Carolina Alzuru - Director of Training
Lisi Martinez Lotz - Response Systems Coordinator
Carolina Alzuru is the Director of Training and the primary technical assistance provider for colleges and universities at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Carolina has been working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence for over a decade. This experience includes both direct services and prevention. Prior to coming to NCCADV, she served as the Rape Prevention Education Coordinator at NC State University, where she worked with students, staff, and faculty to create a campus climate more intolerant of perpetration. Carolina also brings experience working at community programs in North Carolina, including the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services in Chatham County. She has specialized in working with colleges and universities, LGBTQ communities, Latin@s and immigrants, and rural communities. Her passion lies in working toward social justice by mobilizing people and communities. She currently serves as the Intimate Partner Violence Lead on the NC Campus Consortium Advisory Committee and has previously Chaired the NC Reproductive Justice Coalition and served as Vice-Chair of the Orange County Commission for Women. She is originally from Venezuela and grew up in Athens, GA. She received degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carolina enjoys playing and watching sports, traveling, and being outdoors.
Focus Areas: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Training oversees the strategy and implementation of NCCADV’s trainings. This position also serves as the primary technical assistance provider for college and university NCCADV members.
Sameka Bennerman is a staff attorney for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. As a proud graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (’03) and North Carolina Central School of Law (’06), with a passion for advocacy and serving others, she has engaged in work as a public service attorney for her 10 year tenure as an attorney and counselor at law. Since the inception of her law career, Sameka witnessed the impact of Domestic Violence on the families and communities surrounding her as she represented parents in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency matters for over 8 years. She witnessed the impact from another angle as she has most recently served as one of the Edgecombe County Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency and Child Support Attorney’s before joining the Coalition. She has had the privilege of working directly with a Domestic Violence service provider, My Sister’s House Incorporated, in her capacity as a board member on the Board of Directors for 2 and ½ years. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, she held the responsibility of serving as Co-Chair of her local chapter’s Domestic Violence committee for 2 years. Sameka has spent the last two years dedicating a large portion of her private practice to representing survivors in Eastern NC in obtaining domestic violence protective orders in her role as a Legal Aid of NC contract attorney. She is ecstatic to be able to continue to serve, assist, and empower survivors of domestic violence through trainings, direct legal services, and policy updates.
Beth Chartrand is the Database Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Originally from Michigan, Beth has lived in several states before settling in North Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and Master’s in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University in Virginia. Before joining NCCADV, Beth worked for the Department of Public Safety where she focused on crime victim’s services in the NCSAVAN program and as a Grants Management Specialist. Additional experience also includes direct services in juvenile justice and child protective services in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and cold case review project for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC.
Sarah Hill Colwell is the Staff Attorney for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Driven to a legal career by an intense desire to increase access to justice for domestic violence survivors, Sarah had her first experiences in domestic violence court as a Legal Intern and Crisis Hotline Responder with the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County (now the Compass Center). She has since graduated from The University of North Carolina School of Law where she was actively involved in such organizations as the student-run Pro Bono Board, the Domestic Violence Action Project, and the Immigration Clinic. She completed her law school internships at International House, The Safe Alliance Legal Representation Project, Grier, Furr & Crisp, and Garfinkel Immigration Law.
Before joining NCCADV, Sarah served as an attorney and AmeriCorps/Equal Justice Works Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellow with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Second Chance Employment and Housing Project. While working with the Second Chance Project, Sarah focused on breaking down barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities for individuals with prior justice involvement through expunction and Certificate of Relief assistance. She largely concentrated her efforts on assisting victim-defendants, survivors of domestic violence who, as a result of their abusive situation, found themselves with criminal charges and/or convictions on their records.
Jennifer Counts is the Member Services & Communications Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Prior to joining NCCADV full-time, Jennifer worked as Prevention and Evaluation Fellow and Prevention Specialist at NCCADV, completing projects focused on the primary prevention of domestic violence. She also conducted assessment and evaluation projects for the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health and worked as a Research Assistant on two domestic violence-related research projects at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has extensive experience in program management and several years of experience volunteering in domestic violence and sexual assault response.
Rachel Dooley, Evaluation Coordinator
Before joining NCCADV, Rachel worked as an Evaluation Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she focused on evaluation of complex initiatives such as food policy councils and social marketing interventions.
Rachel has worked on evaluation and capacity building projects for a range of organizations, including the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Indian Health Service, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Additionally, she has volunteered in domestic violence crisis response for the former Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County.
An Atlanta native, Rachel received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and German History from Agnes Scott College and her Master’s of Public Health degree from the UNC Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys hiking, camping, and eating Southern BBQ.
Agatha Buell Eggers, Director of Finance & Development
Agatha Buell Eggers is the Director of Finance and Development for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Agatha has worked in non-profit and educational institutions for over 12 years, and is a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina. She has worked as a non-profit bookkeeper, director of human resources and administration, university business officer, and non-profit auditor in North Carolina, and before that in San Francisco. She received a Master of Accounting from NC State University with a focus in enterprise risk management. Outside of her accounting work, Agatha has worked and volunteered with a number of youth focused organizations with a special emphasis on leadership development, empowerment and community building for middle and high school aged youth. Agatha enjoys helping NCCADV meet its mission by supporting sound financial practices and strengthening internal organizational systems.
Focus Areas: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Finance and Development is responsible for the agency\'s accounting and resource development functions, including payroll, audit preparation and grants management. This includes preparation of financial reports, cash flow management, and coordination of employee benefits. This is a key leadership position, involving staff supervision and financial oversight.
Saira is the Latinx Services Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has extensive experience in social services with the Latinx community. Prior to her current role, Saira was the Executive Director of Mi Familia Institute, a nonprofit organization that helps the Hispanic community navigate the difficult journey of assimilation by “building family strength through education, promotion of respect, and social justice.” Her passion in helping people led her to a dual major in Psychology and Sociology. She also served as Board of Directors/Trustee for Iredell Memorial Hospital, Iredell Partnership Young Children, Speak Life and Live, and Women of Worship Global along with serving in various committees such as Martin Luther King Jr., Parents as Teacher, Human Relations Commissions, Iredell County Domestic Violence Task Force, and Statesville Latino Outreach.
Deena Fulton is the Prevention Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Deena's North Carolina roots are deep: she grew up in Charlotte and completed both her BA in Global Studies and her Master's of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Before joining NCCADV, Deena worked at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault providing training and technical assistance to local practitioners to support the Rape Prevention and Education program across California. She has also designed and implemented rigorous, mixed-methods evaluation for a school-based rape prevention program, worked in adolescent health, and volunteered in various capacities related to sexual health promotion.
Catherine Guerrero is the Associate Director for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Catherine has over ten years of violence prevention experience. Prior to coming to NCCADV, she served as the Director of the Rape Prevention and Education Program for the states of North Carolina and Colorado. Catherine also has experience working against domestic violence at the local and coalition levels. Her focus has been on battered women in the legal system, women’s use of force/female offenders, systems advocacy and anti-racism/anti-oppression. In addition to working in the anti-violence movement, Catherine has been a social justice community organizer for most of her life, working for racial justice, indigenous rights, labor rights and food justice. In her spare time she enjoys farming and keeping bees.
Roxanne has played a leadership role at two large international non-profits that focus on global health and women’s health and rights. At Ipas in Chapel Hill, she oversaw the organization’s development department and played a pivotal role in the organization’s four-fold growth. At IntraHealth International in Chapel Hill, at various times she oversaw communications, resource development, knowledge management, organizational effectiveness and board relations. There she also served as corporate secretary to the Board of Directors and acting president during the CEO’s absences. Recently she oversaw development and communications at Financial Pathways, which helps Piedmont-Triad families develop financial capability and achieve homeownership. Early in her career she worked in book publishing and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a communications professional. She earned a BA in English with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is passionate about excellence in non-profit management and governance. She has served on the boards of the Compass Center for Women and families at Chapel Hill and at the NC Zen Center.
