STAFF

 
Vanessa Volz (She/her/hers) | Executive Director.  Vanessa joined Sojourner House in 2011. Under her leadership the agency has developed new programming, tripled its budget, and established an organizational endowment. She previously served as a staff attorney for a disability rights legal nonprofit organization, and she has published articles in the UC Berkeley Reproductive RIghts and Justice casebook and the Rutgers University Women’s Rights Law Reporter. She teaches at Rhode Island College in the Gender and Women’s Studies program, and she also periodically serves as a visiting professor at Wheaton College. She is the current Board President of the RI Coalition for the Homeless and the Treasurer of the Board of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She received her B.A. in Gender Studies and Literature from Bard College and her J.D. from the University of Georgia.

Vanessa Volz (She/her/hers) | Executive Director. Vanessa joined Sojourner House in 2011. Under her leadership the agency has developed new programming, tripled its budget, and established an organizational endowment. She previously served as a staff attorney for a disability rights legal nonprofit organization, and she has published articles in the UC Berkeley Reproductive RIghts and Justice casebook and the Rutgers University Women’s Rights Law Reporter. She teaches at Rhode Island College in the Gender and Women’s Studies program, and she also periodically serves as a visiting professor at Wheaton College. She is the current Board President of the RI Coalition for the Homeless and the Treasurer of the Board of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She received her B.A. in Gender Studies and Literature from Bard College and her J.D. from the University of Georgia.

 
Gloria Greenfield (She/her/hers) | DIrector of Immigration Advocacy.  Gloria joined Sojourner House in 2011. A native of venezuela, she first worked as a court advocate and quickly recognized the lack of services for undocumented victims of abuse, setting in motion the creation of the first immigration advocacy program housed at a domestic violence agency in rhode island. gloria obtained the agency’s recognition before the board of immigration appeals in 2012. she has full doj accreditation whcih allows her to represent victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking who are in removal proceedings at the boston immigration court, and also assists them with cases before uscis. Gloria is certified as a rhode island violence against women act dv/sa curriculum instructor, and she is a member of the rhode island human trafficking task force.

Gloria Greenfield (She/her/hers) | DIrector of Immigration Advocacy. Gloria joined Sojourner House in 2011. A native of venezuela, she first worked as a court advocate and quickly recognized the lack of services for undocumented victims of abuse, setting in motion the creation of the first immigration advocacy program housed at a domestic violence agency in rhode island. gloria obtained the agency’s recognition before the board of immigration appeals in 2012. she has full doj accreditation whcih allows her to represent victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking who are in removal proceedings at the boston immigration court, and also assists them with cases before uscis. Gloria is certified as a rhode island violence against women act dv/sa curriculum instructor, and she is a member of the rhode island human trafficking task force.

 
TEURY MARTE (SHE/HER/HERS) | Deputy Director of Programs.  Teury Marte joined Sojourner House as a Deputy Director of Program in 2019. Teury brings with 25 years of experience in human services, homelessness and rehabilitation services. The last 14 years she worked for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission working with individuals with disabilities. Teury earns a BA in psychology, minor criminal justice from Salem State University; a Master degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Certificate of Advance Degree from UMass Boston.

TEURY MARTE (SHE/HER/HERS) | Deputy Director of Programs. Teury Marte joined Sojourner House as a Deputy Director of Program in 2019. Teury brings with 25 years of experience in human services, homelessness and rehabilitation services. The last 14 years she worked for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission working with individuals with disabilities. Teury earns a BA in psychology, minor criminal justice from Salem State University; a Master degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Certificate of Advance Degree from UMass Boston.

 
Liz Curran (She/her/hers) | Business Manager.  Liz joined Sojourner House in 2018. She has over fifteen years of financial operations experience related to the investment management industry. Liz decided to return to the workforce after taking time to care for her family. Liz earned a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Boston College.

Liz Curran (She/her/hers) | Business Manager. Liz joined Sojourner House in 2018. She has over fifteen years of financial operations experience related to the investment management industry. Liz decided to return to the workforce after taking time to care for her family. Liz earned a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Boston College.

