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2007 Board and Staff

Alianza Board Members and Staff at Board Retreat in San Antonio, 2007.

Back row from left to right: Patricia Castillo, Board Member; Fernando Mederos, Board Co-chair; Agnes Maldonado, Board Member; Adelita Medina, Executive Director; Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D., Board Member; Zulema Ruby White Starr, Board Member; Rosie Hidalgo, Director of Policy and Research.
Middle row from left to right: Grace Perez, Board Co-chair and Treasurer; Janice Cruz, Executive Assistant; Diana Prieto, Board Secretary; Jerry Tello, Board Member.
Front Row from left to right: Julia Perilla, Ph.D., Research Consultant; Zenaida Mendez, Board Member; Antonieta Gimeno, Director of Training & Technical Assistance/Community Educatio

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Dr. Etiony Aldarondo is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Miami where he conducts research on men who batter and directs the Family Resettlement Research and Advocacy Project. His publications include the book Programs for Men Who Batter: Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society (Civic Research Institute with Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., 2002) and articles on topics such as wife assault cessation and psychological aggression, risk markers for the cessation and persistence of wife assault, ethnicity and wife assault, motivation to change in abusive men, and the clinical assessment of battering. He is the editor of the forthcoming book Promoting Social Justice through Mental Health Practice. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991. Dr. Aldarondo was a research fellow with the Family Violence Research Program at the University of New Hampshire where he worked in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the National Alcohol and Family Violence Survey, which was the first study specifically designed to assess the occurrence of wife assault in Latino communities in the US. Dr. Aldarondo has been board President for both Common Purpose, Inc. and the Dorchester Domestic Violence Community Roundtable. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, and a member of the National Advisory Panel for the Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs Evidence-Based Review.

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Juan Carlos Areán works as a program manager for the Family Violence Prevention Fund.  He has devoted the last 16 years to engaging men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners and allies to end domestic violence and achieve gender equity. For over a decade, he worked at the Men's Resource Center for Change in various capacities, including director of the Men Overcoming Violence and the Refugees and Immigrants Programs. He also worked as a sexual assault prevention specialist at Harvard University. Mr. Areán is co-author of various articles, curricula and educational tools for men and an active trainer, who has led workshops and presentations nationally and internationally.

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Patricia S. Castillo has worked more than two decades to end violence against women and children.  In addition to serving on Alianza’s Board of Directors, she is the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts), a coalition of 50 agencies, organizations and individuals. From 1990 to 2002, she was the Projects Coordinator for the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative when it was based at the Benedictine Resource Center in San Antonio, Texas. In this position she developed domestic violence community projects and public policy through collaboration and community organization. As the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, she continues to do this work as well as serve as an advocate, educator and technical assistance resource to many sectors of the community, including civic, legal, medical, religious, educational, human resource and media groups; and directs citizen coalitions and networks. From 1982-1985 she was a Public Education Specialist and Caseworker at the Women’s Shelter of Bexar County, San Antonio, where she did crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy with battered families, participated in policy development and designed a community awareness campaign. Ms. Castillo has also done casework with inmate women and their children through the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, and with crime victims and their families at the San Antonio Police Department, where she was the first social worker ever assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit of the Homicide Bureau. Nationally, she has trained and educated at numerous domestic violence conferences in the past 13 years. Internationally, she has trained in Honduras, Brazil, China, Russa, Guatemala, and Mexico.  In Mexico, she has worked with the National Network of Shelters, Alternativas Pacificas, a battered womens’ shelter in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and done trainings in Mexico City , Cancun , and Monterrey .

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Dr. Fernando Mederos is the Director of Special Projects—Fatherhood at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.  His core mission is to increase the Department’s capacity to engage positively with fathers in a way that is strength-based, is culturally competent, is sensitive to safety and domestic violence issues, and promotes healthy, nurturing, and respectful engagement with children and partners.  He will be involved in bridge-building between Responsible Fatherhood programs, Healthy Marriage programs, supervised visitation providers and the domestic violence field within Massachusetts.  

He is a practitioner (consultant, writer and trainer) oriented to culturally competent domestic violence intervention and prevention, and he focuses on identifying culturally-based values, models and practices that are protective against domestic violence and that promote respectful and egalitarian relationships between men and women. 

Dr. Mederos specializes in helping communities develop holistic and culturally competent coordinated community responses to domestic violence. He brings up to date knowledge of current research and best practices in this field. He is also an experienced trainer and speaker for practitioners and agencies nationally and abroad. Dr. Mederos began working with physically abusive men at Emerge in 1980. In 1989, he co-founded and became Director of Common Purpose, a Boston-based batterer intervention program. In 1995, he left Common Purpose and devoted himself full time to consulting. Presently, he is a trainer and problem-solving consultant for the Department of Justice, for the Battered Women's Justice Project, the Vera Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. He is co-editor of Programs for men who batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society (Civic Research Institute with Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D., 2002) and, through his work with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, published a manual on intervention with physically abusive men in the child protection caseload in 2004. He co-chairs the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.

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Agnes Maldonado is a native New Mexican, recognized in the Albuquerque business community in the area of non-profit organizations and the public service sectors. She is currently the Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She is a graduate of the University of Albuquerque, with a degree in Business Administration. Agnes started her career as an Accountant more than thirty years ago and has a strong background in finance, planning implementing and managing various types of programs.

Ms. Maldonado integrates domestic violence in the workplace policies in workplaces throughout the state through Policy Development and implementation. The NMCADV was selected by the Family Violence Prevention Fund to participate in a groundbreaking project the Corporate Citizen Initiative on Domestic Violence. New Mexico was one of the 10 states selected.

