Symposium Presenters

Ashley Arens
Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center

Ashley joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in November 2014. Ashley began working with survivors in 2010 as a sexual assault victim's advocate, and went on to work in different community-based organizations where she focused on supporting marginalized individuals and victims of crime. Since beginning at RMvlc, she has presented at a number of different state-wide and national conferences with a focus on advocacy and victims' rights. Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in 2009 and her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Social Policy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ana do Valle
Boulder, CO

Ms. do Valle is a body centered therapist, certified in Sensory Integration and Neuro Developmental Approach. Fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, she has experience working with post traumatic stress disorder with adults and children and trauma resulting from cultural fragmentation. Ms. Do Valle received a degree in Occupational Therapy at the Federal University (Belo Horizonte-UFMG) in Brazil and is approved by the Foundation for Human Enrichment to provide supervision for all levels of Somatic Experiencing Practitioners.

Lisa Fujie Parks, MPH
Associate Director
Prevention Institute

Lisa is an associate director at Prevention Institute where her portfolio includes projects and initiatives focused on promoting health equity and community resilience and preventing multiple forms of violence and trauma. Lisa has 20 years of leadership, program, and policy experience at the local, state, and national levels. Lisa’s work embodies a holistic, multi-sector approach that reflects her background in community development and public health and experience promoting healing and resilience.

Kazi Houston, Esq.
Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center

Prior to attending law school, Kazi, a Denver native worked extensively with children and families managing mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, particularly those who had been involved with the criminal justice system. Kazi worked for 4 years as a private practice civil attorney prior to returning to the non-profit sector in 2015, where she was the Client Services Manager at Project Safeguard. A commitment to improving community access to the legal system led Kazi to her position at RMvlc. Ms. Houston obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Seattle University in 1998, her Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Denver in 2001, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver in 2010.

Rebecca Levenson
Futures Without Violence

Rebecca Levenson, currently serves as a senior health policy consultant for Futures Without Violence (FUTURES), having worked previously as a senior policy analyst for 13 years. A nationally-recognized researcher, educator, advocate, and speaker, she has focused extensively in the area of adolescent, reproductive and perinatal health within federal and state programs, community clinics and home visitation programs for the past 20 years. She is a champion on behalf of health issues related to domestic violence and the need to develop trauma-informed organizational practices to support providers in doing this work. As a childhood survivor and witness to abuse, Ms. Levenson speaks frequently about violence and resiliency. Ms. Levenson’s most recent work focuses on moving from ACE scores to family resilience—recognizing that investing in parents, supporting them, and giving them tools that reduces shame and builds resiliency plays an important role in child abuse prevention. Ms. Levenson is the co-author of numerous publications and domestic violence training resources, including FUTURES CUES intervention and safety cards and related strategies, the Reproductive Health and Violence Guidelines, the Adolescent Health Guidelines and a train-the-trainer curriculum for home visitors. Prior to her work at Futures Without Violence, Ms. Levenson was the director for Planned Parenthood ‘s Medi-Cal funded primary care clinics Vacaville, Fairfield, and Vallejo, California—which included perinatal case management programs. She received her MA from San Francisco State University.

Jacqueline Miller
CPS Policy Coordinator, Texas Council on Family Violence/Survivor

Jacqueline Miller is survivor of domestic violence. She has 23 years of work experience within the Violence Against Women Movement. Her commitment to empowerment-based advocacy was utilized in creating domestic violence policy and protocols within the Cook County Bureau of Health Network. She has extensive community organizing experience while building numerous partnerships with law enforcement agencies over the years in an effort to increase survivor safety and batterer accountability. As a member of the Training and Technical Assistance workgroup, Jacqueline worked at the intersection of domestic violence and traumatic brain injury with the Peace of Mind Florida Project. She is a member of the Domestic Violence Awareness Project and a collaborative partner of the ACE-DV projects of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. With 18 years of training experience, Jacqueline has expertise in direct services, working at the intersection of domestic violence and the child welfare system, systems change, health implications of abuse, and reducing intimate partner homicide. Jacqueline has worked with community projects on eradicating poverty while building bridges to promote self-sufficiency. She received domestic violence training certifications from Illinois and Florida. She holds a certification in Financial Social Work. As a life-long learner, Jacqueline continues to pursue educational opportunities towards social justice and human rights.