 
Lilian calderon (She/her/hers) | THEIA Coordinator.  Lilian joined sojourner house full time in 2019. She was raised in Providence RI. Her passion for advocating for others began while She was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After Lilian’s release her career began in Immigration advocacy. SHE became interested in this field after working with many people who on their journey were physically, mentally and sexually exploited. lilian’s mission is to support/empower all clients in our THEIA residential program.

Lilian calderon (She/her/hers) | THEIA Coordinator. Lilian joined sojourner house full time in 2019. She was raised in Providence RI. Her passion for advocating for others began while She was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After Lilian’s release her career began in Immigration advocacy. SHE became interested in this field after working with many people who on their journey were physically, mentally and sexually exploited. lilian’s mission is to support/empower all clients in our THEIA residential program.

Somali Zai DaSilva (She/her/hers) | Housing Advocate . Somali joined Sojourner House in 2019. She was born in raised in the Elmwood area of providence and found her passion for violence prevention work during her undergraduate years at the University of Rhode Island. After graduating with a Public Health degree in 2017, Somali worked part time doing community engagement for Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center. Most recently, she served as the coordinator for Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR), a task force of survivors through the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.There, Somali worked with survivors doing community engagement and outreach, as well as policy and legislative work. In her current role as Housing Advocate, Somali will be a part of the Housing Team as an advocate and case manager. Somali's personal mission is to raise awareness about violence against women and work towards ending domestic and sexual violence in her community.

Somali Zai DaSilva (She/her/hers) | Housing Advocate. Somali joined Sojourner House in 2019. She was born in raised in the Elmwood area of providence and found her passion for violence prevention work during her undergraduate years at the University of Rhode Island. After graduating with a Public Health degree in 2017, Somali worked part time doing community engagement for Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center. Most recently, she served as the coordinator for Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR), a task force of survivors through the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.There, Somali worked with survivors doing community engagement and outreach, as well as policy and legislative work. In her current role as Housing Advocate, Somali will be a part of the Housing Team as an advocate and case manager. Somali's personal mission is to raise awareness about violence against women and work towards ending domestic and sexual violence in her community.

Ashley Mazejko (She/her/hers) | Youth Coordinator.  Ashley joined Sojourner House in 2017. As the agency’s Youth Advocate, Ashley provides individual advocacy and a domestic violence support group for residential and community clients. Ashley's major community project is Camp Eureka, a week long summer camp for children who have witnessed domestic violence. She also offers community based education on teen dating and violence prevention in Central Falls schools and expressive arts groups for residential and community based children. Ashley is a trained PeaceLove Creator. PeaceLove is an organization based in Providence that helps people create peace of mind through art and storytelling.

Ashley Mazejko (She/her/hers) | Youth Coordinator. Ashley joined Sojourner House in 2017. As the agency’s Youth Advocate, Ashley provides individual advocacy and a domestic violence support group for residential and community clients. Ashley's major community project is Camp Eureka, a week long summer camp for children who have witnessed domestic violence. She also offers community based education on teen dating and violence prevention in Central Falls schools and expressive arts groups for residential and community based children. Ashley is a trained PeaceLove Creator. PeaceLove is an organization based in Providence that helps people create peace of mind through art and storytelling.

KATHLEEN SULLIVAN (She/her/hers) | HOUSING ADVOCATE.  Kathleen joined Sojourner House in 2019. She has worked at a domestic violence shelter in Cleveland, Ohio for the past three years with experience in different roles engaging with single adults, families, and children. During her time as a Youth Advocate, she focused on school advocacy and facilitating therapeutic programming for the children and families in shelter. As a Family Advocate, she worked more closely with the adults on developing case plans and providing them with resources to help them meet their goals. She also worked closely with the Rapid Re-Housing Program and the Continuum of Care in Cleveland to advocate for the clients she worked with to help them find and maintain stable housing after leaving shelter. Kathleen grew up in Rhode Island and earned her BA in Economics and Political Science from Providence College.

