Shaumia is currently DCRCC’s Office Manager. In this role, Shaumia oversees office management functions and assists with program and administrative projects. Prior to DCRCC, Shaumia worked as a caregiver for the elderly community in Temple Hills, MD. Shaumia was recently trained as a hotline advocate for DCRCC’s 24-hour crisis hotline and is excited to assist in this capacity. Shaumia looks forward to continuing to support the movement to end sexual violence.
Indira Henard is the Executive Director of DCRCC. Indira has been involved in the violence against women movement for 20 years. Indira’s expertise in gender based violence is rooted in an anti-oppression, feminist theory and survivor centered model. Indira’s direct service experience in various gender based violence programs has helped to inform her policy analysis that has led to coordinating public policy initiatives, organizing and planning space for survivor led advocacy and educating local and International communities around civic participation within the violence against women movement.
Indira received her Masters of Social Work degree from the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University of America. Additionally, Indira has deep ties within the policy sector having served as a Ralph Bunche Institute Fellow at Duke University, a Congressional Truman Fellow on Capitol Hill, and a Charles Hamilton Houston Fellow at Georgetown Law Center.
Prior to joining the DC Rape Crisis Center, Indira served as a Senate Aide for Senator Barack Obama D-IL on Capitol Hill, as well as Special Assistant on his Presidential Campaign. Indira was most recently awarded the national “Victim Impact Award” from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Tammi is a licensed social worker. Tammi provides therapeutic services for individuals and groups at DCRCC since 2012. She joined DCRCC as a contract trauma therapist with a background in working with trauma survivors. Additionally, she served as a DCRCC graduate therapist while completing a Masters of Social Work from the National Catholic School of Social Service. A specialist in trauma informed practices, Tammi has ten years of experience in nonprofit human services administration and direct services. As an individual and family therapist, Tammi has worked with youth and families in a wide range of settings, including psycho-educational programs, in-home and residential environments that involved mental health, substance use/abuse, trauma and violence, as well as the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Amanda graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with a BS in Psychology and a BA in Religion. During her undergraduate years she provided leadership to a student group that sponsored and facilitated community education on sexual and gender based issues for the University and wider community. She founded a peer dialogue forum that explores the intersections of sexuality, violence, identity and healthy relationships. She was trained as a sexual health educator through a public health lens. She is a recipient of an AmeriCorps Education Award and an Alumnus of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Initially after graduating she received training as a youth worker and served as a Program Instructor and Advisor for middle and high school students at For Love of Children. She worked as the Community Educator for Teens at the DC Rape Crisis Center, debunking myths, developing skills and promoting informed consent in young people as the facilitator of the Sister Action Sister Strength School based curriculum. In Fall 2014, she accepted the position of Director of Training & Technical Assistance. In this role she partners with the DC community in imparting the knowledge, tools and skills needed to create a culture of consent.
Megan began her work with DCRCC in 2013 as part of the graduate student program and now sees clients with a specialty in trauma therapy. Megan received a Bachelor’s from Clark College and a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland.
Denise went through several hardships in her life that challenged her both personally and professionally. These hardships and the will to overcome them set in motion her passion to help others. In March 2012, she was hired part-time by DCRCC as the Evening Receptionist for the Lighthouse: Center for Healing and in August of that same year, was promoted to a full-time position as Office Manager where her passion for helping others in crisis began. In March 2013, she successfully completed the DCRCC Volunteer Hotline Counseling Training course and became a hotline counselor on a volunteer basis. Her year as a volunteer hotline counselor was very rewarding in itself and truly enlightened her desire to help others in crisis in any way she could. Today, Denise works for the DCRCC as a Clinical Manager where she not only continues to assist callers on the hotline, but assists in the training and administrative work to make it possible for others with a passion to volunteer as DCRCC hotline counselors to do so.
Guillermo is a bilingual trauma therapist (Spanish/English). Guillermo received a dual Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation, with a focus in vocational evaluation, from New Mexico Highlands University. Guillermo’s professional experience has included work with trauma survivors and individuals struggling with addiction.
