Workshop Presenters

Organized by first name


Alejandra Aguilar

Program Specialist, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Alejandra, Mexican-UnitedStatian, formerly undocumented. As counselor, advocate, and Preventionista, she has supported teens & adults impacted by IPV/SA, developed culturally humble & trauma-informed prevention services in English and Spanish. She speaks up about the relationship between abuse & oppression, the interconnectedness of social justice efforts, the need for diverse prevention & intervention services, and ways in which white people can make space for people of color.

Workshop: Creating Space for Women of Color: Conversation for White Women

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Amy Turk

Chief Innovation Officer, Downtown Women's Center

As Chief Innovation Officer at Downtown Women's Center, Amy Turk, LCSW, provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of new organizational projects and fosters vital relationships with community partners in efforts to end women's homelessness in Los Angeles. Amy has worked in the homeless services and mental health field since 2001. Amy holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Pepperdine University and a master's in social work from California State University, LA

Workshop: Partnering for Survivors: The Los Angeles DV Homeless Services Coalition


Anisa Ali

Program Specialist, Futures Without Violence

As Program Specialist at FUTURES, Anisa develops educational materials and provides technical assistance on state and national programs of health care and domestic violence partnerships. Prior to her work at FUTURES, Anisa worked and interned for women's rights organizations, served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Madison, WI, and taught English as a Fulbright scholar in Turkey. Anisa earned her MA in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Workshop: Beyond Halal and Haram: Muslims, Sex, and Relationships


Antoinette Schrader

Housing Services Manager, House of Ruth

Toni M. Schrader is a domestic violence advocate and licensed counselor currently serving as House of Ruth's Housing Services Manager. Toni has an extensive background in domestic violence, education, and counseling. Toni is a founder of the Black Counselors Association and has done extensive research centered around serving families and youth of color, community violence exposure and PTSD, and providing culturally competent therapeutic interventions.

Workshop: Family Business: Unpacking the Silence of Black Victims of Intimate Partner

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April McGill

Director of Community Partnerships & Projects , California Consortium for Urban Indian Health

April McGill M.P.A. (Yuki, Wappo, Little Lake Pomo, Wailaki), is an enrolled member of Round Valley Indian Tribes living in San Francisco raising her son in the Urban Indian community. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2009 with a BA degree (Honors) in American Indian Studies.She currently works as the Director of Community Partnerships & Projects for the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health (CCUIH) leading the violence against women Red Woman Rising Project (RWR).

Workshop: The Red Women Rising Project: Implementing Culturally Responsive Services


Arlene Vassell

VP; Programs and Social Change, NRCDV

Arlene supervises NRCDV's Programs & Prevention and Communications Teams and oversees several key initiatives, including the Domestic Violence Awareness Project and PreventIPV. Joining NRCDV in 2015, Arlene brings over 18 years of multi-faceted experience within the movement to end domestic and other forms of gender-based violence.

Workshop: Centering Racial Equity into our Work: learnings from a shared journey.


Christie Munson

Deputy Executive Officer, CalVCB

Ms. Munson serves as the Deputy Executive Officer of the California Victim Compensation Board. Previously, she worked as a prosecution-based victim advocate and as the director of a sexual assault crisis center. She provided technical assistance to state sexual assault coalitions through the National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project, served on the board of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and was president of the Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance.

Workshop: Accessing Compensation for Victims of Domestic Violence

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Christine Lin

Directing Attorney, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies - California

Christine Lin is the Directing Attorney of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies-California. She co-taught the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic at UC Hastings College of the Law and refugee legal assistance clinics at University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Christine has served as the Legal Director of Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre and an Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Los Angeles Immigration Court.

Workshop: #ImmigrantWomenToo: How Domestic Violence Intersects with Asylum Protection


Cibonay Jimenez

Consultant to CCUIH, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Cibonay Jimenez (formerly Cordova) has over 20 years of professional experience in the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Sex Trafficking, Mental Health, Social Services, Health Care, and Substance Abuse fields. Cibonay's passion for this work derives from her rich history and experience as a DV/SA survivor and Native (Cazan Guamares/Yaqui)/Chicana woman.

Workshop: The Red Women Rising Project: Implementing Culturally Responsive Services


Connie Chung Joe

Executive Director, Korean American Family Services

Connie has been the ED of KFAM since 2009, during which time the agency has more than tripled its budget and staff. KFAM, which was founded in 1983, serves 6,000+ clients annually through culturally responsive services around domestic violence, mental health and child welfare. Connie is a passionate advocate for the needs of API and other underserved communities, including through the Culturally Responsive DV Network and the CA DV Advisory Council. Connie's a recovering attorney.

