Carolina Alzuru - Director of Training
Sameka Bennerman - Staff Attorney
Beth Chartrand - Database Coordinator
Amy Cleckler - Campus Services Advisor
Marcelle Clowes - Conference Assistant
Raye Dooley - LGBTQ Program Advisor
Agatha Buell Eggers - Director of Finance
Saira Estrada - Latinx Services Specialist
Deena Fulton - Prevention Coordinator
Alexana Garcia - Operations Coordinator
Catherine Guerrero - Associate Director
Roxanne Henderson - Director of Development
Trishana Jones - Children & Youth Coordinator
Jemeia Kollie - Health Care Program Specialist
Kathleen Lockwood - Staff Attorney

Lisi Martinez Lotz - Member Services Coordinator
Bonnie Louthan - Financial Specialist
Dana Mangum - Executive Director
Amily McCool - Legal and Policy Director
Adé Oni - Economic Justice Specialist
Sharlene Popplewell-Johnson - Grants Compliance Coordinator
MariSol Rivera - Financial Specialist
Cassandra Rowe - Health Care Program Coordinator
Lizzie Sager - Health Care Evaluation Specialist
Rebecca Swofford - Training Specialist
Kari Thatcher - Prevention Specialist
Samantha Watson - LGBTQ Services Specialist
Jenny Williams - Health Care Evaluation Coordinator
Colleen Kochanek - Lobbyist, Kochanek Law Group



Carolina Alzuru, Director of Training

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

Carolina Alzuru is the Director of Training and the primary technical assistance provider for community colleges at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Carolina has been working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence for twelve years and has been at NCCADV since 2012. Prior to working in the training program, she managed the prevention and coordinated community response programs at NCCADV. 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 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 received degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As the Director of Training, Carolina manages the strategy and implementation of NCCADV’s training and technical assistance programs.

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Sameka Bennerman, Staff Attorney

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

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 in her tenure as a counselor at law. Since the inception of her law career, Sameka witnessed the impact of Domestic Violence on families 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.

Sameka 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. Sameka is ecstatic to be able to continue to serve and empower survivors of domestic violence by assisting in obtaining domestic violence protective orders and related family law matters in her role as a Staff Attorney with NCCADV.

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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.

Amy Cleckler, Campus Services Advisor

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Amy Cleckler is a Campus Services Advisor with the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Amy received her MSW (Adult Health and Mental Health) and her MPH (Maternal and Child Health) from UNC Chapel Hill in 2002. Amy earned her LCSW in 2008. Her graduate studies and post-graduate work have focused primarily on the prevention of violence against women and intervention work with survivors of violence. Her previous professional experience includes community and individual level social work in the U.S., Thailand, and Cambodia. Additional work experience includes crisis support with Durham Crisis Response Center, family and community level social work with Carolina Outreach, prevention education in rural villages and capacity building with Social Services of Cambodia, and gender-based violence prevention and intervention with the Duke University Women's Center. Amy has also served as an advisor to the NC Campus Consortium.

Amy currently runs a full-time, psychotherapy practice in Durham, NC. In her Campus Prevention Advisor role with NCCADV, Amy assists on various projects to increase intolerance of campus intimate partner violence, and to enhance trauma-informed and victim-centered responses in existing prevention and intervention efforts statewide.

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Marcelle Clowes, Conference Assistant

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

Marcelle Clowes is the Conference Assistant 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 Conference Assistant, Marcelle will be managing the logistics for NCCADV’s 2018 biennial conference.

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Raye Dooley, LGBTQ Program Advisor

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Raye Dooley is the LGBTQ Program Advisor at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Raye graduated from Agnes Scott College with dual majors in Psychology and German History and Culture and obtained an MPH in Heath Behavior and Health Education from UNC Chapel Hill. Before joining NCCADV, Raye worked as an Evaluation Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where they focused on evaluating complex initiatives such as food policy councils and social marketing interventions. Raye has experience working with a range of different governmental and non-profit organizations, such as the Indian Health Service, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Western Carolina University, and the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Raye has also volunteered with the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County (now the Compass Center).

Raye’s areas of expertise include LGBTQ health, wellness, and equity; public health program evaluation; community engagement and assessment; and program development. As the LGBTQ Program Advisor, Raye focuses primarily on domestic violence prevention and response strategies in the LGBTQ community and gender and sexual orientation equity.

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Agatha Buell Eggers, Director of Finance

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

Agatha Buell Eggers is the Director of Finance at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Agatha received a Master of Accounting degree from NC State University with a focus in Enterprise Risk Management. Prior to that, Agatha graduated with a BA in Religion and Social Change from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Agatha has worked in non-profit and educational institutions for over 15 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. 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.

As the Director of Finance, Agatha enjoys helping NCCADV meet its mission by supporting sound financial practices and strengthening internal organizational systems. Agatha leads the agency's Operations Team including financial, government grant management, human resources, and operations functions.

