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Staff

ADMINISTRATION

Deborah DeBare, Executive Director 

Deborah DeBare has served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence for eighteen years. Before being hired by the Coalition in 1995, Ms. DeBare had served for five years as the Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (DVRCSC), one of the member agencies of the RICADV. Prior to her position at the DVRCSC, Ms. DeBare was the Policy and Information Associate for the Rhode Island Division of Mental Health and Community Services. She received a Master’s Degree from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a BA degree from Brown University.

Kenia Trinidad, Office Manager & Training Coordinator 
Kenia is the Office Manager & Training Coordinator for the RICADV. Prior to joining the organization, Kenia became involved in the movement to end domestic violence through her work with Sojourner House, one of the RICADV's six member agencies. At the RICADV, she manages the fluidity of the agency's daily operations, which include: financial matters, technical support, record management, donor management, and general office support. Additionally, Kenia coordinates meetings and oversees the logistics of the RICADV's training calendar. Kenia is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a Major in Gender and Women's Studies and a Minor in Africana Studies.


COMMUNICATIONS, PREVENTION & PUBLIC EDUCATION

Lucy Rios, Director of Prevention & Public Education
Lucy Rios is the Director of Prevention & Public Education at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. At the RICADV, Lucy facilitates training for advocates, criminal justice personnel, service providers, and other allied professionals on the dynamics of domestic violence and related topics, such as children who witness and teen dating violence prevention. Since 2003, Lucy has been coordinating RI’s Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement Leadership through Alliances (DELTA) Project funded by the Centers for Disease Control. Through DELTA, Lucy provides technical assistance to state and community stakeholders on primary prevention of domestic violence and has led a statewide strategic planning process for primary prevention. Lucy also represents the RICADV on several statewide networks, including the Sexual Violence Prevention Steering Council and the Healthy Kids Rhode Island Coalition.

Cristina E. Williams, Manager, Communications & Public Relations
Cristina E. Williams is the Manager of Communications & Public Relations for the RICADV. She oversees the development and implementation of media-related and communications activities that include responses to high-profile domestic violence cases, planning press events, overseeing public awareness campaigns, procuring coverage for campaigns to end domestic violence / improve systems, and public outreach for member agency events. Prior to joining the RICADV, Cristina worked at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where she garnered support from local business and media communities to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Her experience includes communications and public affairs work for corporations such as The New York Times and Sony, where she delivered integrated marketing solutions, corporate branding, strategic planning, philanthropic events and other business communications. She holds dual Bachelor's degrees in English and Journalism/Media Studies from Rutgers College, The State University of New Jersey.

Krista D'Amico, Communications Associate
Krista D'Amico is the Communications Associate for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She supports the organization's communications initiatives, including public awareness campaigns, media-related activities, responses to high-profile domestic violence cases, and outreach for the RICADV's member agencies. Prior to joining the organization, Krista worked for a Rhode Island technology company as Marketing Communications & Community Relations Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in English with a Minor in Communications from the University of Rhode Island.


POLICY

Zulma Garcia, Director of Policy

Zulma Garcia has been working in the domestic violence movement for over fifteen years. She was hired in 1996 by the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, one of the RICADV's member agencies, as the Director of Community Services to develop and implement their Latina Advocacy Program. In 2002, Ms. Garcia joined the RICADV as the Director of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) a taskforce of the RICADV and, in this capacity, worked to organize survivors of domestic violence. During the last six years, Ms. Garcia has held the position of Director of Policy. She is responsible for the development and promotion of the RICADV’s annual legislative agenda as well as for establishing and maintaining positive relationships with legislators, member agencies and community-based groups to foster collaborations around mutual interests and opportunities. Ms. Garcia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Roger Williams University.

Rachel Orsinger, Manager of Government Relations
Rachel Orsinger is the RICADV’s Manager of Government Relations. She received a BA from Brown and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught classes in basic legal issues to young mothers in shelters and represented teens in the court system. Before law school, she served as an AmeriCorps member at the Providence Children's Museum and worked for Citizen Schools in Boston.

Carmen Recalde-Russo, SOAR Manager
Carmen Recalde-Russo is the Manager of SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships). She joined the RICADV in 2007. Prior to joining the Coalition, Carmen worked for Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center as the Latino Advocate. She holds a Law Degree in Paraguay, South America, her country of origin.  In Paraguay, she represented victims of domestic violence in Family Court cases. She also represented and provided legal assistance to worker and farmer cooperatives.