KATHLEEN SULLIVAN (She/her/hers) | HOUSING ADVOCATE. Kathleen joined Sojourner House in 2019. She has worked at a domestic violence shelter in Cleveland, Ohio for the past three years with experience in different roles engaging with single adults, families, and children. During her time as a Youth Advocate, she focused on school advocacy and facilitating therapeutic programming for the children and families in shelter. As a Family Advocate, she worked more closely with the adults on developing case plans and providing them with resources to help them meet their goals. She also worked closely with the Rapid Re-Housing Program and the Continuum of Care in Cleveland to advocate for the clients she worked with to help them find and maintain stable housing after leaving shelter. Kathleen grew up in Rhode Island and earned her BA in Economics and Political Science from Providence College.

Julia Tavares (She/her/hers) | Community-Based Advocate.  Julie joined Sojourner House in 2019. She has over 4 years of experience working as a CSP and Counselor in the areas of domestic/sexual violence, substance abuse, crisis intervention and homelessness as well as children and adults with psychiatric and physical disabilities. She speaks and translate 4 languages and is experienced in American Sign Language. Julia is currently enrolled at the BCC Campus in Fall River, MA and is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Studies.

Julia Tavares (She/her/hers) | Community-Based Advocate. Julie joined Sojourner House in 2019. She has over 4 years of experience working as a CSP and Counselor in the areas of domestic/sexual violence, substance abuse, crisis intervention and homelessness as well as children and adults with psychiatric and physical disabilities. She speaks and translate 4 languages and is experienced in American Sign Language. Julia is currently enrolled at the BCC Campus in Fall River, MA and is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Studies.

 
Melissa Babington (She/her/hers) | Director of Shelter Operation.  Melissa joined Sojourner House in 2018. She has worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for eight years and has worked in residential shelters and transitional housing programs throughout her career. Melissa has advocated for victims’ rights at community and state levels, and worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to implement policies for domestic violence programs across the state. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse.

Melissa Babington (She/her/hers) | Director of Shelter Operation. Melissa joined Sojourner House in 2018. She has worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for eight years and has worked in residential shelters and transitional housing programs throughout her career. Melissa has advocated for victims’ rights at community and state levels, and worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to implement policies for domestic violence programs across the state. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse.



 
Kelly Henry (She/her/hers) | Director of Housing.  Kelly joined Sojourner House in 2012. She has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault movement for twenty-four years when she started as a volunteer at a local rape crisis center. Kelly has worked in many different roles and populations but especially focused on LGBTQ communities, people with disabilities, and folks struggling with addictions and recovery. She started as the Manager of Residential Advocacy at Sojourner House and over the last seven years, Kelly has overseen the development of the largest residential program for domestic violence survivors in Rhode Island, including the shelter for men and male-identified folks, a shelter for survivors of trafficking, and a large rapid rehousing program. She is also a co-chair for the Family Placement Meeting and a member of the RI Continuum of Care. She earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Women’s Studies from Illinois State University.

Kelly Henry (She/her/hers) | Director of Housing. Kelly joined Sojourner House in 2012. She has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault movement for twenty-four years when she started as a volunteer at a local rape crisis center. Kelly has worked in many different roles and populations but especially focused on LGBTQ communities, people with disabilities, and folks struggling with addictions and recovery. She started as the Manager of Residential Advocacy at Sojourner House and over the last seven years, Kelly has overseen the development of the largest residential program for domestic violence survivors in Rhode Island, including the shelter for men and male-identified folks, a shelter for survivors of trafficking, and a large rapid rehousing program. She is also a co-chair for the Family Placement Meeting and a member of the RI Continuum of Care. She earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Women’s Studies from Illinois State University.

 
Jessica Stults (She/her/hers) | Director of Clinical Services.  Jessica joined Sojourner House in 2018. She has worked for many years in mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness services. Jessica provides therapy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and she works with all staff to ensure that the agency provides excellent trauma-informed, client-centered advocacy. She earned her M.S.W. from Hunter College, her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at University of Miami, and her B.A. at Reed College.

