Dr. Gizane Indart is the Executive Director of the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) for the training, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Gizane is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s. Gizane is a 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, short term and long term consequences of children exposed to early trauma, 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 of the Early Childhood Mental Health Infrastructure of Colorado. Additionally, Gizane serves as a consultant for the Child Abuse and Neglect Unit at the Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2018, Gizane was invited to be a member of the Denver District Attorney’s Advisory Council on Immigration.
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.
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.
Michelle joined DCAC in May 2020 as the Development Director and is excited to help carry out our mission. Early in her career she built a successful publishing franchise from the ground up by leveraging skills in strategic planning, human resources, team building, as well as sales and business development. In 2016 she sold her publication to pursue a career in the non-profit sector, knowing her successful sales career would serve her well as a fundraiser. She has held an active Board position for a local charitable organization since 2014 were she is actively involved with fundraising, event planning, volunteer coordination, and community outreach. Before joining the DCAC team she was the Development Director at the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge were she over saw membership, events, individual giving and corporate sponsorships.
Bilingual Case Manager
Rachel joined DCAC in January of 2020 as a bilingual case manager. After graduating from Hope College in Holland, MI in 2015, Rachel moved to Medellín Colombia to work with a non-profit called Viento Fresco. Upon returning to the States, Rachel worked for 3 years supporting children and families in Denver through a program at Catholic Charities before joining DCAC. She is thrilled to be able to continue supporting families in the Denver area and to be a part of the amazing and inspiring work that DCAC does.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant + Child & Family Therapist
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 and as Child & Family Therapist.
Prevention Program Manager
Cathy has been the Prevention Program Manager at DCAC for five years. In this role, she works to increase safety knowledge and decrease risk of child abuse through the coordination, development and implementation of prevention services for children, families and teachers in Denver Public Schools. Cathy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with extensive experience working with child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. 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 in Southern California, where she gained expertise in crisis management and meeting the immediate needs of mothers and children traumatized by violence. Cathy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Bilingual Community Outreach Coordinator
Claire began working at the DCAC as a Bilingual Community Connector in 2019. Claire attended a Spanish Immersion school in Kentucky and studied abroad in Spain before receiving her undergraduate degree from Macalester College where she focused her studies on Sociology and Environmental Studies and conducted her thesis research in Argentine Patagonia. Upon graduating college, Claire moved to Guatemala to work as a kindergarten teacher for a non-profit. Claire continued to live in Guatemala for five years while she founded the Garden of Hope, an educational community garden whose mission is to provide its neighbors with a safe space to connect with nature, foster joy, and develop life skills. The Garden of Hope continues to grow as a sustainable and Guatemalan run non-profit. Now, Claire is thrilled to be in Denver and to have the opportunity to learn from and participate in the inspiring community surrounding the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center.
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.
Bilingual Community Connector & Child + Family Therapist
Tali joined DCAC in 2019 after receiving her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, during which she interned as a Therapist at Ricardo Flores Magon Academy, Servicios de la Raza, Denver Health’s STEP Program, and as a Navigator at Mi Casa Resource Center. Before pursuing her Master’s, she spent years working at the Latinx Advocacy Center in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she graduated from Skidmore College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature and Latin American Studies. She then moved to Madrid, Spain where she worked for a human rights-focused documentary film company, as an English and Art teacher, and founded a music education organization and curriculum before moving to Denver. In all of her roles, Tali has been passionate about deconstructing stigma to increase access to mental health services and storytelling for social justice through Narrative Therapy, and is excited to bring this to the DCAC team and its families.
Bilingual Victim Advocate
Elizabeth Lopez began working at DCAC in August 2019 as a Bilingual Victim Advocate. Elizabeth received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University of Denver in May of 2019. Before working for DCAC, Elizabeth worked closely with students at her university as a Student Travel Program Assistant for the Office of Student Activities. Elizabeth has years of volunteer work experience with non-profit organizations. In January 2019, Elizabeth interned at Denver CASA in as an advocate for their Truancy and Early Education Intervention Advocacy program.
