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Patricia Tototzintle, Chief Executive Officer

Patti Tototzintle has over 30 years of experience in community development and nonprofit management. As a Chicana, Patti is passionate about tapping into and developing the strengths of Latin@s, and she has used this passion, in part, to create a reputation as a national expert on leadership development. One of Patti’s strengths is bringing diverse groups to the table to create and implement solutions to critical issues. In 2011 Patti was selected as one of 15 innovative and visionary leaders to participate in the NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence Program, a ten-year initiative focused on strengthening the U.S. movement to end violence against women and girls.

 

Rosie Hidalgo photo 1Rosie Hidalgo, JD, Senior Public Policy Director

Rosie Hidalgo previously served as the Deputy Director for Policy at the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to working at OVW, Rosie had worked as the National Policy Director at Casa/NLN and served on the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence where she played an active role in national advocacy efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013. Rosie previously worked at the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and as an attorney at legal services programs for low-income families in New York City and in Northern Virginia. Rosie, the daughter of immigrants from Cuba, has spent a total of ten years as an adult living in three different countries in Latin America, including living in the Dominican Republic from 2002-2006, where she helped establish and coordinate a community-based domestic violence prevention and intervention network and worked as a consultant for the World Bank on social services reforms. Rosie received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from New York University School of Law.  In 2015 Rosie received the 20/20 Vision Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Headshot Paula Gomez Stordy, M.Ed., Senior Director of National Training and TA

Paula Gomez Stordy oversees national training and technical assistance ensuring the highest level of advocacy, quality, and efficiency. For over 25 years, Paula has served in leadership positions within various institutions including courts, hospitals, shelters and community to enhance the safety, health and inclusion of survivors. Paula has served as an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College where she conducted research on the leadership of women of color. She serves as appointed Chair of the Essex County Status of Women in Massachusetts. Paula was born in Boston to Chilean parents and has lived in various cities and towns in Massachusetts and Chile.

 

Rebecca Rodriguez, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation

Rebecca's research interests broadly focus on culturally specific and community-centered approaches to prevent family violence in Latino@ families. Her research has examined marital and dating violence by investigating family dynamics (e.g. gender roles, parenting), U.S. immigration policies, and by working directly with Latin@ youth witnesses and survivors of violence in conducting participatory action research on topics they find important to their communities. Her evaluation work includes participatory and culturally responsive evaluation practices and developing the evaluation capacity of community based organizations. Rebecca enjoys mentoring students and is interested in increasing the number of Latino researchers. As a child of Mexican migrant farm laborers, she is also passionate about social justice for migrant and seasonal laborers.

 

Ivette Izea-Martinez, Co-Director of Family Advocacy & Community Engagement

Ivette Izea-Martinez was born in Venezuela and oversees all community-based prevention initiatives, including Fuerza Unida which develops the leadership skills of Latin@ adults and youth to help end gender-based violence. She is the lead facilitator for Casa de Esperanza’s listening sessions, a proven approach to engaging Latin@s in developing community-driven solutions.

 

Rosario de la TorreRosario de la Torre, Co-Director of Family Advocacy & Community Engagement

Rosario de la Torre came to the United States from Mexico in 1988 and is an experienced advocate in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and victimization.  Rosario consistently demonstrates her communication and leadership skills within her team and across the organization. She has vast training, advocacy, court advocacy and crisis line management experience and is a highly respected and experienced advocate.

 

Other staff:

Vicenta Amezcua, Compliance/Grants Management Associate

Patricia Celis González, Bilingual Content Coordinator

Ana De Carolis, Project Coordinator

Rebecca De León, Communications and Marketing Manager

Olivia García, PhD, Public Policy and Training Manager

Martha Hernandez-Martinez, MPA, Research Associate  

Marissa Kurtz, Project Specialist 

Jose Juan Lara, Jr., MS, Project Manager

Leo Martínez, Project Manager

Nancy Nava, MPH, Manager of Research and Evaluation

Sheehan Niethold, Program Assistant

Lumarie Orozco, MA, Project Manager

María Cristina Pacheco Alcalá, Project Manager

Makeda Touré, Project Specialist

Maritza Valdez, MPA, Grants Manager

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