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Before moving to Alaska, Patti served both as an advocate and the lead chemical dependency counselor at New Beginnings for Battered Women and their Children’s shelter, transitional housing and community-based programs in Seattle for twelve years.Patti developed the Domestic Violence/Chemical Dependency Outreach Project for King County at the Alcohol Drug Help Line in 1994.
Lourdes is very passionate in the work that she does and in the development of a more holistic/comprehensive way of assessing and providing services for those who have experienced/survived interpersonal violence. Sapana Donde is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Donde received her Ph D in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in Clinical Child Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington D. Her research and clinical interests include sexual and domestic violence, trauma-informed mental health services, foster care and adoption, and cross-cultural psychology.She also leads another large research project addressing violence against people with developmental disabilities using a community-based research approach. Hughes collaborates closely with Safe Place Disability Services ASAP, and with researchers from Portland State University, Oregon Health and Science University, and Baylor College of Medicine.Back to Top Tasneem Ismailji, MD, MPH, is an educator/researcher in the field of health effects of violence and abuse.Back to Top Patricia (Patti) Bland, MA, CCDC, was the former Director of the Train the Trainer Project for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Juneau and is currently the Director of Substance Abuse Training and Technical Assistance for the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health.Patti is also an Associate for the Vera Institute of Justice in New York and serves as a consultant for the University of Northern Iowa Graduate School of Social Work Integrative Services Program.Aaryce worked as a policy specialist for Advocacy, Inc., the Protective and Advocacy System in Texas, from 1990 to 2008, with a focus on systemic advocacy in the area of mental health, abuse investigations, the use of emergency interventions and issues relating to guardianship.
She began working for Mandt System, Inc., in August of 2008 as trainer.
Back to Top Maria de Lourdes Carrillo obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Puerto Rico.
She carries a Social Work License in Puerto Rico, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Illinois, and a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Texas, where she has been residing for the last 4 years.
She has published several articles on chemical dependency and domestic violence and completed development of the domestic violence curricula for the Washington State Medical Association and the Perinatal Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
Patti is the author of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Curriculum for Advocates and co-authored, with Debi Edmund, manuals (in both English and Spanish language versions) can be found at the ANDVSA website.
She is licensed as a psychologist in Texas, and holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Houston. Hughes has served in key positions on federally-funded projects investigating interpersonal violence against people with diverse disabilities, is widely published and presents nationally and internationally on disability and violence.