Chief Executive Officer
Amy Sánchez has nearly thirty years in the gender-based violence (GBV) field. Her passion is mission-based organizational development, especially designing and implementing strategic plans, linking GBV theory with practice, and fund development. Outside of her work Amy enjoys reading mystery novels, travel, and spending time with her two adult children.
Sujata Warrier, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
Sujata has been working in the field of gender-based violence in the US and internationally for over 40 years. As a community leader, Sujata has held various positions as both staff and a board member. When not volunteering in South Asian community-based organizations she loves to knit.
Christina Jones, Esq(she/her)
Chief Executive External Relations
Christina has a Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law and a bachelor of arts in Communication Rhetoric from the University of Maryland. Her passion for women and young people is shown through her work educating young people about sexual assault and consent. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Paul Public Charter School in DC. She is most comfortable on stage and has performed at the historic Lincoln Theater in DC in front of thousands on Valentine’s Day. Her favorite part of her day is chasing her toddler Xavier as he attempts to wrestle the family cat Zamunda. She lives in DC with her husband Jason, their son Xavier and their cat Zamunda.
Maritza Valdez Fagin, MPA(she/her)
Assistant Director of Grants Management, External Relations
Maritza is passionate about organizational capacity building, grants management and compliance, and sustainability for nonprofits working to end gender-based violence. In addition to her work at BWJP, she enjoys spending time with family, chasing around her two kids, and catching up on pop culture.
Kristine Lizdas, Esq(she/her)
Director of Policy and Practice, National Center on Legal Approaches to Prevent Family Violence
Kristine has been working in the gender-based violence field for over 25 years. As a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Kristine strives to reimagine legal and social systems that support all survivors of gender-based violence and that do no harm. In pursuit of this, she has worked as a community organizer and activist, and supported all aspects of BWJP’s legal policy work. Never at a loss for hobbies or interests, Kristine most recently picked up the bass guitar and introductory Japanese.
Rebecca Henry, Esq.(she/her)
Chief Program Officer
Rebecca has been working to mitigate gender-based violence for 25 years, representing female inmates harassed by guards, litigating complex custody cases with survivors, developing training and technical assistance for victims’ attorneys, and providing expert consultation to legislative staff. She holds an MA (ABD) in philosophy and feminist theory from the University of Minnesota, and a JD from New York University. She inherited a love of household engineering puzzles - and a lot of tools - from her dad and grandfather, and currently spends her free time re-building a vintage camper, with the forbearance of her sweet wife.
Project Director, National Center on Improving Community Supervision Responses
Jennifer Waindle joins BWJP with extensive experience in domestic violence prevention and law enforcement. She has spent more than 17 years in various leadership roles in DeKalb County in metro Atlanta, helping protect victims and investigate and prosecute offenders while advancing lifesaving law enforcement programs throughout the state of Georgia. Most recently, she was a Senior Investigator in the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office where she co-led a newly formed Firearm Violence Prevention Unit focused on firearm assaults and homicides by serial offenders with an extensive domestic violence or felony background. Prior to Jennifer’s work with the District Attorney’s Office, she was a Supervisor for DeKalb County State Court Probation. There she developed and implemented the policies and procedures for Intensive Supervision of Domestic Violence Probationers. Additionally, she mentored other probation and parole agencies in Georgia to develop specialized domestic violence units aimed at offender accountability while also assisting survivors and their families.
Maria Jose Fletcher, Esq.(she/her)
Director, National Center on Systems Change and Policy
Maria Jose, a migrant from Uruguay and then Peru, understands the struggles associated with leaving one’s home in search of safety. Witnessing firsthand the violence perpetrated against women and girls compelled her to dedicate her life to advance the rights of immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. As a nonprofit attorney for over 25 years and as committed community member, Maria Jose is actively involved in local, state, national and international victim’s rights organizations. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband, her three children, their partners, and her granddaughter Maya.
Kenneth E. Noyes, Esq.(he/him)
Ken has advocated for the rights of domestic violence survivors and abused and neglected children for more than 28 years. He represented survivors in family courts and in the DC child welfare system which inspired his pursuit for social justice. Ken has considerable non-profit leadership experience having served as the Executive Director of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and as Chief Operations Officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. He worked for many years in the federal government where he was an Associate Director of Military Family Readiness Policy, Family Advocacy Program, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Ken is also a former Senior Program Officer of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a co-founder of the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC and is a member of its Emeritus Board. He is also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Ken is married and lives in the Washington, DC metro area.
