Staff

Carolina Alzuru - Director of Statewide Capacity
Olivia Bass - Nia Program for African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Services Coordinator
Marcella Camara - Healthcare Program Specialist
Esperanza Castillo - Latinx and Immigration Services Coordinator
Beth Chartrand - Database Coordinator
Marcelle Clowes - Member Services Specialist
Sherry Honeycutt Everett - Legal & Policy Director
Nicole Feehan - Training Coordinator
Carianne Fisher - Executive Director
Deena Fulton - Programs Director
Alexana Garcia - Operations Coordinator
Willie Mae Hawkins - Community Advocate, Nia Program
Trishana Jones - Programs Director
Alexis Kralic - Director of Finance and Administration
Kathleen Lockwood - Staff Attorney
Bonnie Louthan - Financial Specialist

Molly Marcotte - Interim LGBTQ Services Specialist
Jazmin Monroe-Richards - CASE Project Specialist
Taylour Neal - Campus Services Specialist
Coming soon - Economic Justice Specialist
Jessica Perkins-Thompson - Technical Assistance Coordinator
Natalie Pickett - Member Services Specialist
Sharlene Popplewell-Johnson - Grants Compliance Coordinator
MariSol Rivera - Financial Specialist
Cassandra Rowe - Healthcare Program Coordinator
Rebecca Swofford - Prevention Coordinator
Kari Thatcher - Prevention and Evaluation Specialist
Nisha Williams - Staff Attorney
Colleen Kochanek - Lobbyist, Kochanek Law Group

 

 

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Carolina Alzuru, Director of Statewide Capacity

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Call Carolina at 919-956-9124, ext. 204.

Carolina Alzuru is the Director of Statewide Capacity where she oversees all NCCADV external capacity building programs to ensure their high relevance in the state. NCCADV’s capacity building programs include statewide training, technical assistance, membership services, LGBTQ response, and campus prevention and response. This includes oversight of partnering, coordinating program work, and implementing with statewide key stakeholders, state and federal funders, research institutions, and domestic violence service providers.

Carolina has been working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence for fourteen years and has been at NCCADV since 2012. In previous roles, she managed the prevention and coordinated community response programs at the Coalition. Before coming to NCCADV she ran the rape prevention program at NC State University and the Latinx program at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. She also brings experience working at a DV shelter in a rural community, and working with immigrant and LGBTQ communities. She received degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Olivia Bass, African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Services Coordinator

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Call Olivia at 919-956-9124, ext. 201.

Olivia Bass is the Nia Program for African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Services Coordinator at North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Olivia earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and her Master's in Social Work with a concentration in social innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She discovered her passion about violence prevention during her undergraduate career. She first started volunteering at the local rape crisis center supporting prevention education for adolescents and their families. This passion evolved to focusing in a career of social work by providing direct client services, support group facilitation, crisis management, and support to local bar staff about alcohol-facilitated sexual assault, and sexual health and relationship education.

Olivia manages the Nia program which focuses on the cultural values, tropes, and worries that often act as barriers that prevent Black IPV survivors from seeking formal assistance. With the support of community advocates and community-based organizations, Olivia will raise awareness about IPV and available resources and services for ABC survivors, and will provide referral services and support to this population.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Marcella Camara Healthcare Program Specialist

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Call Marcella at 919-956-9124, ext. 302.

Marcella (Mars) Camara is the Healthcare Program Specialist at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She is a Liberian-American creative, cultural organizer, and public health advocate with a passion for reproductive justice and birth work. Marcella earned her Bachelor's of Science in Public Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health from East Carolina University. During her undergraduate career, she became passionate about student organizing and the intersection of art, wellness, and equity.

