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Plenary & Workshop Speakers

adrienne maree brown_CCspeakerphoto2017 adrienne maree brown – is a writer, facilitator, and activist living in Detroit. In 2017, she published Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, which has already shifted movement thinking locally and internationally. She is the is the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, and a regular contributor to national publications, task forces, and coalitions. adrienne is obsessed with learning and developing models for action, community strength, movement building and transformation.
Aisha Bain_CCspeakerphoto Aisha Bain, MA – is a black feminist warrior, social justice activist, radical storyteller, smasher of patriarchy, and uses her imposing height and incredible stank eye to silence mansplaining in an instant. With over 15 years of senior leadership experience, she has managed programs and partnered with organizations to end violence against women and girls, environmental rights, fight for women’s rights, anti-discrimination, and conduct advocacy and policy change in more than 20 countries. As a filmmaker, artist, and author, Aisha has a particular passion for using creative tools and media to further social justice movements, and to raise the voice and visibility of women and girls within those movements – and has co-founded Vision Not Victim and Resistance Communications to continue these efforts. Spanning over five continents, Aisha has had the chance to dance with almost every community she has worked with.


Amita Swadhin_CCspeakerphoto2017 Amita Swadhin, MPA – is an educator, storyteller, activist and consultant dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people stemming from their experiences as a genderqueer, femme queer woman of color, daughter of immigrants, and years of childhood abuse by Amita’s parents, including eight years of rape by their father. Amita is founder and president of Mirror Memoirs, formerly the Los Angeles Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange and Interim Executive Director of API Equality-LA, which builds power in the Asian and Pacific Islander community to achieve LGBTQ equality and racial and social justice.
Andrew Sta. Ana_CCspeakerphoto2017 Andrew Sta. Ana, JD – is the Director of Legal Services at Day One. Based in New York City, Day One partners with youth to end dating abuse through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development. Through direct legal representation and advocacy, Andrew works to amplify the voices of young survivors experiencing intimate partner violence. Nationwide, Andrew trains on dating violence, the rights of young people, serving LGBTQ survivors, and cyberharassment including as an expert trainer with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Currently, Andrew serves as a co-chair of the New York based Lawyer’s Committee Against Domestic Violence. In 2016, He became a clinical professor at New York Law School to launch the nation’s first law school based legal clinic to serve victims of cyberharassment. In 2015, Andrew was named a Movement Maker by the NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence. In 2011, he was awarded a Courage award from the NYC City Anti-Violence project for his work to set up and administer a free legal clinic for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer survivors of intimate partner violence. Previously, he served as founding board member of the Pride Center of Staten Island. In 2007, to launch his legal career, Andrew was awarded an Equal Justice Works fellowship and is a proud graduate of the City University of New York School of Law.


Bryan Lyda_CCspeakerphotoBryan Lyda – Bryan is a cultivator and a rule breaker who believes that everyone should be able to be who they want to be and live the life they choose without limits. Through the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, he works to connect people and communities, and challenge them to show up for justice and liberation. Bryan strives to use compassion and courage to act in solidarity for any community who has been silenced, harmed, or oppressed. While gardening and exploring Idaho are his sources of light, he chooses to take many paths in life and hopes at least a few of them are made of dirt.
Chelsea Gaona Lincoln_CCspeakerphoto Chelsea Gaona Lincoln – has worked in the mental health field for nearly 14 years, currently as habilitative interventionist working with children with cognitive disabilities. Chelsea is enjoying the transition from therapist to independent contracting as a facilitator and organizer. She met her now wife Evangeline while working state wide on queer justice issues. They married in September of 2016 and reside in Caldwell Idaho, a city that still lacks projections from discrimination of LGBTQ people in housing, employment and public accommodations. They are lucky to share a passion of political and community activism. When they aren’t working or traveling you can find them cuddle puddled with their four senior dogs or hanging with Chelsea’s family, especially her 89 year old “grams.”