Elizabeth became interested in nonprofit work from a very young age. She began her involvement with Girls Inc. of Metro Denver which she then transitioned into a seasonal volunteer. Being a part of the Girls Inc. and the DPS community has allowed her to hold strong values on inclusivity and diversity as well as develop a passion for working with high-risk youth. Born and raised in Colorado, she is excited to make a positive impact in her community by helping children and families as well as support DCAC ’s mission.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Emily joined DCAC as a Bilingual Child & Family Therapist in 2019. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Theology from Benedictine College in Kansas, she moved to Honduras for 2 ½ years where she volunteered at a children’s home. Emily returned to her home state of Colorado to complete her master’s in Social Work at the University of Denver. Prior to joining DCAC, she worked with women and children experiencing homelessness as a case manager. Emily is a Licensed Social Worker and she looks forward to continuing to serve children and families while working towards her clinical license in social work.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Daniela is a child and family therapist and early childhood mental health consultant who works with English and Spanish speakers. Daniela is a Licensed Professional Counselor, she obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from 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 focused on different dimensions of wellness. Pursuing her passion for working with children and youth, Daniela’s graduate clinical 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 therapy.
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. During an internship opportunity while studying at New York University, 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. Hollie has conducted over 1000 forensic interviews and is credentialed by the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers. (NACCFI) at the Diplomat level, the highest of the four credentialing tiers. Additionally, Hollie serves as a state-wide trainer for the Colorado Children’s Alliance, training new forensic interviewers in Colorado.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Meagan received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2014 and began working with DCAC as an intern in 2013. Before joining the team, Meagan interned with Denver Urban Scholars and worked with the Fostering Healthy Futures research team at the Kempe Center. Prior to pursuing her education, she also had the opportunity to volunteer with domestic violence organizations, and with homeless and orphaned children in the U.S., Ecuador, and Mexico. Currently, Meagan provides reflective supervision to home visitors and treatment and parent education to parents and caregivers through DCAC's community partnership with Clayton Early Learning. At DCAC, Meagan has specialized in working with survivors of sexual abuse and children with sexualized behaviors and enjoys incorporating mindfulness and movement in work with clients and families. Thanks to opportunities provided through DCAC, Meagan has been trained in various treatment modalities, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), PSB-CBT (Problematic Sexual Behaviors Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy).
Bilingual Child and Family Therapist
Emma joined the DCAC team of therapists in early 2020. She has been working with children and families for the past decade and is passionate about supporting those who are dealing with trauma. A Colorado native, Emma first learned about Children’s Advocacy Centers as an intern at one of the advocacy centers in New Orleans while earning her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Tulane University. She is excited to be a therapist at a CAC here in Denver. Emma is a licensed social worker who received her Masters in Social Work from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has experience working with children of all ages at schools, at a residential treatment center, with neurodiverse kids, and with victims of domestic violence. Prior to coming to DCAC, Emma was a family advocate at SafeHouse Denver where she supported victims of domestic violence and their children through crisis and case management. Currently, Emma does therapy with clients at DCAC as well as in a Denver elementary school and provides mental health consultation to Head Start programs in Adams County.
Bilingual Forensic Interviewer
Dulce joined DCAC in 2011 as a Bilingual Prevention Specialist. Prior to DCAC, Dulce had 4 years of experience working with kids and families. She worked with Family Tree as a Supervising Specialist for the Adams County Human Services Program. Quickly after starting at DCAC, she put her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice to work by training as a Victim Advocate and Forensic Interviewer. For the past 8 years Dulce has been 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 and Family Therapist
Peter graduated from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social work in 2019, specializing in family systems. He is particularly interested in the intersections of trauma, social justice, and environmental justice, which led him to work in healthful food access here in Denver before beginning his clinical work at an organization specializing in grieving children and their families. He has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is constantly seeking new ways to learn and grow, both personally and professionally.
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist
Kirsten is a licensed counselor and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Kirsten holds a Bachelor’s in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Kirsten has worked as a therapist in a variety of settings including in a Child & Adolescent Residential Treatment Center and on an Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Unit. Since joining DCAC in 2015, Kirsten has developed a passion for working with adolescents and has dedicated herself to developing her therapeutic skills in order to provide effective and compassionate therapy for clients and their families.