NRCDV receives solid leadership and support from a multi-disciplinary and diverse Board of Directors and staff. Organizational affiliations are included for identification purposes only.
Transition Family Violence Services
Micaela Rios Anguiano
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
Jenna Lodge Foster
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Tiffany Chang Lawson
Bureau of Campaign Finance & Civic Engagement, Pennsylvania Department of State
House of Ruth Maryland
Caroline Bishop LaPorte
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
North Miami State, FL
Central Lakes College
Upper Marlboro, MD
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 Programs & Prevention 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. The Communications Team is responsible for maintaining and advancing branding, marketing, messaging, and media efforts. NRCDV’s Operations Team provides comprehensive support for all programmatic activities. NRCDV’s key initiatives often involve cross-team collaborations as well as partnerships with outside experts.
Farzana Safiullah, Chief Executive Officer
Farzana leads the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, as its Chief Executive Officer, strategically guiding its resources, policy advocacy, training and technical assistance provided in the United States and its territories while centering racial equity in advancing safety and supports for survivors of domestic violence. She 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 had a long and deep commitment to the prevention of violence and is active in her local community in Harrisburg, PA, co-leading the Strategies for Community Action Committee of the Community Responder’s Network to expand community dialogue to protect and safeguard the safety, respect, and dignity of all. She is also a planning committee member for the Community Diversity Forum, a conglomerate of regional representatives of higher education, health systems, social justice & disability rights organizations committed to promoting diversity in the community through consistent and informative educational forums. She serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Network and nationally on the board of the Resonance Network.
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 20 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 (pronouns: she/her/hers) leads 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.
Leletha Marshall, Vice President of Advancement & Organizational Sustainability
Leletha leads NRCDV’s Fundraising and Operations Team in efforts to build the organizations visibility, impact and diversity the financial resources. Leletha also provides visionary and mission driven leadership to the Operations Team to continually strengthen the organizational structure of NRCDV. Leletha has worked with numerous nonprofits and social ventures across the United States and abroad. She has served in various positions and worked with organizations from every sector of the nonprofit marketplace including associations and membership organizations, major hospitals, juvenile justice foundations, congressional foundations, community based social services agencies and more. Leletha also has an extensive background in donor cultivation, solicitations, meeting and event planning, and grants management. Throughout her career, she has raised more than $27 million in new funding from foundations, corporations, individuals and the government. In 2011, Leletha was nominated as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record, which recognizes outstanding achievements of women through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. As a domestic violence survivor, Leletha brings her personal passion to her work and is dedicated to NRCDV’s commitment to center racial equity in efforts to end gender-based violence.
Patty Branco, Senior Technical Assistance and Resource Specialist
Patty (pronouns: she/her/hers) has been a social justice advocate for over 20 years. Drawing upon her lived experiences as an Afro-Latina immigrant, her work is informed by an anti-oppression and intersectional lens. With NRCDV since 2003, Patty responds to requests from a broad-based constituency for information, technical assistance and training on a full range of topics related to gender-based violence. She engages in the identification and development of resources to support NRCDV’s capacity-building efforts and has been the lead staff in the development of several NRCDV publications. Her background includes anti-violence work in Brazil at the intersections of anti-Blackness, poverty, and police brutality. Patty has a Master’s in Community Psychology and Social Change from Pennsylvania State University.
Lynne E. Dillard, Administrative Specialist
Lynne joined NRCDV in June, 2020 as a part-time administrative specialist. She has over 30 years working in the non-profit arena in the areas of fundraising, special events coordination, and administering various non-profit programs. At NRCDV, Lynne provides administrative support to the Transformation Team and the Board of Directors. She also provides assistance to the Operations Team with Grants coordination and Fund Development. Lynne graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Business Administration.
Brittany Eltringham, Manager of Safe Housing Initiatives
Brittany Eltringham (she/her) joined the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) after several years of working at the local level. She draws upon her experience as a feminist, Native Hawaiian woman and maintains a deep commitment to aloha ‘āina, transformation, and liberation. Brittany brings her experience with community engagement, facilitation, racial and reproductive justice, and shelter advocacy to her work at the intersection of gendered violence, housing, and homelessness with NRCDV’s Policy and Research Team and the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC). She has a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Hawai’i and is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.
Breckan Erdman Winters, Program Specialist
Breckan (pronouns: she/her/hers) has been with NRCDV since 2017, where she works with the Programs & Prevention Team on the VAWnet, PreventIPV, Domestic Violence Awareness Project, and Safe Housing Partnerships projects and provides additional support to NRCDV's other key initiatives. 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 and community-based anti-violence activism. Breckan has a Bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.
Casey Keene, Director of Programs & Prevention
Casey Keene (she/her) believes that social change is both possible and necessary. A survivor of childhood trauma and mother to two inspiring children, her passion is nurturing resilient and equitable communities where all children can thrive. With more than 20 years of experience in gender-based violence advocacy, Casey knows that our work must be grounded in and guided by the needs, priorities, and leadership of those with lived experience at the intersections of violence and oppression. As the Director of Programs & Prevention at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), Casey works to advance the special projects and resource development initiatives of the Programs & Prevention Team. These include PreventIPV, VAWnet, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, and the Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum. Casey is a lifelong learner and Licensed Social Worker who earned her Master’s in Social Work from Temple University.
