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Executive Team

Capacity Technical Assistance

  • Beth Meeks, Capacity Technical Assistance Program Director
  • Tonia Moultry, Capacity Technical Assistance Deputy Director

Development & Communications

Economic Justice

Finance & Admin

Public Policy

Safety Net

Transitional Housing and Positively Safe

  • Ashley Slye, Senior Transitional Housing Specialist and Positively Safe Manager
  • Teresa Lopez, Senior Transitional Housing Specialist
  • Sydney Palinkas, Transitional Housing and Positively Safe Coordinator


Kim Gandy, President & CEO

Kim A. Gandy currently serves as the president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. From her years as a young activist in her native Louisiana, to her work prosecuting violent offenders, to her energetic participation in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994, and its reauthorization in 2000 and 2005, Kim has remained profoundly committed to ensuring that women have the opportunity to lead healthy lives in safety and prosperity. Her long career in advocacy, legislative reform and coalition-building includes areas such as violence against women, family law, workplace fairness, poverty and economic issues, and social security. In addition to volunteering at a local shelter, Kim was a founder and director of the New Orleans Metropolitan Battered Women’s Program. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish, during which time she gained particular insight into the systemic challenges facing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to serving domestic violence survivors pro bono in private practice, Kim wrote state legislation addressing women’s concerns, including Louisiana’s first Domestic Abuse Assistance Act in 1983. On the national level, Kim worked closely with then-Senator Joe Biden and then-Congresswoman Barbara Boxer on the passage and funding of VAWA, and helped organize 200,000 people to rally in Washington the following year in a call for the release of VAWA funding, and with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for passage and funding of the 2004 Debbie Smith Act, a law that supports the prosecution of criminal offenders and which expanded VAWA legal assistance to include survivors of dating violence. Kim has also worked extensively toward expanded protections from violence for women, including women in the workplace.

Prior to joining NNEDV, Kim was Vice President of and General Counsel of the Feminist Majority and the Feminist Majority Foundation, where she led their successful campaign to modernize the FBI Uniform Crime Report definition of rape. She spent 22 years as a top leader of the National Organization for Women (NOW), first as National Secretary, then Executive Vice President and finally, President. Kim served on the legislative drafting committees for the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, and during her work with both organizations was a guiding force in many landmark cases and legislative gains, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. A widely sought-after media commentator, Kim has participated in more than 400 major media interviews with news organizations such as TIME, Newsweek CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and NPR, and has appeared on programs including “The Colbert Report,” “Oprah” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” Kim is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and education and holds a Juris doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law.

Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President

Cindy Southworth leads the Communications, Development, Safety Net (technology safety), Finance, and international efforts of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She joined NNEDV in 2002 when she founded the Safety Net project to address technology and Violence Against Women. Through the Safety Net project, Ms. Southworth works with private industry, state and federal agencies, and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in this digital age. She has testified before Congress and is on many task forces and committees that address justice, privacy, technology, and safety in the Justice, Elections, Defense, and Human Services arenas.

Ms. Southworth has a Master’s in Social Work and has worked to end violence against women for 24 years at national, state, and local advocacy organizations. She has spent the past 16 years focusing on how technology can increase victim safety and how to hold perpetrators accountable for misusing technology. Ms. Southworth also serves on the Airbnb’s Trust Advisory Board and the Advisory Boards of MTV’s A THIN LINE digital abuse campaign, and the Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference. The NNEDV Safety Net project is one of 5 organizations internationally that serves on the Facebook Safety Advisory board.

Latifa Lyles, Vice President of External Relations

President Obama appointed Latifa Lyles as Director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she served until 2017. She brings NNEDV a wealth of experience in leadership, development and communications. She served as Vice President, chief fundraiser, development analyst, and media spokesperson over her eight years at the National Organization for Women (NOW), as senior fundraiser for the Public Justice Foundation (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice), in policy associate roles for the Older Women’s League and the Association for Women in Science, and in event planning and media relations for a small PR firm.

Beth Meeks, Capacity Technical Assistance Program Director

Beth Meeks was the Executive Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the past seven years, providing advocacy, education, and technical assistance to 16 domestic violence programs throughout Louisiana. She has worked in the field of violence against women for more than 20 years. Beth has a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology, specialized training in media relations and hostage negotiations, and has been a certified police trainer. She is also a frequent trainer for probation, medical professionals and other service providers.

During her time in Louisiana, LCADV created a public awareness campaign featuring the Lt. Governor, authored a protocol on trauma-informed response to children exposed to domestic homicide, and achieved significant public policy victories. Some of those policy highlights include reversing $2.4 million in budget cuts to DV programs, passing a state law restricting abusers from possessing firearms, and creating housing protections for domestic violence victims.

