymakers, and technology companies on issues of technology abuse, privacy, and victim safety. She has provided trainings to technologists, attorneys, law enforcement officials, victim advocates, and other practitioners in the United States and internationally.
Through the Safety Net Project, Erica works with private industry, state, and federal agencies and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in this digital age. She regularly provides consultation to leading technology companies on the potential impact of technology design and reporting procedures on survivors of abuse. She also provides technical assistance on technology safety to professionals working with survivors.
Erica’s prior work at the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence included writing curriculum and training statewide on a project focusing on the intersection of domestic violence and disabilities. Erica has a Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Center for Women in Civil Society.
Audace began her career as a disability advocate, working for a non-profit organization in New York City named Barrier Free Living. Within her role, she provided case management services and support to survivors who were going through the most difficult time in their lives. In 2010, Audace began working at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office as a disability advocate within the Victim Services Unit. There she provided supportive counseling and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and also guided survivors through the criminal justice process from arraignment to trial. Three years later, Audace was promoted to Teen Services Coordinator of the Teen Dating Violence Program, where she served as the liaison for survivors 24 and under and the New York Police Department (NYPD), courts, Administration for Children Services (ACS), schools, and community organizations.
In January 2016, Audace began working at Day One, the only organization in New York City that works solely with young people 24 years old and younger who have experienced dating abuse, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation within relationships. She worked as the Training Coordinator and Advocate, providing trainings to adult professionals on domestic minor sex trafficking and the intersection of dating abuse. Audace has trained over 4,000 professionals, including safety officers, child protective case workers, Department of Education personnel, and Domestic Violence Police Officers in New York City. Through her outreach, she has also provided psychoeducational workshops for at-risk youth and foster care parents. Audace also served as a consultant for the New York City Law Department-Queens Corporation Council, providing support and advocacy to survivors and recommendations to attorneys on open cases.
Toby Shulruff works at the intersection of technology and sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. She has worked with advocates at the national, state, territory, tribal and local levels to strengthen organizations, advance systems coordination, improve services for survivors, and prevent violence since 1997.
Chad Sniffen is a Senior Technology Safety Specialist for the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)’s Safety Net project focused on technology and gender-based violence. Since 1999, he has worked or volunteered in the domestic and sexual violence movements as an educator, advocate, researcher, self-defense instructor, and board member for campus, community, state, and national organizations. He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona in 2007.
Native to the Washington, DC area, Shalini has worked in nonprofits focusing on issues such as reproductive health, victims of crime, ending genocide, and LGBT equality. She has a background in grassroots organizing and conference planning. Her volunteer work includes working with survivors of abuse from the South Asian American community, various political campaigns and Asian American Legal Defense Fund. Shalini graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Women’s Studies and a concentration in Sociology. She also has a degree in Culinary Arts and a certification in Early Childhood Education.
Ashley Slye is the Deputy Director of the Positively Safe project addressing the intersection of HIV and domestic violence at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Ms. Slye has supported Positively Safe since it was founded in 2010 and has been instrumental in the development of NNEDV’s DV & HIV curriculum, toolkit, topical trainings, and webinars for domestic violence and HIV advocates. She has presented on the intersection at numerous international, national, and state conferences. Additionally, Ms. Slye oversees the Domestic Violence Counts project which is an annual, one-day count of survivors accessing services and the unmet needs across the country and in the US territories. In addition to managing two national project for NNEDV, Ms. Slye also sits on the board of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters, providing support for the helplines project, Lila.Help, assistance on funding applications, and development of resources and webinars. Ms. Slye is also on the Board of Directors for the John G Stone III Scholarship Foundation. Prior to joining NNEDV, Ashley supported the transitional housing program at the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. She has a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a minor in Sociology from Virginia Tech.