Saira Estrada, Latinx Services Specialist

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

Saira Estrada is the Latinx Services Specialist for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has extensive experience in various areas working with the Latinx community. Prior to her current role, Saira was the Executive Director of Mi Familia Institute Inc., 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.” 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, Iredell Human Relations Commissions, Iredell County Domestic Violence Task Force, and Statesville Latino Outreach. As the Latinx Services Specialist, Saira focuses on guiding the implementation of comprehensive technical assistance and training plan to support domestic violence agencies in their efforts to better serve Latinx survivors of domestic violence.

Deena Fulton, Prevention Coordinator

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

Deena Fulton is the Prevention Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Deena graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Global Studies and a Master’s of Public Health with a focus on health behavior. 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.

Deena has experience with programs and initiatives that aim to prevent intimate partner violence before it occurs. She focuses particularly on the shared influences that make multiple forms of violence more or less likely to occur and on organizational policy and procedures that demonstrate intolerance of intimate partner violence, and evaluation of local prevention programs. Deena is interested in and learning about trauma-informed organizations and institutions, the intersections of domestic violence prevention and reproductive justice, and an intersectional anti-oppression approach to intimate partner violence prevention. As the Prevention Coordinator, Deena manages the DELTA FOCUS grant, which includes several community- and institutional-level prevention initiatives.

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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.

 Catherine Guerrero, Associate Director

10417 GuerreroSend email to Catherine.

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

Catherine Guerrero is the Associate Director for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Catherine has over twenty 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. Catherine has a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Colorado.


Roxanne Henderson, Director of Development

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

Roxanne Henderson is the Director of Development at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 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. Recently she oversaw development and communications at Financial Pathways, which helps Piedmont-Triad families develop financial capability and achieve homeownership. In addition, she has expertise in the development and governance of nonprofit boards. Early in her career she worked in book publishing and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a writer and editor. She earned a BA in English with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has served on the boards of Orange County NC’s Compass Center for Women and Families and at the NC Zen Center near Pittsboro.

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Trishana Jones, Children and Youth Coordinator

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

Trishana Jones is the Children and Youth Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 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 16 years of human services experience of supporting adults, children and families in the areas of domestic violence, child welfare and child advocacy. In her current role, she manages the Child Advocacy and Services Enhancement (CASE) Project. The CASE Project focuses 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 child and teens in the state of North Carolina.

Jemeia Kollie, Health Care Program Specialist

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

Jemeia Kollie is a Health Care Program Specialist at NCCADV. Jemeia earned a BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in Global Studies, concentrating in health and environment, and a minor in Anthropology. Her previous experience includes work in the realms of food justice, nutrition education, and health policy research. Jemeia served as a Food Justice Associate for the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History and a SNAP-Ed Intern for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (a CDC Research Prevention Center). Prior to coming to the coalition as a Health Care Program Specialist, she worked as a Research Assistant on the Cancer Health Accountability for Managing Pain and Symptoms (CHAMPS) study in the health policy and management department of the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Recently she conducted some data collection for a Social Services study for the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.

Through her work, Jemeia has seen firsthand how poverty, racism, and other forms of injustices and discrimination can negatively impact supportive care in breast cancer for women of color, worsen food insecurity, and rob individuals of the chance to lead a healthy lifestyle. Jemeia’s position as a Health Care Program Specialist will be focused on increasing access to quality domestic violence services and improving the physical and mental well-being of survivors of domestic violence through improved screening, referral, and follow up happening in medical and clinical settings across the state.

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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.

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Lisi Martinez Lotz, Member Services Coordinator

10417 Martinez LotzSend email to Lisi.

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

Lisi Martinez Lotz is the Member Services Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Lisi has a doctorate in Latin American History and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has extensive experience 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. During her time there Lisi managed the agency's Community Outreach and Violence Prevention programs, while also assisting domestic violence survivors as they navigated the legal system. Lisi also served 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. Since joining NCCADV, Lisi has worked with communities across the state to increase their collaborative efforts and improve their response to domestic violence. As Member Services Coordinator, it is Lisi’s job to ensure that members receive the support they need to respond to and prevent domestic violence in their local communities.

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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.



Dana Mangum, Executive Director

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

Dana Mangum is the Executive Director at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She earned a BS in Radiologic Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a concentration in Nuclear Medicine, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Health Policy from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Her previous experience is with leadership roles in the private and non-profit sectors, including executive positions at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the North Carolina Community AIDS Fund at the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequities Research as Executive Director. Dana’s expertise is with health issues in the corporate, non-profit, academic, research, and patient care sectors, with a focus on women’s health and social issues.

Dana has served on the strategic and financial planning committees for the national and statewide Board of Directors for UN Women, USNC, that focuses on gender equality and empowerment of women, and co-taught global health courses at Duke University.

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Amily McCool, Legal and Policy Director

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

Amily McCool, MSW, JD, is the Legal and Policy Director for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She earned a Bachelors in Psychology at NC State University in 2000 followed by an MSW and JD at UNC-CH in 2003 and 2008 respectively. She brings over 17 years of experience working in the domestic violence field as both a social worker and a lawyer, and has worked with both survivors and offenders at different stages of her career. She has clerked at the NC Court of Appeals, worked as an assistant district attorney in Wake County for four years, focusing on prosecution of domestic violence cases, and served as the part-time DV Staff Attorney for Durham Legal Aid, representing survivors in their domestic violence protective order cases. As the Legal and Policy Director she provides technical assistance on domestic violence legal and policy issues, oversees NCCADV’s direct legal services program, prepares and conducts statewide domestic violence trainings for law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, court personnel, and allied professionals and advocates at the state and federal levels for strengthened laws to protect domestic violence survivors and their families. In addition, Amily is a certified criminal justice instructor specializing in domestic violence and legal topics.

