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WCADVSA STAFF

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Cassandra Burson

Prevention Specialist

"Life is a work of art. Courage is to color the grass with the razzmatazz crayon and to live is to paint the sky mango tango." by Cass Burson

 

As a survivor, it was at Red Paint Alliance where my perspective shifted, and my understanding deepened of my own generational trauma and the impact that trauma has on the lives of others. I am a visionary who is passionate about my new position as the Prevention Specialist. I am excited to be a part of the WCDVSA team and that I am able to contribute to the collective shift towards ending violence and sexual assault.

Email Cassandra at cburson@wyomingdvsa.org

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Dani Harrington

Immigration Advocate

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

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Nick Hopkins

Program Attorney

I have a business background and spent nearly a decade in the workforce after undergrad and never felt fulfilled. I decided to go back to law school so I could try and make a difference in this world. During law school I really became interested with the idea of using my privilege as a white male to help the less privileged. I wanted to make sure I found the right opportunity after law school, and when I saw a position open with WCADVSA I jumped on it. The opportunity to work here and do good is not something I take lightly or for granted. 

 

In my spare time I like to spend time with my daughter, Asher. We like to play board games and video games and go to the park. I also like playing golf and watching sports.

 

Email Nick at nhopkins@wyomingdvsa.org

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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

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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

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Lisa Osvold

Interim Director

I am honored to have been chosen to be the Interim Director and excited to support the efforts of the Coalition. 

 

With over 17 years of experience in Wyoming state government, and seven years before that in Colorado, I have witnessed the pressing need for supportive leadership in addressing the critical issues that the WCADVSA and its members face every day.  As an administrator, I have seen firsthand the transformative power of collaboration and the positive impact it can have on individuals and communities.

 

Additionally, my personal life has been enriched by my husband, our three grown children, two grandchildren, and our rescue cat, Marley. I was born in Ohio but raised in Wyoming. I graduated high school from Encampment, Wyoming, and later the University of Wyoming with a degree in Social Work, and an MBA from Colorado Technical University. I was in the Army for four years and left Wyoming for a while, but my husband and I have been back in the state for 17 years. We find solace and joy in spending time with our family, backpacking, snowshoeing, biking, and hiking. I also enjoy volunteering, baking, gardening, and dabbling in art. 

 

I am eager to delve into our collective efforts and work with you to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

 

I am honored to serve this incredible coalition and look forward to getting to know you better. 

 

Email Lisa at losvold@pubknow.com

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Daniela Palma-Ramos

Legal Assistant

 "Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the wellbeing of a person or animal is at stake. Societies punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

                        ~Martin Luther King JR

Everyone deserves to feel safe, be loved, and have their needs met. Being a part of an organization who helps provide this to people who are in vulnerable situations is a privilege. We must speak up for those who cannot or who have not found their voice and we must try to change whatever we can to ensure these people receive justice, find peace, and give them the courage to speak out for themselves. 

 

Email Daniela at dpalma-ramos@wyomingdvsa.org

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Jody Sanborn

Director of Prevention

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

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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

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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.

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Email Janet at jstansbury@wyomingdvsa.org

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Trish Worley

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

Professional photography services donated by Brian Harrington with BHP Imaging

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