Dr. Gizane Indart is the Executive Director of the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) for the training, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Gizane is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s. Gizane is a fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy under the direction of Dr. Bruce Perry. She speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on the impact of abuse and neglect in early development, attachment difficulties in children exposed to maltreatment, short term and long term consequences of children exposed to early trauma, and sexualized behaviors in children. Gizane is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the Children’s Cabinet Subcommittee, and of the Early Childhood Mental Health Infrastructure of Colorado. Additionally, Gizane serves as a consultant for the Child Abuse and Neglect Unit at the Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2018, Gizane was invited to be a member of the Denver District Attorney’s Advisory Council on Immigration.
Child and Family Therapist and Mental Health Consultant
Macee obtained her Master’s of Science from San Diego State University in Child Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health, and graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Macee interned at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA, where she was able to apply a trauma-focused lens while working with children ages 0-5. After graduating from SDSU, she had the opportunity to gain experience as a counselor/facility manager at a residential eating disorder recovery center, where she focused on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, specifically in the group setting. Prior to starting her journey at DCAC in early 2021, she worked as a therapist at a non-profit, out-patient mental health facility in Chula Vista, CA. Macee saw children ages 5-17 with moderate-high risk needs, and was able to implement different techniques as well as work with a diverse population. As a Colorado native, she is excited to be back in her home state and work within her community and continue to gain experience and pursue her passions.
Director of Finance & Operations
Zach joined DCAC as Director of Finance and Operations in 2018. He began his career in nonprofit finance and administration before moving to Mozambique in 2011 as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He stayed in the country for seven years, eventually leading finance and operations for an international development organization operating in Mozambique. Zach is originally from the Midwest, but is very excited to make Colorado home and to help DCAC make a positive impact in the community.
Director of Assessment & Treatment Program
Angela is a bilingual, bicultural therapist who has worked with traumatized children and their families since 1999. Special areas of interest for Angela are: early childhood development, the impact of trauma on the developing child and the effects of immigration on young children. At DCAC, Angela has played a major role in supporting the growth of DCAC's Spanish-speaking caseload. She has been a lead player in the development and expansion of the successful prevention program, Denver Safe from the Start, which focuses on high-risk children ages 3-8 and their families. Angela has been instrumental in the growth of DCAC’s community outreach mental health initiative.
Michelle joined DCAC in May 2020 as the Development Director and is excited to help carry out our mission. Early in her career she built a successful publishing franchise from the ground up by leveraging skills in strategic planning, human resources, team building, as well as sales and business development. In 2016 she sold her publication to pursue a career in the non-profit sector, knowing her successful sales career would serve her well as a fundraiser. She has held an active Board position for a local charitable organization since 2014 were she is actively involved with fundraising, event planning, volunteer coordination, and community outreach. Before joining the DCAC team she was the Development Director at the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge were she over saw membership, events, individual giving and corporate sponsorships.
Bilingual Case Manager
Rachel joined DCAC in January of 2020 as a bilingual case manager. After graduating from Hope College in Holland, MI in 2015, Rachel moved to Medellín Colombia to work with a non-profit called Viento Fresco. Upon returning to the States, Rachel worked for 3 years supporting children and families in Denver through a program at Catholic Charities before joining DCAC. She is thrilled to be able to continue supporting families in the Denver area and to be a part of the amazing and inspiring work that DCAC does.
Wendy joined DCAC as a forensic interviewer in 2017. She came to the organization with 6.5 years of experience interviewing children as a social worker with the Denver Department of Human Services. In this role, she interviewed victims of abuse and neglect. Wendy also acted as part of the multidisciplinary team coordinating care for victims and their families. In 2017, she began her dream career by training to become a Forensic Interviewer. After two and a half years working on a part time basis for DCAC, she joined the forensic interviewing team full time in 2020.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant + Child & Family Therapist
Christa graduated from Regis University with her Master’s Degree in Counseling and a certificate in Child and Adolescent Therapy. She has been a part of the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center team since 2017 when she began as a clinical intern. Christa is originally from Portland, OR where she graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Following her undergraduate years, Christa gained experience in the field working as a mental health skills trainer for two years in a Residential Living Facility. She also spent a summer in Rhinebeck, New York working with at risk youth and teens. Christa has been passionate about working with children and adolescents since she set her goal of becoming a therapist in middle school. She continues to pursue new trainings to add to her tool box of skills and bring into the classroom’s as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant and as Child & Family Therapist.
