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Staff

Gizane Indart, PsyD

Executive Director

Gizane is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s. Gizane is a ChildTrauma 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, and sexualized behaviors in children. Gizane is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the Advisory Counsel for the Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families, and the Florence Crittenton Board of Directors.

Lucy Ana Aviles

Lucy Ana Aviles

Pro Bono Bilingual Child & Family Therapist

Lucy Ana is a pro bono bilingual therapist who works with the Spanish-speaking families who comprise a quarter of DCAC's caseload. She comes to DCAC whenever she is needed at times that best meet the needs of the children and families. Lucy Ana is a highly experienced psychologist with expertise in working with child victims of sexual abuse and those traumatized by witnessing homicide or extreme domestic violence.

Jodi L. Byrnes

Director of Forensic Interviews

Jodi joined DCAC in 2010 to lead the expanding Forensic Interview Program. She brought 12 years of experience as a senior social caseworker with the Denver Department of Human Services where she worked with at-risk and fractured families. Jodi brings to DCAC an extensive knowledge of community resources as well as long-term relationships with law enforcement, court, and health and human service professionals throughout the metro area. She is a licensed professional counselor and is credentialed by the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers (NACCFI) at the Diplomat level, the highest of the four credentialing tiers.

Kristen Chamberlain

Child & Family Therapist

Kristen is a licensed clinical social worker, with a master of social work degree from Colorado State University.  Kristen has worked with traumatized children, adolescents and their families since 1999. Before joining DCAC in 2010, she was a therapist with Colorado West Regional mental Health Center, and she has worked with Lutheran Family Services and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Denver and Larimer counties. Kristen has a passion for working with all traumatized children, but especially the very youngest, ages 0-6. Kristen is a registered yoga instructor and introduced DCAC to the concept of using yoga to help girls heal from trauma in 2013. The response was so positive, that her yoga groups are now offered to all DCAC clients. 

Angela Davidson

Director of Assessment & Treatment

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. 

Jessica Gershwin

Jessica Gershwin

Bilingual Child & Family Therapist

Jessica joined the DCAC team in 2014 with more than 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and families. She spent six years in urban schools, first as an ESL teacher in East Harlem, then as a bilingual therapist at a school-based health clinic in Manhattan, and finally as a K-8 school counselor in Northeast Denver. Jessica holds master's degrees in education and social work.  She is also a registered yoga teacher for children and adults, and she regularly incorporates mindfulness, breath-work, and movement in her therapy with clients. 

Catherine Hay

Child & Family Therapist

Cathy is a master's level marriage and family therapist with extensive experience in working with child and adolescent survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. 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 with the Coalition to End Family Violence in California where she became expert in crisis management and meeting the immediate needs of mothers and children traumatized by violence.

Raquel Hernandez

Bilingual Victim Advocate & Intake Coordinator

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 specializes in serving Spanish-speaking families, but she provides support for all families from the moment they arrive at DCAC until their child’s case has been resolved. In addition to guiding families through the criminal investigation process, she coordinates access to treatment and all essential resources.  Raquel chairs the Networking and Advocacy Committee at Victim Services Network, and at DCAC she is the heart of our organization. She is the calm voice and kind face that has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of families in crisis. 

Lucero Herrera

Lucero Herrera

Bilingual Case Manager

Lucero joined DCAC’s assessment and treatment team in 2013 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is at the beginning of her professional career, but has long record of accomplishment as a dedicated volunteer with high-risk youth in the Denver area. In high school, she volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club, and in college Lucero volunteered as a mentor at Excelsior Youth Center where she helped youth become self-sufficient and build social and emotional skills. At the same time, she interned at the Community Reentry Project as a re-entry clinician helping women released from jail.  Lucero is often the first person families meet when coming to DCAC, and she plays a key role in reassuring anxious parents and calming traumatized children. 

Kimberly Lowery-Grimm

Kimberly Lowery-Grimm

Forensic Interviewer & Volunteer Coordinator

Kim joined the DCAC team in 2014 with over 11 years of experience serving children and their families. Kim graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a degree in psychology and sociology. She began her career working for the Missouri Division of Youth Services.  In 2015, Kim joined the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, MO where she worked as a forensic interviewer, child advocate, program manager and state trainer for professionals. In addition to her work as a forensic interviewer, she is a state wide trainer through Colorado Children’s Alliance and she taken on the task of developing and expanding DCAC’s volunteer program. 