Beth also chaired the Statewide Task Force on Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programs empaneled by the Louisiana legislature in 2011, and has served on numerous committees and task forces, including the Louisiana Domestic Violence Prevention Commission, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Victims Advisory Board, the Louisiana State Sexual Assault Task Force, and the Louisiana State Victims Assistance Academy Planning Team. Additionally, she serves on the Louisiana Interstate Compact for Juveniles Board, and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Panel.

Prior to her work in Louisiana, Beth served more than 13 years as the Executive Director of one of Ohio’s largest dual domestic violence and rape crisis programs. During her tenure, the agency and staff received 12 state or county wide awards for innovative programming and quality services. During that time, Beth also served on the Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee, and Batterers’ Intervention Committee for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN)

Tonia Moultry, Capacity Technical Assistance Deputy Director

Before joining the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Tonia previously worked with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN), where she was the Training and Technical Assistance Director. In that position, Tonia assisted domestic violence programs around the state by providing on-site training and consultation for a variety of needs. Tonia began her career at ODVN as the Outreach Coordinator to Underserved Populations, in which she worked with domestic violence programs and allied professionals to become more inclusive and culturally competent in their practices and policies. Tonia co-facilitated ODVN’s statewide trainings and trained a wide variety of professionals concerning domestic violence and related issues. Tonia was also responsible for convening the Legal Advocacy Caucus and the Women of Color Caucus. Tonia previously worked in the social services field for 14 years. Her experience includes working with adolescents in residential treatment, homeless families, families involved with Child Protective Services and supervising an alcohol and drug treatment program. Tonia also has experience in facilitating life-skills classes, such as parenting, family alcohol and drug education, anger management and women’s empowerment.

Emily Dahl, Development & Communications Manager

As the Senior Development & Communications Specialist, Emily leads NNEDV’s fundraising and outreach efforts.

LySaundra Campbell, Program Coordinator

LySaundra Campbell works with NNEDV’s Development and Communications team as Program Coordinator. She brings a unique view and years of experience having worked at a state coalition as well as local and collegiate programs. LySaundra worked at the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence as a Program Specialist, and oversaw the grant for batterers’ intervention programs. She was an advocate at Bridges Domestic Violence Center in Franklin, TN and True North Shelter in Columbia, MO. LySaundra got her start in the field as a Peer Educator at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center, where she studied Sociology. She also has an interest in music, and the intersections of faith and social justice.

Morgan Dewey, Development & Communications Coordinator

As the Development & Communications Coordinator, Morgan assists with constituent correspondence, donor relations, and donation management. Before joining NNEDV, Morgan worked as an advocate empowering survivors of domestic violence at a local domestic violence agency in Vermont, which reaffirmed her passion for empowering survivors and eradicating domestic violence. She has worked in community organizing, reproductive justice, political campaigns, and as the Mayor’s Assistant in Burlington, Vermont. Morgan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont.

Kim Puchir, Senior Grants & Development Coordinator

Kim Puchir works with NNEDV’s Development and Communications team as the Senior Grants & Development Coordinator. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, she went on to work in the nonprofit field in advocacy, communications, and direct service. As a health advocate, she has supported organizations serving people living with disabilities and genetic conditions as well as women’s health nights.

Kim Pentico, Director of Economic Justice

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 currently works as the Economic Justice Director, working to ensure and enhance survivor access to economic justice and long-term safety.

Peter Pieh, Economic Justice and Microloans Specialist

Before joining NNEDV, Peter spent three years working on regulatory policy on behalf of international microfinance institutions at the World Council of Credit Unions. He received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and an M.A. from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. Peter also volunteers with the D.C. student mentoring program, Project Northstar. In his spare time, Peter contributes as a content writer with the soccer podcast, Across the Pond. He also enjoys biking in the city and attending concerts.

Kara Rhodebeck, Economic Justice and Microloans Coordinator

Kara Rhodebeck is the Economic Justice and Microloans Coordinator for the Independence Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Prior to NNEDV, Kara worked as a Data and Evaluation Aide through the Public Allies, AmeriCorps program at DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, a local nonprofit focused on ending intergenerational poverty. She has also worked in global economic equity in the Fair Trade field for 5 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Community Service from DePaul University.

Lara Osman, Senior Finance & Administrative Specialist

As NNEDV’s Finance and Administrative Specialist, 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 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.

Reshena Johnson, Finance & Administrative Coordinator

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 eventually became Program Coordinator of the College Info Center, a position in which she managed the day to day operations of the center, as well as 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. In addition to her professional pursuits, Reshena is also an alternative health practitioner, holistic birth doula and Crystal Reiki Master-Teacher.