After college she worked as a field organizer for multiple political campaigns focused on anti-racism, voter suppression, and community wellness in North Carolina. Prior to her time at NCCADV, Marcella spent over two years in youth advocacy and programming while working with Triangle based teen centers and Parks and Recreation. She also spent time researching Reproductive Health outcomes and studying birth work with a specific focus on black women, femmes, and mothers of colors. Marcella is a curator, doula, and tribe member of Spirithouse which has allowed her to center her passion for organizing public wellness and self-care projects for communities of color. The span of her career has centered using arts, culture, and anti-oppression praxis to center public wellness in her beloved hometown of Durham, and she brings over 5 years of experience working within health systems at multiple intersections. Marcella came to NCCADV to continue the work of creating equitable and dynamic public health standards that consider the diversity in experiences in the lives of women, femmes, and the most marginalized.

Her work with NCCADV centers strengthening partnerships between health care systems and domestic violence agencies in order to provide trauma informed care to survivors of IPV throughout North Carolina.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Esperanza Castillo, Latinx and Immigration Services Coordinator

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Call Esperanza at 919-956-9124, ext. 230.

Esperanza Castillo is the Latinx and Immigration Services Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence.

She first connected with interpersonal violence prevention in college, volunteering as a peer educator and bilingual hotline advocate for her local domestic violence agency. After graduating, Esperanza taught high school Spanish in Charlotte through Teach for America. During this time she also co-advised the Latin American Students Association as well as the LGBTQ+ Alliance, working to build safety and inclusion into each space as well as her classroom. In 2015, Esperanza returned to work with survivors and their families as Latinx Services Director at Compass Center in Chapel Hill, where she supported staff, community partners, and dozens of dedicated volunteers in strengthening Orange County’s response to immigrant survivors.

Since then, Esperanza has continued to serve the Triangle through various roles, including community organizing around reproductive justice issues in Raleigh and joining the Orange County Rape Crisis Center’s Board of Directors in Chapel Hill. She looks forward to continue advocating for North Carolina’s immigrant survivors at NCCADV.

Esperanza holds a B.A. in political science, philosophy, and social and economic justice from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Personal pronouns: ella/she/hers


Beth Chartrand, Database Coordinator

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Call Beth at 919-956-9124, ext. 207.

Beth Chartrand is the Database Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Beth earned a BS in Psychology from Kutztown University, as well as a MA in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University focusing on Juvenile Justice.

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. As the Database Coordinator, Beth focuses on providing a database that will ease reporting and tracking for all North Carolina DV and SA agencies.


Marcelle Clowes, Member Services Specialist

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Call Marcelle at 919-956-9124, ext. 231.

Marcelle Clowes is the Member Services Specialist at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She transitioned from a career as an emergency veterinary technician to victim advocacy six years ago when she became Member Engagement Coordinator with a victim-led, national non-profit advocating for victim-focused criminal justice reform. In this role Marcelle worked closely with loved ones of murder victims, supporting them in lifting their voices to advocate for the needs of victim/survivors. Her chief responsibilities included managing the organization’s communications and speakers’ bureau, supporting victim/survivors in all aspects of sharing their stories, and educating partners, allies, and fellow advocates about the responsible sharing of victim/survivor stories.

In 2015, Marcelle earned her national victim advocate credentials with specialties in homicide advocacy and program administration from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). In her role as Member Services Specialist, she coordinates all training and membership logistics.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Sherry Honeycutt Everett, Legal & Policy Director

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Call Sherry at 919-956-9124, ext. 211.

Sherry Honeycutt Everett is a native North Carolinian with over ten years of experience litigating on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Women’s Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to serving as the Legal and Policy Director of the Coalition, Sherry worked on behalf of survivors in both private practice and the nonprofit legal sectors, including as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Durham office. Sherry has experience on numerous councils, committees and task forces dedicated to improving the lives of survivors, and has served as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors as well as a member of the NCCADV Board of Directors.

