WCADVSA STAFF

Blake Binion-Holliday

Program Attorney

Ending violence is choosing to dismantle harmful power structures even when they benefit me. To embrace compassion is to see people in all their complexity, beyond the powerful and helpless, beyond the perpetrator and the victim, beyond the oppressor and the ally. I believe in the interconnection of marginalization, of oppression, and I believe even more in the power of compassion to transform all our oppression into love and equality. I balance my working life by spending time with my beautiful fiancee whose love and kindness inspires me every day.

 

Send an email to Blake at bholliday@wyomingdvsa.org

Pam Brekken

Project Specialist

Respect and love, for yourself and others, can transform the world.  When you consider the boundless outcomes that occur from these simple acts, you realize how powerful your words and actions are.

 

In the quiet moments, Pam finds mindfulness with her family, dog, garden, music and community.

 

Email Pam at pbrekken@wyomingdvsa.org

Jeanne Core

Program Attorney

Email Jeanne at jcore@wyomingdvsa.org

Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas

Advocacy & Resource Director

Connection may be one of the single most important qualities in responding to and preventing violence in our communities. Through connection, we are able to create an experience for a person that is liberating; ingrained in mutual-dialogue; honors intersectionality and complexity in their lives; puts their reality and needs at the center; and is rooted in appreciating violence as a social problem. Tiffany believes that all of these aspects of connection with other people are achievable in our professional and personal lives; it’s what makes us feel whole.

 

In the pursuit of making connection viable, she feels most connected in a good chat, hanging out with her family, camping, and sometimes just reading a good book in solitude.

 

Email Tiffany at te-m@wyomingdvsa.org

Derek Garrison-Bedell

AmeriCorps VISTA

Domestic violence and sexual assault are pervasive problems that affect so many people across our communities and our world. These issues often stem from complex and interconnected roots, going deeper than simply blaming individuals who have a propensity for hurting others and maintaining power and control. This is why it is important to address these concerns from many different angles, in particular addressing the culture, norms, attitudes, and beliefs that lead to people perpetrating violence in the first place. Through education, social justice, and policy change and reform, we can work to make meaningful changes in the communities we are a part of, helping to ensure a just and equitable world for all who are a part of it.

 

Outside of work, Derek enjoys reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family,  exploring the natural world, and finding his next favorite ice cream spot.

Email Derek at dgarrison-bedell@wyomingdvsa.org

Dani Harrington

Paralegal

Overcoming gender-based violence means confronting the problem from many different angles and from a perspective rooted firmly in compassion and empathy.  I am thrilled to act as a piece in this larger puzzle of work that envisions a society where all people may live free from  violence and from the harmful gender norms that perpetuate it. 

 

Outside of work, you’ll likely find me exploring the vibrant community events of my hometown and the outdoor opportunities that surround it.

 

Email Dani at dharrington@wyomingdvsa.org

Linda Hawkins

Associate Director

JOY – I appreciate the synchronicity of JOY in our work. My joy comes from working with incredible leaders and dedicated individuals to bring joy back to the lives of those who have been affected by violence. An abundance of joy will come as we achieve social change to permanently end abuse of all people in our world!

 

Linda also enjoys the joy of life through her incredible family and amazing friends!

 

Email Linda at lhawkins@wyomingdvsa.org

Lindsey Hunt

Supervising Attorney

Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.

 

Email Lindsey at lhunt@wyomingdvsa.org

Anna Kasprowicz

AmeriCorps VISTA

“Knowledge is power”, is one of my favorite quotes. This applies to my work as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Legal Program. My passion for giving power to the people encompasses my mission of outreach and information generating with The Coalition. When you give a person control they feel empowered; this is huge part of the Legal Program. I hope to accomplish many projects in my year of service and fortunate to be accepted into this family, WCADVSA.

Anna enjoys being outside, working on art projects, and baking sweets.

Email Anna at akasprowicz@wyomingdvsa.org

Clarice Luck

Fiscal Officer

With compassion and understanding, we can create an environment where all people, from any walk of life, can feel safe.  By working together, and understanding each other, we can help eliminate violence.

 

Email Clarice at caluck@wyomingdvsa.org

Susie Markus

Rural Program Capacity Specialist

I’m inspired and energized by the critical hope that continues to build as we work collectively to end violence. I believe a long history of destructive norms fueled by a quest for dominance, in a myriad of forms, has created intersecting cycles of historical and intergenerational trauma, loss, grief, violence, and educational, health, social, and economic disparities. Policies and systems for addressing these social problems have too often been created within these cultural norms.

 

We have a lot of work to do! Still, I have critical hope as I witness ripples of transformative change, through each of our personal and professional commitments. Being deeply committed to open-ended processes of growing in gentle self-compassion, insight, and healing; experiencing and working toward meaningful and healthy relationships built on foundations of dignity; humbly seeking and collectively sharing lifelong learning; and connecting in an equalized multicultural approach that values all voices, we are transforming our beloved communities together.

