Meet, Stephanie, Our New Latinx Program Co-Manager!

 

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie Colorado to the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team in her new role as Latinx Program Co-Manager! Stephanie has been connected with us for quite some time now, and we are so excited to have her back as a core member of our team. Keep reading to learn more about her experience with us and the larger anti-violence movement:

Stephanie started out as a volunteer with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. in the summer of 2012 and has worked with survivors of domestic violence ever since.  She also is a Sexual Assault 10532463_10101091247198778_1536387025699013486_nCounselor at San Francisco Women Against Rape, where she worked as a Survivor Advocate supporting survivors of sexual violence.  She is now working as the Latina Program Co-Manager offering in-depth case management to Spanish-speaking survivors.

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Stephanie comenzó como voluntaria con W.O.M.A.N., Inc. en el verano de 2012 y ha trabajado con sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica desde entonces. También es Consejera de Asalto Sexual con Mujeres Contra la Violación Sexual de San Francisco, donde trabajó con sobrevivientes de violencia sexual. Ahora trabaja como Co-Directora del Programa Latina ofreciendo manejo de casos a profundidad para sobrevivientes.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Advocate Highlight: Lucy Chen

1) How long have you been involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?unnamed-1

I have been involved with W.O.M.A.N. Inc., for almost 4 years I believe.

2) What have been your roles at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?

I have been a crisis counselor volunteer and a case manager assistant for Paola during Latina Program. I have also volunteered in some administrative areas like grant research and participated in different meetings and events from the community.

3) How did you come into domestic violence field?

In city college giving DV presentations to college and high school students.  After my associate degree in Psychology I decided to volunteer in W.O.M.A.N., Inc and get involved in anti-violence work.

4) What do you enjoy most about your work at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.? What do you love most about working with survivors? 

I enjoy being part of a great team that supports their staff and volunteers with any concerns or questions. I love the strength and wisdom I gain from each survivor I work with. Each of their stories are filled with so much courage and love despite adversities. It is an honor for me to serve them and that, in itself, motivates me to continue this work. 🙂

5) Can you share a fun fact about yourself? 

A fun fact: Im obsessed with science fiction and cute animals

Staff Highlight: Alicia Padillapaz

1) How long have you been working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
I was a volunteer for W.O.M.A.N. Inc for a little under a year and a half and then went to work for The Riley Center for an additional year and a half. I always stayed in touch with the staff here as they are all amazing and do tremendous work. I’m glad to be back as part of the team!
2) What do you do at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
 I assist in the volunteer training and will begin recruiting and interviewing volunteers for our upcoming training. I also oversee the Education and Outreach program along with providing support on the crisis line and drop ins as needed.
3) How did you come into this profession?IMG_6443
My mom was a volunteer for W.O.M.A.N. Inc, and a Case Manager for They Riley Center a little over 20 years ago so I’ve pretty much been an advocate since I was little. I’m passionate about Social Justice. During my undergrad at SFSU, I interned for a prevention education program called The S.A.F.E. Place (Sexual Abuse Free Environment) and became interested in working with survivors of Domestic Violence. I absolutely love supporting survivors whether it be providing peer counseling, referrals or advocacy. One of the many parts I love about this position is I also get to train incoming volunteers and community members and provide them the training and education they need to provide support for survivors in their communities.
4) What are you looking forward to as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. continues to grow?
I look forward to seeing our programs reach all communities and of course educating more community members to serve survivors and their families. I’m proud to be a part of this movement!
5) What do you enjoy most about working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?
STAFF! I feel blessed to work with an amazing team! The work environment here is very empowering and supportive and I love the energy in the office. I enjoy working with the wonderful pool of volunteers and working with all the various agencies in our community!  I am truly honored to work with an agency who’s mission and values reflect my passion.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Staff Highlight: Joy LeRoy

1) How long have you been working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?

I completed the forty-hour training in March of 2013 and began volunteering on the support line shortly thereafter. At the beginning of September 2014, I was offered a paid position here.photo

2) What do you do at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?