As passionate a teacher as a lawyer, Sherry spent four years teaching in North Carolina public schools, and considers being an educator one of the most important parts of her job as an attorney. From educating clients, legislators and the public to conducting trainings to teaching law students as an adjunct professor at UNC law school, Sherry considers it a privilege to help people genuinely understand the law and to educate people on how effective, data-driven law and policy can improve the lives of survivors.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Nicole Feehan, Training Coordinator

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Call Nicole at 919-956-9124, ext. 303.

Nicole Feehan is the Training Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In that role, Nicole implements the NCCADV’s Training Program for the improvement of individual and organizational capacity. This includes delivering on-site and specialized trainings to NCCADV members, and the public. Additionally, Nicole is responsible for planning and implementing the biennial conference.

Prior to her current role at the Coalition, Nicole served survivors in higher education through prevention and response initiatives. She has also worked in community based mental health, focusing primarily on individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, including folks in recovery from substance-related dependencies.

Nicole has a Master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers and xe/xem/xyr


Carianne Fisher, Executive Director

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Call Carianne at 919-956-9124, ext. 202.

Carianne Fisher is the Executive Director at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She began her career as a weekend advocate at the Kathy J. Weinman Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in St. Louis. Carianne was a part of the team at the largest private child welfare agency in Illinois for over 16 years – first in direct service as a Family Counselor in a program serving youth who ran away from home or were locked out by their parents in Southern Illinois and later as Training Coordinator, Director of Professional Education and Training, and finally as Director of Human Resources and Training.

Carianne’s experience also includes serving as the Human Resources Manager for a skilled nursing facility in suburban Chicago, as a Field Consultant for the University of Chicago, and as the Director of Training at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago. Before coming to NCCADV, Carianne served as the first Executive Director of Therapet in Tyler, TX.

Carianne received a B.A. in English Literature and an MSW with a concentration in Women’s Issues from Washington University in St Louis.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Deena Fulton, Programs Director

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Call Deena at 919-956-9124, ext. 212.

Deena Fulton is the Programs Director at NCCADV. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Global Studies and an MPH with a focus on health behavior.

Deena directs programs that focus on changing the systems that enable intimate partner violence to happen. Currently, these programs include primary prevention, economic justice, and housing access. She is committed to an intersectional, anti-oppression approach to making change across systems to build a more just and less violent society.

Deena has experience in program management, implementation, and evaluation. Her work has mostly focused on preventing multiple forms of violence. She has previously managed NCCADV's DELTA prevention programs and supported rape prevention programs in California. She has also designed and implemented rigorous, mixed-methods evaluation, worked in adolescent health, and volunteered in sexual health promotion.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Alexana Garcia, Operations Coordinator

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Call Alexana at 919-956-9124, ext. 200.

Alexana Garcia is the Operations Coordinator for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Alexana received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Master's in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG). Prior to joining NCCADV, Alexana worked at the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) at UNC Chapel Hill, first as the Literacy Programs Director where she managed the America Reads and Counts program and later as the Executive Director. She also has previous experience as programming staff at a community-based adult literacy organization and as administrative staff in the human resources department of a community college. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and is excited to support the work of NCCADV with her skills in office management, program management, human resources, and communications.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Willie Mae Hawkins, Community Advocate for the Nia Program for African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Services

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Dr. Willie Mae Hawkins is the Community Advocate for the Nia Program for African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Services at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She earned a BA in Business Administration from Barton College, a Master of Divinity degree from Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Renewal from Regent University.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Hawkins has provided community outreach services and advocated within the Halifax community on various needs, including domestic violence. Her work presented solutions through self-care strategies, with a particular focus on women of African descent. Her experience also includes serving as a mental health therapist, an ordained clergy with clinical pastoral training, and a certified professional life coach.

In the Nia Program, Dr. Hawkins will provide direct client services, raise awareness about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and available resources and services for ABC survivors in the Halifax, Edgecombe and Nash counties.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Trishana Jones, Programs Director

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Call Trishana at 919-956-9124, ext. 205.