Dana Grover_CCspeakerphoto Dana Gover, MPA – has been the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Training & Technical Assistance Consultant for The Northwest ADA Center-Idaho since 2012. She provides information, guidance, training, onsite reviews, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other civil rights laws providing rights to people with disabilities. She works closely with the Idaho Centers for Independent Living and in partnership with a number of Federal, state and local entities including the US Attorney, Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Idaho Housing Forum, Idaho Commission on Human Rights, HUD, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Idaho universities on ADA, 504, and fair housing compliance. She helped write the 504/ADA training manual for the Department of Commerce, Community Development Block Grant program and has worked with transportation providers to increase access to riders with disabilities. Dana is a member of the Fair Housing Forum, Consortium of Idahoan with Disabilities, City of Boise Accessible Parking Committee, Member of the Ramp Up Idaho project, Medicaid’s Personal Assistance Oversight Committee, member of Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC) Board of Directors, a member of the National Council on Independent Living.


Donna Shines_CCspeakerphoto Donna Shines – grew up in Caldwell, Idaho. For the past 40 years, through each work experience, she has been drawn to sharing what she knows with others; being a volunteer, a teacher, mentor, friend, and always striving to live a balanced life. She has been involved with Special Olympics, Service Clubs, the YMCA, Court Sports Fitness Center, Caldwell High School and the past 14 years she been blessed to facilitate the ever growing impact of The Mentoring Network, a community benefit organization serving youth with volunteer mentors in a school setting in Canyon & Owyhee county schools. Her personal goal is to explore what is possible in communities that value a culture of mentoring for all community members.
Estefania Mondragon_CCspeakerphoto Estefania Mondragon – is the Bilingual Social Change Associate/Organizer at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and a community organizer at the Idaho Organizing Project – DACA Committee. She is a daughter of immigrant parents from Tarandacuao, Guanajuato, Mexico. Her passion for social justice began her junior year of high school and has continued throughout college and into her professional and political life. She is currently working to create better access to resources and services for Latinxs experiencing gender-based violence in Idaho. Her work focuses on building power within and for Idaho’s Latinx community through the raising of consciousness and a reconnection to culture.
Gabriela Alor_CCspeakerphoto Gabriela Alor – began her legal training and received her law degree in her hometown of Puebla, Mexico. She came to the U.S. 18 years ago, and worked as a legal advocate at DV and sheltering organizations in Texas and Washington State. She worked as an Immigration Paralegal for Immigration Law Firms in the State of Washington. Gabriela obtained her MPA with a Certificate in Management and Development of DV Programs from University of Colorado in 2012. She is currently working with bilingual and bicultural advocates at the Washington State Coalition against Domestic Violence in her position as Program Coordinator of Crossing Borders.
Heidi Lehmann, MPH – is leading the Lehmann Group, which works toward a world where women and girls are safe from all forms of violence. She has worked in the worst conflict zones and natural disasters in recent history, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo, Northern Iraq and Haiti. Most recently, she was Senior Director of the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit at the International Rescue Committee, and taught a course on Gender Based Violence in Complex Emergencies at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Jeff Matsushita – is a father, partner, and believer in change. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence team. The Coalition has allowed Jeff to travel, listen, ask questions, and be a part of the movement to end violence against women, girls and gender non-conforming community members. In this time of movement, Jeff honors individuals’ stories, the connection to one another and a solid pick-up game of basketball.
Jennifer Martinez – began working for the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence in November 2016. Jennifer oversees an initiative to increase services for adolescents from historically marginalized communities in rural communities who are abused or sexually assaulted and is part of a cross movement collaborative in Idaho – a Community of Purpose – to build relationships and leverage power for an emergent world. A first-generation Idahoan, Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in 2009 where she majored in Political Science and minored in Latin American Studies. Following graduation, Jennifer worked for U.S. Senator Patty Murray as the Eastern Washington Representative based out of Spokane. In 2012, Jennifer returned home to Idaho to work in the political arena where she held various roles. In 2015, she served as the Organizing Director for the Idaho Community Action Network.


Kelly Miller_CCspeakerphoto Kelly Miller, JD – is currently the Executive Director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and an alumni cohort member of Move to End Violence, a 10-year nationally recognized initiative of the NoVo Foundation designed to strengthen the collective capacity to end violence against girls and women. After thirty years in anti-violence work as an attorney, prosecutor, and activist, she has been on a transformational journey that has brought clarity to her purpose of our collective liberation to the last girl and a deep understanding that liberation has to begin with ourselves. She deeply believes that in order to move towards a world that is interdependent, resilient and regenerative, we have to live into that vision ourselves. We cannot become what we cannot imagine.


