Our Team

Casey Gwinn, Esq.
President
Casey Gwinn Bio

Casey Gwinn is the President and Co-Founder of the Alliance. Casey is also the visionary behind the Family Justice Center Movement, first proposing the concept of the Family Justice Center model in 1989. He is a national expert on domestic violence, including prosecution, strangulation, and best practices. Prior to this position, Casey was the elected San Diego City Attorney.

 

Gael Strack, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
Gael Strack Bio

Gael Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Alliance. Gael is a national expert on domestic violence and strangulation. Prior to this position, Gael was the founding director of the San Diego Family Justice Center, former prosecutor with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, defense attorney, and deputy county counsel.

 

Natalia Aguirre
National Director of the Family Justice Center Alliance

Natalia Aguirre is the National Director of the Family Justice Center Alliance. She provided training and support to developing and operating Family Justice Centers worldwide. Natalia also develops and maintains new products and tools which are utilized by Family Justice Center staff and partner agencies. Natalia also leads our Polyvictimization Initiative which provides planning and support services to the six demonstration sites.

 

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Jackie Anderson
Director of Finance

Jackie Anderson is the Director of Finance for the Alliance. She is responsible for all accounting functions, including grant management. Jackie prepares and maintains financial data and reporting for internal analysis and external audits. She also helps out with other day-to-day operational functions of the Alliance.  Jackie is currently pursuing her CPA credentials.

 

 

Yesenia Aceves
Director of Pathways and Culture

Yesenia Aceves is the Founding Director of the Pathways to HOPE Project, responsible for the development of this program which works with Camp HOPE America youth, guardians and volunteer mentors. She is also the Alliance’s first Director of Culture, and is responsible for measurably increasing employee Hope, engagement, and well-being while managing employee development and retention. In addition, Yesenia is a professional artist and graphic designer, overseeing branding and design for all of the Alliance’s programs.

 

John Hamilton
National Director of Camp HOPE America

John Hamilton is the National Director of Camp HOPE America. He collaborates with the Camp HOPE America team, family justice center sites, and partner camps to bring a Hope-filled experience to campers around the country. John holds a master’s degree from Western Seminary where he focused on leadership, cultural justice, and hospitality. He specializes in forging unlikely partnerships, developing unified teams, and moving people from theory into practice. He is a growing leader, frequently presenting or teaching at camps, conferences, and retreats. His focus is in the area of communal impact and collaborative leadership.

 

Michael Burke
Director of Community Engagement

Michael Burke is the Director of Community Engagement for the Alliance. He works with Family Justice Centers, VOICES Survivors Network, the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention and Camp HOPE America. He supports the Alliance and our allied agencies with training on trauma-informed approaches, branding, fund development, media relations and more.  Michael was previously the founding executive director of a rural Family Justice Center in Shasta County California.

 

 

Raeanne Passantino
Assistant Director of Family Justice Center Programs

Raeanne Passantino is the Assistant Director of National Family Justice Programs for the Alliance.  She provides support and technical assistance to Family Justice Centers across the country, including those funded by Office of Violence Against Women (OVW).  Raeanne has been in the domestic violence field for over 24 years as a volunteer, counselor, grants manager, domestic violence program coordinator and in program development.  She has extensive experience with Family Justice Centers in the capacity of development and operations.

 

Chelsea Armstrong
Regional Coordinator – Camp HOPE America 

Chelsea Armstrong is a Regional Coordinator for Camp HOPE America. Chelsea provides logistical support to help Alliance partners implement Camp HOPE America across the nation. Chelsea worked directly with survivors as an AmeriCorps member with the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault by facilitating empowerment classes to women in the Wyoming Women’s Prison. A native of Denver, Chelsea is an avid camper and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming where she majored in Criminal Justice.

 

Cami Morrill
Regional Coordinator – Camp HOPE America 
Cami Morrill is a Regional Coordinator for Camp HOPE America. She supports new and existing Camp HOPE America sites as they implement the vision, mission, and goals of Camp HOPE America. Prior to joining the team at the Alliance she worked directly with teens in a therapeutic setting with a program in Hawaii that incorporated the outdoors and a holistic approach. Cami is a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Three Departments; Psychology, Sociology and Recreation and Tourism Management. Cami is grateful to be able to bring her love for outdoor adventure and her passion for offering children impacted by trauma healing together at Camp HOPE America.

Yvette Beltran
Regional Coordinator – Camp HOPE America 

Yvette Beltran is a Regional Coordinator for Camp HOPE America. She implements the mission and goals of Camp HOPE America by collaborating with Alliance partners throughout the nation. Yvette is passionate about working with diverse communities fostering empowerment and individual growth. Before arriving at the Alliance, she worked with the Institute of the Americas organizing STEM Programs. She has experience running Science and Innovation Summer Camps and Professional Workshops for Latin American students and educators seeking professional development and access to scientific research opportunities in San Diego and internationally. She studied Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of San Diego and is originally from La Quinta, California.

Gloria Kyallo
Program Assistant – Polyvictimization Initiative

Gloria Kyallo currently serves as the Program Assistant for the Polyvictimization Initiative. She assists in coordinating the Polyvictimization Initiative for Alliance for HOPE International. Gloria has a strong international development background and received her Master’s degree in African Studies from Stanford University. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science International Affairs from the University of California, Riverside. Gloria is passionate about the protection of human rights and is elated to be a part of the Alliance team.

