- Deborah J. Vagins, President and CEO
- Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President
- Latifa Lyles, Vice President of External Relations
- Allison Randall, Vice President for Policy and Emerging Issues
Capacity Technical Assistance
- Beth Meeks, Capacity Technical Assistance Program Director
- Deborah DeBare, Capacity Technical Assistance Senior Deputy Director
- Tonia Moultry, Capacity Technical Assistance Deputy Director
- Ellen Yin-Wycoff, Capacity Technical Assistance Deputy Director
- Meinkeng Fonge, Capacity Technical Assistance Coordinator
Development & Communications
- Emily Dahl, Development and Communications Deputy Director
- Kate Fraim Kight, Development and Communications Coordinator
- Kayla Newton, Fundraising & Development Specialist
- Kim Puchir, Senior Grants & Development Coordinator
- Laura Zillman, Development & Communications Senior Program Coordinator
Finance & Admin
- Angela Jameson, Finance Director
- Lara Osman, Finance & Administrative Manager
- Timothy Bamwita, Budget Manager
- Reshena Johnson, Finance & Administrative Coordinator
- Janelle Tupper, Senior Finance and Administrative Coordinator
- Lee Rolandi, Executive Assistant
- Monica McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy
- Melina Milazzo, Senior Policy Counsel
- Debbie Fox, Senior Housing Policy & Practice Specialist
- Marissa Edmund, Public Policy Coordinator
- Erica Olsen, Director of Safety Net
- Audace G., Technology Safety Specialist
- Rachel G., Senior Technology Safety Specialist
- Elaina Roberts, Technology Safety Legal Manager
- Toby Shulruff, Senior Technology Safety Specialist
- Corbin Streett, Technology Safety Specialist
- Shalini Batra, Safety Net Project Specialist
Transitional Housing and Positively Safe
- Ashley Slye, Transitional Housing Manager and Positively Safe Manager
- Alona Del Rosario, Transitional Housing Specialist
- Teresa Lopez, Transitional Housing Manager
- Kelly Moreno, Transitional Housing Specialist
- Robin Pereira, Transitional Housing Coordinator
- Stacey Sarver, WomensLaw Legal Director and NNEDV Senior Attorney
- Alan Benedict, WomensLaw Staff Attorney
- Michelle Robles Torres, WomensLaw Senior Bilingual Program Attorney
- Julia Saladino, WomensLaw Senior Staff Attorney
Deborah brings with her 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. 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.
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.
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 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.
Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President at the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), joined NNEDV in 2002 after founding the Safety Net Project to address technology and Violence Against Women. Ms. Southworth works with communities, private industry, state and federal agencies, and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims. 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 Masters Degree in Social Work and has worked to end violence against women for 28 years at national, state, and local advocacy organizations. She also has spent the 20 years addressing how technology can increase victim safety and how to hold perpetrators accountable for misusing technology. Ms. Southworth serves on the Safety/Trust Advisory Boards of Airbnb, Facebook, Twitter, and Uber. She is also a founding board member and current co-chair of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters (GNWS).
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.
Allison most recently served as Chief of Staff of the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice, where she specialized in strategies to increase justice and service options for survivors. She has been actively involved in domestic violence and sexual assault issues for more than two decades, beginning her career as a direct service provider in North Carolina and Florida domestic violence shelters. She worked within the federal government for eleven years, including at the White House in the Office of the Vice President and at the Department of Health and Human Services. Allison previously spent eight years advocating for victims at the national level, first at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and then as the Public Policy Director of NNEDV. She has played a key role in drafting and passing federal legislation, including the reauthorizations of the Violence Against Women Act in 2005 and 2013 and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act in 2010. When she is not working, Allison is teaching scuba or rescuing animals.
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).
Deborah served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) from 1995 to 2018. Prior to that, Deborah served for five years as the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County and for two years 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 served on the Board of Directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence as well as the Rhode Island Legal Services, the Rhode Island Emergency Food and Shelter Board, and numerous statewide task forces and committees to address violence against women.
Before joining the 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.
