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, Program Director 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.
Amber Dower, Program Manager Amber studied Psychology and Biology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology and advanced human physiology at Metropolitan State University. For the past 15 years, Amber has owned a very successful massage practice in which she worked in cooperation with MD’s and Physical Therapists as part of a rehabilitation team to help clients recover from a wide variety of accidents, diseases, and illnesses. She is a survivor of childhood abuse, adult domestic abuse, and experienced homelessness in her 20’s for almost 2 years. As a result of these experiences, Amber has begun to realize a desire within her to assume the role of an advocate/activist. When Amber came on to DVI as an intern as part of her Master’s program at Metro, she realized that she had found her home, not just an internship. DVI assists the very population that she was a part of, and Amber is very excited and honored to play a small role in the major impact DVI has in the lives of the people DVI serves.