Janelle Tupper, Finance & Administrative Coordinator

As NNEDV’s Finance and Administrative Coordinator, Janelle provides support in bookkeeping, payroll, and administration to NNEDV staff and programs, with an additional focus on support to the President & CEO. Prior to joining NNEDV, Janelle worked at Sojourners, a faith-based social justice organization for four years, initially as a member of the year-long internship program and then as Online Organizing Associate. As Online Organizing Associate she was responsible for managing Sojourners’ online advocacy program and email database, and coordinated Sojourners’ annual leadership gathering. Previously, Janelle worked in Bujumbura, Burundi, as a volunteer with a nonviolence education program under Mennonite Central Committee, a relief, service, community development and peace agency. Janelle has a B.A. in International Studies and French, both from American University.

Monica McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy

Monica McLaughlin is the Director of Public Policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), where she 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 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.

Michelle Mitchell, Director of Government Relations

Michelle brings 15 years of experience in public policy and government relations to her new role, as well as a background in domestic violence. She joins NNEDV after serving for the past two years as Senior Associate Director of Government Affairs with the American Nursing Association (ANA). Prior to working at ANA, Michelle was Manager of Legislative Affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) where she built strategic partnerships and strengthened PPFA’s congressional relationships to advocate for women’s reproductive healthcare, family planning, and sex education. Before working at PPFA, Michelle served as congressional staff for eight years. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman William Lacy Clay where she established the legislative agenda, drafted legislation and was a key point of contact for congressional committees, constituents and advocacy groups. Previously, she worked as Professional Staff on the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives. Prior to beginning her policy career, Michelle was a therapist for children who were survivors of domestic violence at Lydia’s House in St. Louis, MO. Michelle obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Marium Durrani, Senior Public Policy Attorney

Marium Durrani is the Public Policy Attorney at NNEDV. She advocates for strengthening federal legislation to support domestic violence victims, increasing appropriations to support victims and service providers, and represents the interests of state coalition interests to the federal representatives. Marium has background working with victims of domestic violence, with a focus on immigrants, faith based communities, and limited English speakers. Prior to joining NNEDV, Marium litigated family law and civil protective order cases for victims of domestic violence. She has also served as a legal fellow on the House Judiciary Committee, worked on state advocacy, and is a certified mediator.

Debbie Fox, Senior Housing Policy & Practice Specialist

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, 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.

Kyra Miller, Policy & WomensLaw Coordinator

Kyra was born in Brazil, but grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University from 2007-2011 where she double majored in Sociology and History. Kyra graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work in December with an MSW. She has worked with various organizations in different fields such as healthcare, food policy, and immigration. Kyra also taught English in Vietnam for one year.

Erica Olsen, Director of Safety Net

Erica Olsen is a Deputy Director of the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Since joining 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 more than 185 trainings to over 10,000 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 has contributed to Congressional testimony, administrative regulatory comments, and participates on committees that address privacy, technology, and safety. She regularly provides consultation and feedback to leading technology companies on the potential impact of technology design, reporting procedures, and user interface on survivors of abuse. She also provides technical assistance on technology safety to professionals working with survivors.

Erica’s prior work at the NYS 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.

Ian Harris, Safety Net Legal Manager

Ian Harris joins us from New York City, where he has represented survivors of intimate partner abuse on family, matrimonial, and immigration cases for the last eight years. Most recently, he was Director of the Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit at Staten Island Legal Services (SILS). Before joining SILS, Ian represented DV survivors as a staff attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group’s (NYLAG) Matrimonial & Family Law Unit and at Day One, a NYC-based organization that focuses on young survivors of gender-based violence. Ian has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Wagner College. He is the Chair of the New York City Bar Association Domestic Violence Committee. He received his JD from American University Washington College of Law and an MA from the American University School of International Service.

Toby Shulruff, Senior Technology Safety Specialist

Toby Shulruff works at the intersection of technology and sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking as a Senior Technology Safety Specialist with the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She has worked with advocates on the national, state, territory, tribal and local levels to strengthen organizations, advance systems coordination, improve services for survivors and prevent violence since 1997.

Audace G., Technology Safety Specialist

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 that 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 & 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 around the issue of 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. Audace is passionate about prevention around the issue of gender-based violence and believes that it is important to strengthen communities through education and awareness.

Audace was born in Guyana and raised in Queens, New York. Her favorite quote is by Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Alejandro Palacios, Technology Safety Specialist

Alejandro Palacios was a trainer with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. He joined the coalition in November 2013. Alejandro began his career in domestic violence advocacy in September 2010 as a volunteer for De Colores Domestic Violence shelter, which serves primarily monolingual Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence. In January 2011, Alejandro decided to become an intern lay legal advocate at De Colores. After the completion of his time as an intern, Alejandro started working part-time as a lay legal advocate, while also being a full-time student at Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.   On September 2011, Alejandro became the first male lay legal advocate at De Colores in 25 years. While working as a legal advocate, he provided victims of domestic violence with resources and education on domestic violence, such as victims’ rights and information on the state’s victim compensation program. He also assisted victims in comprehending and developing a safety plan. In addition, Alejandro assisted survivors in self-petitioning under the VAWA process; as well as the U-Visa process.