Trishana Jones, Children and Youth Coordinator
Trishana Jones is the Children and Youth Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Originally from New Orleans, Trishana brings ten years of case management and human services assistance experience to individuals, children and families as a social worker in the areas of domestic violence, adoption, child welfare and advocacy. As a North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative Scholar, she has worked with children and youth in the care of Durham County DSS and Wake County Human Services due to abuse, neglect or dependency. In addition, Trishana worked as a domestic violence advocate in Atlanta, GA, from 2000 to 2004. She also has worked as a placement specialist in an adoption agency in Atlanta. Trishana compliments her direct service experience with coalition building and statewide collaboration through her work with the DOA’s Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office in Raleigh from 2006 to 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Clark Atlanta University in 2002 and Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005.
Focus Areas: Under the supervision of the Prevention Coordinator, the Children and Youth Specialist manages NCCADV’s Child Advocacy and Services Enhancement (CASE) program, including training and technical assistance provision, with special attention to coordinating outreach and services to traditionally under-served child and youth populations. This position facilitates resource sharing and oversees NCCADV’s child and youth partnerships.
Colleen Kochanek is the founding partner of Kochanek Law Group. Colleen represents a variety of trade groups and businesses at the North Carolina General Assembly. She keeps her clients informed of legislation that is pending and provides advice on legislative involvement and strategy, including working to enact legislation. Colleen received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and her Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University. Prior to forming Kochanek Law Group, she was a partner in the Raleigh law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood where she focused on legislative and administrative law.
Focus Areas: NCCADV’s Lobbyist assists with strategy on achieving NCCADV’s Legislative Agenda, speaks to legislators regarding NCCADV’s position on legislation, and works with other lobbyists and allies on behalf of NCCADV. The Lobbyist keeps the Coalition informed of changes to legislation that affects Coalition members and prepares periodic reports for the membership during legislative sessions. In addition, NCCADV’s Lobbyist monitors the activities of legislative committees during and between session when considering issues that affect Coalition members and arranges for members to testify when appropriate.
Lisi Martinez Lotz has a doctorate in Latin American History and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has extensive experience in working in both the non-profit and academic sectors. Her professional experience in the domestic violence field began at Compass Center for Women in Families, the local agency in Orange County. While there she managed the agency's Community Outreach and Violence Prevention programs while also assisting domestic violence survivors as they navigated the legal system. she also worked as the Program Director at Vaccine Ambassadors, a non-profit that provides vaccines to children in countries with limited access to immunization services. She continues her efforts with this organization as a member of their Board of Directors. In her Current position at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Lisi Martinez Lotz works with communities across the state to increase their efforts for collaboration in order to better provide victim-centered services and hold offenders accountable.
Bonnie Louthan is the Financial Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Originally from Massachusetts, Bonnie moved to Charlotte in 1976. As a military dependent, she was extremely fortunate to experience many different cultures and lifestyles throughout her travels and is happy to call North Carolina home. Bonnie recently relocated to the Raleigh-Durham area to be near her four young grandchildren, who she adores and enjoys spoiling. Bonnie has over 20 years of experience related to the daily operations of all aspects of accounting and office management for a small office and is committed to dedication and detail in her work. Bonnie is actively involved in numerous community organizations, especially LifeShare of the Carolinas where she completed a Transplant Speakers workshop. She also helped implement and facilitate a bereavement group at her church, in addition to organizing a bi-annual luncheon for this group.
Focus Areas: Under the supervision of the Director of Finance and Administration, the Financial Specialist is responsible for the agency’s accounting and grant reporting functions, general office administration, and assistance with benefits and human resources. This includes maintenance of all vendor files, issuance of invoices, posting of expense allocations, reconciliation of bank accounts, and maintenance of office equipment and supply inventory.
