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Board of Directors


Colsaria Henderson, MSW, President
Leadership Development Specialist, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits

Colsaria has a Master’s in Social Work with a specification in Administration and Planning. She is from the South and considers her social justice training buried in the roots of activist parents, who dedicated their early lives to the civil rights movement.  She began working in the field in the 1990s and began her official career in anti-gender based violence work as a Sexual Assault Counselor in Atlanta, Georgia. She later finished a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work while working in a dual Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocacy agency. 


Amanda Jancu, Vice President
Senior Attorney, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

Amanda Jancu is a Senior Attorney at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. She has been providing legal services to low-income survivors of domestic violence for over ten years, offering both pro per assistance and representation in various family law matters including restraining orders, custody and visitation, support, divorce, parentage, and family law appeals. She has worked as a staff attorney in both shelter based and non-shelter based agencies and has engaged in both direct services and policy advocacy in order to empower and promote justice for survivors.


Gayle Guest-Brown, MBA, PMP, Treasurer
Executive Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker, Guest Brown Impact

Gayle Guest-Brown is CEO and Executive Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker of Guest Brown impact. She holds an MBA, a project management credential (PMP) and many years’ experience at global Fortune 100 businesses successfully motivating people and maximizing project potential. With 30+ years of success serving the leadership needs of corporate, tech, non-profit and faith-based organizations, Gayle is well positioned to assist other leaders. She’s also been an entrepreneur serving as Executive Director and Operations Manager of KidzArt of Placer.

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Saara Ahmed, Bay Area Regional Representative
Community Resource Coordinator, Asian Women's Shelter

Saara believes in the power of shifting culture to eradicate inequality and violence. She earned a MA in International Affairs in 2013, completing a thesis project on global advocacy campaigns addressing gender based violence. She has advocated for survivors for over 10 years, including through community based approaches and prevention campaigns in the East African region, nationally in the U.S. and locally through her communities in Seattle and the Bay Area.


Leticia Campos, Central Valley Regional Representative
Chief Programs Officer, Marjaree Mason Center

Headshot of Leticia Leticia Campos is the Chief Programs Officer with the Marjaree Mason Center, and has been with the Marjaree Mason Center for over 11+ years. Leticia started her career at MMC on the front lines providing direct crisis service work, case management, and program development.


Alejandrina Carrasco MA, Central Coast Regional Representative
Prevention Services Program Manager, Interface Children & Family Services

Alejandrina Carrasco MA, serves as the Prevention Services Program Manager for Interface Children & Family Services in Ventura County. She oversees comprehensive family violence programming that prevents, interrupts and ends the cycle of violence within family systems. She empowers advocates working in the field of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking to be their authentic selves and provide support for victims and survivors of trauma.

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Cynthia Carrasco White, Los Angeles Regional Representative
Staff Attorney, Rainbow Services

Cynthia Carrasco is the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants and familiar with opportunities for first generation Americans. She was the first in her family to attend college and law school who has made a long term career in public interest law. She is a domestic violence shelter staff attorney at Rainbow Services, Ltd. She also currently serves as a Trustee for the Mirman School, a school for highly gifted children.

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Makayla Chacon, Far North Regional Representative
Director of Coast Services, Project Sanctuary

My name is Makayla Chacon and I work for Project Sanctuary as the Director of Coast Services. I’ve lived in Fort Bragg for almost two years now, but I’m originally from Glenn/Butte counties. I’ve been serving survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault for almost five years and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I started off as an intern taking hotline calls and was eventually hired as a Housing Advocate. Most of my professional experience is in the housing arena. However, I’m always excited to learn more about how to better support survivors.

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Jobi Wood, South Regional Representative
Program Manager, Family Assistance Program

Jobi is a Program Manager and a former Domestic Violence Health Advocate for Family Assistance Program located in the San Bernardino County of Southern California. Jobi always aspired to work in the medical field, but soon found out her passion was in helping others transition from traumatic life experiences. The Domestic Violence field felt so natural to Jobi, and she was able to assist victims in their journey to becoming a survivor.

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Melissa Luke
Chief Program Officer, Healing & Justice, YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley

Melissa has been part of the movement to end gender-based violence for 20 years.  Her core values are equity, liberation, and loving kindness, and she believes that transformation must be intersectional, intergenerational, and rooted in our diverse communities.  Melissa’s journey has been focused on building programs, and advocating for systems and policies, that promote equity for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, immigrants, limited English speaking families, and communities of color.  She currently sits on the leadership teams of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Consort


Dina Polkinghorne, Member Elected At-Large Director
Executive Director, Project Sanctuary

Since 2008, Dina Polkinghorne has served as the Executive Director of Project Sanctuary, a Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis center serving Mendocino County in rural Northern California. Prior to her tenure at Project Sanctuary, she worked in local government and other non-profit sectors. She currently serves as the board Vice Chair for the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Corporation and is a member of the Healthy Mendocino Community Advisory Panel.

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Geoffrea Morris, Member Elected At-Large Director

Geoffrea (Jah-free-ah) Morris is a San Francisco native that is born and raised in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Geoffrea holds a bachelor’s in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University; a Master in Social Work from California State East Bay; and a Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University. She is both a social worker and a licensed attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in improving the lives of children, families and individuals throughout San Francisco’s most disenfranchised communities.


Gina Roberson, North Regional Representative
Chief Program Officer, WEAVE

Gina Roberson is WEAVE’s Chief Program Officer overseeing Advocacy and Intervention Services including Residential Services (Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing), and Crisis Response Services (24/7 Support Line and Sexual Assault Response, Violence Response Teams working with Law Enforcement, and the Anti-Trafficking Response Team). Gina has more than 25 years in the Violence Prevention field including developing and administering Domestic Violence and Child Abuse programs with the California Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning (now CalOES).

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Patricia Duncan Hall, Member Elected At-Large Director

Patricia Duncan Hall has been a dedicated child life specialist and domestic violence advocate for more than 30 years. Patricia bridges advocacy for policy change and on the ground technical assistance in communities, organizations, educational institutions and individuals. She uses both a child development and domestic violence background to center survivors as experts in the local and national conversations about reducing violence against women and vulnerable communities.

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karen kaur, Member Elected At-Large Director

karen has a steadfast and lifelong commitment to interrupt and dismantle gender-based violence and largely systemic barriers impacting marginalized communities – particularly refugee and immigrant women and children. Most recently, karen held leadership positions with the International Rescue Committee and WEAVE Inc. managing complex and collaborative projects to drive systems change in accessibility, economic justice, housing inequality, and racial justice. She now works at Rise Up, a global organization, advancing gender equity and justice in education, health, and economic opportunity.