Workshop: Reach Across the Aisle: How 2 Feminists Worked with Christian Conservatives

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Connie Reitman-Solas

Executive Director, Inter-Tribal Council of California (ITCC)

Ms. Reitman currently serves as the Executive Director of the Inter-Tribal Council of California, Inc., a statewide tribal association comprised of 59 tribes and tribal organizations. Ms. Reitman has over 45 years of experience in community development, promoting social and economic development for underserved tribal communities predominately in rural areas throughout California.

Workshop: The Impacts of DV on American Indian infants and children


Corey Ingram

Specialize Medical Case Manager (SMCM) , Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS)

I am a LMSW for Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services. As a man of color who worked as an advocate, health educator, and a lead trainer for a majority institution, I provide a very unique perspective as I also worked with perpetrators. I developed and implemented the first male-focused program at Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention at University of South Carolina, which is designed to create a forum for men to share new and innovative ideas to address sexual assault and violence.

Workshop: Gentlemen Respecting & Interacting In Truth (G.R.I.T.) Black Masculinity


Cristal Baez

Behavioral Health Services Domestic Violence Program Manager , Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus

Cristal Baez is the Behavioral Health Services DV Program Manager at Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus. Cristal is involved in various projects and committees to bring awareness and improve services provided to survivors of DV, SA, and HT. Cristal's passion for this work comes from her need of breaking the cycle. Cristal grew in an unhealthy household where healthy relationships were not modeled. She found her calling in the DV field soon after graduating from CSU, Stanislaus. She dedicates her

Workshop: Courageous Conversations: A Journey Toward Racial Equity


Danielle Lingle

Partner, InnerSpark Associates

Danielle Lingle has worked for over two decades in the California domestic violence movement, including nonprofit service as a community educator, prevention director, and program administrator, and as a community-based consultant. She is a graduate of the Blue Shield Leadership Development Program and has served on the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Board. She is passionate about beloved community, collective liberation, and the curative power of creativity and connection.

Workshop: Creating Space for Women of Color: Conversation for Cis Gender White Women


Dominique Waltower

Speaker, Inspire Perspective

Dominique is a violence prevention advocate and a dynamic motivational speaker who has presented nationally and internationally about his journey through domestic violence. He speaks about being a victim as a child, becoming abusive as an adult and what was necessary for him to not only change his behavior but to change his thinking about abuse. Dominique speaks about the the important difference between a behavior change and a heart/mind change.

Workshop: Evolution of Boy: From Survivor to Abuser, A Story Of Responsibility & Becoming a Healer


Elizabeth Eastlund

Executive Director, Rainbow Services

Elizabeth Eastlund (LCSW) joined Rainbow Services as the Director of Programs in 2006 and became the Executive Director in 2015. She began her social work career working for Skid Row Housing Trust in the Los Angeles. Trauma theory and harm reduction philosophy have assisted her in developing supportive housing programs for those who have experienced interpersonal trauma. She has been implementing trauma informed and harm reduction approaches at Rainbow since 2007. Examining the intersection

Workshop: Partnering for Survivors: The Los Angeles DV Homeless Services Coalition


Gayle Guest-Brown

Exec. Leadership Coach, Trainer, Author, Speaker, , Guest Brown impact

Gayle Guest-Brown is an Executive Leadership Coach, leadership trainer, author and keynote speaker empowering leaders to access their strengths, connect to their values and reach their best strategies and solutions through one-on-one confidential and customized coaching. Gayle serves on the board of directors of the CA Partnership to End Domestic Violence. She also facilitates Safe Black Space and Emotional Emancipation community healing circles. She is the author of Girl Get it Right!

Workshop: Stepping into cultural inclusiveness and equity in the DV field

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Haleema Bharoocha

Tech Equity Policy Fellow, The Greenlining Institute

Haleema is a public servant driven by her commitment to the liberation of all people. Uplifted by generations of women of color, Haleema centers her work in compassion and justice. She is a Tech Fellow at Greenlining and the Bay Area Director of Malikah, a nonprofit that supports women. Haleema has a B.A. in Sociology with from Seattle U, where she founded the Gender Justice Center. Haleema is motivated to build a world free of gender-based violence through policy and organizing.

Workshop: The Role of Technology in Addressing GBV and Disaster Relief

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Heidi Notario

Vice President; Strategic Partnerships & System Change, NRCDV

Heidi Notario, M.A. serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Systems Change at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). She has advocated for the rights of gender based violence survivors, to include persons with disabilities and Deaf individuals, for more than a decade.She works closely at the intersections of disabilities and violence against people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and immigrant communities.