Dana is the Executive Director for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Dana has served as Director, NC Community AIDS Fund at the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. There she led the organization in business development and planning and she participated on its Board of Directors. She has served on the strategic and financial planning committees for the national and statewide Board of Directors for UN Women, which focuses on the gender equality and empowerment of women, and co-taught global health courses at Duke University focusing on women\'s issues. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, she was an executive with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Inc., where she held positions within the Commercial, Global Supply, and R&D areas of the company. She holds a MA in Liberal Studies and Health Policy from Duke University and a BS in Radiologic Science and Nuclear Medicine from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Amily McCool, Legal and Policy Director
Amily McCool is the Legal and Policy Director for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She brings over 15 years experience working in the domestic violence field as both a social worker and a lawyer. As a social worker, Amily worked directly with survivors of domestic violence in Wake and Chatham Counties and later directed an abuser treatment program in Durham and Orange Counties. Amily was moved to go to law school after seeing the shortcomings in the legal system in addressing the needs of domestic violence survivors. After graduating from law school she clerked at the NC Court of Appeals with the Honorable Judge Linda McGee. She then had the honor of prosecuting in the Wake County District Attorney's Office for four years, during which time she prosecuted misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases, child abuse cases, and juvenile cases. Amily followed her prosecution work with civil representation of domestic violence victims. She had the pleasure of working with Legal Aid of NC as a Domestic Violence Staff Attorney representing domestic violence victims in their civil restraining order and related hearings. She also founded her part-time practice representing victims of domestic violence for low-cost or pro bono in their civil family law cases. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist survivors and their children statewide through the Coalition's policy work and through collaboration with and support of the local programs and members across the state.
As the Economic Justice Specialist at NCCADV, Adé (pronouns: she/her/they/them) is working with coalition members to build transformative programming that can strengthen the economic and financial power of survivors of domestic violence. As an MPH and astudent of solidarity economics, Adé is excited to applywhat they are learning in economic movement work to building survivor -centered and -led programs that address economic abuse and recovery.
Prior to NCCADV, Adé freelanced as a public health justice and communications consultant with Orange County Health Department, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, and Ipas focusing on elevating issues that range from the criminalization of mental health and drug use to improving access to abortion care and ending abortion stigma.
Adé loves the ocean, oatmeal, and staying hydrated.
Sharlene Popplewell-Johnson has devoted her entire career to the field of human services and working in the nonprofit sector to ensure resources are directed to individuals and families in need. Sharlene’s role as NCCADV’s grant compliance coordinator involves collecting information on the progress and impact associated with services offered through NCCADV staff and DVSP’s throughout North Carolina. Sharlene’s tasks involve ensuring that NCCADV and its sub-grantees remain compliant with federal and state regulations and guidelines. Her work also involves reporting to NCCADV governmental funding sources and helping to maintain continued funding to support domestic violence survivors.
Sharlene grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and began her career as an Assistant Teen Director for the Boys and Girls Club after graduating from UMASS/Boston with a BA in Psychology. Sharlene later worked for the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services as a Contract Administrator, where she trained community and faith-based organizations on developing fundable programs for low-income individuals and families. While there, Sharlene earned her Master’s Degree from Springfield College, School of Human Services. Sharlene’s desire to work closer with communities led her to accepting the role of Community Partnerships Grant Manager for small nonprofit. In this role, Sharlene oversaw programs designed to coordinate services for youth at high-risk. Just before arriving at NCCADV, Sharlene worked as a financial grants coordinator for YouthBuild USA in Massachusetts where she managed the reimbursement and compliance monitoring process for over 70 YouthBuild USA sites across the country.
Sharlene brings her skills in grant administration, program management and community partnership experience to NCCADV.
MariSol is the Administrative & Financial Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. MariSol is new to the state of North Carolina. She relocated from New Jersey, bringing to our agency over twenty eight years of Administrative Experience.
In New Jersey she worked for a non-profit organization as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the agency. The agency helped the local community with Legal services, Education, Social services and Adult Daycare for senior citizens.
MariSol also worked in retail as an Administrative Assistant, for twenty five years in the Logistic Department. Which serviced their entire east coast stores. She was responsible for billing, customer service, scheduling and many more. She attended Bergen county Community College and obtained a medical billing license. She was a volunteer in her church teaching religious first grade classes for two years before moving to North Carolina.
