Our Team

Casey Gwinn, Esq.
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
Director of National Polyvictimization Initiative

Natalia Aguirre is the Director of the National Polyvictimization Initiative for the Alliance. She provides planning and support services to the six demonstration sites. Previously, Natalia provided training 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.

Michael Burke
Director of Camp HOPE America

Michael Burke is the Director of Camp HOPE America for the Alliance. He works with Family Justice Centers and other organization to bring Camp HOPE America around the country. He supports these sites with trauma-informed approaches, branding, fund development, and more. Michael was previously the founding executive director of a rural Family Justice Center in Shasta County California.


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 to HOPE

Yesenia Aceves is the Director of Pathways to HOPE and is responsible for the development and coordination of this program which works with Camp HOPE youth, guardians and volunteer mentors.  The evidence based Pathways program aspires to raise HOPE for trauma exposed youth while exploring STEAM career paths.  She is also a professional artist infusing creativity into all aspects of the Alliance including art projects, branding, and graphics.

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Karianne Johansen
Program and Training Coordinator, Camp HOPE America 

Karianne Johansen is the Program and Training Coordinator of Camp HOPE America.  She works with Family Justice Centers and multi-agency models across the country to develop and implement Camp HOPE in their own communities for trauma-exposed youth. Karianne writes evidence-based camp curriculum, develops group mentoring models, trains volunteers in trauma-informed care, and equips leaders to deliver a life-changing week of camp to the youth that they serve.


Patricia Bauer
Director of National Family Justice Center Programs

Patricia Bauer is the Director of National Family Justice Center Programs for the Alliance. She provides support and technical assistance to Family Justice Centers across the country. Patricia has a background in advocacy, having worked for five-years at a community-based domestic violence and sexual assault services agency. Her experience includes establishing a nationally recognized collaborative advocacy program on a university campus, training advocates and community partners and leading prevention education initiatives for youth.

Raeanne Passantino
Assistant Director of National 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.


Sarah Sherman Julien
Program Manager, Training Institute for Strangulation Prevention

Sarah Sherman Julien is the Program Manager for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. Sarah provides direct support for Gael Strack and Casey Gwinn, and the Training Institute. She has more than six years in managing corporate and nonprofit operations and has a background and Master’s Degree in teaching. Sarah worked as a Domestic Violence Prevention and Education volunteer for two years before pursuing her passion to work in the field full-time.


Maddie Orcutt
Camp HOPE America – California Coordinator

Maddie Orcutt is a graduate of Middlebury College where she organized an online storytelling platform for survivors of relationship violence and sexual abuse. Additionally, she has conducted research around the United Nations Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. Maddie was selected as the 2015 Truman Scholar from Wyoming. She now serves as the Camp HOPE America – California Coordinator.

Gloria Kyallo
Program Assistant, Polyvictimization Initiative

Gloria Kyallo serves as the Program Assistant for the Polyvictimization Initiative. She assists in coordinating the Polyvictimization Initiative strategic planning objectives and responsibilities of Alliance for HOPE International and the Polyvictimization Demonstration Sites across the United States. Gloria has a international development background and received her Master’s degree in African Studies from Stanford University. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science International Affairs from the University of California, Riverside. Gloria is passionate about the protection of human rights.

Melissa Aguiar
Administrative Assistant

Melissa Aguiar is the Administrative Assistant for the Pathways to HOPE Project, an innovative year-round mentoring program for children exposed to domestic violence and childhood trauma. The Pathways project coordinates monthly STEAM activities exposing teenagers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math to create interests in careers 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.

Chelsea Armstrong
Administrative Assistant

Chelsea Armstrong is the Administrative Assistant for Camp HOPE America. 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. With Camp HOPE America, Chelsea provides administrative and logistical support to help Alliance partners implement Camp HOPE across the nation. A native of Denver, Chelsea is an avid camper and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

Alison Bildsoe
Administrative Assistant  

Alison Bildsoe is the Administrative Assistant for the Alliance’s Polyvictimization Initiative which seeks to develop a national set of best practices on how domestic violence professionals can support survivors who have experienced multiple types of trauma. Alison is a 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.

Sarah Dillion
Executive Assistant

Sarah serves as the Executive Assistant to Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack, she also supports the Director of Finance. Sarah worked as an Operations Manager for a national bank, managing a number of branches around the region. During college, Sarah served as President of the Women’s Resource Center and was an administrative assistant to Have of Hope. She also volunteered for Dress for Success Cincinnati, coordinating fundraising events and providing financial training to survivors of domestic violence. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Psychology, with a focus on gender studies.

Yolanda Ruiz

Yolanda Ruiz is an intern providing administrative and programmatic support. For the past two years, Yolanda has served as a Camp HOPE youth counselor making her the perfect fit to assist Pathways to HOPE program staff by managing calendars, participating in project planning and events.


Gemma Serrano

Gemma Serrano is an Intern providing administrative support. Gemma began attending Camp HOPE since 2012 as a camper, but for the last two years has served as a Camp HOPE youth counselor making her a perfect fit to assist in the Pathways to HOPE program. She has participated in the recognized PLTW four-year program, giving her the skills necessary to participate in intensive project planning and management, as well as programmatic skills.

Jenny Dietzen

Jenny Dietzen is an Intern providing administrative and programmatic support. Jenny has served as a Camp HOPE Counselor since 2012, and her experiences at Camp HOPE America- California motivated Jenny to work with kids. Jenny is currently a junior at San Diego State University, where she is studying social work.