Amy Pohl
Communications Director, Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Amy Pohl has worked in the field of domestic violence advocacy as both a direct service provider and at the systems advocacy level for more than 10 years. As an attorney for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, she represented victims of domestic violence. She also developed and conducted trainings and provided technical assistance for professionals throughout Wyoming on issues related to domestic violence. As Associate Director for the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness in California, she co-taught a course on Violence Against Women for Stanford University’s Gender Studies Department, an innovative class examining the theories behind prevention of, and response to, relationship abuse throughout the world. While at Stanford, Amy worked with student groups to raise awareness about dating violence and sexual abuse on campus. Amy joined the staff of CCADV in 2014, where she works to call attention to the issue of domestic violence in Colorado and highlights and supports the work of domestic violence advocacy organizations around the state. Ms. Pohl has a BA from The Colorado College and a JD from the University of Wyoming

Alisha Somji
Associate Program Manager
Prevention Institute

Alisha Somji is an associate program manager on Prevention Institute’s injury and trauma prevention team. She applies a public health approach to violence, and supports strategy development to create safe, healthy and thriving communities. Alisha supports cities across the country through the UNITY City Network, and leads PreventConnect web conferences focused on sexual and domestic violence prevention. During her time at Prevention Institute, Alisha has co-authored work on multiple forms of violence, early childhood development and health equity. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto.

Tracey Tatro Swindle
Surviror, ER nurse and Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Nurse Examiner

Tracey is a passionate educator who often speaks to criminal offenders, fellow survivors, and healthcare professionals, providing both her professional and personal experiences with Domestic Violence. Tracey has testified before legislators sharing her personal story to help change laws that impact survivors of Domestic Violence. Her wish is to help victims find the courage to leave their abusive situations and find their voice. Tracey hopes to empower survivors to share their stories, find themselves, and reclaim their lives. Ms. Swindle holds an Associate of Science in Nursing degree.

Dr. Margaret Tomcho
Medical Director
Denver Health

Dr. Meg Tomcho is the Medical Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic at Denver Health’s Westside Family Health Center. Dr. Tomcho came to Denver 8 years ago from rural western Colorado where she fulfilled a National Health Service Corps commitment. In Montrose, she worked with a small group to start Montrose County’s first School Based Health Center and served as the Montrose County Public Health Physician Advisor. She is dedicated to the delivery of medical care to underserved populations with a special interest in adolescents. Her interests lie in access to health care and ways to creatively address barriers such as through alternative delivery systems. Additionally, she is passionate about the integration of behavioral health in primary care. Dr. Tomcho completed her undergraduate degree at Barnard College of Columbia University in Anthropology and Spanish and her Medical Degree at Wright State University in Dayton. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tim Wienecke, MA, LPCC, NCC
University of Colorado at Denver

Tim has a decade of experience working to end the epidemic of interpersonal violence in our society. He served in the United States Air Force as a Victim’s Advocate for military sexual assault survivors and was a primary trainer for the Bystander Awareness program where he increased awareness and provided effective intervention strategies to over 3,000 military members. After completing his enlistment in 2012, he served at the Auraria Campus as a peer educator, an advocate, mentor, therapist, and educator. Mr. Wienecke recently founded Empowered Change: Counseling & Education to continue his efforts to generate positive change in the community. His awards include Ally of the Year 2002 – Auraria LGBT Student Services; Feminist Ally of the Year 2013 – University of Colorado at Denver’s Women’s Resource Center; and a Life Time Achievement Award 2016 – Phoenix Center at Auraria and Outstanding Graduate of the CU Counseling Program. Since leaving the campus, he has continued his focus on serving men’s mental health, such as training Fire Fighters how to maintain focus and cope with the trauma they see in the world, taught clinicians the knowledge needed to serve men and the veteran community, and helped corporate employees focus in and communicate to complete their goals as a team. He graduated with an MA in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver, earned a BS in Sociology in Behavior Science from the University of Utah, and an Associate of Science in Behavior Science from the Community College of Denver.