 

Alison Bildsoe
Program Assistant – Polyvictimization Initiative

Alison Bildsoe is a Program Assistant for the Alliance’s Polyvictimization Initiative which seeks to develop best practices on how domestic violence professionals can support survivors who have experienced multiple types of trauma. Alison is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she received an award for the Most Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis on The Role of Race and Ethnicity in Pocketbook Voting. Prior to working at the Alliance, Alison provided fundraising and programmatic support for a San Diego homeless and women’s shelter.

 

Melissa Aguiar
Program Manager – Pathways to HOPE Project 

Melissa Aguiar is the Program Manager for the Pathways to HOPE Project, an innovative year-round mentoring program for children exposed to domestic violence and childhood trauma. Melissa helps coordinate monthly activities exposing teenagers to different areas of interest such as Nature, Arts, and STEM to spark career goals and develop pathways to achieve those goals. Melissa is a graduate of California State University, Chico where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and in Spanish. She previously assisted domestic violence survivors while working with a San Diego attorney.

William Ackerman
Development Coordinator 

William Ackerman is the Development Coordinator for the Alliance. Previously, he worked for two years serving San Diego’s refugee community in East County, where he networked and formed partnerships with donors and community partners on behalf of YALLA San Diego. Before coming to San Diego in 2015, William acquired his master’s degree in International Administration from the University of Denver, and studied International Affairs and Political Science as part of his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Alexa Peterson
Administrative Assistant – Camp HOPE America

Alexa Peterson is an Administrative Assistant for Camp HOPE America. After graduating from Arizona Christian University she spent a month in Uganda working with children who are orphaned and in need, as well as painting a large mural in a new preschool. She has experience working with nonprofits, homeless outreach programs, and children with disabilities. Alexa is passionate about assisting others on their path of growth and is thrilled to be a part of this team where children are offered hope and healing.

 

Madison Ryan
Administrative Assistant – Camp HOPE America

Madison Ryan is an Administrative Assistant for Camp HOPE America. Passionate about creating accessible, safe, healing spaces for those impacted by trauma, she is excited to join the Camp HOPE America team. Originally from Minnesota, Madison received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego. During her time there, she guided retreats for first-year students through the Outdoor Adventures program and provided administrative and programmatic support for the USD Women’s Center, the Changemaker Hub, and the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action.

Amy Stobbe

Administrative and Finance Assistant

Amy Stobbe is an Administrative and Finance Assistant at Alliance for HOPE International. She enjoys providing office support to all areas of the organization with an emphasis on finance. Amy is honored to be part of the team and looks forward to growing in her role.

 

 

Karly Gersberg
Program Assistant – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Karly Gersberg is a Program Assistant for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a dual Bachelors’ in Sociology and Legal Studies and went on to get her Masters’ of Public Administration from San Diego State University. She previously worked as an advocate with Human Trafficking survivors and incorporates her experience in direct service work in her position at the Institute.

 

Patricia Middleton
Program Assistant – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Patricia Middleton is a Program Assistant for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. Before joining the Alliance team she completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona State where she majored in Sociology. While completing her degree she worked as a Victim Witness Advocate, specializing in Domestic Violence as well as Child Assault cases. In addition to advocacy, she worked as a certified Child Forensic Interviewer conducting interviews with children ranging for 4-16 years old who had been victims of a crime. She brings a unique perspective and specialized training from her direct work with victims.

Rylie Shore
Program Assistant – Family Justice Center

Rylie Shore is a Program Assistant for the Family Justice Center. Prior to working at the Alliance, Rylie directed an after-school program in Kansas City, taught conflict resolution in elementary schools, and worked for a nonprofit that does interfaith peacemaking. Rylie is passionate about using writing and storytelling to fight for social change and to further the impact of the Alliance.

 

 

Brynne Spain
Administrative Assistant – Family Justice Center and Polyvictimization Initiative

Brynne Spain is an Administrative Assistant for the Family Justice Center and Polyvictimization Initiative. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Human Rights.  Brynne worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as a crisis counselor and support group co-facilitator at crisis centers in Sacramento and San Francisco.  She looks forward to learning from and contributing to the groundbreaking work achieved by the Alliance.

 

Alek Gastelum
Intern

Alek Gastelum is an intern at Alliance for HOPE International, providing administrative and programmatic support for the Pathways to HOPE Project. Alek was a Camp HOPE America camper from 2014 to 2016, and Camp HOPE America Counselor since 2016. Alek is currently studying psychology.

 

 

Arturo Bustos
Intern

Arturo Bustos Ochoa is an intern for the Alliance and provides administrative and programmatic support under the development coordinator. Prior to beginning his internship at the Alliance, he was a Camp HOPE America camper from 2014 through 2017. In the summer of 2018, he served as a counselor for Camp HOPE America. He recently graduated from Morse High School with honors and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in political science.

 

Dalia Zarate
Intern

Dalia Zarate is an intern providing administrative and programmatic support for Camp HOPE America. Dalia was a Camp HOPE America camper for several years, and her experiences as a camper motivated her to work with children at camp this past summer as an adult staff member. Dalia is attending San Diego City College, where she is studying fine art.