Amalfi Parker Elder, Esq(she/her)
Director, National Center on Reimagining Coordinated Community Response
A graduate of George Washington University and Tulane Law School, Amalfi joined the gender-based violence movement as a survivor and a student attorney in Tulane’s Domestic Violence Law Clinic. She continued to represent survivors as a family law attorney before dedicating her legal advocacy to equitable system reform. For over the last 10 years, Amalfi has supported jurisdictions around the country implementing CCR, developing policies and conducting training for criminal legal system agencies, with an emphasis on culturally appropriate interventions for marginalized communities. She is most proud of working with advocates and survivors in New Orleans to create the Wheel of Intimate Partner Power & Control in the African American/Black Community. Amalfi loves to travel with her husband and kids. She’s an avid reader of fantasy novels and looks forward to writing books of her own.
Monica Player, Esq(she/her)
Director, National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit Director, Education Division
Prior to joining BWJP, Monica managed the Services * Training * Officers * Prosecutors (STOP TA) Project at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Previously, Monica worked as a family law practitioner and for over 20 years has worked in the field to end violence. In her spare time she enjoys reading.
Sarah Hur, Esq(she/her)
Attorney Advisor, National Center for Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit
Sarah Hur, Attorney Advisor, provides training, legal analysis and policy review on local, state, tribal and national issues related to protection orders. She also conducts research and develops materials for allied professionals. Before assuming her current position, Sarah represented survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She was also a prosecutor for the New York City Law Department. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and is licensed in New Jersey and New York.
Jennifer Becker, Esq
Director, National Center on Gun Violence and Relationships and Project Director, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms
Jennifer Becker, Esq. will serve as the Director, National Center on Gun Violence in Relationships and the Project Director, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms Jennifer has been using the law to address gender-based violence for 15 years. Her career began as a prosecutor in New York City where she specialized in cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She also served as the Title IX Coordinator for the largest K-12 school district in the nation, charged with ensuring effective prevention and response to gender-based violence among students and staff. Most recently, Jennifer served as Legal Director for Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund where she implemented innovative legal strategies combining impact litigation, policy advocacy, and education initiatives affecting a range of issues faced by survivors of gender-based violence.
Alicia Nichols, LSW(she/her)
Deputy Director, National Center on Gun Violence in Relationships; Deputy Director National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms; Director of the Innovation Division
Alicia Nichols, LSW, has been advocating for victims of violence for nearly 20 years. Alicia is a licensed social worker, victim advocate, and restorative justice practitioner whose work is rooted in the values of social justice, racial equity, accountability, and healing. Outside of the advocacy world, Alicia spends her time with her family and their squishy-faced French bulldog, Sheldon. Alicia enjoys baking and making memories through food — “the fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.”
Anadelle M. Martinez-Mullen, Esq(she/her/ella/la)
Director, National Legal Center on Children and Domestic Violence
Ana has been working in the field of violence against women for more than 20 years. She began her work in this field as an advocate assisting victims of intimate partner violence. Upon graduating law school, Ana practiced family law. Before coming to BWJP, Ana represented victims of violence in civil protection order actions. During her spare time, you can find her reading, or binge-watching Netflix. Ana loves to spend time with her husband, John, and her son, Will. Ana es boricua y le encanta compartir su cultura y tradiciones con todo el mundo!
Tracy Shoberg, Esq(she/her)
Deputy Director, National Legal Center on Children and Domestic Violence
Tracy has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota, and previously represented victim-survivors of domestic violence in family law matters. When Tracy is not busy training legal professionals, she can be found at the dog park with her spouse and two Doodles.
Cindene Pezzell, Esq.
Director, National Defense Center for Criminalized Survivors
Cindene oversees the Defense Center and focuses on policies and practices that impact criminalized survivors. She develops programming and trainings for attorneys, advocates, experts, and other practitioners, and provides specialized technical assistance in cases involving criminalized survivors. Cindene is a former public defender, and has spent over twenty years working to advance defendants’ rights and legal system transformation. In her spare time, Cindene enjoys learning about folklore, taking weird road trips, and showing off her jukebox skills.
Quetita Cavero, Esq.
Deputy Director, National Defense Center for Criminalized Survivors
Quetita joined the Defense Center in 2008, and has had various roles in the 25 years she has been involved in the anti-violence movement including experience as an assistant district attorney, a victim advocate, and a staff attorney at a domestic violence organization. She provides direct technical assistance to defense teams, researches and develops legal materials, and conducts training programs.
Advocate and Administrative Specialist, National Defense Center for Criminalized Survivors
Sophie has been providing advocacy and information to criminalized survivors of gender-based violence since 2019. Previously, she worked as a birth doula to support underserved and marginalized individuals in advocating for themselves throughout pregnancy. Sophie believes that trauma lives in the body; she practices mind-body care through dance, Pilates, and plenty of good food.
Dale Grayson, Esq.
Senior Attorney Advisor, National Defense Center for Criminalized Survivors
Dale has been working on behalf of criminalized survivors since 1999. She is a former prosecutor who provides direct technical assistance to criminal defense teams throughout the country, and researches and develops legal materials. She also conducts training programs.