Prior to joining NNEDV, Ellen was an independent consultant and trainer with over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, specifically with nonprofits in the anti-violence against women field. Most recently, she has served as the Nonprofit Sustainability Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Resource Sharing Project (RSP) at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA), where she was responsible for developing and providing training and technical assistance on nonprofit sustainability issues to OVW grantees across the nation and US territories. She has worked in violence against women movement (and nonprofit sector) since 1985 as a Director, Manager, Coordinator, Board Member, and advocate at statewide domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions along with local victim service organizations.
She was the former President and a founding Board Member at My Sister’s House, a culturally and linguistically appropriate 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 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 Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in California. Currently, she is the Chair of the School Site Council at Pony Express Elementary School in Sacramento, California.
Meinkeng Fonge has over three years of interpersonal violence and sexual health experience working with both women and adolescents. As a North Carolina native, she has over five years of administrative experience across the state and capacity building experience 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 Counties, North Carolina. She has also coordinated projects in Orange County, North Carolina to help provide survivors with resources to safely leave domestic violence situations.
With a 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, Meinkeng strives to be a part of something bigger than herself to better serve those affected by domestic violence. She has been able to utilize her various platforms to advocate for women’s rights and social change. Meinkeng 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.
Emily leads NNEDV’s fundraising and outreach efforts.
Kate works with the communications and development team, coordinating outreach efforts. She began her career working in campaign finance and election outreach in Ohio and Iowa before moving to DC to pursue digital communications and design. Working at digital agency, she developed digital organizing, fundraising, and creative campaigns for non-profits, as well as a strong passion for creating punny GIFs. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram analyzing pop culture through a feminist lens.
Kayla coordinates fundraising activities and outreach efforts. Kayla has an extensive background in development. Before joining NNEDV, she worked fundraising offices at the University of Maryland, Children’s National Health System, and House of Ruth Maryland, Inc.
Kim works with NNEDV’s Development and Communications. 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 rights.
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.
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 NNEDV team, Brandii plans to spend the rest of her career striving for anti-racist community building and the revitalization of our communities.
Prior to rejoining NNEDV in 2019, Angie was the Controller at Keller Benefit Services, where she was responsible for all the financial functions of the company. Her first tenure at NNEDV started in 2003, when she moved from Iowa to DC to fill the newly created position of Fiscal Manager. In addition to her monthly financial responsibilities, she assisted with grant writing and fundraising on occasion, provided administrative support when needed, and was in charge of annual agency audits and any government oversight audits. She worked for more than three years as the fiscal manager at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault performing similar duties. She graduated from Buena Vista University in 1995. She has served as Treasurer and Board Chair for a variety of non-profits over the years and occasionally spends a few hours volunteering with different groups focused on homelessness in Montgomery County, MD.
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.
Timothy is responsible for financial integrity, budget process & oversight. Prior to joining NNEDV, he served as a Compliance and Finance manager at the International Center for Journalists, where he coordinated financial reporting and compliance with regards to project fiscal management, maintained internal control policies and procedures, and prepared strategic proposal budgets. He has also worked as an Accountant in the insurance, tourism and construction sectors in East Africa.
Timothy has also worked with media firms in East Africa as a freelance writer on business, geopolitics and social issues. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting from Makerere University in Uganda, and is currently taking classes towards attaining a CPA.
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.
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.
Prior to joining NNEDV, Lee Rolandi was the Operations Manager of AdvantEdge Workspaces, a shared workspace in downtown DC. She is a DC/MD native, having attended the National Cathedral School through high school, with a brief stint in Carlisle, PA, where she received her BA in History from Dickinson College. Outside of the office, she volunteers her time, energy, and passion to addiction recovery circles, the kitchen staff at Miriam’s Kitchen, as well as Adoptees Connect, a nationwide network of support groups by and for adoptees.
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 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 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.
Marissa provides logistic and technical support for the Policy team. Her projects include the Annual Domestic Violence Counts Census Survey and Advocacy Day Conference. Prior to joining NNEDV, Marissa worked as a Records Manager and Research Assistant at a private health services agency in Laurel, MD where she worked to manage client files, research policy regarding veterans, oversee social media/website updates, and assist staff with clerical duties. She also brings past experience of serving as the point of contact for a 2,000-person donors and doctors convention for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Marissa is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she earned her B.A in Political Science with an International Relations focus. In 2014, she took her first volunteer service trip to Port Au Prince, Haiti that began her lasting connection to the country.
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 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.