Jessica Stults (She/her/hers) | Director of Clinical Services. Jessica joined Sojourner House in 2018. She has worked for many years in mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness services. Jessica provides therapy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and she works with all staff to ensure that the agency provides excellent trauma-informed, client-centered advocacy. She earned her M.S.W. from Hunter College, her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at University of Miami, and her B.A. at Reed College.

 
Kassie Hawkins (She/her/hers) | Manager of LGBTQ+ Programs.  Kassie joined Sojourner House in 2017. She has worked in human services for eighteen years with a variety of populations, including LGBTQ+, homeless individuals, victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, children, and people with substance abuse issues and/or psychiatric or physical disabilities. She coordinates the only shelter for male victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the state and heads an HIV team that provides street outreach and free, rapid, HIV testing. In 2017, Sojourner House was one of three agencies nationwide to receive the Mary Byron Project award for their LGBTQ+ work. She earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Texas.

Kassie Hawkins (She/her/hers) | Manager of LGBTQ+ Programs. Kassie joined Sojourner House in 2017. She has worked in human services for eighteen years with a variety of populations, including LGBTQ+, homeless individuals, victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, children, and people with substance abuse issues and/or psychiatric or physical disabilities. She coordinates the only shelter for male victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the state and heads an HIV team that provides street outreach and free, rapid, HIV testing. In 2017, Sojourner House was one of three agencies nationwide to receive the Mary Byron Project award for their LGBTQ+ work. She earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Texas.

Alexandra Castillo (She/her/hers) | Education and Sexual Health Coordinator.  Alexandra joined Sojourner House in 2017. She was born and raised in the Hartford area in Providence. She became interested in the field due to family members and friends who were experiencing domestic violence. She worked as a Residential/Youth Advocate at DVRSC and transitioned to Sojourner House as the Education & Sexual Health Coordinator. Alexandra coordinates, develops, and conducts violence prevention education workshops to students and professionals throughout the state. She sits on the RI HIV/STD Coalition and was the co-chair for the Conference on Youth Sexual Health Education in 2018. She earned her B.A. in Psychology & Gender Women’s Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

Alexandra Castillo (She/her/hers) | Education and Sexual Health Coordinator. Alexandra joined Sojourner House in 2017. She was born and raised in the Hartford area in Providence. She became interested in the field due to family members and friends who were experiencing domestic violence. She worked as a Residential/Youth Advocate at DVRSC and transitioned to Sojourner House as the Education & Sexual Health Coordinator. Alexandra coordinates, develops, and conducts violence prevention education workshops to students and professionals throughout the state. She sits on the RI HIV/STD Coalition and was the co-chair for the Conference on Youth Sexual Health Education in 2018. She earned her B.A. in Psychology & Gender Women’s Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

Malaysia King (She/her/hers) | Healthy Families Advocate.  Malaysia joined Sojourner House in 2018. She has over four years of experience working with domestic violence victims and youth and began her work at the Women's Center of Rhode Island as an intern and was then a Youth Advocate. Malaysia supports families holistically, empowers pregnant and parenting teenagers and assists them with developing vocational skills, building resumes, and promoting educational and financial freedom. She earned her the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and B.A. in Gender and Women studies with a minor in Leadership Studies from University of Rhode Island.

Malaysia King (She/her/hers) | Healthy Families Advocate. Malaysia joined Sojourner House in 2018. She has over four years of experience working with domestic violence victims and youth and began her work at the Women's Center of Rhode Island as an intern and was then a Youth Advocate. Malaysia supports families holistically, empowers pregnant and parenting teenagers and assists them with developing vocational skills, building resumes, and promoting educational and financial freedom. She earned her the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and B.A. in Gender and Women studies with a minor in Leadership Studies from University of Rhode Island.