Jill M. Spector, Esq.
Senior Attorney Advisor, National Defense Center for Criminalized Survivors
For almost three decades, Jill has provided case-specific customized assistance to defense teams representing survivors charged with crimes. She has trained, written, and developed resources and amicus briefs on complex issues affecting survivor-defendants. Jill previously tried criminal and juvenile cases as a public defender and in her practice. Jill's expertise also includes disability rights and mental health law, including presiding as a mental health hearing officer.
Vicky Norgren Lynes(she/her)
Administrative Manager & Accounting Specialist
Vicky joined BWJP in 1999 and brings a variety of skills in administrative support including accounting, IT Support, Access Database management, Microsoft, and Adobe as well as maintaining the office so it can run smoothly for both our local and virtual staff. She’s an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation Band of Chippewa, a member of the Mending the Sacred Hoop Coalition and a foundation member of Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN. During her spare time, she enjoys making memories with her close family and friends.
Communications Manager, External Relations
Victoria has been a graphic designer and communications professional for over a decade. She is passionate about supporting and advocating for all survivors through her work at BWJP and through personally-driven efforts. When she is not advocating and communicating, she is painting, paddle boarding, and hiking with her family and rescue dogs.
Patrice Tillery is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with over 15 years of experience in relationship selling and development. She is excited to use her skill set to develop relationships that further the BWJP Mission. When she isn’t working, Patrice enjoys planning fun outings with her two daughters, and singing her heart out at concerts with friends.
Kesimy served four years in the U.S. Army as a Human Resources Specialist and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Methodist University with a bachelor’s in social work and a bachelor’s in Management. She is passionate about exploring the human dimensions of organizations and systems and is excited to apply her skill set to the GBV arena. In her free time, Kesimy enjoys supporting local businesses in Fayetteville, NC and watching ice hockey games (go Marksmen!).
TA Support, Training, and TA Innovation
Sharonna joined the Battered Women’s Justice Project as a Resource Specialist in April 1997. She brings a variety of advocacy experiences to the organization. Ms. Lee has worked with battered women and sexual assault victims in many capacities: as a peer counselor, crisis intervention worker, volunteer coordinator, legal advocate (civil and criminal), and as a Victim Liaison in the City Attorney’s Office. In her off time, Sharonna enjoys reading mystery novels and female protagonist-centered sci-fi.
Director of the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP)
Lumarie Orozco is a survivor, community psychologist and Director of the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP) at BWJP. She leads a team of BWJP colleagues and subject matter experts and works collaboratively with other national training and technical assistance partners to provide tailored technical assistance designed to help federal grantees implement effective responses to firearms and domestic violence while advocating for change in local policies to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic violence offenders. Ms. Orozco provides expert consultations and training on a multitude of topics through information sharing, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, resources, referrals, site visits, and yearly national convenings based on a jurisdiction’s specific challenges and identified priorities. Her areas of expertise include culturally affirming, human-centered, and community-informed project design, development, and implementation; curricula and tool development; engagement of non-culturally specific organizations/agencies in processes of organizational development, equitable collaborative practices, development of strategies for addressing and enhancing service access and provision to underserved communities, including language access, youth development, engagement and advocacy, community engagement and leadership development.
Deputy Director of the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP)
Jenna Wiggins joins BWJP as Deputy Director of the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP). She comes with a background in social work, law, human services, child welfare, and domestic violence. She has spent the bulk of her career in various roles initiating and developing integrated model programs in Indian Country. Most recently, she served as the Human Services Director for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians where she led child welfare, juvenile justice, and domestic violence programs focused on community engagement, the integration of mental health, and community healing. When she is not working, you can find her kayaking, hiking in the mountains or enjoying competitive sports with her family (and their furry family members).
Project Assistant of the Firearms Technical Assistance Project (FTAP)
Irene Avina is a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Irene has spent the past several years working directly with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in crisis intervention, safety planning, education, and trauma processing. Her work in this capacity allowed her to engage in community outreach, emphasizing the importance of empowering survivors, fostering connections, and creating an environment of understanding and support around issues related to gender-based violence. Recognizing the intersection of mental health and collective well-being, Irene is committed to addressing the holistic needs of survivors. She brings a nuanced understanding of the impact of trauma on mental health and advocates for initiatives that contribute to the overall healing and resilience of individuals and communities affected by gender-based violence. When she is not working she is engaged in expressive arts such as painting, collaging, drawing, clay work, and writing. Above all spending time with her partner and cat.
Meghan worked for the Pee Dee Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence as their Volunteer Coordinator for the domestic violence shelter after graduating college in 2021 with her degree in communications. Putting her passion for communications and gender-based violence together with BWJP. When she is not at work she loves spending her time with her husband and dog either traveling or relaxing with a good movie.