Rachel works to increase the safety and privacy of survivors and victims of crime. She provides trainings, resources, and technical assistance to build the capacity of victim service providers, private industries, and communities at large to provide advocacy to survivors in this digital society.
Rachel formerly worked on the National Resource Center on Reaching Victims through the Vera Institute of Justice, as well at the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the Technology Safety Program Specialist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.
Elaina provides training and consultation on tech abuse. Prior to joining NNEDV, Elaina was with the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) where she served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, overseeing various grant projects and serving on the executive team, advising the Executive Director. While with NCVC, Ms. Roberts was also the Program Attorney and later the Director of the Stalking Resource Center, where she oversaw programmatic duties and provided training and technical assistance on all aspects of stalking to criminal justice and allied professionals.
Ms. Roberts has a decade of experience advocating for victims of abuse in the criminal justice and violence against women fields. After graduating law school, she was an Assistant District Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she prosecuted crimes in the Violent Crimes, Community Crimes, and Metropolitan Crimes Divisions. She has prosecuted hundreds of domestic violence cases, many of which involved stalking behaviors. Ms. Roberts also served as the Mental Health and Drug Court Prosecutor during her time at the DA’s Office. She is licensed to practice in DC, Maryland, Texas, and New Mexico.
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.
Corbin works at the intersection of privacy, technology and intimate partner violence as a Technology Safety Specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Corbin provides training and technical assistance on survivor privacy, confidentiality best practices, and technology safety to victim advocates, state coalitions, law enforcement, court officials, legal service providers, and other stakeholders. Passionate about fostering a culture of respect for survivor privacy, and appreciation for the ways technology can help survivors stay safe and connected, Corbin works to ensure advocates and their community partners have the tools they need to help survivors navigate a tech saturated world.
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 provides 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 second 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.
Prior to joining NNEDV, Alona was a Senior Policy Associate for the Economic Security for Survivors Project (ESS) at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), where she was responsible for providing training and technical assistance designed to increase the capacity of domestic violence shelters, transitional housing programs, and workforce development agencies to respond to the economic barriers faced by survivors. As part of a research study on the economic impact of abuse, Alona served as the liaison between domestic violence programs participating in the survey and IWPR’s research team. Prior to IWPR, she worked as a Public Policy Advocate at the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV), where she advocated to strengthen federal and state legislation to protect survivors and increase funding and resources to support survivors and service providers. While at ACESDV, she worked on a range of issues, including intimate partner homicide, paid sick and safe leave, and predatory lending, among others, in addition to managing the Economic Justice Project. Before her time at ACESDV, Alona worked as a Legal Advocate at UMOM New Day Centers’ domestic violence shelter and assisted survivors as they navigated Arizona’s justice system. In January 2016, Alona joined End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) as an associate board member and currently sits on their public relations committee. Alona holds a Master’s Degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and criminal justice from Northern Arizona University.
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 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.
As coordinator, Robin organizes logistics for national and regional transitional housing trainings. She recently graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island in May 2018, with a degree in Journalism and Women’s Studies. While at Hofstra, Robin found her passion for event coordinating through her involvement with the Hofstra Campus Feminist Collective (HCFC). Her roles as Secretary and Vice President of HCFC gave her the opportunity to plan and execute events such as The Vagina Monologues and Take Back the Night. She served as the Development Intern for Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, where she coordinated logistics for their annual “Pink Out Power Up” gala. After graduation, she went to Alexandria, Virginia, to work as the Fall 2018 Development and Special Events Fellow for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.
Stacey Sarver, Esq. manages all content on WomensLaw.org, which attracts more than 1.4 million users annually, in addition to administering 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.
Alan Benedict provides legal information and referrals in response to questions from domestic violence survivors around the country who write in to the WomensLaw Email Hotline. He also assists in maintaining and updating the content found on WomensLaw.org. Before joining NNEDV, Alan worked as a staff attorney for Legal Assistance of Western NY, where he represented survivors in a variety of court proceedings. Prior to his time with legal services, he worked as a general practice attorney, which included representation of family court litigants and work as a court appointed attorney for children.
Michelle Robles, Esq. is located in Puerto Rico, where she previously worked as 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 contributes to writing and updating legal content on WomensLaw.org 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 DC Superior Court.