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Adé Oni, Economic Justice Specialist

10417 OniSend email to Adé.

Call Adé at 919-956-9124, ext. 214.

Adé Oni is the Economic Justice Specialist at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. adé completed a BA from Boston College in Economics and French, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Health Behavior and Participatory Research methods. Prior to joining NCCADV, adé’s experience stretches across a broad range of social justice initiatives including: reproductive health and justice, food systems and farmer justice, solidarity economies, the movement to end mass incarceration and community-driven participatory research. Recently, adé worked as a health justice consultant with inroads and Orange County Health Department.

As a Program Specialist, adé focuses primarily on supporting DVSPs and allied professionals with integrating trauma-informed and survivor-centered economic advocacy practices into both organizational systems and direct service protocols.

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.

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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, Health Care 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.

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Elizabeth Sager - Health Care Evaluation Specialist

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Call Elizabeth at 919-956-9124, ext. 216.

Elizabeth Sager is the Health Care Project Evaluation Specialist at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Elizabeth earned a BA from Tufts University with a double major in Religion and Women’s Studies, and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to working with the coalition, Elizabeth completed a Monitoring and Evaluation Fellowship in Kampala, Uganda with Soccer Without Borders, a sport for development and peace organization for child and youth refugees. During her MPH program, she interned with the Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill, NC, on their middle school violence prevention program. Prior to her MPH, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Asheville City Schools Foundation, working to improve the socio-emotional health of children and adolescents through family engagement and after-school programming.

Elizabeth has experience in evaluation work with programs and interventions aimed at children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, including with the CASE program at NCCADV. As the Health Care Project Evaluation Specialist, Elizabeth is expanding her evaluation expertise by working on this large scale IPV screening and response project so that the results can serve as a model for clinics and providers across the state.

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Rebecca Swofford, Training Specialist

10417 SwoffordSend email to Rebecca.

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

Rebecca Swofford is the Training Specialist 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. She began doing this work while at Appalachian State University as a member of the Red Flag Campaign Planning Committee and the primary Peer Educator/Trainer for the Active Bystander Training component of this program. In addition, she worked as the Crisis Response Intern at Orange County Rape Crisis Center where she engaged in direct crisis intervention, support group facilitation, coordinated community response, and volunteer training. Later, she gained a more macro perspective in this work while working as the Prevention and Evaluation Intern at North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault where she did state-level campus policy research and planned a one-day conference for student activists. Rebecca currently focuses on training development and facilitation as well as running the logistics of the NCCADV training program in her role as the Training Specialist.

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Kari Thatcher, Prevention Specialist

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

Kari Thatcher is a Prevention 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.

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Samantha Watson, LGBTQ Services Specialist

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

Samantha Watson is the LGBTQ Services Specialist at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Samantha earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in Spanish from Siena College, as well as a Master of Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, concentrating in Community, Management and Policy Practice. Through graduate school Samantha gained valuable experience at Family Abuse Services of Alamance County where she assisted individuals with filing Domestic Violence Protective Orders, provided crisis counseling, co-facilitated a weekly support group, and more. She also interned at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and gained experience in formal evaluation, state-based policy work, and the effects that policy can have on various survivors of domestic violence.

Samantha’s previous experience includes work in the realms of gender-based violence and sexual assault prevention within the college campus setting. She also completed a year of service and later worked for Covenant House New York, serving at-risk adolescent mothers experiencing homelessness. Right before working at NCCADV, Samantha worked in data collection for the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health’s CASE IPV (Courts Applying Solutions to End Intimate Partner Violence) study.

As the LGBTQ Services Specialist, Samantha works to advance the capacity of domestic violence service providers in NC to respond to domestic violence experienced by the LGBTQ population through creating safe, effective, and culturally relevant services.

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Jenny Williams, Health Care Evaluation Coordinator

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

Jenny Williams is the Health Care Evaluation Coordinator at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Jenny joined NCCADV after spending many years as an anthropologist studying child and maternal health. She has worked nationally and internationally to understand how poverty and oppression negatively affect health outcomes. Jenny’s areas of expertise include healthcare and healthcare systems, nutrition, and qualitative and quantitative evaluation. As the healthcare evaluation coordinator at NCCADV, Jenny works primarily to evaluate the IPV screening and response project. The goal of this project is to increase screening for IPV in primary care clinics throughout North Carolina and to improve response for survivors. Jenny is working with the healthcare team at NCCADV to evaluate project activities and identify screening and response practices that promote survivor well-being and increase health care resources for survivors in our state. Jenny is also working to forge new research partnerships with university researchers in order to broaden the scope of healthcare work at NCCADV.

Colleen Kochanek (Contractor), Lobbyist, Kochanek Law Group

ColleenColleen 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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