NRCDV’s mission is to strengthen and transform efforts to end domestic violence.
NRCDV strives to be a trusted national leader and sustainable organization, renowned for innovation, multi-disciplinary approaches and a commitment to ensuring that policy, practice and research is grounded in and guided by the voices and experiences of domestic violence survivors and advocates.
BRIEF ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY
After being established in 1993 with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NRCDV operated as a national project housed within the structure of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) before spinning off an independent organization in 2011. Today, through its many key initiatives such as VAWnet, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence and the Domestic Violence Evidence Project, NRCDV works collaboratively to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. NRCDV’s comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are just a few examples of the many ways in which it broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities.
NRCDV builds on over 22 years of accomplishments as it works to strengthen the capacity of programs responding to domestic violence victims and their families by promoting effective public policy, institutional response and research, and increasing engagement in prevention.
Three well-tested strategies continue to frame the core of NRCDV’s work: technical assistance & training, resource development, and the design and implementation of key initiatives that facilitate a deeper focus on a particular issue or population. NRCDV’s project goals, objectives, approaches and activities are developed in response to feedback from the field and analysis of over 55,000 requests for assistance. Collaboration, coordination of efforts and accountability to survivors, the domestic violence field and allied individuals and organizations, continue to be essential components of all NRCDV projects, as is attention to accessibility and cultural competence.
NRCDV’s work is significantly strengthened by a long-standing partnership with the organizational members of the Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN), which includes the other HHS-funded DV national, special issue and culturally-specific resource centers, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and as well as with other national allied organizations.
NRCDV BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NRCDV receives solid leadership and support from a multi-disciplinary and diverse Board of Directors and staff.
NRCDV Board of Directors
Organizational affiliations are included for identification purposes only.
Johnny Rice, II. Dr.PH.
Coppin State University
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County
Maria Jose Fletcher
Coral Gables, FL
National Domestic Violence Hotline
|Etiony Aldorando, Ph.D.|
Albizu University, Miami Campus
|Shanaz Tejani-Butt, Ph.D.|
University of Sciences
|Tiffany Chang Lawson|
PA Offic of the Governor
Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
|Jenna Lodge Foster|
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
|Micaela Rios Anguiano|
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
House of Ruth Maryland
Transition Family Violence Service
Sanu Dieng Consulting
NRCDV STAFF AND TEAMS
NRCDV’s diverse and multi-disciplinary staff includes highly experienced advocates and professionals, many of whom have been active in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence for a significant number of years.
NRCDV operates within a team structure, which has facilitated the development of core competencies as well as specialized expertise. The Capacity Building and Education Team assumes the lead role to incoming technical assistance and training requests. The Policy & Research Team is also deeply engaged in technical assistance, training and resource development activities. NRCDV’s key initiatives often involve cross-team collaborations as well as partnerships with outside experts. NRCDV’s Operations Team provides comprehensive support for all programmatic activities.
Farzana Safiullah, Chief Executive Officer
Farzana leads and manages NRCDV, directing technical assistance, training, resource development, and special projects to support domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts across the country. She has extensive experience in managing federal programs funded by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services, and managing non-profits. She has been with the NRCDV since 2005. Farzana is a founding member of the U.S.-based Muslim Advocacy Network against Domestic Violence, focusing on building collaborative partnerships and developing resources. She has a Bachelor’s in English and Anthropology and has her Master’s in Public Administration with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She also successfully completed a Harvard Executive Education Fellowship on Performance Measurement for Nonprofits.
Arlene Vassell, Vice President of Programs, Prevention & Social Change
Arlene supervises NRCDV’s Programs & Prevention and Communications Teams and oversees several key initiatives, including the Domestic Violence Awareness Project and PreventIPV. Joining NRCDV in 2015, Arlene brings over 18 years of multi-faceted experience within the movement to end domestic and other forms of gender-based violence. She previously worked for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and the YWCA Women’s Advocacy Program in Chesterfield, Virginia. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, community organizing, developing community and state-level collaborations, and creating promising practices when working with traditionally underserved and marginalized populations. In 2016, Arlene was selected as part of the United States Delegation that traveled to China for an exchange of domestic violence information with the All China Women’s Federation. From 2011 to 2015, Arlene served as the Vice-Chair of NRCDV’s Board of Directors prior to joining the staff.
Heidi Notario, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Systems Change
Heidi will lead NRCDV’s Policy and Research Team and its collaborative efforts to build and support a strong community of policy advocates committed to racial equity as a core element of gender justice. She brings expertise on issues related to accessibility through her work at the intersections of disabilities and violence against women. Heidi’s interests include a wide variety of issues related to the treatment afforded to survivors of violence with disabilities, Deaf survivors, and other historically underserved communities by the legal system, service providers, and society at large. She keeps on the forefront of her anti-oppression work the elimination of barriers that impact immigrant survivors and the LGBTQ communities and views “accessibility” from a human rights perspective. Heidi is committed to bringing this intersectional framework into her work and personal life. From 2011 to 2018, Heidi served on NRCDV’s Board of Directors prior to joining the staff.
Christie provides programmatic oversight for NRCDV’s National Capacity Building Center on Safe and Supportive Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors – which includes the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) and SafeHousingPartnerships.org. Christie has an extensive background in program development and organizational management, with an emphasis in domestic violence, sexual assault and homeless/housing fields. Her experience includes work at the local, state and national levels including program manager for the Homeless & Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) initiatives for Collaborative Solutions, Inc. and senior program associate collaborating with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) on the Promising Practices Initiative at the Vera Institute of Justice Center on Victimization & Safety. She is an ardent Sociologist with a passion for social justice issues.