Corbin S., Technology Safety Specialist

Corbin is a Technology Safety Specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), and has worked in the movement to end domestic violence since 2008, bringing a background in victim advocacy, state coalition work, public policy and communications. Corbin has provided technology safety related training and technical assistance nationally to victim advocates, program directors, state coalitions, law enforcement personnel, court officials, state agencies, child protective services workers, and other stakeholders. Passionate about fostering a culture of appreciation for the ways technology can help survivors stay safe and connected, Corbin works to ensure advocates have the tools they need to help survivors navigate the nuances of privacy and safety in a tech saturated world. In addition to technology safety and privacy, Corbin’s particular areas of interest in the domestic violence movement include racial justice, LGBTQ inclusion, and increasing programs’ capacities to provide survivor-driven, trauma-informed, culturally inclusive services. Corbin holds a Master of Social Work degree from SUNY Albany, and was a Public Policy Fellow at the SUNY Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

Shalini Batra, Senior Safety Net Coordinator

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, Senior Transitional Housing Specialist and Positively Safe Manager

Ashley Slye is the Senior Transitional Housing Specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), providing technical assistance to over 150 transitional housing programs. Prior to this position, Ashley was the Senior Program Coordinator at NNEDV, where she provided support and assistance to NNEDV’s Transitional Housing Project, Coalition Capacity Project, and HIV/AIDS Project. Ashley has worked extensively with the HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence Advisory Board to develop a curriculum on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence, as well as topical trainings and webinars for advocates and HIV providers. In July 2013, Ashley facilitated the 2nd Training of Trainers on the Intersection of Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, CA. In October 2012, Ashley was invited to present on the intersection of domestic violence & HIV/AIDS at the South Carolina HIV/STD Conference in Colombia, SC. Prior to joining NNEDV in April 2010, Ashley provided support and assistance to transitional housing participants at the Women’s Resource Center of the NRV. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies and a minor in Sociology from Virginia Tech.

Teresa Lopez, Senior Transitional Housing Specialist

Teresa has been an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 2009, in a variety of settings. 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.

Sydney Palinkas, Transitional Housing and Positively Safe Coordinator

Sydney Palinkas is the Transitional Housing and Positively Safe Coordinator at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Before coming to NNEDV, Sydney worked and volunteered in the field of domestic and sexual violence for six years. She worked as the Administration and Development Intern at DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended), Inc. in Massachusetts, assisting the agency with grant development and community outreach. Prior to that, Sydney volunteered and then worked with Northeastern University’s Violence Support, Intervention, and Outreach Network for five years. She assisted in the development and implementation of Northeastern University’s domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention programming. She is also passionate about ending homelessness and coordinated an intensive volunteer program to address homelessness for two years.

Sydney graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Sociology, with minors in International Affairs and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She also has a Master’s in Social Work from Boston University, with a  concentration in Macro/Policy. Throughout her studies, she focused on the prevention of interpersonal violence and completed several research projects on campus sexual assault, elder abuse, violence abroad, and domestic violence. Sydney is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker.

Stacey Sarver, WomensLaw Legal Director and NNEDV Senior Attorney

Stacey Sarver, Esq. is NNEDV’s Senior Attorney and the Legal Director of WomensLaw, a project of NNEDV. She manages all content on, which attracts more than 1.4 million users annually and administers WomensLaw’s Email Hotline, which answers inquiries from more than two thousand victims and their families each year.  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 for one year. Before that, she represented low-income tenants facing eviction and being harassed by their landlords for three years. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Michelle Robles Torres, WomensLaw Senior Bilingual Program Attorney

Michelle Robles, Esq. recently moved to Washington, DC from Puerto Rico, where she was an attorney in private practice and represented victims of domestic violence. Before law school, she had worked for 15 years with nonprofit organizations, and served as Program Coordinator for three federally funded initiatives for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Julia Saladino, WomensLaw Senior Staff Attorney

Julia Saladino is the WomensLaw Staff Attorney. Julia contributes to writing and updating legal content on and responds to the legal Email Hotline. She graduated from American University Washington College of Law in 2011. Before joining NNEDV, Julia represented survivors in domestic violence court and family court in protection order, custody, and child support matters. Julia also clerked for a domestic violence judge at D.C. Superior Court.