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 Womens 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 Citys
child protection agency in the late 1980s. 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.
Board of Directors
SONIA DÁVILA-WILLIAMS, M.S.W.
MARILUCY GONZALEZ, Esq.
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
F. VASQUEZ, Esq.
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
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.
L. PERILLA, Ph.D.*
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
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.
Perilla and Ricardo Carrillo are also Founder and former Board member.