Maya Ovarbide-Sanchez

Bilingual Child & Family Therapist

Maya joined DCAC in 2013, combining her expertise in culturally competent, trauma-informed care with her passion to support trauma survivors, especially those in immigrant populations. Maya is a bilingual, master's level therapist. While still living in her native Wisconsin, she spent two years working as a bilingual domestic violence advocate supporting Spanish-speaking families as they sought independence and safety.  This experience ignited Maya's passion for trauma work. While completing her master's degree at Northwestern University, Maya continued her trauma focus and worked with the Mental Health and Human Rights clinic where she collaborated with local attorneys to offer ongoing therapy and psychological evaluations to immigrant families seeking asylum or facing deportation. 

Shay Pischke

Office Manager & Program Assistant

Shay joined the DCAC team in 2015. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in elementary education. Shay has spent time working in a number of educational settings in both the public and private sectors. After years of working with children in Utah, she moved to Denver to be closer to her family at which time she shifted her career into business and marketing. She is actively involved in fundraising and volunteer efforts supporting local nonprofits. She is also currently pursuing her master of nonprofit management degree at Regis University. With her diverse background in education and business, Shay is excited to be part of DCAC team where she can put her experience to work in efforts to positively support her local community.

Meagan Rohde

Bilingual Child & Family Therapist

Meagan graduated with a master's degree in social work from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver in 2013. As a bilingual intern with DCAC during her last semester, she was already a part of the DCAC team.  Before joining DCAC, Meagan gained additional internship experience with Denver Urban Scholars and the Kempe Center. Meagan has always had a passion for this work – while pursuing her education, she volunteered extensively for domestic violence and homeless agencies in the U.S., and traveled abroad to work with orphaned children in Ecuador and Mexico.

Dulce Solis

Bilingual Forensic Interviewer

Dulce joined DCAC in 2011 as a bilingual prevention specialist, but quickly put her bachelor's degree in criminal justice to work by training as a victim advocate. When DCAC made the decision to begin offering bilingual forensic interviews so that Spanish-speaking children could tell their story in their own language, Dulce volunteered to do that job as well as her victim advocacy work. She pursued a rigorous course of training and is now 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. 

Amber Stead, CPA

Director of Finance & Operations

Amber joined DCAC in 2014 with eight years of accounting and finance experience. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006 and obtained her CPA license in 2011. Before coming to DCAC, Amber worked as an audit manager with EKS&H LLLP, Colorado's largest public accounting firm. During her tenure there, she specialized in the nonprofit and healthcare industries, working with a wide variety of organizations including hospitals, mental health facilities, physician groups, and in-home health agencies. Her experience includes financial audits and reviews, OMB A-133 audits, internal control assessments, and financial performance reviews. Amber is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Colorado Society of CPAs (COCPA), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Kristin Walker

Kristin K. Walker

Director of Development

Kris is an executive development professional with extensive and successful experience in all facets of nonprofit fundraising and organizational development. Throughout her more than twenty-year career in the nonprofit sector, she has consistently created and delivered strategic development campaigns that generated revenue, built brand awareness, and contributed to positive visibility. She has demonstrated results motivating others, constructing productive teams, and developing diverse collaborative relationships. She is a problem solver, skilled at building consensus to garner positive outcomes. Kris has held development leadership positions at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Diabetes Association.  She has a bachelor of journalism and a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri.

Jerry Yager, PsyD

Director of Training & Community Education

Dr. Jerry is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. Before joining DCAC, Jerry was the Executive Director of the Denver Children's Home, which shares a mission with DCAC to provide high quality mental health care for low-income children whose problems would otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated. Jerry received his Doctorate in Psychology from Nova University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a ChildTrauma fellow with the ChildTrauma Academy, and conducts professional training in Colorado and nationally.

John Witkiewicz

Child & Family Therapist

John joined DCAC in 2015 after a decade of experience as a teacher in a high school serving low-income students and their families, where he witnessed the transformative power of therapy through the school-based counseling program.  Inspired by the work of the counselors at his school, John enrolled in Regis University and graduated with a master’s degree in counseling in 2013. His graduate studies included a year of clinical work as a practicum student and intern at DCAC.  John believes he is privileged to work with children, adolescents and families enduring the challenges of poverty, immigration, violence, neglect and trauma. He feels especially honored to work with males around issues of masculinity and shame.         

Kirsten Young

Kirsten Young

Bilingual Child & Family Therapist

Kirsten is a native Coloradan who has spent eight years exploring other states and countries.  Prior to joining DCAC in 2015, Kirsten studied Spanish through an eight-month immersion program in Guatemala. While in Central America, she volunteered for Mentes Para El Futuro, an organization that provides educational and therapeutic support to children living in poverty.  In 2010, Kirsten received a master’s in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Columbia College Chicago.  At Colorado State University, Kirsten majored in human development and family studies, with an additional certification in early childhood education.  Kirsten is a licensed professional counselor and a board certified dance/movement therapist.