Trishana Jones is a Programs Director that supervises NCCADV’s system response programs consisting of the Latinx Program, Healthcare Program, Osnium and the CASE Project. She is dedicated to the system response programs being current and aligned with the ever-emerging needs of survivors and domestic violence service providers.

She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Clark Atlanta University and attained a Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a concentration on Children and Families Direct Practice. Trishana was specially trained to work with children and families involved with child welfare services through the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative Scholar Program while at UNC-Chapel Hill. Trishana brings 17 years of human services experience of supporting adults, children and families in the areas of domestic violence, child welfare and child advocacy. In her previous role at NCCADV, Trishana managed the Child Advocacy and Services Enhancement (CASE) Project. The CASE Project continues to focus its efforts on increasing awareness of the effects of child exposure to domestic violence; enhancing the capacity of advocates and allied professionals to serve children and teens in a trauma-responsive manner; providing technical assistance and training on child exposure to domestic violence and teen dating violence; and engaging in collaborations tasked with goals to improve outcomes for children and teens in the state of North Carolina.


Alexis Kralic, Director of Finance and Administration

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Call Alexis at 919-956-9124, ext. 203.

Alexis Kralic is the Director of Finance and Administration at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Alexis has been working in the field of domestic and sexual violence for over 20 years. Her first role was a Shelter Assistant and since then she has held roles in Community Education, Development and Finance, both in Chatham and Orange counties. To the role of Director of Finance and Administration, Alexis brings an understanding of local programs, and the grantors that fund them. She has worked in non-profit accounting and budget management for the past 12 years. At NCCADV Alexis will lead the Operations Team including financial management, government grant management, human resources and operations functions. She is excited to be part of the state-wide movement to end domestic violence.

Alexis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology and Dance. In 2015, Alexis became a facilitator for the national Darkness to Light training curriculum, Stewards of Children, which empowers adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Alexis is dedicated to enhancing the field with education on vicarious trauma and supporting her co-workers in their expressions of self-care.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Kathleen Lockwood, Staff Attorney

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Call Kathleen at 919-956-9124, ext. 209.

Kathleen Lockwood is a Staff Attorney at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Kathleen earned a BA in English and Women and Gender Studies from UNC Chapel Hill in 2011 and a JD from UNC School of Law in 2015. Kathleen first recognized her desire to represent domestic violence survivors as an intern with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Unit, where she assisted survivors seeking domestic violence orders of protection. Following college, she worked as a part-time Shelter Manager at Family Services of Davidson County and served as a Guardian ad Litem in Davidson County for cases of abuse, neglect, or dependency. During this time, she also volunteered with the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina as a Guardian ad Litem for high conflict custody cases and domestic violence orders of protection. While in law school, she followed her passion for direct service work and social change, serving as the Director of the Pro Bono Board, a Pro Bono Project Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Action Project, and a Certified Student Practitioner for the Immigration Clinic. Kathleen has most recently worked as an Employment Opportunities Legal Corps Fellow with the Clean Slate Project at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Bonnie Louthan, Financial Specialist

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Call Bonnie at 919-956-9124, ext. 208.

Bonnie Louthan is a Financial Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Currently, Bonnie’s focus is accounts payable and payroll, including but not limited to maintenance of all vendor files and posting of expense allocations.

Bonnie has over 20 years of experience related to the daily operations of accounting and office management for a small office and has always been committed to dedication and detail in her work. Prior to joining NCCADV, she was responsible for the accounting and financial aspects for several private construction firms over the years.


Molly Marcotte, Interim LGBTQ Services Specialist

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Call Molly at 919-956-9124, ext. 218.

Molly Marcotte serves as the interim LGBTQ Services Specialist at NCCADV. Right before working at NCCADV, Molly spent five years working in various capacities with the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault, most recently as the Prevention and Evaluation Program Manager.

