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.
Danielle Martin, Outreach Director Danielle Martin has studied Human Services with a Concentration on Addiction Studies at Metropolitan State University and is a Certified Addiction Counselor and Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. She has spent the past few years training and managing a team of Addiction Counselors to assist and advocate for clients in times of crisis. Danielle has extensive experience in Crisis Coordination with community partners including medical professionals and law enforcement. She has a deep compassion and understanding for psychiatric disabilities. She has travelled the world leading international aid groups and has a strong passion for social awareness and justice. Danielle is a Domestic Violence survivor turned Activist.
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.
Jessica Higgins, Program Manager 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 nine 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.