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Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Interim Director of Counseling Psychology at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991. His publications include articles on wife assault cessation and psychological aggression, risk markers for the cessation and persistence of wife assault, ethnicity and wife assault, and the clinical assessment of men who batter. He is currently studying precursors of change for men who batter including the role of community and neighborhood characteristics in the resolution of wife assault. He is the co-editor, with Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., of "Programs for Men Who Batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society" (2002). Dr. Aldarondo worked as a staff psychologist at The Cambridge Hospital and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. He is the board President for Common Purpose, Massachusetts’ largest batterers’ intervention program, and a board member for the Dorchester Community Roundtable, a broad-based coalition of groups, institutions and individuals working to structure an efficient coordinated community response to wife assault in Dorchester. Dr. Aldarondo is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center. In addition, he is a research technical consultant to the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Patricia Castillo has worked for over two decades to end violence against women and children, and brings a wide range of experience to the Alianza. Since 1990, she has been Projects Coordinator for the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts), a coalition of 50 agencies, organizations and individuals based at the Benedictine Resource Center in San Antonio, Texas. In this position she develops domestic violence community projects and public policy through collaboration and community organization; serves 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.


Fernando Mederos, Ed.D. is a domestic violence consultant. He 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, with Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D., of "Programs for Men Who Batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society" (2002) and, through his work with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, will publish a manual on intervention with physically abusive men in the child protection caseload in 2004.


Rosario Navarrette is the Deputy Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. She has devoted herself to the national anti-violence movement for 20 years, the past fourteen of which she has spent focusing on policy development on violence against women, particularly domestic violence. Her work has included funding development and administration, coalition building, and the organization and implementation of effective collaborations between local government and community agencies to improve the delivery of services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition she has conducted trainings for law enforcement officers, judges, professional groups, agencies, and community organizations throughout California and the nation. Ms. Navarrette authored the Charan Investigation Report, which was the first death review report on a domestic violence homicide case in San Francisco. In response San Francisco developed a coordinated response system to domestic violence which served as a national model and as the catalyst for state legislation creating domestic violence death review teams in California. She was instrumental in the creation, planning and establishment of a Domestic Violence Response Unit in the San Francisco Police Department, and the establishment of a centralized domestic violence unit at the Adult Probation Department that consolidated the caseload. She is one of the founding members of the San Francisco Family Violence Council, which the city's Board of Supervisors established to further collaborative efforts among private and public agencies to increase public awareness of family violence prevention. Ms. Navarrette was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. She grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco, and still has strong ties to this Latino neighborhood where her mother still resides. She has three sons and a large extended family.


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 has three children.


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 keynotes, 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 (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 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 30 years and they have three children; Marcos, Renee and Emilio.


Isa Woldeguiorguis, M.Ed., is the Clinical Manager of the Domestic Violence Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS). Ms. Woldeguiorguis manages the seventeen DVU staff positions. She is also the contract manager and program developer for twelve visitation centers and nine child witness to violence programs funded by DSS across the state. Prior to her work at MA DSS, Ms. Woldeguiorguis worked as an advocate for alternative sentencing for substance abusing women involved with the criminal justice system, many of whom were traumatized as children and battered as adults. She was also a child protection worker and supervisor in New York City’s child protection agency in the late 1980’s. Most recently, she has been involved in authoring two articles for the Child Welfare League of America that address domestic violence, child protection and race. In 1998 Ms. Woldeguiorguis served on the Advisory Committee to the authors of a national publication entitled “Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice” (also known as "The Greenbook".) She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Dorchester Community Roundtable.

