The Partnership is excited to announce the members of our Policy Advisory Council! This exceptional group of diverse subject-matter experts will provide guidance to the Partnership on the many challenging and complex policy issues impacting survivors and communities.
The 24-member Council represents a wide range of programs including shelter-based, culturally specific, and legal services, and come from urban, suburban, and rural areas of California. Seven council members identify as survivors of domestic violence. Members are located in all of the 7 Partnership regions.
Zakia Afrin is an advocate for immigrant women of color who suffer abuse. She manages the Helpline, Peer Counseling, Immigration Assistance and Legal Advocacy programs at Maitri in San Jose Bay area. She is a senior fellow and Adjunct professor of International Law at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and teaches Introduction to Islamic Law and Intra-State Conflicts and Peace building and other courses. A social justice Activist at heart Zakia has served on the Board of CPEDV( 2013-2016).
Rejie Marie Baloyos began her journey with My Sisters House as a Volunteer Advocate in 2008. She created programming to support and empower children living in the safe house. She officially joined My Sister’s House in 2013, which she currently serves as the Employment and Immigration Program Manager. Following her passion to provide a safe space for children and youth, she directly oversees My Sister’s House Youth Leadership Program. In 2015, Baloyos received recognition from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) as the Advocate of the Year.
Jan Campbell is the Executive Director for Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County. She has more than 30 years of experience in leadership and community engagement, with a background in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and communications. She most recently served as the Chief Philanthropic Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation. In that position, she oversaw the foundation’s community investment and donor services functions, and together with her team, raised and stewarded hundreds of millions of dollars for the foundation and its initiatives.
As Legal Services Coordinator at Justice Now she provides direct client services in advocacy regarding human rights abuses in conditions of confinement, Medical care, (navigating the CDCR/CCHCS medical system), and compassionate release. Having experience and knowledge of CDCR policies, procedures, and Legal remedies. Diana follows the mission of Justice Now in serving the needs of marginalized incarcerated women, and the LGBTQI+ community in the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.
Andrea C. Curry is the Data and Outcomes Manager for Empower Tehama in Red Bluff, California, where she is responsible for capacity development, grant compliance, analytics and database management. In addition, she provides technical support, copywriting and graphic design services to Empower Tehama’s Outreach and Executive teams, provides direct services as part of Empower Tehama’s Hotline Supervisors team, and coordinates Empower Tehama’s CoC Lead Agency services for the Tehama County Continuum of Care.
Adam’s work is characterized by his dedication to assisting domestic violence survivors obtain restraining order protection and addressing the existing and future threats posed by technology. He has written and presented extensively on the impact of non-consensual pornography and recently co-authored a domestic violence advisory on artificial intelligence and the emerging threat of ‘deepfakes.’ As the legal director of Laura’s House, he oversees a department that processes over 1,100 restraining order cases annually.
Virginia Duplessis, MSW, is a Program Director on the
Health team, providing oversight for initiatives to strengthen
partnerships between the health care and domestic violence
services sector through improvements in clinical practice,
organizational policies, and systems change. She brings over 20
years of experience in domestic violence, sexual assault, and
public health in direct service and management roles.
Kendall Evans has specialized in working with perpetrators and survivors of relationship abuse and violence since 1987 when she co-founded Another Way:Stopping Violence and Abuse. She also provides general psychotherapy at Open Paths Counseling Center. Kendall trains and supervises trainees and associates at Another Way and Open Paths. Kendall is openly a transwoman and she provides LGBTQIA specific supervision and services. She has presented workshops for therapists on domestic violence dynamics and treatment and other topics at various agencies.
Marci Fukuroda is the Director of Legal Services at Rainbow Services, Ltd., a domestic violence agency in San Pedro, California that provides shelter and support services to domestic violence victims and their children. Ms. Fukuroda oversees Rainbow’s legal program, which assists clients with legal matters in the areas of family law and immigration. She is also actively engaged in legislative and public policy advocacy to improve the rights and safety of domestic violence victims. Prior to working at Rainbow, Ms.
Stacy Gomez is the Director of Legal Services with the Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno County. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from California State University, Fresno. An advocate for over 15 years, Ms. Gomez has worked with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. She has provided presentations, on the issues that affect victims, to local law enforcement and at conferences.