Kim Camacho_CCspeakerphoto Kim Camacho, LMSW – Kim serves as the Violence Prevention and Support Coordinator at the Boise State University Gender Equity Center. Kim offers support to campus members that are impacted by gender based violence as well as campus members from marginalized identities and oversees programs and education at Boise State to prevent violence and advocate for healthy relationships. As a first generation college student, Kim earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from Boise State University. She became passionate about social justice after serving on the steering committee of Boise State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Committee as an undergrad student. Following graduation, Kim worked as a medical social worker for a local hospice agency, assisting patients at the end of life and providing grief support to family members before returning to Boise State in her current role.


Kristin Harwood_CCspeakerphoto Kristin Harwood, MSc. – is a professionally trained transitional coach who helps others to heal and align with their highest level of well-being on an emotional, spiritual and physical level using a variety of holistic modalities. Kristin specializes in combining her knowledge of the human and energetic body to assist others through times of transition and to achieve a higher level well-being. She is Reiki Master, Movement Specialist and instructor for the College of Western Idaho. She is also a writer and contributor for the Sisterhood Connections Magazine and a published E-book author. Kristin is the CEO of InTransition Wellness, and holds a Master’s of Science degree in Health Promotion and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science.
Kristen Zimmerman_CCspeakerphoto Kristen Zimmerman – is committed to bringing about a world that recognizes our fundamental interdependence. As a movement maker, facilitator, and artist-storyteller she helps cultivate communities of purpose – groups that can embody new ways of thinking and being, envision new realities, align around purpose and move towards action. She is a co-founder of Movement Strategy Center, Youth In Focus and Community LORE. She lives in Oakland, California with her son, Jonah and her fabulous queer, multi-abilities modern family.
Leo Morales_CCspeakerphoto Leo Morales – Leo joined the ACLU of Idaho in 2011 as the organization’s communications and advocacy department director. He became the executive director in 2015. Prior to joining the ACLU, he worked with a statewide non-profit advocacy organization addressing issues of poverty and racial justice.
Leta Neustaedter_CCspeakerphoto2017 Leta Neustaedter – has been performing in the Treasure Valley for over 30 years as a musician and actor. Leta is also an LCSW and owner of Metamorphosis Performing Arts Studio where she teaches life skills through the performing arts. She’s involved with numerous creative projects at any given time, including solo performances, radio drama productions, teaching arts education classes and public speaking workshops, collaborations with refugee storytellers, acting or directing theater productions and reworking her TV show Chill Skillz, which uses a sketch comedy format to teach acting and social skills. She has been facilitating the local Black Lives Matter facebook group and serving on various community boards as a cultural diversity liaison. Whew. Sounds exhausting? That’s why she advocates getting the most out of our individual reserves of creative energy.


Malia Collins_CCspeakerphoto Malia Collins, MFA – Malia Collins grew up in Hawaii and has lived, worked, and traveled around the world. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho. For years Malia worked as a teaching writer in the Cabin’s Writers in the Schools program and her great joy then, as now, comes from teaching writing and helping students find ways to tell their stories and lift up their voices on the page. Malia is a teaching artist with the Idaho Commission on the Arts and just last week started an audio storytelling workshop on Urban Folklore. Her subject? Ghost stories. This fall Malia started teaching a new first year experience class called, “Transformative Storytelling: Shift Your Worldview.” Her hope is that through oral storytelling and creative writing, her students will have transformative conversations, both on the page and with each other.