Patty Branco, Senior Technical Assistance and Resource Specialist
Patty has been with NRCDV since 2003. She responds to requests from a broad-based constituency for information, technical assistance and training on a full range of domestic violence-related topics. Patty assists in the identification and development of resources to support NRCDV’s training efforts, and has been the lead staff in the development of several NRCDV publications. Her background includes anti-violence work in Brazil, where she engaged in research, community-organizing and outreach efforts. She has a Master’s in Community Psychology and Social Change from Pennsylvania State University.
Marium joined NRCDV in October 2018. She has a background working with victims of domestic violence, with a focus on immigrants, faith based communities, and limited English speakers. Her experience includes work at the national and state levels as the senior policy attorney at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, where she advocated for strengthening federal legislation to support domestic violence victims and at the Virginia Poverty Law Center. She has litigated family law and protective order cases for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has also worked on the House Judiciary Committee and is a certified mediator. She is passionate about ensuring that all federal policies address the diverse and unique needs of all survivors.
Breckan Erdman, Program Specialist
Breckan joined NRCDV in February 2017, after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, she has served as a survivor advocate in domestic violence court, facilitated weekly creative writing workshops in women’s shelters, and participated in campus-based anti-violence activism. She has completed research on femininity and gender-based violence in French literature and the intersection of intimate partner violence and elder abuse, and hopes to eventually earn her Master’s of Social Work degree. At NRCDV, she assists with the generation and dissemination of resources and provides programmatic and technical support for VAWnet, PreventIPV, and other key initiatives and special projects.
Casey Keene, Director of Programs & Prevention
Casey has served in various roles at NRCDV since 2001, where she now provides programmatic leadership and oversight to the technical assistance, training and resource development initiatives of the Capacity Building and Education Team. Casey provides leadership to key initiatives including VAWnet, NRCDV’s online resource library. Specializing in issues related to children’s exposure to domestic violence, Casey co-leads the Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum and provides national level technical assistance and training on childhood trauma and resilience. Casey is a Licensed Social Worker and graduate field instructor who earned her Master’s in Social Work from Temple University and has been active in the movement to end domestic violence for over 15 years.
Kendra McDowell, Human Resources & Fiscal Director
Kendra joined NRCDV in July 2015, bringing with her over 15 years of experience in administrative and financial management in both governmental and non-profit sectors. She oversees NRCDV’s human resources, payroll, accounts payable/receivable, contracts, grants and cash management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. Kendra is an active member of her community, serving as the treasurer for Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club of Central PA and as Board Chair for Changing Generations, Inc. In her spare time she volunteers at Penn State Children’s hospital and the Bethesda Mission soup kitchen.
Ivonne Ortiz, Training Institute Manager
Ivonne has been with NRCDV since 2013. She provides a wide range of technical assistance and training services to many domestic violence programs throughout the US, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Her primary areas of expertise are the provision of training ,crisis intervention, building culturally and linguistically appropriate services, community organizing and facilitating culturally relevant support group sessions for women of color. At NRCDV, she is responsible for providing bold and expert leadership to NRCDV’s Training Institute. Ivonne is responsible for developing training activities and educational resources that are based in innovative theories and practices and that are guided by the experiences and realities of survivors of domestic violence, with particular emphasis on marginalized communities. Ivonne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico.
Joe Ostrander, Communications Manager
Joe coordinates the communications, branding and marketing of NRCDV’s multiple initiatives. He works with all the NRCDV teams to ensure consistency of information, projects, messaging and promotion. He has BA in Communications/ Public Relations from Kutztown University and an MA in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University.
Jodie Reichenbach, Fiscal Coordinator
Jodie has been with NRCDV since 2006. She has over 20 years of experience in an accounting office environment; including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and office administration. Jodi is responsible for coordinating the office needs of the NRCDV, financial record keeping, processing accounts payable/accounts receivable and contracts, and provide support to administrative functions of NRCDV and Human Resources.
Justine Robillard,Creative Media Specialist
Justine works alongside each of NRCDV’s teams to create and maintain professional and polished designs for both print and digital concepts. Justine is part of the communications team and works to provide insight and technical support around social media, web events and campaigns. Previously, Justine worked as a Design Manager, Video Editor, Digital Coordinator and Production Office Manager. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Media Arts.
John Schein, Information Technology Director
John has been with NRCDV since 2003, serving as the Content Administrator for VAWnet prior to becoming NRCDV’s Information Technology Manager. He is responsible for building and maintaining network infrastructure, preserving organizational resource integrity and providing budgetary guidance for administrative staff. John provides instruction to and researches technology issues for NRCDV staff members so they can accomplish their jobs more effectively. He graduated from the University of Maine with studies focusing on Political Science, Public Administration and History.
Syeda Asma Yaqeen, Human Resources & Fiscal Specialist
Syeda Asma Yaqeen has been with NRCDV since May of 2015. She previously managed the accounts receivable/payable and cash flow for Tread Concourse Inc., in New York City. After moving to PA, she worked at Supportive Concepts for Families as a Human Resource Coordinator and then at the IU13 as a Program Assistant. She also worked in Philhaven hospital as a Medical Billing Specialist. Asma graduated from Baruch College – The City University of New York with a Bachelors degree in Accounting.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence provides a wide range of free, comprehensive, and individualized technical assistance, training, and specialized resource materials and key initiatives designed to enhance current domestic violence intervention and prevention strategies. Reach a NRCDV Technical Assistance Specialist for guidance at 1-800-537-2238 / TTY 1-800-553-2508 or via email at nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org or complete the NRCDV Online TA request form.