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.
Chandra Robinson is a licensed independent social worker with over 15 years of social work practice. Throughout her professional career, she has served various marginalized populations. A large portion of her career has been spent designing, managing and implementing programs designed to meet the complex needs of the under served. She has years of organizational experience providing case management, supervision, group facilitation, training, consultation, and project management to organizations serving domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, perpetrators, and vulnerable populations within the District of Columbia. Moreover, Ms. Robinson’s background includes federal contract management and coordination as well as the design and implementation of training and technical assistance to support the complex needs of local and state social service providers. Her ability to establish and maintain vital relationships with organizations across systems has contributed to the development of formal partnerships vital to survivor safety. As a social worker and advocate, Ms. Robinson is deeply committed to the development of anti-violence prevention and intervention efforts designed to address the intersecting issues of racial, gender and economic oppression. Prior to joining DCRCC, Ms. Robinson served as the Director of Programs for My Sister’s Place (MSP), where she provided programmatic design and administrative oversight for all domestic violence programs including emergency and transitional housing, outreach and training and batterer intervention. She has previously served on various community panels and local government work-groups tasked to increase DV/SA awareness, service capacity and accessibility. Ms. Robinson holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland.
Tammi Hogan is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington, D.C. As a
specialist in trauma informed practices, she has worked for more than a decade in nonprofit
human services administration, and provided direct services to survivors of trauma and violence.
After experience in building capacity in operations and finance, she focused on programming as
a Director of Evaluation. In this position, she developed and implemented a streamlined
monitoring and evaluation system and customized database for 19 diversely funded programs
serving approximately 1200 youth annually. Through her administrative experience, she has a
proven track record of developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives and evaluation
systems for organizational change. She is committed to the use of data to drive operational and
programmatic improvements in addition to staff development and training.
Her direct service experiences include working with youth, adults and families in crisis, in a
wide range of settings and including involvement with child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Within the last decade, her focus has been on sexual violence, including sexual assault and child
sexual abuse. She currently develops and supervises all clinical training and services at D.C.
Rape Crisis Center, which values the importance of consent, equity, and accessibility and is
committed to the belief that all forms of oppression are linked.
Rubi Mancilla is the Crisis Service Coordinator with DC Rape Crisis Center. Born and raised in California, she received bachelors in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of California Riverside. Rubi first came to Washington DC to intern with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, later permanently relocating to work alongside a community resource center while completing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Throughout her time in Washington, DC, Rubi has worked to help women in their twenties make the most out of their experience in the city, whether by mentoring soon to be college graduates or creating a women’s group to help women new to the city form social support systems with individuals in similar situation.
Carly Ianuzzi is a licensed social worker with a background in serious and persistent mental health disorders, homelessness, trauma and women’s health. Carly completed her Master’s in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College and began her career in Philadelphia working as a trauma therapist and in psychiatric rehabilitation. Carly moved to the District of Columbia in the fall of 2016 and has been dedicated to working with DC’s more vulnerable neighbors and facilitating clinical staff trainings and programming. Carly values person-centered and holistic therapies as well as a person’s right to self-determination. Carly came to DCRCC in the spring of 2018 with commitment to the mission, creating safety for all and a culture of consent.
Lindsay Summers is the Hotline Coordinator at DCRCC. She is responsible for coordinating all logistics of hotline program. Originally from a small town outside Pittsburgh, PA, she has been living in the DMV area for the past 6 years. While obtaining a Masters degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America, she served as an intern at DCRCC. During her time as an intern, she analyzed pending DC legislation impacting DCRCC’s clients, aided the Executive Director in social media campaigns, and conducted program evaluations. Lindsay’s past educational and professional background includes administrative work, policy analyst, advocacy work, and suicide prevention research. She is dedicated to promoting a culture of consent through sexual assault prevention work.
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.
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.
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 Trauma 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.
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.
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.
Aretha Holland-Jackson is a Public Servant and a native Washingtonian with over thirty (30) years of experience from the DC Government as well as The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Aretha has a very determined spirit and motivated attitude for the well being of survivors, her dedication to the movement on sexual violence is paramount. Aretha understands the “his-story” of the sexual violence movement however she knows the importance of “her-story”. She comes to DCRCC with an open mind, working hands, a heart of love and the desire to continue serving on a deeper scale. Aretha strive to serve her community and position herself to be an influential resource to finding the solutions.
Denise graduated from Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. She then obtained a Masters degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her focus of study was on clinical social work. Since that time, Denise transitioned to Washington, DC and has been providing therapeutic services to children, adults, groups and families for over 17 years. Denise is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has worked extensively with individuals who have experienced childhood traumas that include sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional neglect. Denise has knowledge of mental health conditions which may include PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief & loss, self-esteem problems, marital/couple and family issues. She is passionate in helping individuals to overcome obstacles. In therapy, Denise creates a safe space that facilitates self-exploration and personal growth.
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.
Alyza Weinberg is the Youth and Young Adult Trauma Therapist at the DC Rape Crisis Center. Alyza completed her master’s in clinical social work at Smith College and is a licensed graduated social worker
in the District of Columbia. Alyza has worked with several non-profits and high schools in DC. Alyza’s particular area of interest and expertise is youth and trauma.
Benny was raised in New Jersey and received her bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. It was at Rutgers where Benny began her anti-violence work as a student educator surrounding topics of interpersonal violence and bystander intervention. After graduation, Benny worked as a bilingual case manager at Women Aware, a domestic violence agency in Middlesex County. Benny permanently relocated to Washington, DC in 2014 and has continued working directly with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child sexual abuse. Benny now works in prevention education and training and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.