Maricela Ríos_CCspeakerphoto Maricela Ríos, MA – the Joy Ignitor, helps others live an intentional life with purpose, passion and joy using a variety of natural healing techniques. She is a Reiki Practitioner, Coach, E-book Author, and Empowerment Workshop Facilitator. Maricela specializes in combining her previous diverse career paths, bilingual skills, education, and on-going personal development to help others heal from trauma. She is the CEO of Maricela Rios and the Director of Leadership for the non-profit Sistershood Connections and contributor for their magazine. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, concentration in Hispanic Ministry and Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.
Mario Pile_CCspeakerphoto Mario Pile – Mario started his career in assisting troubled teens find a way to a better life in Juvenile Corrections Center-Nampa as a Rehabilitation Technician. He then moved on to the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy (IDYCA) after learning of the potential he had in helping teens avoid entering the correctional systems. He started with the IDYCA as a Cadre at the school in Pierce before moving into the Admissions Counselor working out of the Caldwell office, which is his current position. Mario has earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice with the focus on Human Services through Colorado Technical University. Furthering his knowledge and skills in assisting in the counseling side of the youth he works with. Mario is happy to have made the Treasure Valley his home and truly enjoys being a part of assisting in the creation of a better tomorrow for Idaho’s youth and community.


Marisol Towell_CCspeakerphotoMarisol Towell – Marisol is the legal advocate at Voices Against Violence, a domestic violence & sexual assault program in Twin Falls, Idaho. She has an Associates and Bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice. She was born to Mexican immigrants in Chicago but raised in Idaho. She has worked in the criminal justice system for nearly 10 years. Marisol’s passion is working with a variety of people who want their voices heard in the criminal justice system. Many victims of crime will use the courts to help them find safety from an abuser. Her goal is to ensure clients have choices, seek support and information of any court proceeding.
Mel Leviton_CCspeakerphoto Mel Leviton – is the Executive Director of the Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC), promoting Independent Living across disabilities and lifespan. She has worked with people with disabilities in the private, non-profit and public sectors for more than 20-years. As a person with both visible and nonvisible disabilities, she has firsthand knowledge of the many barriers faced by people with disabilities. Mel advocates for equal access to education, employment, housing, transportation, and public and private services for all people across the disability spectrum. It isn’t enough to speak up for others; people must learn to find their own voice, use it, and be supported in the learning and the doing.
Monica Salazar_CCspeakerphoto Monica E. Salazar, JD – was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is of Mexican descent. Her parents immigrated to the United States from the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. She is proud of her roots and she truly understands the life experiences of immigrants and Latinos, and has devoted her entire career to the service of these populations within the United States. Monica Salazar earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She received a doctorate in law from the University of California – Hastings. She is an active member of the State Bar of Idaho and a member of the State Bar of California. Monica Salazar is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).


Nadiah Mohajir_CCspeakerphoto2017 Nadiah Mohajir, MPH – is the Founder and Executive Director for HEART Women & Girls, leading the organization to provide health education programming to over 5,000 Muslim women and girls in Chicago and across the country; breaking many cultural barriers and raising awareness about important issues such as sexual and reproductive health and sexual violence. Nadiah has been a consultant for the Office on Women’s Health at the Department of Health and Human Services focusing on minority health. Prior to her work at OWH, Nadiah worked on a research project focusing on improving pregnancy outcomes of low-income women.
Nancy Egan – Shoshone Paiute Tribal member, and former Chairwoman of Duck Valley Indian Reservation, first woman to be elected in 150 years. Nancy, was the Women of Color Alliance (WOCA) President for 4 years and presented workshops on Leadership Development, Internalized Racial Oppression, and Tribal Sovereignty. Nancy’s leadership at WOCA, created powerful relationships in Indian Country between disenfranchised women in rural Idaho. Nancy attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, where she learn the process of running a success campaign. Nancy also trains for Health and Welfare and the Casey Foundation on “Knowing Me” (un-doing Racism).
Patina Park_CCspeakerphoto Patina Park, JD – is Lakota and her family comes from the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. Because of her own experiences as an adoptee, Patina is passionate about issues related to Native American children and families and has led trainings nationwide related to Federal Indian Law, ICWA, historical trauma, and implementing trauma-informed, culturally-responsive programming. Patina is currently the Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, a nonprofit grounded in cultural strengths to heal, preserve, and strengthen Native American women and their families, from the multi-generational and historic trauma experienced from the effects of colonization.
Robin DiAngelo_CCspeakerphoto2017 Robin DiAngelo, PhD – is a former Associate Professor ofWhat Does It Mean To Be White Book Image Education, with her scholarship in white racial identity and race relations. Robin has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She has numerous publications and books, including, What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on white fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.
Rosie Hidalgo_CCspeakerphoto2017 Rosie Hidalgo, JD – is currently the Senior Director of Public Policy for Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a national domestic violence resource center providing training, research, and policy advocacy. She also works as a Senior Policy Advisor for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Rosie previously served as the Deputy Director for Policy at the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to joining OVW, Rosie served on the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence from 2010-2013.
Sameera Qureshi_CCspeakerphoto2017 Sameera Qureshi, MS – is an Occupational Therapist working with HEART Women and Girls to facilitate sexual health education initiatives within Muslim communities across Canada. Her areas of interest are in curriculum and program development, community needs assessments, facilitation of trainings with adults and youth, and supporting institutions in creating policies and procedures regarding sexual violence. Sameera maintains a blog called “Muslim Sistah” and can be found on Twitter @muslimsistah.
Sonya Rosario – is the Executive Director and founder of the Women of Color Alliance (WOCA), a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to working with the leadership who live on Reservations and in rural areas of Idaho, offering trainings on Civic Participation, supporting women running for office; Internalized Racial Oppression, addressing the prejudices that women of color grew up with about each other, creating alliances through understanding; Leadership Development, working and building strength in our communities-home; Sonya is a Filmmaker, Poet, and Writer; her newest project called, the “Sofa Dairies” is dedicated to her mother, Gloria, an activist from San Antonio, TX. Sonya traveled the backroads of Idaho, Oregon and Washington State with a Sofa inside her Chevy van interviewing and photographing women impacted by of our mothers and other women who have influenced them to change.