Workshop: Centering Racial Equity into our Work: learnings from a shared journey.


Hend Saadeh

Family Justice Center Advocate/Domestic Violence Response Team Advocate, Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus

Hend Saadeh works at Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus as an advocate, providing direct services to clients who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. Hend is passionate about supporting the growth of others through a trauma-informed and culturally responsive lens. Along with providing direct services, she coordinates Haven's racial equity training, titled Courageous Conversation.

Workshop: Courageous Conversations: A Journey Toward Racial Equity


Jennafer Wagner

Director of Programs, Family Violence Appellate Project

Jennafer has been a legal services attorney since 1997, including 15 years in a supervisory role. She has practiced in diverse geographic regions and multiple subject areas. Since February 2013, her practice has focused exclusively on domestic violence appeals. She has been intimately involved in identifying the legal issues facing survivors and developing the appellate legal strategy to address those issues, for which she was honored as a California Lawyer 2017 Attorney of the Year.

Workshop: Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting: A Comprehensive Tool-Kit


Kate Jastram

Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

Kate Jastram is Senior Staff Attorney & Gender Asylum Campaign Director at the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. She has served as an asylum officer in the San Francisco Asylum Office, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. She was a legal advisor in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and in Washington, DC. She has been a member of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law since 2002.

Workshop: #ImmigrantWomenToo: How Domestic Violence Intersects with Asylum Protection

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Kate Vander Tuig

Sr. Program Specialist, Futures Without Violence

Working as an advocate and community educator for over a decade, Kate believes that strong and connected communities hold the answers to healing from and preventing violence. Kate is responsible for resource development and technical assistance and helps to coordinate the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence.

Workshop: Removing the Margins: Anti-Racism Work for Reducing Domestic Violence

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Kendall Evans

Co-Chair, Association for Batterers Intervention Programs

Kendall Evans works with perpetrators and survivors of relationship abuse and violence.She also provides psychotherapy at Open Paths Counseling Center. Kendall supervises Trainees and Associates at Another Way and Open Paths. Kendall is a transwoman and she provides LGBTQIA specific supervision and services. She has presented workshops for therapists on domestic violence dynamics and treatment and other topics. She is Co-chair of the Association for Batterer's Intervention Programs.

Workshop: Confront without Shaming; Support without Colluding

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Laura Sunday

Community Service Director, Center for a Non Violent Community

Laura has a passion for life and building safer communities. She has 40 years of experience in designing and delivering training. Currently, she coordinates Tuolumne County's domestic violence, sexual assault and primary prevention programs working with people from pre-school to adult to uncover the roots of violence and shift social norms. She strives to integrate equity into the community by modeling a shared leadership style, and empowering voices that typically go unheard.

Workshop: Changing to the Equity Lens: Steps Domestic Violence Organizations Can Take

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Laurel Meleski

Program Coordinator II, RedRover

Laurel Meleski has been working at RedRover for 11 years helping people and the pets they love. She always knew that she wanted a vocation helping animals and feels that she has truly found her purpose working to preserve the bonds between people and their pets. The love and devotion that pet guardians show their pets are driving forces in her work toward helping animals heal and making sure that no one has to choose between safety and family.

Workshop: Pets are Family: Creating Pet Friendly Programs

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Liat Wexler

Prevention Manager, Faculty and Staff, PATH to Care Center at University of California, Berkeley

Liat Wexler is a consultant & trainer who has worked to end partner abuse and sexual assault since 2001. They have provided direct services, trained crisis staff, served on board of directors, and currently focus on prevention with faculty and staff at UC Berkeley. Liat has presented at statewide and national conferences on issues related to violence within LGBTQIA+, polyamorous, and BDSM communities. They co-founded San Diego Trans Pride and Genderqueer San Diego, and puppies make them cry.

Workshop: Discomfort of Change: Organizational Accountability as Prevention

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Mercedes Tune

Cultural Inclusion Program , California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Mercedes works as a Capacity Building Project Specialist at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. She brings to the Partnership a broad and rich international perspective on cultural dynamics and social justice, based on her experience with diverse populations in Mexico and the USA. She has been a community organizer, a manager of Education and Health affairs for refugee populations, and a project designer consultant.

Workshop: Stepping into cultural inclusiveness and equity in the DV field


Molly Nugent

OVW Disability Grant Program Manager , WEAVE

Molly Nugent is the manager of Shared Vision Sacramento, an OVW-funded collaboration between WEAVE and Society for the Blind. The purpose of this collaboration is to improve services for survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence who are blind or low vision.