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Executive Director

Adelita Michelle Medina has more than 25 years experience working in a wide-range of fields in both the private and public sectors. She served as the Executive Director of the Military Families Support Network (MFSN), a national organization that advocated a peaceful resolution to the Persian Gulf conflict, served the families of military personnel deployed in the Persian Gulf, and documented health problems of returning Gulf veterans. Ms. Medina also headed the Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation in New Mexico and served as Project Coordinator of the Movement Support Network (MSN), at the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC. She has worked in various capacities at the Ms. Foundation for Women, Sister Fund, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Association for Hispanic Arts. She also held several public sector jobs, including Communications Associate for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs, Program Associate for the NYC Community Development Agency, and Public Relations Officer for the Las Vegas Medical Center in New Mexico.   As a private consultant for five years, Ms. Medina helped raise funds for various nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families, including several that addressed domestic violence. She has published numerous articles on a variety of topics ranging from worker, immigrant, veterans’ and women’s rights, to women’s health & safety, business, and arts and culture. She holds an M.S. degree in Journalism from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and a B.A. in English and Art from New Mexico Highlands University. She has one son, one grandson, and one granddaughter.

Director of Projects

Jessica F. Vasquez, Esq., is a graduate of New York Law School and received her B.A. in psychology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Prior to coming to Alianza, Ms. Vasquez was a staff attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group and handled a caseload which included both matrimonial and immigration issues. Before moving on to the New York Legal Assistance Group, Ms. Vasquez was the recipient of a Soros Equal Justice Post Graduate Fellowship of the Open Society Institute. This fellowship funded her work representing Latina victims of domestic violence in court proceedings, as well as providing legal education about the rights of Latina battered women to community groups. The fellowship was completed at Sanctuary For Families' Center For Battered Women's Legal Services. Ms. Vasquez serves on the Advisory Boards/ Committees for Nuevo Amanecer in New York, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life and the Domestic Violence Awareness Project. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Executive Assistant

Janice Cruz was born and raised in East Harlem. She attended Iona College in New Rochelle where she received her B.A. in Mass Communications. After graduating, Ms. Cruz worked as a Social Worker for Cardinal McCloskey's Foster Boarding Home Program. As Alianza's Executive Assistant, she is responsible for all administrative duties and maintaining office procedures.


Director of Training and Technical Assistance

Ricardo Carrillo, Ph.D., is the Director of the Training and Technical Assistance Division of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized clinical trainer with a specialization in domestic violence, family therapy, forensic psychology, addictions, and cultural competence. Currently Dr. Carrillo is the director of clinical services for Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the Director of Latino Mental Health project. He has also served as senior faculty and Director of Training for several graduate schools of professional psychology in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Carrillo is the senior editor of the text: Family Violence and Men of Color: Healing the Wounded Male Spirit, published in 1998. He is the father of two children, is a purveyor of the culinary arts, and performs with a Tex-Mex group, The Conjunto Coyote and is the band leader for Ricazo a Latin Jazz group.

Director of Research

Julia L. Perilla, Ph.D., serves as Director of El Centro: The National Latino Research Center on Domestic Violence at Georgia State University (GSU), a component of the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence. She is also a clinical community psychologist and Associate Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at GSU. Her areas of interest are domestic violence, diversity issues, Latino families, and trauma. Dr. Perilla has published articles and made numerous presentations regarding these topics at local, national, and international conferences. As Coordinator of the Caminar Latino Program at Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services (a community agency serving homeless, refugees, and immigrant populations) since 1990, she has had extensive experience working with Latino families affected by domestic violence. She has led groups for abused Latinas, trained community workers to facilitate groups, developed curricula for children witnesses of domestic abuse, and currently co-leads the Latino batterers' intervention program. Dr. Perilla serves on the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. She is President of TAPESTRI, Inc.; The Refugee and Immigrant Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is an active member of the domestic violence task forces of three Atlanta metropolitan counties, and collaborates with the Solicitor's Offices of four metropolitan courts in the Victim/Witness Assistance programs regarding domestic violence in Latino communities. Dr. Perilla also collaborated with the Department of Psychology at the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico to establish the first domestic violence specialist program at that institution.
Dr. Perilla received the Georgia State University Exceptional Service Award in 2000, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence Gender Justice Award in 2001, and the Georgia Psychological Association Community Service Award in 2003.

*Julia Perilla and Ricardo Carrillo are also Founder and former Board member.

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