Molly is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She studied Psychology & Health Sciences, with a focus on mixed methods public health research. Through undergrad, Molly gained valuable framework on the social determinants of health as a research assistant for a local holistic community health center, the Alliance Medical Ministry. Upon graduation, Molly became a member of the Data Team for the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Molly’s experience in the anti-violence field started at her undergraduate institution, where she co-led the design, facilitation, and evaluation of Guilford College’s first comprehensive and queer-informed violence prevention curriculum for First Year Seminars, served as Student Body President, and became a student conduct advocate for violence survivors.

Outside of NCCADV, Molly serves as a marketing consultant for the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and performs as a drag king in the NC queer community.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Jazmin Monroe-Richards - CASE Project Specialist

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Call Jazmin at 919-956-9124, ext. 217.

Jazmin Monroe-Richards earned her dual Masters in Social Work and Public Health, specializing in Maternal and Child Health, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously she has worked with the adolescent population in a variety of capacities around mental health, physical and sexual health, as well as academic stress. She is currently the CASE Project Specialist at NCCADV where she continues to work in a capacity the helps to affect change among the adolescent population.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Taylour Neal, Campus Services Specialist

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Call Taylour at 919-956-9124, ext. 232.

Taylour Neal is currently serving as the Campus Services and Technical Assistance Specialist at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Her passion for victim advocacy stems from her previous work experience at the Guilford County Family Justice Center and as the Project Coordinator for Bennett College’s OVW Campus Grantee Program. Her previous roles have included crisis intervention, education, prevention and advocacy for students, policy creation and revision, facilitating faculty/staff, title IX and student trainings about the issues of sexual violence, domestic/dating violence and stalking.

Taylour received her Masters of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A). Taylour Neal’s professional goals include helping local, regional and national initiatives acknowledge the intersectionality of race and gender-based violence while promoting the importance of mental health for survivors of trauma.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Economic Justice Specialist

More information coming soon.

Jessica Perkins-Thompson, Technical Assistance Coordinator

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Call Jessica at 919-956-9124, ext. 206.

Jessica Perkins-Thompson is the Technical Assistance Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Jessica earned her BA in International Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies from Spelman College and her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining NCCADV, Jessica worked in community based domestic and sexual violence organizations both in North Carolina and Washington State. Jessica has developed and implemented LGBTQ services programs; worked as a court advocate assisting survivors with filing domestic violence protection orders; worked as a community advocate providing direct services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence; provided trainings and technical assistance to local and national domestic and sexual violence agencies; and wrote curricula on preventing violence in LGBTQ communities.

As the Technical Assistance Coordinator, Jessica supports domestic violence service providers and allied professionals to better serve survivors of domestic violence.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Natalie Pickett, Member Services Specialist

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Call Natalie at 919-956-9124, ext. 213.

Natalie Pickett is the Member Services Specialist at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Natalie earned her BS in Child and Family Studies from Louisiana State University and her Master of Social Work Degree from Appalachian State University. Before joining NCCADV, Natalie worked in community-based non-profit programming in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Natalie has been a parenting home visitor, homeless outreach worker, housing advocate, and youth enrichment coordinator. She is currently a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer for abuse/neglect/dependency court in Durham County.

As the Member Services Specialist, Natalie helps NCCADV members understand the full scope of benefits available to them with membership and assists individuals and organizations in becoming Coalition members.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Sharlene Popplewell-Johnson, Grants Compliance Coordinator

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Call Sharlene at 919-956-9124, ext. 210.

Sharlene Popplewell-Johnson is the Grant Compliance Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Sharlene earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. After working several years providing direct services to adults and youth, Sharlene went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Human Services Administration at the Springfield College in Massachusetts.

Sharlene grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and began her career as an Assistant Teen Director for the Boys and Girls Club. 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. Sharlene’s desire to work closer with communities led her to accepting the role of Community Partnerships Grant Manager for small faith-based nonprofit. In this role, Sharlene oversaw programs designed to coordinate prevention 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.