She was the first to partner with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to address, and teach priests how to counsel victims and abusers. These partnerships initialed by the NMCADV are having far reaching positive impact. Through pastoral letters from the Archbishop, the church’s position against domestic violence is being articulated.

Ms. Maldonado has carried funding bills since 2000 for shelters and children’s programs. Agnes provided the legislators with convincing evidence and very meaningful information about the desperate need for additional funding to create and expand children’s programs in the various shelters. She has introduced bills to improve the circumstances of Victims of Domestic Violence in 2001, the governor signed HB130 providing financial remedies for victims of domestic abuse; amending a section for the family violence protection act. He also signed HB478 providing an exception to the requirement that and application for a name change be published; amending a section of NMSA 1978. These two laws became effective July 2001.

In the 2002 Legislative Session the Governor signed HB242 changing NM law to be in compliance with the US department of Justice with the violence against women act on the issues of restraining orders and dual arrests. In the 2003 Legislative Session the Governor signed HB 414 imposes a $5 fee upon offenders of traffic violations, petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, or felony offense: This will create a fund for 52 weeks of treatment to domestic violence offenders. Ms. Maldonado has done lobbying at the state and national level for over ten years. She has organized many successful fund-raisers, annual conferences on behalf of local non-profit organizations,

She has served in various boards and committees for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Human Needs Coordinating Council, Lieutenant Governor’s Children Advocacy, Albuquerque Human Rights, League of United Latin American Citizens, and MANA de Albuquerque.

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Grace Perez was born in New York of Puerto Rican parents. When she went to work as a crisis counselor in a New York City hospital emergency room, she encountered many women and children of color who were battered, raped, abused, homeless and disenfranchised. She has devoted herself to assuring that battered Latinas and their children maintain their dignity and receive the necessary services to live a life free of domestic violence and have the opportunities to improve themselves. Ms. Perez came up through the ranks of the Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (VIP), a grass-roots community-based organization created in 1984 to address the plight of battered Latinas in East Harlem. She started as a hotline/outreach worker in 1986 and was appointed its Executive Director in 1991, the only Latina executive director of a domestic violence organization in New York City. Under her direction, VIP has increased its budget five-fold and greatly expanded services for women, children and their families. Ms. Perez has received several awards and is active in boards and commissions on domestic violence. She co-chairs the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence. Ms. Perez has four children.

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Jerry Tello comes from a family of Mexican, Texan roots and was raised in south central Los Angeles. He is co-founder of the National Compadres Network and the Director of the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of family strengthening, community mobilization and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues. He has extensive experience in the treatment of victims and perpetrators of abuse and in addictive behaviors, with a specialization in working with multi-ethnic populations. He provides keynote addresses, institute training, consultation, and technical assistance to a variety of national, state and local organizations and agencies. He began working in communities in the early 1970s and has continued to attempt to strengthen, heal and develop children, families and communities, building on their own internal assets. Mr. Tello is the author of a Multicultural Young Fatherhood Curriculum, Latino Male Rites of Passage Curriculum, and Latino Parent Education Curriculum and Domestic Violence Prevention/Intervention program. He is the co-editor of Family Violence and Men of Color (Springer Publishing Co. with Ricardo Carrillo, 1998) and has appeared in Time, Newsweek and Hispanic magazines. He is the author of a series of children's books and a master storyteller. In April 1996, Mr. Tello received the Presidential Crime Victims Service award, which was presented to him by President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno, and in June 1997 he received the Ambassador of Peace award from Rotary International. He has been married to Doris for more than 30 years and they have three children: Marcos, Renee and Emilio.

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Ms. Zulema (Ruby) White Starr is the Children’s Program’s Manager in the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). In this capacity she directs the operation of the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (Resource Center) and the Department’s technical assistance program for the Federal Greenbook Demonstration Project (Greenbook), a collaborative project with the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the American Public Human Services Association. Ms. White Starr implements all areas of the Resource Center and Greenbook grants including budgeting and project planning, serves on the management team of the Domestic Violence Resource Network, and provides education nationally to multi-disciplinary professionals on cutting-edge issues pertaining to domestic violence, particularly in the realm of child protection and child custody. Her current focus is on examining issues relevant to children exposed to domestic violence, resilience, culture, and educating the judiciary on issues related to violence against women.

Ms. White Starr also serves as a national advisory committee member for the Women of Color Network, is immediate past president of the board of directors of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, and volunteers for the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW), facilitating the Teen Speaker’s Bureau and conducting women’s groups in the emergency shelter. Additionally, she served on CAAW’s Resource Development Committee for 3 years. 

Prior to joining NCJFCJ, Ms. White Starr worked with CAAW, a grassroots, feminist, community-based domestic violence organization, where she was the Director of Residential Programs and responsible for overall supervision and coordination of residential programs, including the emergency shelter and Transitional Housing Project. At CAAW Ruby developed and designed programs and services to address Residential Program goals; involved residents in evaluation and development of services and programs; provided crisis-counseling, advocacy, parenting guidance, goal setting assistance and therapeutic activities; and designed and produced newsletters and various outreach materials and conducted community outreach activities.

She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno and an A.A. in Telecommunication, Radio and Television Broadcasting from Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, California.

Ms. White Starr shares her professional knowledge and personal experience as a child witness and child and adult victim of domestic violence with the media and to various groups throughout the country in hopes that her experiences will lead to better practices and outcomes for both battered women and their children.


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