Bilingual Forensic Interviewer
Angel joined the DCAC as a bilingual forensic interviewer in 2021. Angel was born and raised in Madrid, Spain before moving to the USA to study Sociology/Criminology. While obtaining her degree, she worked in various roles including federal law enforcement internships, non-profit work with anti-human trafficking organizations, campus security, and student leadership positions. Angel also spent time in the Dominican Republic working with International Justice Mission on child sex trafficking cases to assist in undercover investigations, national law enforcement development, government relations efforts, and translation work. Prior to joining the DCAC, Angel spent almost two years with the Denver Department of Human Services working as an intake caseworker specializing in sex abuse cases. Her special areas of interest include efforts to eradicate human trafficking, the effects of sex abuse on children, and participating in the investigative process of keeping kids safe.
Prevention Program Manager
Cathy has been the Prevention Program Manager at DCAC for five years. In this role, she works to increase safety knowledge and decrease risk of child abuse through the coordination, development and implementation of prevention services for children, families and teachers in Denver Public Schools. Cathy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with extensive experience working with child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. She also specializes in working with children who have special needs or severe emotional disturbances, as well as with youth caught up in the criminal justice system. While pursuing her master's degree at Pepperdine University, Cathy worked as an intake specialist and therapist in Southern California, where she gained expertise in crisis management and meeting the immediate needs of mothers and children traumatized by violence. Cathy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Raquel joined DCAC in 2007 after beginning her career as a victim advocate in 2006 as an intern with COVA (Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance), the Westminster Police Department and Project Safeguard. Raquel holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State University of Denver and specializes in serving Spanish-speaking families. In addition to guiding families through the services we offer at DCAC, she coordinates access to mental health treatment and provides community support through early childhood mental health consultation. Raquel has a particular passion for serving the Latino, adolescent, and immigrant communities. She has played an active role in all of DCAC's programs throughout her tenure and is a valuable member of the DCAC family.
Candace Joice joined the DCAC team in August of 2020. Candace has worked in the non-profit arena since 2013. She served as the Education Director for iEmpathize - a non-profit focused on the prevention of child exploitation throughout the U.S. and in Mexico - for five years, where she authored a prevention program used in 20+ states and in Mexico and provided presentations and prevention trainings throughout the country. Her expertise includes curriculum development, multi-media production, program evaluation, and project management. She comes to DCAC after serving most recently as the Education Program Coordinator at Dinosaur Ridge. Candace holds two degrees, including a B.S. in Communication.
Bilingual Child + Family Therapist
Tali joined DCAC in 2019 after receiving her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, during which she interned as a Therapist at Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, Servicios de la Raza, Denver Health’s STEP Program, and as a Navigator at Mi Casa Resource Center. Before pursuing her Master’s, she spent years working at the Latinx Advocacy Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she graduated from Skidmore College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature and Latin American Studies. She then moved to Madrid, Spain where she worked for a human rights-focused documentary film company, as an English and Art teacher, and founded a music education organization and curriculum before moving to Denver. In all of her roles, Tali has been passionate about deconstructing stigma to increase access to mental health services and storytelling for social justice through Narrative Therapy, and is excited to bring this to the DCAC team and its families.
Bilingual Community Connector
Katt joined the team at DCAC in August 2020. As the Bilingual Community Connector she forms partnerships with organizations across Denver and Colorado in order to streamline resources for Colorado’s immigrant population. She also supports DCAC with Victim Advocacy and the intake process. Prior to coming to DCAC she worked as a 1st grade teacher in Piedras Negras, Mexico at Instituto Lazaro Cardenas. In Denver, she spent 9 years teaching Kindergarten and Preschool in dual language and immersion schools throughout East Denver and the Highlands. Katt returns to Mexico yearly and serves on the Board of Directors for Instituto Lazaro Cardenas. She is so excited to be a part of DCAC’s work serving children, families, and immigrants throughout Denver.
Child and Family Therapist and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Samantha joined DCAC in 2021. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 2015, Samantha spent time in the Jesuit volunteer corps where she worked at a domestic violence shelter in Cleveland. Samantha returned to her home state of Colorado in 2016 to complete her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Denver. Prior to joining DCAC, Samantha worked in the adoption field providing all options counseling and case management to women and family’s experiencing unexpected pregnancies. Samantha is looking forward to supporting DCAC’s mission and supporting children and families in the Denver area.
