Staff

Ruhani Amin - Digital Organizer and Evaluator
Olivia Bass - Director of ABC (African, Black, Caribbean) Services
Marcella Camara - Healthcare Program Specialist
Beth Chartrand - Director of Grants and Data
Nicole Feehan - Director of Training
Carianne Fisher - Executive Director
Alexana Garcia - Director of Operations
Trishana Jones - Director of Youth Exposure to DV and Special Projects
Kathleen Lockwood - Policy Director
Jenny Lor - Adminstrative Specialist
Bonnie Louthan - Financial Specialist

 

Molly McCambridge - Prevention Specialist
Taylour Neal - Director of Campus Services
adé Oni - Survivor Wellbeing Co-Director
Bria Pearson - Teen Services and Evaluation Specialist
Jessica Perkins-Thompson - Director of Technical Assistance
Natalie Pickett - Member Services Coordinator
MariSol Rivera - Financial Specialist
Cassandra Rowe - Survivor Wellbeing Co-Director
Kimani Smith - Training Specialist
Rebecca Swofford - Director of Prevention
Kari Thatcher - Prevention and Evaluation Coordinator
Nisha Williams - Legal Director

 

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Ruhani Amin, Digital Organizer and Evaluator

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Call Ruhani at 919-768-2017.

Ruhani Amin is the Digital Organizer and Evaluator on the Violence Prevention Team at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

She is also a self-driven student at UNC-Greensboro, working towards a master’s degree in Information Systems Management with a concentration in Business Analytics. Ruhani has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Montana State University.  She completed one year of medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine before withdrawing from her studies to focus on family. Ruhani was a stay-at-home mother for nine years. During that time, she founded an e-commerce business all while working in the margins of time as a full-time mother of three. This experience inspired her interest in digital marketing and data analytics.    

Ruhani has first-hand experience with intimate partner violence, and is a passionate advocate for families and children affected by oppression and patriarchy. Ruhani is able to bring her personal and professional skills to support NCCADV's mission to dismantle social norms that allow offenders to perpetrate violence against marginalized individuals.    

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Olivia Bass, Director of African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Services

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

Olivia Bass is the Director of African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Services 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


Beth Chartrand, Director of Grants and Data

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

Beth Chartrand is the Director of Grants and Data 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.


Nicole Feehan, Director of Training

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

Nicole Feehan, M.S., LCMHCA, is the Director of Training 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 Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate.

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


Alexana Garcia, Director of Operations

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

Alexana Garcia is the Director of Operations 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


Trishana Jones, Director of Youth Exposure to DV and Special Projects

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

Trishana Jones is the Director of Youth Exposure to DV and Special Projects 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.


Kathleen Lockwood, Policy Director

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

Kathleen Lockwood is the Policy Director at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In this role, she oversees NCCADV's Legislative Agenda and provides policy training and technical assistance to professionals and survivors that interact with survivors across NC.

Kathleen is originally from Welcome, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree in Women's Studies and English from the University of North Carolina in 2011 and received her Juris Doctorate from UNC School of Law in 2015. Kathleen has worked directly with survivors of domestic violence in various capacities over the years as an intern with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Unit, a part-time Shelter Manager at Family Services of Davidson County, a Guardian ad Litem in Davidson County, and a volunteer with the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina. Kathleen previously worked as a Staff Attorney at NCCADV representing domestic violence survivors in protective order cases in Orange County.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Jenny Lor, Administrative Specialist

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Jenny Lor is the Administrative Specialist at NCCADV where she is a member of the Operations and Finance team.

Jenny has over a decade of experience providing direct services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Jenny started working with survivors in 2007 as a legal advocate in a rape crisis center, since then she has worked with families and individuals affected by domestic violence in a shelter environment, she has staffed and managed local and national hotlines, and has provided technical assistance and referral services to legal advocates around interstate custody issues. Jenny has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Portland State University in Oregon.

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 McCambridge, Prevention Specialist

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Call Molly at 919-956-9124

Molly McCambridge is the Prevention Specialist at NCCADV. Molly has worked in the anti-domestic and sexual violence movement dating back to serving as Co-Chair of their university’s Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Since then, they have staffed local rape crisis center hotlines and provided hospital response advocacy services to sexual violence survivors.

Molly has a particular passion for creating access to care, support, and joy for children and families. Toward this effort, they have provided behavioral support to Preschool classrooms, facilitated child sexual abuse prevention programming in PreK – 5th Grade classrooms, and provided therapeutic care to children and adolescents in residential treatment for eating disorders, with a focus on family programming and movement therapy.

In addition to her work with NCCADV, Molly co-facilitates weekly Partner Abuse Intervention groups for men through a transformative justice framework. They also serve as a steward of mutual aid collective Feed Durham NC’s work to eradicate food insecurity in Durham and beyond.

Personal pronouns: she/her/they/them


Taylour Neal, Director of Campus Services

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

Taylour Neal is currently serving as the Director of Campus Services 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


adé Oni, Survivor Wellbeing Co-Director

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Bria Pearson, Teen Services and Evaluation Specialist

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Jessica Perkins-Thompson, Director of Technical Assistance

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

Jessica Perkins-Thompson is the Director of Technical Assistance 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 Director of Technical Assistance, 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 Coordinator

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

Natalie Pickett is the Member Services Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Natalie earned her B.S. 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. 

As the Member Services Coordinator, Natalie facilitates member engagement and peer-learning opportunities, helps 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


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, Survivor Wellbeing Co-Director

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

Cassandra (Cassie) Rowe is NCCADV’s Co-Director of Survivor Wellbeing. Since 2015, she has led NCCADV’s programming on the intersection of IPV and health, and is now focused on survivor housing as well. Cassie earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill in 2014. Prior to working at NCCADV, she had experience working as a sexual assault crisis counselor at the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), and public health researcher at the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, Population Services International (PSI) and Palladium. Cassie is also a multimedia artist in Durham.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


Kimani Smith, Training Specialist

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Rebecca Swofford, Director of Prevention

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

Rebecca Swofford is the Director of Prevention 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 Director of Prevention, 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 Coordinator

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

Kari Thatcher is the Prevention and Evaluation Coordinator 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.

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.

In addition to her work at NCCADV and with the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, Kari is also an adjunct professor of Public Health Studies at Elon University.

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


Nisha Williams, Legal Director

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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 the Legal Director, Attorney Williams oversees legal training and technical assistance to survivors, domestic violence services providers, and allied professionals across the state.

Personal pronouns: she/her/hers


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