As NCCADV’s Grant Compliance Coordinator, Sharlene’s role involves collecting information on the progress and impact of training and technical assistance received by NCCADV members organizations. Sharlene ensures 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.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


MariSol Rivera, Financial Specialist

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Call Marisol at 919-956-9124, ext. 227.

Marisol is a Financial Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 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.


Cassandra Rowe, Healthcare Program Coordinator

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Call Cassandra at 919-956-9124, ext. 233.

Cassandra (Cassie) Rowe is a Program Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Cassie earned a BA from Western Connecticut State University in Anthropology, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her previous experiences include working as a hotline crisis counselor for survivors of sexual assault at the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) in Washington, DC. Cassie also has experience in public health research and evaluation at the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, Population Services International (PSI) and Palladium.

Prior to graduate school, Cassie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, focusing much of her work there on HIV prevention and education. She began to see connections between sexual/ intimate partner violence and HIV, as well as other health issues. This experience inspired Cassie to focus her MPH research on violence and health, and ultimately led her to the Health Care IPV Response Program at NCCADV. In her role, Cassie oversees and manages a cross-state program that identifies survivors in the health care setting and strengthens networks between health care and domestic violence service providers. Cassie has also worked with Forsyth County partners to increase access to permanent housing for survivors experiencing homelessness.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Rebecca Swofford, Prevention Coordinator

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Call Rebecca at 919-956-9124, ext. 225.

Rebecca Swofford is the Prevention Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Rebecca earned her BA in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Dance from Appalachian State University. She also earned her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Community, Management, and Policy Practice and the Non-profit Leadership Certificate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Rebecca has been engaged in anti-domestic and sexual violence work for many years in a variety of capacities including campus-based bystander programming, direct crisis intervention and advocacy, support group facilitation, coordinated community response work, and state-level campus policy research. Prior to doing state level prevention work at NCCADV, she was part of the NCCADV training staff and focused on training development and facilitation as well as running the training and conference planning and logistics. In her role as the Prevention Coordinator, she manages the DELTA program (NCCADV’s state level prevention program) and guides the trauma-informed organizational policy effort and the local community based prevention efforts.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Kari Thatcher, Prevention and Evaluation Specialist

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Call Kari at 919-956-9124, ext. 219.

Kari Thatcher is a Prevention and Evaluation Specialist at 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. Prior to moving into her prevention role, she worked with NCCADV’s Child Advocacy and Services Enhancement (CASE) project as an evaluation consultant.

Kari specializes in community-based participatory research and program evaluation, and is driven by a belief in the importance of leadership and capacity-building at the neighborhood level. She 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. She has a track-record and passion for developing and sustaining partnerships across organizations, sectors, and among leaders that might not typically collaborate.

As NCCADV’s Member Representative for four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina, Kari supports campuses seeking to make their prevention programming and survivor support services more trauma-informed and survivor-centered.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers (Mx.)


Nisha Williams, Staff Attorney

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Call Nisha at 919-956-9124, ext. 222.

Nisha G. Williams is a licensed North Carolina attorney. She earned a BA in History from Southern Adventist University in 2006 and a JD from NCCU School of Law in 2009. Nisha began representing domestic violence survivors while working with the NCCU School of Law Domestic Violence Legal Clinic where she assisted survivors in obtaining restraining orders in Durham County.

Before joining NCCADV, Attorney Williams worked as the Managing Attorney for the Law Office of Nisha G. Williams PLLC working with families in crisis in Raleigh/Durham and surrounding counties. She has assisted survivors of domestic violence not only obtain restraining orders, but also in custody and divorce mediation and litigation. Attorney Williams is also a passionate advocate for her community. She is a member and the current chairwoman of the Durham County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. She volunteers with Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham in organizing racial equity trainings in the Durham community.

As a staff attorney, Attorney Williams assists survivors of domestic violence to obtain restraining orders and child custody orders in Granville and Durham counties.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Colleen Kochanek (Contractor), Lobbyist, Kochanek Law Group

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. 


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