Robin Pereira has a longtime passion for ending gender based violence and expanding access to reproductive healthcare. Her dedication to these missions shine through in her role as Specialist for the Positively Safe project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Positively Safe addresses the intersection of HIV and domestic violence. As Specialist, she provides technical assistance, hosts webinars for both domestic violence and HIV advocates, creates tools for NNEDV’s DV and HIV toolkit and curriculum, and presents at local, national and international conferences. Prior to working on Positively Safe, she supported the NNEDV Transitional Housing team as coordinator. She graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island in May 2018, with a degree in Journalism and Women’s Studies and a minor in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Teresa has been an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in a variety of settings since 2009. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, Teresa joined the staff of the YWCA of Toledo in Ohio as an outreach case manager, advocating for both shelter residents and non-residential clients of the domestic violence program. This included advocacy for their housing needs with the local housing authority and homeless service agencies, legal advocacy in the criminal and civil justice systems, facilitating support groups and economic empowerment educational groups, and training professionals in the Toledo area. She later became the agency’s volunteer coordinator. While working on her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Toledo, Teresa completed an internship at the University Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program, planning awareness events on campus and participating in multi-disciplinary collaboration meetings on and off campus. She also completed a year-long internship at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and upon completion of her MSW, Teresa was hired by ODVN as the Outreach Coordinator to Underserved Populations.
Before coming to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Kelly worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking at WEAVE in Sacramento, California. Kelly provided legal advocacy, case management, court accompaniment, and economic empowerment to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Kelly later moved into leadership and became a Residential Services Manager where she provided direct oversight to safe house staff. She also helped to implement the voluntary services model in both the emergency housing and transitional housing program. Kelly has a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge, in English: Creative Writing. She is also pursuing a Master’s Degree from California State University, Northridge, in Public Administration. Kelly is bilingual in Spanish.
Yvette Richardson currently serves on the the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Transitional Housing team as a Technical Assistance Specialist. She provides targeted technical assistance and trainings to OVW-funded housing providers. She has over 16 years of direct services experience with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Prior to joining NNEDV, she served as the Director of Housing at SafeHaven of Tarrant County managing multiple housing programs and federal, state, and local grants. She has presented at national and statewide conferences and hosted webinars on various topics including voluntary services, landlord engagement, and overall program effectiveness. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Social Justice from Southern Methodist University. She is a U.S. Army veteran and completed her Master’s thesis on How Military Culture Influences Sexual Assault: A Human Rights Issue. In her free time, she enjoys engaging in grassroots social justice organizations in her community, being out in nature, and exploring the world.
Katelyn Gross has a range of experiences related to domestic and sexual violence. Her passions lie in advocating for individuals experiencing homelessness and survivors of domestic violence. While Katelyn was receiving her Bachelor of Social Work magna cum laude at the University of Utah, she interned at the Utah Office for Victims of Crime as a victim advocate, the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition as a prevention advocate, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation as a social science analyst. She was also a housing advocate for the largest homeless shelter in the State of Utah, The Road Home. While obtaining her Master of Public Administration from Southern Utah University, she acted as the Project Coordinator for the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Campus Program at the University of Utah. Katelyn is thrilled to be the Transitional Housing and Positively Safe Coordinator at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).
Stacey Sarver, Esq. leads the WomensLaw team of attorney and oversees the content on WomensLaw.org, which attracts almost 5 million users annually. Stacey also serves as the Senior Attorney for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, negotiating and reviewing contracts agency-wide. She began working in the domestic violence field in 1998. Immediately prior to joining WomensLaw in 2008, she represented low-income domestic violence victims in protection order and custody cases. Before that, she represented low-income tenants who were facing eviction and being harassed by their landlords. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Michelle Robles, Esq., MA, works remotely from Puerto Rico, where she previously worked as an attorney in private practice in family law matters, including representing victims of domestic violence. Before law school, she had worked for 15 years with nonprofit organizations, including the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. She is in charge of overseeing the Spanish content on WomensLaw.org and she manages the WomensLaw Spanish Email Hotline, answering inquiries from monolingual Spanish speakers and training and supervising law student Email Hotline volunteers.
Angelina L. Fryer, Esq., lives in New York City, where she practiced family and matrimonial law for 8 years, including representing victims of domestic violence in divorces and order of protection cases. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard College and received a JD from Columbia Law School. Prior to joining the WomensLaw team, Ms. Fryer also worked on reproductive rights and voting rights issues.