Angela Taylor was born and raised in Washington, DC. She received her High School Diploma from Cardozo Senior High school. Most of her work has been in the retail field, and it was there that she found a passion for helping others. Angela is currently a Staff Hotline Advocate for the DC Rape Crisis Center and enjoys helping those who call our hotline.
Krystal Hampton began working with DCRCC in 2013, as a volunteer hotline advocate. She is now a Consultant Crisis Intervention Advocate for DCRCC’s 24-hour crisis hotline. Krystal graduated with a B.S. degree in Psychology in 2014 from Bowie State University and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Trinity University here in Washington, DC. After completing her degree, she wants to continue working with sexual assault and domestic violence victims in a clinical setting and one day be able to start her own private counseling practice that will support sexual assault survivors as well as domestic violence victims and their families
Rolanda has been passionately involved in the movement to end sexual violence since the summer of 2009. Beginning first as a hotline advocate and volunteer, Rolanda later became a Graduate Therapist Intern in the fall of 2012 while completing her graduate degree at Trinity Washington University. After attaining her Master of Art Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rolanda transitioned into full time employment, functioning in the role of Crisis Counselor and Case Manager until 2014. Though temporarily leaving the Center, Rolanda’s continued dedication to supporting survivors of sexual trauma has never wavered. Now licensed as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, Rolanda has returned to DCRCC to continue providing holistic and quality therapeutic support as a Contract Therapist. Rolanda deems it an honor and a privilege to function in this role, one that exemplifies her dedication to a higher calling, and the starting fulfillment of her life purpose.
Leah J. Burgess is a seasoned Victim Advocate & Poet who has used her voice to dare audiences to hope for 20+ years. Leah has accompanied survivors to court, hospitals and has advocated for survivors in various capacities in the non-profit and public sectors. Most notably, as an advocate/community educator at Dartmouth College and as a Victim Advocate on the Connecticut Sex Offender Supervision Unit. She is a content matter expert regarding the intersections of faith and social justice. Leah is excited to join the DCRCC staff and looks forward to continuing to grow & share as an advocate.
I come to DCRCC with over thirty (30) years of public service experience from the DC Department of Employment Services, The Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club (current closed) an the Department of Health and Human Services. Having a determined spirit and motivated attitude I arrive with working hands, a heart of love and the desire to continue serving on a deeper scale. I strive to serve my community and position myself to be an influential resource to finding the solutions. Thank you for this time to care and share in a special way.
Juanita Morgan is DCRCC’s newest Hotline Advocate, she is a proud mother of two and a native Washingtonian. She loves to help people in any way she can, especially those in need of a listening ear. She is currently pursuing the start of her own business in helping others to have healthier lifestyles and financial stability. She likes to assist wherever she can and empower people physically and mentally. Juanita is looking forward to continuing her work with DCRCC encouraging and letting survivors know they are not alone.
Erin began as a graduate therapist at DCRCC in 2014 while attending the National Catholic School of Social Service. As a licensed body worker for a decade – with a passion for wellness – she brings to her practice the importance and awareness of the mind-body connection. She specializes in trauma, offering strengths-based therapeutic services to individuals and groups in various capacities in the Washington metropolitan area.
As the Finance Director, I am responsible for ensuring and complying with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Government Auditing Standards. I have amassed considerable experience in Accounting, Auditing, Contract Procurement and Inventory Management. I am a native of Brooklyn, New York. I received a BBA in Accounting from Pace University and I was fortunate enough to pay my professional dues on Wall Street working for such major Investment banking companies like Salomon Brothers, Shearson Lehman Brothers and Dean Witter Reynolds. I have worked in various accounting functions such as financial reporting, general ledger, corporate accounting, compensation and interest accounting. In 1993, I moved to the Washington, DC area and landed a job with the Public Accounting Firm of Mitchell & Titus LLP, which at the time was the largest minority, owned Black Public Accounting Firm in the United States. I was able to quickly move up and in 1997 was promoted to an Audit Supervisor. On April 4, 1999, I accepted a position with National Geographic Society as a Senior Internal Auditor. I remained with NGS for over 16 years, where I have held various positions. I am currently a board member on the National Geographic Federal Credit Union where I provide financial and consulting services.