Toni Brinegar_CCspeakerphoto Toni Brineger – Toni Brinegar (formerly Toni Belknap) has had a myriad of life experiences including becoming a wife, mother, employee and business owner. As an only child growing up in rural Idaho, she has always been naturally outgoing and classifies herself as an “uber-extrovert.” Her passion is helping people and families with disabilities live the lives that they choose in the way that they choose to live them. She is also passionate about intentionally spending time with people that she wants to get to know better and those she wants to continue relationships with. She lives in Nampa with her husband of 20 years, David, their three children (Antahn, 18yrs; Imani, 13yrs and Dante, 9yrs) and their 2 dogs (Copper, 13yrs and Annabelle 5yrs).
Trina Greene Brown_CCspeakerphoto Trina Greene Brown – is most proud of role as a Black-feminist Mama activist, raising two Black children. She recently launched Parenting for Liberation as a space for parents of Black children to envision a world where our children are free to be their most liberated selves. With over a decade of experience within the violence against women’s movement, Trina Greene Brown has held a variety capacity building roles to support an inclusive gender and racial justice movement including her current roles as Director of Collaborative Action for Resonance Network and Core Faculty for Move to End Violence, a ten-year initiative of the NoVo Foundation. As a 2017 Black Feminist Rising award by Black Women’s Blueprint, Trina is a movement leader on the rise.


Vanessa Sapien_CCspeakerphoto2017 Vanessa Sapien, MA – has worked as a film and television actress for over twenty years fighting for accurate portrayals of people with disabilities in media. Vanessa is a member of Just Detention International’s domestic programs team. She provides training and technical assistance for corrections staff, advocates, and service providers on how to keep prisoners safe from sexual violence. Vanessa currently offers direct services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse.

Wyatt Schroeder_CCspeakerphoto Wyatt Schroeder, BA, MBA – serves as the Executive Director for CATCH, Inc. A native of Pennsylvania, Wyatt holds an M.B.A. from Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA) and a B.A. from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA). While serving in AmeriCorps with Rebuilding Together, Wyatt found the passion of his life: ending homelessness. Since then he has worked with Doorways for Women and Families, a re-housing and domestic violence shelter organization in Arlington, VA and Project HOME, a housing and services agency in Philadelphia, PA. In 2012, he founded StoryBank Consulting to help social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and collective impact initiatives design innovative strategies to meet their mission and tell their story. Wyatt is committed to building sustainable organizations around innovative housing models, such as Housing First, while never forgetting to share the powerful stories of those we are serving.