 
Jessamine Phillips (She/her/hers) | Law Enforcement Advocate.  Jessamine joined Sojourner House in 2016. She provides immediate crisis intervention to clients involved in the criminal justice system due to domestic violence or sexual assault. She provides accompaniment to court dates, and keeps clients informed about their criminal case. Jessamine works closely with police officers, attorneys, and community agencies to better serve clients in Burrillville, Foster, Glocester and Scituate. She has also been invited to the schools in her region to teach students about teen dating violence and sexting. Jessamine sits on the RI VAWA DV/SA Training Curriculum Committee, and is certified as a law enforcement trainer. She earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from New England College.

Jessamine Phillips (She/her/hers) | Law Enforcement Advocate. Jessamine joined Sojourner House in 2016. She provides immediate crisis intervention to clients involved in the criminal justice system due to domestic violence or sexual assault. She provides accompaniment to court dates, and keeps clients informed about their criminal case. Jessamine works closely with police officers, attorneys, and community agencies to better serve clients in Burrillville, Foster, Glocester and Scituate. She has also been invited to the schools in her region to teach students about teen dating violence and sexting. Jessamine sits on the RI VAWA DV/SA Training Curriculum Committee, and is certified as a law enforcement trainer. She earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from New England College.

Kelsey Tabela-Baxter (She/her/hers) | Volunteer Coordinator.  Kelsey joined Sojourner House in 2019. As the Volunteer Coordinator, Kelsey works closely with Sojourner House staff to recruit, train, manage, and retain volunteers at the organization. She helps facilitate the acceptance of in-kind donations from community members and delegates donations to different shelters/locations as needed. Kelsey also assists with social media, e-newsletters, blog posts, and other communications work. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality and a minor in Environmental Studies from Rhode Island College.

Kelsey Tabela-Baxter (She/her/hers) | Volunteer Coordinator. Kelsey joined Sojourner House in 2019. As the Volunteer Coordinator, Kelsey works closely with Sojourner House staff to recruit, train, manage, and retain volunteers at the organization. She helps facilitate the acceptance of in-kind donations from community members and delegates donations to different shelters/locations as needed. Kelsey also assists with social media, e-newsletters, blog posts, and other communications work. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality and a minor in Environmental Studies from Rhode Island College.

 
Annell Vidal (She/her/hers) | Immigration and Resource Specialist.  Annell joined Sojourner House in 2016. Annell began her work with Sojourner House as the Bilingual Housing Advocate. She now assists clients in preparing and filing U.S. non-immigrant visa petitions and applications for naturalization, permanent residence, and adjustments of status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Annell is partially accredited to practice immigration law by the Department of Justice, allowing her to represent clients before USCIS. Annell also works with the HIV and Housing team. She earned her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from the New York State University, Buffalo.

Annell Vidal (She/her/hers) | Immigration and Resource Specialist. Annell joined Sojourner House in 2016. Annell began her work with Sojourner House as the Bilingual Housing Advocate. She now assists clients in preparing and filing U.S. non-immigrant visa petitions and applications for naturalization, permanent residence, and adjustments of status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Annell is partially accredited to practice immigration law by the Department of Justice, allowing her to represent clients before USCIS. Annell also works with the HIV and Housing team. She earned her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from the New York State University, Buffalo.

 
Sarah Decataldo (She/her/hers) | Deputy Director of Advancement.  Sarah joined Sojourner House in 2016. Previously Sarah worked at Day One, Rhode Island's sexual assault coalition and managed their victim advocacy programs. Sarah was also the Grants and Media Relations Manager at The Providence Center and is a consultant with the national Office of Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center. She is certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the is a law enforcement trainer with the Rhode Island Violence Against Women Act DV/SA Training Curriculum Committee. She also serves on the SAGE-RI board. She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Psychology and Sociology and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Human Services.

Sarah Decataldo (She/her/hers) | Deputy Director of Advancement. Sarah joined Sojourner House in 2016. Previously Sarah worked at Day One, Rhode Island's sexual assault coalition and managed their victim advocacy programs. Sarah was also the Grants and Media Relations Manager at The Providence Center and is a consultant with the national Office of Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center. She is certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the is a law enforcement trainer with the Rhode Island Violence Against Women Act DV/SA Training Curriculum Committee. She also serves on the SAGE-RI board. She earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Psychology and Sociology and her M.S. in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Human Services.