She is currently a volunteer in her local church knitting club. The club provides their yarn work for preemie babies, such as hats, blankets and more.
Cassandra (Cassie) Rowe first became interested in interpersonal violence during her time in Zambia as a Peace Corps volunteer working on HIV education, where she saw the connections between exposure to violence and unequal gender powe dynamics with HIV and other Health issues. This experience inspired her to pursue a master of Public Health degree at the UNC Gillings School of Global Health, in the department of Health Behavior. At UNC, she focused her research on IPV and sexual violence prevention at Population Services International (PSI) and the Rape, Abuse and incest National network (RAINN) in Washington, DC. She worked on a study of gender-based violence services and prevention in Tanzania with the company Palladium. Cassie is now happy to work on improving IPV health care services for North Carolinians.
Cassie is passionate about the social justice issues and in addition to ending gender-based violence, is interested in criminal justice reform and transforming racial inequality. In her free time, Cassie enjoys running, dancing, laughing with friends and taking her dog olive to the park. She is also working on a life stories project of people in recovery of mental illness and addiction.
Liz Stern is the Domestic Violence Healthcare Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Liz is a public health professional with eighteen years of experience addressing domestic violence in medical, public health, and community-based non-profit settings. Prior to joining the Coalition she served for ten years as the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for Duke University Health System, worked as a consultant for the NC Division of Public Health, training health department staff across the state on domestic violence as public health issue, and served as the Director of Advocacy at the Orange/Durham Coalition for Battered Women. She also helped establish and served on the advisory board of Hacia La Paz Familiar, a domestic violence program for Spanish-speaking women based at Catholic Social Ministries in Durham, NC. Liz holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Thought and Political Economy, with a minor in Women’s Studies, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Rebecca Swofford is the Training Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She is a native of Durham, NC and has a great love for all things Durham. Rebecca first began learning and working in this field during college at Appalachian State University, where she earned a BA in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Dance. There, she was a member of the Red Flag Campaign Planning Committee as well as the primary Peer Educator/Trainer for the Active Bystander Training component of this program. In order to further her experience and training in this field, Rebecca attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Community, Management, and Policy Practice and the Non-profit Leadership Certificate. Through this program she was able to gain hands on experience with direct crisis intervention, training development and facilitation, research and evaluation, and more as the Crisis Response Intern at Orange County Rape Crisis Center and the Prevention and Evaluation Intern at North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In her spare time she enjoys singing, dancing, crafting, hiking, and working with power tools.
Kari Thatcher is the Prevention Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Chapman University. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, a community-academic research partnership, and also works independently training and consulting with organizations and communities working for racial equity. Prior to joining NCCADV as staff, Kari served as an evaluation consultant for NCCADV’s Child Advocacy and Services Enhancement project.
She specializes in community-based participatory research, program evaluation, and community organizing. Kari’s work is focused around a belief in the importance of leadership and capacity-building at the neighborhood level. She has a track-record and passion for developing and sustaining partnerships across organizations, sectors, and leaders that might not typically collaborate.
Jenny is the Evaluation Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Before joining NCCADV, Jenny received a doctorate in anthropology (University of Kentucky, 2013) and designed a mixed methods, health-based research project as the Co-Principal investigator on a National Science Foundation funded research project in Northern Ireland. Jenny has also worked as a research assistant on a longitudinal study of child and maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa and as a part-time faculty member at a number of universities in Central New York. Jenny received a bachelor's degree in history and anthropology from the University of Georgia. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys cooking food for family and friends and reading.
Focus Areas: Under the supervision of the Evaluation Coordinator, the Evaluation Specialist works with projects across the organization to design, manage, and analyze evaluation outcomes. The primary focus of the position is on the IPV Provider Networks Grants through the Office of Women's Health and the DELTA Focus grant through the CDC.
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Focus Areas: NetFriends will provide information and technology support to NCCADV staff. This support includes software and hardware upgrades, virus protection and information storage. All billing is on a fee-for-service basis.