Workshop: Increasing DV Agencies' Capacity to Serve Survivors with Disabilities

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Nia Mitchell

Enviromental Equity Fellow, The Greenlining Institute

Nia Aisha Mitchell is the daughter of an Afro Cuban immigrant mother and a southern born Black American father. The understanding that space and race are connected to produce exploitative outcomes for low income and communities of color never left her. Empowered (and disheartened) by that knowledge she focused on helping create change through honing her organizing and educational outreach skills with the Afrikan Black Coalition, Communities for a Better Environment, and DemocracyNow!

Workshop: The Role of Technology in Addressing GBV and Disaster Relief

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Nilda Valmores

Executive Director, My Sister's House

Nilda Valmores has served as the Executive Director of My Sister's House for the past 14 years. My Sister's House is the Central Valley's domestic violence shelter that focuses on helping Asian and Pacific Islander victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. A BSCF's Strong Field Leadership 1st cohort, Nilda has also served as a board member for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and is in her first term as a member for the California Domestic Violence Advisory Council.

Workshop: Changing to the Equity Lens: Steps Domestic Violence Organizations Can Take

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Rachel Stevens

Program Manager, RedRover

Rachel supports the RedRover Relief, RedRover Responders and RedRover Readers programs while demonstrating the caring, vigilant and unwavering attributes of RedRover's brand. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis.

Workshop: Pets are Family: Creating Pet Friendly Programs


Robin Foemmel Bie

Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, CalVCB

Robin Foemmel Bie, LCSW joined the California Victim Compensation Board in 2007. Ms. Foemmel Bie has held various management positions within CalVCB and currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Executive Officer. Ms. Foemmel Bie has over twenty years of social work experience, both direct and indirect services, in the fields of health, mental health, child welfare, and victim services through employment the state of California and the private sector.

Workshop: Accessing Compensation for Victims of Domestic Violence

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Sam Tuttle

Staff Attorney, Confidentiality Institute

An experienced advocate and attorney, Sam has dedicated her career to fighting poverty and injustice.She brings 15 years of experience working to advance human rights and reduce poverty through public policy, community engagement, and litigation. Most recently,Sam has served as the Policy Director for Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a 130-year old social service agency dedicated to advancing human rights.

Workshop: Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting: A Comprehensive Tool-Kit


Sarah Hyde

Youth Services Coordinator, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments

Sarah Hyde, Youth Services Coordinator at SAVE, is a sex educator, violence prevention advocate, and healthy relationships specialist. Sarah attended university in Southern California, where she studied social work and realized the impact of rape culture and purity culture on her life. She has worked with youth for four years and believes in making youth equal partners in her work. She'd like to thank the 30 youth who assisted in the creation of "Safer Sexting" for their collaboration!

Workshop: Safer Sexting: Not Your Parents' Sexting Talk

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Sunny Kim

Domestic Violence Program Manager, Korean American Family Services (KFAM)

Sunny is an AMFT with an MA in Clinical Psychology and BA in Psychology. She joined KFAM in 2015, 1st as a Clinical Counselor and then as a Victim Advocate and currently as the DV Program Manager. A 1st generation immigrant, her bilingual/bicultural skills allows her to address the distinct needs of Korean immigrant survivors. Sunny provides not only direct services to DV survivors, but has led batterers' classes and prevention campaigns targeting Korean faith leaders and the media.

Workshop: Reach Across the Aisle: How 2 Feminists Worked with Christian Conservatives

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Tonjie Reese

Founder, eleven24 inc

Tonjie is Detroit native, preventionist, and creative. She is the founder of eleven24, a training and consulting agency that utilizes identity affirmation, anti-oppression methods, media literacy, and youth centered programming methods to enhance prevention programs. She has held roles as a prevention program director, shelter advocate, community educator, and national community initiatives coordinator. Tonjie holds a BS in Behavioral Science and a MA in Education, Leadership, and Change.

Workshop: Meet Me at the Intersection: Including Anti-Oppression Work in Prevention

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Vanessa Hays

Financial Access Advocate , WEAVE

Vanessa Hays is the Financial Access Advocate for WEAVE Incorporated. Vanessa previously served as the Access and Functional Needs Advocate on a CalOES-funded grant partnership, where she helped to develop collaborations between WEAVE and disability-serving agencies in Sacramento County.

Workshop: Increasing DV Agencies' Capacity to Serve Survivors with Disabilities