LISA HOOPIS (SHE/HER/HERS) | Director of Community and Education Programs.  Lisa joined Sojourner House in 2019. She oversees the education and sexual health programs along with the healthy families’ advocacy program and the school and community based advocacy program. She was born and raised in RI and has over 20 years of experience in the field. She has developed and facilitated hundreds of trainings and workshops to a variety of audiences. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she is an adjunct professor in the Health & Physical Education Department, and was the former Director of the RIC Women’s Center. She is very active in the community and works with school districts and agencies to provide professional and youth development trainings, consultations, curriculum development. and assistance setting up peer education programs. Lisa is currently a co-chair of the Healthy Youth RI coalition and is a co-founder and active member of the RI HIV/STI prevention coalition. She is also an active member in the Rhode Island Cross Campus Collaborative for Sexual violence prevention.

LISA HOOPIS (SHE/HER/HERS) | Director of Community and Education Programs. Lisa joined Sojourner House in 2019. She oversees the education and sexual health programs along with the healthy families’ advocacy program and the school and community based advocacy program. She was born and raised in RI and has over 20 years of experience in the field. She has developed and facilitated hundreds of trainings and workshops to a variety of audiences. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she is an adjunct professor in the Health & Physical Education Department, and was the former Director of the RIC Women’s Center. She is very active in the community and works with school districts and agencies to provide professional and youth development trainings, consultations, curriculum development. and assistance setting up peer education programs. Lisa is currently a co-chair of the Healthy Youth RI coalition and is a co-founder and active member of the RI HIV/STI prevention coalition. She is also an active member in the Rhode Island Cross Campus Collaborative for Sexual violence prevention.

Amanda Berno (She/her/hers) | Manager of supportive housing.  Amanda joined Sojourner House in 2016. She coordinated the Transitional Housing Program and now coordinates the Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing programs along with other forms of housing assistance. She has worked in the field for six years and interned with the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless on the Zero:2016 campaign to end homelessness statewide. During that initiative, she trained providers and volunteers throughout the city of Providence to administer the Vulnerability Index, a tool used to assess those experiencing homelessness for housing services. She earned her B.S.W. from Rhode Island College.

Amanda Berno (She/her/hers) | Manager of supportive housing. Amanda joined Sojourner House in 2016. She coordinated the Transitional Housing Program and now coordinates the Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing programs along with other forms of housing assistance. She has worked in the field for six years and interned with the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless on the Zero:2016 campaign to end homelessness statewide. During that initiative, she trained providers and volunteers throughout the city of Providence to administer the Vulnerability Index, a tool used to assess those experiencing homelessness for housing services. She earned her B.S.W. from Rhode Island College.

Ada Zanella (She/her/hers) | Drop-In Center Manager.  Ada joined Sojourner House in 2007. She has over twelve years of experience working with domestic violence victims and crisis intervention. She works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault providing them with individual advocacy and support groups. Ada provides a lot of supports to clients involved in the DCYF system, helping families to reunify after experiencing domestic violence in their home. She is a fierce advocate for her clients and often works with other staff to ensure her clients are receiving the services that they need; whether shelter programs, housing, immigration, et cetera. Ada is a member of Sojourner House’s HIV Team where she provides street outreach and rapid HIV testing to the community. She also works with the Spanish speaking clients in our residential program who live in Providence.

Ada Zanella (She/her/hers) | Drop-In Center Manager. Ada joined Sojourner House in 2007. She has over twelve years of experience working with domestic violence victims and crisis intervention. She works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault providing them with individual advocacy and support groups. Ada provides a lot of supports to clients involved in the DCYF system, helping families to reunify after experiencing domestic violence in their home. She is a fierce advocate for her clients and often works with other staff to ensure her clients are receiving the services that they need; whether shelter programs, housing, immigration, et cetera. Ada is a member of Sojourner House’s HIV Team where she provides street outreach and rapid HIV testing to the community. She also works with the Spanish speaking clients in our residential program who live in Providence.