Shuray Ghorishi is a senior attorney at Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP). FVAP is the first-ever nonprofit organization in California dedicated to providing free appellate representation to survivors of domestic abuse in civil appeals and writs. To date, her representative work has resulted in 10 published appellate decisions. In 2018, Shuray was honored with a California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award in family law for her work on the Priscila N. v. Leonardo G. (2017) 17 Cal.App.5th 267 case.
Omaraid in the Immigration Services Manager at the Women’s Transitional Living Center. In her role as Immigration Manager, Omaraid is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the immigration department, performing legal research on Immigration and Family law issues, and aiding participants with their applications for various immigration reliefs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University of Long Beach and a Juris Doctor from Chapman’s Fowler School of Law.
Nicole (DiBuduo) Linder is a native of Fresno, California where she resides with her husband and their two children. A graduate of California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, Linder assumed the role of Executive Director of the Marjaree Mason Center in September 2016. As Executive Director, Linder oversees more than 100 employees who annually serve more than 5,700 adults and children from Fresno County who have been affected by domestic violence.
Keely Linton is an Íipay and Cupeno Native from the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians. She is a single parent of two children. She currently lives and works within her community. Keely obtained her Bachelors in Science degree from California State University, San Marcos. She began her career in domestic violence and sexual assault while working for the Indian Health Council, Inc. During her 10 years at the Indian Health Council, Inc. her time was devoted to working in collaborations outside the native community.
Since graduating from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (McGeorge) in 2015, Eric Riviera-Jurado has devoted himself to community organizing, advocacy, and legal services. Mr. Riviera-Jurado is a staff attorney at WEAVE (Women Escaping A Violent Environment) Inc. in Sacramento, California. His duties include providing document assistance, consultation, limited, and full scope direct representation services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in all areas of family law.
Judy Rose is the Chief Program Officer at Human Options. Judy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and practiced in mental health and school based settings for 4 years . She has been with Human Options for 7 years and has been a part of the Partnership’s Policy Committee for 4 years. At Human Options, Judy oversees all Human Options’ direct client services, including shelter, hotline, transitional housing, legal advocacy, counseling, outreach, and prevention programs.
Terra Russell-Slavin, Esq., is the Deputy Director of the Policy and Community Building Department at the world’s largest LGBT organization, the Los Angeles LGBT Center (Center). In this capacity, Terra works to advance LGBT civil and human rights in accordance with the Center’s mission to build a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society.
Dr. Yasi Safinya-Davies has been serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 2009. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology. Her professional focus is specific to issues concerning women, the impacts of trauma, and severe/chronic psychological conditions. She began her endeavors with SAVE as a mental health consultant and partnering facilitator of SAVE’s 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Certification Training. Most recently, Dr.
I have 12 years of experience providing nonprofit program coordination and direct services to a diverse client base, with a dedicated focus on serving domestic violence and sexual assault survivors at the Family Violence Law Center in Oakland for the past 6 years. As the Family Violence Intervention Unit Manager, I supervise our crisis intervention and case management specialists for FVLC. In 2016 I was elected as the CA Partnership to End DV’s Bay Area Regional Policy Representative.
Lidia Salazar is a Latinx, queer organizer, advocate and survivor of violence. Her professional experience as an advocate for survivors of violence began 12 years ago in Los Angeles. Her experience includes leading a non-profit organization, managing programs, providing counseling to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and hate violence, facilitating support groups, providing trainings for community members and service providers, and supporting the leadership of LGBT Black and Latinx survivors of violence . Lidia is now a Co-Executive Director at Communit
Anastacia L. Snyder is the Executive Director at Catalyst Domestic Violence Services in Butte County. In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall management of the agency’s operations. In addition to her work, Anastacia holds many state and local leadership positions including a Governor’s appointment to the California Office of Emergency Services Domestic Violence Advisory Council where she is the current co-chair and is a Regional Policy Representative to the state domestic violence coalition’s Public Policy and Research Committee.
Diane Trunk is the Director of Program Development and Evaluation at Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a legal services agency whose mission is to serve survivors of domestic and sexual assault. Diane oversees program development and all evaluation and data-related functions at LACLJ. Diane also manages LACLJ’s Community Care Advocacy M.S.W. internship program, which provides supportive services to LACLJ clients.
Jeanine has been an active member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) and a Policy Co-chair for the North Region since the beginning. As a co-chair she has provided statewide leadership on public policy issues by promoting legislation and systems/procedural change in order to improve responsiveness to domestic violence. Jeanine is the Legal Projects Director at Casa de Esperanza and has been there for almost 20 years.