I am the Support Line Program assistant, so I handle scheduling advocates for coverage for the support line and I still take support line shifts.
3) How did you come into this profession?

I took a few women’s studies classes at City College of San Francisco and one of the classes required me to volunteer at a CBO or community based organization such as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. I thought that I had missed the deadline to participate in the forty-hour training so I had resigned myself to being a short-term volunteer, but when I came in for my interview I was asked if I wanted to attend the training and become an actual volunteer. I gladly accepted and I’ve been a volunteering ever since. Then in September I was offered a staff position, which I saw as an opportunity to become more involved and knowledgeable about W.O.M.A.N., Inc. and the work that we do.

4) What are you looking forward to as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. continues to grow?

I look forward to being able to find survivors from any background resources to help them be safer, happier, and free from violence!

5) What do you enjoy most about working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?

The thing I enjoy the most about working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is the freedom I feel to be myself!

Staff Highlight: Stephanie Colorado

1) How long have you been working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?

WI Support Line Program Assistant Stephanie

WI Support Line Program Assistant Stephanie

I first became involved with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. during their summer volunteer training in 2012.

2) What do you do at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?

For now, I am currently the Co-Interim Latina Program Manager, where I am able to work with monolingual survivors through case management and any support they might need. I am also Co-Support Line Assistant as well Backup Advocate for the support line, which includes helping survivors through the 24-hour support line (1-415-864-4777)

3) How did you come into this profession?

I came into this profession with wanting to help people in the community. I wanted to be able to provide support for people of my community as well as learning more about Domestic Violence and how to best help survivors along the way.

4) What are you looking forward to as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. continues to grow?

As W.O.M.A.N., Inc. grows, I am looking forward to how they can educate others around Domestic Violence as well as creating awareness in our communities, also helping our community members become allies. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is an amazing organization and I am very honored to be part of their team.

Staff Highlight – Adilia Preciado

Adilia - Staff HighlightHow long have you been working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?

I’ve been with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for a little over a year but I have only started working with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for a couple of weeks now 🙂

What do you do at W.O.M.A.N., Inc. ?

I am Latina Program Assistant, so I work with monolingual Spanish speaking survivors. I also help out with drop in hours and crisis line when needed.

How did you come into this profession?

I heard about the training through a friend (also a W.O.M.A.N., Inc. advocate) and was interested from the start. I have always liked helping others out that I kinda just fell into this profession naturally and have been doing it ever since. It just feels like a perfect fit.

What are you looking forward to as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. continues to grow?

I think just growing along with it. I think that so far being with W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for a year I have learned so much! I’m excited to keep on growing as an advocate and as a person and am definitely excited to see W.O.M.A.N., Inc. grow.

What do you enjoy most about working at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.?

Definitely everyone I work with. Everyone in the office is AMAZING! and super hilarious!! It’s a great place to come and work. Everyone is always willing to help when you are unsure about something. Everyone can be silly but serious when they have to be, something that is very enjoyable.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Welcomes Our New Educational Development Manager!

imageIt’s my pleasure to welcome Maureen Egan on board as our new Educational Development Manager. Maureen has a long history with W.O.M.A.N., Inc., having served as our Crisis Line Director between 2006 and 2008 and as a Marriage & Family Therapy Intern between 2005 and 2008. In addition, Maureen has an extensive background that has allowed her to connect with a variety of community agencies. She worked with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic concentrating on substance abuse issues and also at San Mateo Correctional Health Services offering support to inmates dealing with mental health issues. In addition, she teaches a course on Family Violence at Golden Gate University.

As Educational Development Manager, Maureen will be able to combine all of these experiences and bring new life to our trainings and educational curriculum. Maureen says, “I bring enthusiasm and care to my work and I truly enjoy working on teams.” This enthusiasm coupled with her work experience has brought a new energy to W.O.M.A.N., Inc. We are excited to see how she will make the position her own, work with our team, and develop our educational efforts.

Welcome Maureen!