Ashlee Lewis, Executive Director Ashlee has over 20 years of extensive experience in community service, including mentoring, counseling, teaching, coordinating, group support meetings and creating programs. She has fourteen years of professional experience in presenting and training large communities within the hospitality, customer service, and sales industries. She also brings to DVI over ten years of administrative and managerial experience. In 5 years that Ashlee has been with DVI, she has been responsible for direct service, data collection, grant management, volunteer coordination, presentation and trainings. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Psychology with special emphasis in Multi-Cultural studies. As the Executive Director, she provides strategic leadership and vision to DVI and ensures achievement of its goals for program development, financial stability, and community engagement. Ashlee manages the human and financial resources for DVI and is responsible and accountable for all aspects of its operation.
Iva Dabaghyan, Chief Program Officer Iva Dabaghyan oversees the direct service program and ensures that DVI is providing high quality services to victims of domestic violence with disabilities. She has been a long-term community volunteer at places such as The Gathering Place, and Denver Public Schools - partnering with school counselors in working with children from transitional housing communities. Iva is originally from the Czech Republic and holds a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Iva has taught Literature, History and Russian Language and she is also trilingual. She has received extensive training on the Victim's Rights Act, Address Confidentiality Program, Victim Advocacy, Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid, and Trauma Crisis Intervention.
Jessica Higgins, Development Coordinator Jessica joins DVI's team as a young professional passionate about changing the world. After graduating from Colorado College with a Bachelor's Degree in English, Jessica worked as the communications coordinator with Colorado Youth Matter, a comprehensive sex ed organization, for eleven months. Along with gaining invaluable experience in communications, Jessica developed her skills in training, fundraising, and event planning. As a sexual assault survivor turned activist, Jessica comes to DVI with the determination to create change and to provide DVI's clients with high quality services based in compassion. Casey Beyer, Program Manager Casey earned her degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, which has given her the tools to challenge oppressive structures of power and privilege using a feminist lens. Prior to moving to Denver, Casey worked as an advocate at a domestic violence and human trafficking shelter in New York, where she gained invaluable advocacy experience while also learning how to engage her knowledge of theory to her work. She has extensive experience with group facilitation, presentation and curriculum design. Casey is committed to an intersectional approach to advocacy based on trust and respect and is extremely passionate about DVI’s mission.
Camille Ruff, Direct Service Coordinator Camille has twenty-four years of experience as a Victim Advocate at DVI, and has won Colorado Organization of Victim Assistance 2008 Deana Griswould Award for Outstanding Victim Advocate for Non-Profit Sector. Camille also has expertise in Disability Culture and Awareness, and has been presenting and training on this subject matters for last 24 years as well. Camille is a graduate of the Metropolitan State College with a BA in Human Services. She was an intern with the Denver City Attorney's Domestic Violence Unit and also with the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition.