Gizane Indart, PsyD
Dr. Gizane Indart is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s. Gizane is a ChildTrauma fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy under the direction of Dr. Bruce Perry. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally on the impact of abuse and neglect in early development, attachment difficulties in children exposed to maltreatment, and sexualized behaviors in children. Gizane is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the Children’s Cabinet Subcommittee, and the Early Childhood Mental Health Colorado Infrastructure. Additionally, Gizane serves as a consultant for the Child Abuse and Neglect Unit at the Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2017, she completed a two year training on Problematic Sexual Behaviors through the University of Oklahoma.
Lucy Ana Aviles
Pro Bono Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Lucy Ana is a pro bono bilingual therapist who works with the Spanish-speaking families who comprise a quarter of DCAC's caseload. She comes to DCAC whenever she is needed at times that best meet the needs of the children and families. Lucy Ana is a highly experienced psychologist with expertise in working with child victims of sexual abuse and those traumatized by witnessing homicide or extreme domestic violence.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Brandon joined DCAC in 2018 as a bilingual child and family therapist. He received his undergraduate degree in Human Services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where he was active in the immigrant rights community and coordinated a food bank for Durango students and residents. Through Fort Lewis he was able to spend time abroad working in Montessori schools in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Brandon is multi-lingual and was born in Italy. Throughout his childhood he and his family moved frequently but after they found Colorado they immediately knew that this was a place they would remain for a long time. After his time in Durango he came back to the front range to receive his Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Denver and work as a community organizer for Padres y Jovenes Unidos, an educational equity and racial justice focused non-profit based in southwest Denver. He is currently working towards his licensure in clinical social work and is proud be to a source of positivity to the clients he serves.
Bilingual Victim Advocate
Viviana joined the DCAC team in 2017. She double majored at Regis University and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and in Peace and Justice Studies. While in school, Viviana was involved in multiple nonprofit agencies, advocating for immigrant rights and social justice. Continuing to fulfill her passion for serving others, she worked as an intake specialist at The Rose Andom Center, where she coordinated support services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. She looks forward to guiding the families of DCAC who have encountered trauma through her work as a Bilingual Victim Advocate.
Jodi L. Byrnes
Director of Forensic Interview Program
Jodi joined DCAC in 2010 to lead the expanding Forensic Interview Program. She brought 12 years of experience as a senior social caseworker with the Denver Department of Human Services where she worked with at-risk and fractured families. Jodi brings to DCAC an extensive knowledge of community resources as well as long-term relationships with law enforcement, court, and health and human service professionals throughout the metro area. She is a licensed professional counselor and is credentialed by the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers (NACCFI) at the Diplomat level, the highest of the four credentialing tiers.
Director of Assessment & Treatment Program
Angela is a bilingual, bicultural therapist who has worked with traumatized children and their families since 1999. Special areas of interest for Angela are: early childhood development, the impact of trauma on the developing child and the effects of immigration on young children. At DCAC, Angela has played a major role in supporting the growth of DCAC's Spanish-speaking caseload. She has been a lead player in the development and expansion of the successful prevention program, Denver Safe from the Start, which focuses on high-risk children ages 3-8 and their families. Angela has been instrumental in the growth of DCAC’s community outreach mental health initiative.
Director of Finance & Operations
Zach joined DCAC as Director of Finance and Operations in 2018. He began his career in nonprofit finance and administration before moving to Mozambique in 2011 as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He stayed in the country for seven years, eventually leading finance and operations for an international development organization operating in Mozambique. Zach is originally from the Midwest, but is very excited to make Colorado home and to help DCAC make a positive impact in the community.
Inci Caballero Ellis
Bilingual Community Connector
Inci joined DCAC in 2018, as a bi-lingual and bi-cultural Community Connector. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Victimology from Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Penales. Originally from Mexico City, she has designed and implemented programs for children and women recovering from the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault. Inci is very excited to be able to reach out within community and make a difference in the lives of children and families.
Bilingual Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Jessica Feijoo has worked with children, families, and community members for over ten years. Jessica is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience providing therapy to children who have experienced trauma, have an intellectual disability, and problematic behaviors. She rejoined the DCAC team in 2018 after working for DCAC’s prevention program Denver Safe from the Start from 2010-2013. Her work at DCAC teaching sexual abuse prevention programs in Denver elementary schools and Head Start programs led her to pursue a Masters in Social Work. After graduating from MSU Denver Jessica worked at Aurora Mental Health Center’s Intercept Center. At the Intercept Center she provided intensive individual, family, and group therapy services to children and adolescents dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and a mental illness. She is able to combine her experience in community outreach and as a therapist in her role as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant in Southwest Denver.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Jessica joined the DCAC team in 2014 with more than 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and families. She spent six years in urban schools, first as an ESL teacher in East Harlem, then as a bilingual therapist at a school-based health clinic in Manhattan, and finally as a K-8 school counselor in Northeast Denver. Jessica holds master's degrees in education and social work. She is also a registered yoga teacher for children and adults, and she regularly incorporates mindfulness, breath-work, and movement in her therapy with clients.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Christa graduated from Regis University with her Master’s Degree in Counseling and a certificate in Child and Adolescent Therapy. She has been a part of the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center team since 2017 when she began as a clinical intern. Christa is originally from Portland, OR where she graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Following her undergraduate years, Christa gained experience in the field working as a mental health skills trainer for two years in a Residential Living Facility. She also spent a summer in Rhinebeck, New York working with at risk youth and teens. Christa has been passionate about working with children and adolescents since she set her goal of becoming a therapist in middle school. She continues to pursue new trainings to add to her tool box of skills and bring into the classroom’s as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.
Bilingual Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant & Intake Coordinator
Raquel joined DCAC in 2007 after beginning her career as a victim advocate in 2006 as an intern with COVA (Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance), the Westminster Police Department and Project Safeguard. Raquel holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State University of Denver and specializes in serving Spanish-speaking families. In addition to guiding families through the services we offer at DCAC, she coordinates access to mental health treatment and provides community support through early childhood mental health consultation. Raquel has a particular passion for serving the Latino, adolescent, and immigrant communities. She has played an active role in all of DCAC's programs throughout her tenure and is a valuable member of the DCAC family.
Prevention Program Manager
Cathy is a master's level marriage and family therapist with extensive experience in working with child and adolescent survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She also specializes in working with children who have special needs or severe emotional disturbances, as well as with youth caught up in the criminal justice system. While pursuing her master's degree at Pepperdine University, Cathy worked as an intake specialist and therapist with the Coalition to End Family Violence in California where she became expert in crisis management and meeting the immediate needs of mothers and children traumatized by violence.
Meghan joined the DCAC team in 2016. She graduated from Wartburg College with Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational and Public Relations. While pursuing her education, Meghan fulfilled her passion for serving others through her involvement in volunteering and employment at several nonprofit organizations. Before joining DCAC, she gained valuable experience interning with Edge of Seven and Water to Thrive. Meghan is very excited to put her skills to work to serve her local community.
Daniela Y. Perez
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Daniela is a child and family therapist who works with English and Spanish speakers. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, and completed her undergraduate education in her home state of California where she attended California State University Stanislaus and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate and graduate experience, Daniela worked with children and adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds at schools, as well as medical and mental health centers where she facilitated preventative groups targeting different dimensions of wellness. Pursuing her passion for working with children and youth, Daniela’s graduate practicum and internship experience included counseling children, adolescents, and families whom have been trauma survivors. Daniela is culturally competent and versatile in her style of counseling; children and adolescents enjoy her incorporation of play, art, and music in counseling.
Hollie joined DCAC in 2016 with 8 years of experience working with children and families. She began her career working in community mental health, working closely with children who had experienced ongoing trauma. After graduating from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Hollie began her master’s degree in Human Development and Social Intervention from New York University, completing the program in 2014. During an internship opportunity while studying at NYU, she worked closely with a Child Advocacy Center and started her training as a Forensic Interviewer. Hollie began forensic interviewing in 2015 and is dedicated to the continued research and application of best practice of forensic interviewing.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Meagan graduated with a master's degree in social work from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver in 2013. As a bilingual intern with DCAC during her last semester, she was already a part of the DCAC team. Before joining DCAC, Meagan gained additional internship experience with Denver Urban Scholars and the Kempe Center. Meagan has always had a passion for this work – while pursuing her education, she volunteered extensively for domestic violence and homeless agencies in the U.S., and traveled abroad to work with orphaned children in Ecuador and Mexico.
Bilingual Forensic Interviewer
Dulce joined DCAC in 2011 as a bilingual prevention specialist, but quickly put her bachelor's degree in criminal justice to work by training as a victim advocate. When DCAC made the decision to begin offering bilingual forensic interviews so that Spanish-speaking children could tell their story in their own language, Dulce volunteered to do that job as well as her victim advocacy work. She pursued a rigorous course of training and is now a full-time bilingual forensic interviewer credentialed by the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers (NACCFI) at the Diplomat level, the highest of the four credentialing tiers.
Child & Family Therapist
John joined DCAC in 2015 after a decade of experience as a teacher in a high school serving low-income students and their families, where he witnessed the transformative power of therapy through the school-based counseling program. Inspired by the work of the counselors at his school, John enrolled in Regis University and graduated with a master’s degree in counseling in 2013. His graduate studies included a year of clinical work as a practicum student and intern at DCAC. John believes he is privileged to work with children, adolescents and families enduring the challenges of poverty, immigration, violence, neglect and trauma. He feels especially honored to work with males around issues of masculinity and shame.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Kirsten is a native Coloradan who has spent eight years exploring other states and countries. Prior to joining DCAC in 2015, Kirsten studied Spanish through an eight-month immersion program in Guatemala. While in Central America, she volunteered for Mentes Para El Futuro, an organization that provides educational and therapeutic support to children living in poverty. In 2010, Kirsten received a master’s in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Columbia College Chicago. At Colorado State University, Kirsten majored in human development and family studies, with an additional certification in early childhood education. Kirsten is a licensed professional counselor and a board certified dance/movement therapist.