Bilingual Child and Family Therapist, MSW, SWC
Kate joined DCAC in 2021 as a Bilingual Child and Family Therapist. Kate received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. During her undergraduate studies, Kate worked as a Recovery Technician at a residential treatment program, was a part-time volunteer in local residential detox and long-term treatment programs, and completed a case management internship in a Youth Corps alternative high school. Upon graduating, Kate spent a year in Spain working as a teacher in a bilingual preschool. Kate received her Master of Social Work from la Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile, where she conducted research in residential childcare facilities as part of her thesis investigation. Upon moving to Denver in 2019, Kate worked as a Family Service Worker for Catholic Charities in two of their Head Start and Early Head Start facilities.
Community Mental Health Coordinator
Marlen graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2019. During college, she volunteered at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence in Boulder and was part of support groups for adults and organizing activities for children. After graduating, she worked at Imagine as a Bilingual Children’s Case Manager for two years, supporting families and children with developmental disabilities. During her time at Imagine, Marlen partnered with other organizations to streamline resources for people with disabilities and Spanish speaking families. Throughout her past experiences, Marlen participated on bilingual teams supporting Spanish speaking families to gather more information on community resources for any need they might have. Marlen joined DCAC in 2021 and is excited to continue to serve families and children.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Emily joined DCAC as a Bilingual Child & Family Therapist in 2019. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Theology from Benedictine College in Kansas, she moved to Honduras for 2 ½ years where she volunteered at a children’s home. Emily returned to her home state of Colorado to complete her master’s in Social Work at the University of Denver. Prior to joining DCAC, she worked with women and children experiencing homelessness as a case manager. Emily is a Licensed Social Worker and she looks forward to continuing to serve children and families while working towards her clinical license in social work.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Daniela is a child and family therapist and early childhood mental health consultant who works with English and Spanish speakers. Daniela is a Licensed Professional Counselor, she obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from University of Northern Colorado and completed her undergraduate education in her home state of California where she attended California State University Stanislaus and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate and graduate experience, Daniela worked with children and adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds at schools as well as medical and mental health centers where she facilitated preventative groups focused on different dimensions of wellness. Pursuing her passion for working with children and youth, Daniela’s graduate clinical experience included counseling children, adolescents, and families whom have been trauma survivors. Daniela is culturally competent and versatile in her style of counseling; children and adolescents enjoy her incorporation of play, art, and music in therapy.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Meagan received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2014 and began working with DCAC as an intern in 2013. Before joining the team, Meagan interned with Denver Urban Scholars and worked with the Fostering Healthy Futures research team at the Kempe Center. Prior to pursuing her education, she also had the opportunity to volunteer with domestic violence organizations, and with homeless and orphaned children in the U.S., Ecuador, and Mexico. Currently, Meagan provides reflective supervision to home visitors and treatment and parent education to parents and caregivers through DCAC's community partnership with Clayton Early Learning. At DCAC, Meagan has specialized in working with survivors of sexual abuse and children with sexualized behaviors and enjoys incorporating mindfulness and movement in work with clients and families. Thanks to opportunities provided through DCAC, Meagan has been trained in various treatment modalities, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), PSB-CBT (Problematic Sexual Behaviors Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy).
Bilingual Child and Family Therapist
Emma joined the DCAC team of therapists in early 2020. She has been working with children and families for the past decade and is passionate about supporting those who are dealing with trauma. A Colorado native, Emma first learned about Children’s Advocacy Centers as an intern at one of the advocacy centers in New Orleans while earning her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Tulane University. She is excited to be a therapist at a CAC here in Denver. Emma is a licensed social worker who received her Masters in Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has experience working with children of all ages at schools, at a residential treatment center, with neurodiverse kids, and with victims of domestic violence. Prior to coming to DCAC, Emma was a family advocate at SafeHouse Denver where she supported victims of domestic violence and their children through crisis and case management. Currently, Emma does therapy with clients at DCAC as well as in a Denver elementary school and provides mental health consultation to Head Start programs in Adams County.
Bilingual Forensic Interviewer
Dulce joined DCAC in 2011 as a Bilingual Prevention Specialist. Prior to DCAC, Dulce had 4 years of experience working with kids and families. She worked with Family Tree as a Supervising Specialist for the Adams County Human Services Program. Quickly after starting at DCAC, she put her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice to work by training as a Victim Advocate and Forensic Interviewer. For the past 8 years Dulce has been a full-time Bilingual Forensic Interviewer credentialed by the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers. (NACCFI) at the Diplomat level, the highest of the four credentialing tiers.