Sharita Lewis, Administrative Specialist
Sharita Lewis joined NRCDV as the Admin Specialist with the Operations Team. She brings a wealth of knowledge to NRCDV in meeting planning and admin support as she has served as an administrative liaison and operations communication professional in the nation’s capital for nearly two decades. Prior to joining NRCDV, Sharita strengthened administration and communications efforts at area non-profits including the American Lung Association, The Fuller Project, the National Teachers Association, The Families Forward Project and Tech Congress: The National Coalition for the homeless client relations and case management. Key elements of her position included a focus on advocating and supporting efforts to end homelessness while teaching self-sufficiency.
Sharita studied Business Administration at Ashworth University, and hold certificates such as case management, database administration, certified firearms instructor, and a member of the American Society of Administrative Professions. Sharita has a deep passion for social justice and loves all things comedy.
Jacqueline Miller, Director of Racial Equity & Social Change
Jacqueline Miller is the Director of Racial Equity & Social Change of NRCDV. With over 30 years of work experience within the Violence Against Women Movement, she shares her knowledge and expertise on the overlapping intersections of domestic violence such as women and children’s health, trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the adultification of children with an emphasis on Black girls. Jacqueline has spearheaded the issue of the emerging topic of adultification across the nation at several national conferences, trainings and webinars. With over 20 years of training experience, Jacqueline has expertise in working with systems such as the child welfare system, housing programs for homeless youth, the healthcare system and systems designed to reduce intimate partner homicide. Jacqueline is part of NRCDV’s DVAM and the Women of Color Leadership projects. Jacqueline contributed to several national publications including, most recently, on the intersections of sexual violence and intimate partner violence in addressing health equities. Jacqueline is the author of “What Agencies Should Know When Working with Formerly Incarcerated Survivors” published by NRCDV on VAWnet’s website. Jacqueline was the survivor speaker for events with UNWomen Generation Equality and FVPSA.
Lavon Morris-Grant, Director of Community Engagement
Lavon joined NRCDV as the Director of Community Engagement in 2021. Working in close collaboration with the Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships and Systems Change, Vice President of Programs, Prevention and Social Change, the Director of Policy and the Director of Housing and Economic Justice, she is a bridge to people with lived experience in communities most impacted by housing insecurity to guide and inform the work of NRCDV’s housing capacity center and across all initiatives. Lavon has been a social justice advocate for over 25 years, where she founded and was the Executive Director of MACOSH Healing Network in 2013 – 2021. It is the first culturally specific, holistic African American non-profit, domestic violence organization providing resources through the Arts in the State of Georgia. She is a gifted international and keynote speaker and dedicated political activist on vital social and psychological issues including; homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental illness, trauma recovery, suicide prevention and gun control.
Shenna Morris, Director of Policy
Shenna (Black/African American; pronouns: she/her/hers) joined NRCDV as the Director of Policy in 2021. In this role she provides policy vision and expertise across NRCDV areas of focus and social justice issues impacting survivors of domestic violence. Shenna has been a social justice advocate for over 15 years with most of her work being in the gender-based violence movement. She has used both her lived experience as a child witness survivor of domestic violence and professional experience, to lead efforts that engage and mobilize communities, stakeholders, and lawmakers in addressing the intersecting issues of domestic violence, homelessness, racism, and oppression. During her time as the Director of Policy and Community Engagement at the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADAV), Shenna led capacity building technical assistance efforts to culturally specific community based organizations, efforts to strengthen collaborations between community-based and mainstream dv programs, worked with system partners to strengthen service provision and housing advocacy for survivors and people experiencing homelessness in HUD housing programs, provided training and support to systems on addressing systemic racism and building equitable response systems, and advocated for responsive public policies that met dv survivors needs. Shenna continued many of these efforts during her time with Collaborative Solutions Inc. where she provided technical assistance to communities’ implementing HUD and homeless system programs.
Ivonne Ortiz, Director of Training & Technical Assistance
Ivonne has been a member of the NRCDV family since 2013. With over 20 years in the field, she has developed expertise in training facilitation, crisis intervention, building culturally and linguistically appropriate services, community organizing, and facilitating culturally relevant support group sessions for women of color. At NRCDV, she provides bold and expert leadership to NRCDV’s Training Institute and technical assistance efforts. Ivonne is also responsible for developing educational resources based on innovative theories and practices guided by the experiences and realities of survivors of domestic violence, with particular emphasis on marginalized communities. A native of the island of Puerto Rico, where she graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
John Schein, Information Technology Director
John (pronouns: he/him/his) has been with NRCDV since 2003, serving as the Content Administrator for VAWnet prior to becoming NRCDV’s Information Technology Director. 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.
Marci Taitt-Lamar, Director of Program Innovation
Marci (pronouns: she/her/hers) joined NRCDV in November 2020 as the Co-Director of the LGBTQ Institute before transitioning into her current role. Previously, she has served as a protection order advocate in DV court cases, facilitated an all-gender DV support group, and coordinated a national training and technical assistance program at an LGBTQ community based DV organization. She completed her MSW at the University of Washington with a concentration in mental health practice and research focus on trans-inclusive primary education. Marci brings a wealth of experience working in grassroots LGBTQ organizations and movements and is committed to capacity building work that centers the liberation of QTPOC survivors. Alongside her national DV work, Marci is also passionate about exploring grief, loss, alternative death care, and access to death planning for queer and trans communities. Marci is based in Seattle, WA, where she enjoys providing for her two cats and watching all things horror.