Erin Cole (She/her/hers) | Executive Assistant.  Erin joined Sojourner House in 2019. Previously working at DVRCSC as a Law Enforcement Advocate, Erin served four police departments in South County. She also worked as a court advocate, helping victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders and navigate the court system. During her time as an LEA, Erin gained professional experience both working in a non-profit environment, as well as in the domestic violence field. Also, she became a certified law enforcement trainer with the Rhode Island Violence Against Women Act DV/SA Training Curriculum Committee. Erin earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, as well as a minor in Psychology from the University of New Haven.

Erin Cole (She/her/hers) | Executive Assistant. Erin joined Sojourner House in 2019. Previously working at DVRCSC as a Law Enforcement Advocate, Erin served four police departments in South County. She also worked as a court advocate, helping victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders and navigate the court system. During her time as an LEA, Erin gained professional experience both working in a non-profit environment, as well as in the domestic violence field. Also, she became a certified law enforcement trainer with the Rhode Island Violence Against Women Act DV/SA Training Curriculum Committee. Erin earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology, as well as a minor in Psychology from the University of New Haven.

Sophonie LaFortune (She/her/hers) | School-Based Advocate.  Sophonie joined Sojourner House in 2018. She was born and raised in Providence and is a survivor of domestic and sexual violence. Sophonie began working in human services as a supervisor at a shelter for homeless teens who were pregnant or teen mothers experiencing sexual abuse. Sophonie transitioned to Sojourner House after earning her degree where she became the first School-Based Advocate. Sophonie supports students who have experienced dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or who have witnessed abuse in their homes. She earned her B.A. in Music and Theology from Northpoint College in Haverhill, MA.

Sophonie LaFortune (She/her/hers) | School-Based Advocate. Sophonie joined Sojourner House in 2018. She was born and raised in Providence and is a survivor of domestic and sexual violence. Sophonie began working in human services as a supervisor at a shelter for homeless teens who were pregnant or teen mothers experiencing sexual abuse. Sophonie transitioned to Sojourner House after earning her degree where she became the first School-Based Advocate. Sophonie supports students who have experienced dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or who have witnessed abuse in their homes. She earned her B.A. in Music and Theology from Northpoint College in Haverhill, MA.

 
Eileen Rasmussen (She/her/hers) | Intake Coordinator.  Eileen joined Sojourner House in 2018. She began her work with DV as a volunteer and focused her academic work to investigate trauma-informed survey data. As Intake Coordinator, Eileen provides advocacy, crisis intervention, access to resources, case management and intake into programs. Eileen works to provide analysis of service trends about agency and client data, and she spent two years conducting cognitive-neuroscience research at Georgetown University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and her M.A. from Brandeis University.

Eileen Rasmussen (She/her/hers) | Intake Coordinator. Eileen joined Sojourner House in 2018. She began her work with DV as a volunteer and focused her academic work to investigate trauma-informed survey data. As Intake Coordinator, Eileen provides advocacy, crisis intervention, access to resources, case management and intake into programs. Eileen works to provide analysis of service trends about agency and client data, and she spent two years conducting cognitive-neuroscience research at Georgetown University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and her M.A. from Brandeis University.

Mills Taylor (THey/them) LGBTQ+ Advocate.  Mills has been working in human services for over a decade and has a long-standing dedication to the LGBTQ+ community. Their passion for advocating for others began in their youth, volunteering with organizations such as Youth Pride, Inc. and ACOS. They have a background in providing day and residential supports to a diverse population of individuals with developmental disabilities as a Job Developer and Residential Program Manager.

Mills Taylor (THey/them) LGBTQ+ Advocate. Mills has been working in human services for over a decade and has a long-standing dedication to the LGBTQ+ community. Their passion for advocating for others began in their youth, volunteering with organizations such as Youth Pride, Inc. and ACOS. They have a background in providing day and residential supports to a diverse population of individuals with developmental disabilities as a Job Developer and Residential Program Manager.

Relief Staff

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