Gizane Indart, PsyD
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
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 Interview Program
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.
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.
Office Manager & Program Assistant
Anna joined the DCAC team in 2017 after four years working in the finance industry. In 2014, Anna received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Northern Colorado. During her time at UNC, Anna committed her time to serving her community by volunteering and organizing fundraising events for Habitat for Humanity, Weld County Food Bank and United Way. Anna is excited to combine her skills with her passion for the Denver community at DCAC.
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.
Prevention Program Manager
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.
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.
Meghan joined the DCAC team in 2016. She graduated from Wartburg College with Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational and Public Relations. While pursuing her education, Meghan fulfilled her passion for serving others through her involvement in volunteering and employment at several nonprofit organizations. Before joining DCAC, she gained valuable experience interning with Edge of Seven and Water to Thrive. Meghan is very excited to put her skills to work to serve her local community.
Daniela Y. Perez
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Daniela is a child and family therapist who works with English and Spanish speakers. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the 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 targeting different dimensions of wellness. Pursuing her passion for working with children and youth, Daniela’s graduate practicum and internship 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 counseling.
Hollie joined DCAC in 2016 with 8 years of experience working with children and families. She began her career working in community mental health, working closely with children who had experienced ongoing trauma. After graduating from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Hollie began her master’s degree in Human Development and Social Intervention from New York University, completing the program in 2014. During an internship opportunity while studying at NYU, she worked closely with a Child Advocacy Center and started her training as a Forensic Interviewer. Hollie began forensic interviewing in 2015 and is dedicated to the continued research and application of best practice of forensic interviewing.
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.
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).
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.
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.