 

I am grateful for the privilege of doing this work, with, and on behalf of, all people, as we draw on our own otherness in the ongoing process of creating safe, supportive, compassionate, socially just and equitable spaces where we grow, live, learn, work, and play.

 

Email Susie at smarkus@wyomingdvsa.org

Heather Miner

Legal Secretary

One of the happiest moments ever is when you find the courage to let go of what you cannot change.   

 

It is my honor to work for such an amazing organization.  We are a family and together we can make a great impact on social stigmas, violence, and education for those in need.  Knowing we are helping to make a difference feeds my soul.  When I am not at work

 

I can be found out in the mountains enjoying nature and all it has to offer.   I love hiking, fishing, hunting, exploring and aiding in the conservation of this beautiful state and its natural resources. 

Email Heather at hminer@wyomingdvsa.org

Tara Muir

Public Policy Director

Practicing law was not the reason I went to law school; I wanted to change the world as it seemed the world was entirely out of balance for those wanting to live free and safe lives. If our legal system is oppressive and not functioning for those who need it, it is because we made it so. We can change it. Find your voice. Recognize you have a story to tell and join us.

 

My favorite quote for this work is from Alice Walker, “I am the woman offering two flowers whose roots are twin. Justice and Hope. Hope and Justice. Let us begin.” 

 

Email Tara at tmuir@wyomingdvsa.org

L'Dawn Olsen

Equity and Inclusion Specialist

 

I like to imagine French philosopher, Luce Irigaray’s world where we “love across difference, not by
reducing identity to notions of sameness, but by accounting for belonging through the recognition of the
irreducible differences between us.” (G. Blue)

 

My hope is that to imagine such a world is to see it. To see this world, able to language it. To language it,
able to live it. To live it, transform self and help make a world more equitable, inclusive and free.

 

Email L'Dawn at lolsen@wyomingdvsa.org

Leda Pojman

Program Attorney

Sadie Randeau

Legal Secretary

Each of us has the power to change.  I am honored to be part of this wonderful organization to help promote positive changes to end violence. 

 

When I am not enjoying my time at work, you can find me spending time with my family in the mountains. 

 

Email Sadie at srandeau@wyomingdvsa.org

Haley Roe

Program Attorney

“Show people a positive path that enables them to make progress on their own terms. Give them options and alternatives that empower them” 

 

My work is focusing on empowering those who need it most. 

Email Haley at hroe@wyomingdvsa.org

Jody Sanborn

Prevention Specialist

Education is empowering and transformative. When communities are empowered, they have the ability to change their lives and the lives of future generations.

 

When Jody is not collaborating with communities for social change, she tries to spend as much time as possible climbing rocks, running miles and miles, and sharing her love of the mountains with her daughter. 

 

Email Jody at jsanborn@wyomingdvsa.org

Joyce Schaedler

Program Attorney

We are the colors of the earth.

Together, a kaleidoscope of hope.

       We are whispers of love.

       Together, the voice of change.

            We are winds of reason.

            Together the storm of justice.

                We are

                Together.

 

Email Joyce at jschaedler@wyomingdvsa.org

Kristen B. Schwartz

Executive Director

Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence. Domestic violence transcends race, culture, economic status and social class. I seek to help individuals identify their legal needs and offer a wholistic approach to legal representation that aides healing.

 

“Doctors…still retain a high degree of public confidence because they are perceived as healers. Should lawyers not be healers? Healers, not warriors? Healers, not procurers? Healers, not hired guns?”

                                                                                    ~ Warren Burger, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986) 

Email Kristen at kschwartz@wyomingdvsa.org

Janet Stansbury

Fiscal Assistant

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.

     And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

          Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.

               Without them, humanity cannot survive.

                                                                                                                                                                              ~Dahlia Lama

Email Janet at jstansbury@wyomingdvsa.org

Trish Worley

AmeriCorps and Economic Justice Specialist

My dream is to live in a world where we celebrate diversity and equality; where everyone has an
equal opportunity to be physically, psychologically, and economically safe and secure; where
marginalized populations have a voice and are universally supported; and where communities
can have important discussions on issues of social justice and social services that will foster
progressive social action and strong alliances.

 

The movement toward social justice is at the core of our work and this requires that the truth of
our lives and what has happened to us be told, that the harm we have experienced be repaired,
and the conditions that give rise to the violence be eradicated.

 

I am grateful to work for an amazing organization with friends and colleagues who share my
dream and are dedicated to making it reality.

 

When I am not at work you can find me loving on my four-legged family members, wining and
dining with friends/family, spending time outdoors, shopping ‘til I drop, interior decorating, or
dreaming about the future.

Email Trish at tworley@wyomingdvsa.org

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