Rebecca Weybright, Executive Director
Becky joined the SARA staff in October 2012. She worked previously in this field with the YWCA Women’s Advocacy Program in Richmond and with Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault, which was then the state-wide coalition of sexual assault crisis centers. She also worked as the Executive Director for the Charlottesville Free Clinic and the Community Children’s Dental Center. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jennifer McKeever, Administrative Professional
Jennifer comes to SARA from the Charlottesville City School Board, where she continues to represent the citizens of Charlottesville and various volunteer efforts. Jennifer has a law degree and is a member of the local and state bar. She is excited to support the team here at SARA.
Dr. Amanda N. Trent, Psy.D., LCP, Clinical Director
Amanda joined the SARA staff in January 2017 after moving to the Charlottesville area from the Hampton Roads area. Originally from Michigan, Amanda moved to Virginia Beach in 2005 to complete her graduate school training at Regent University where she received both her Master’s and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Since being licensed as a Clinical Psychologist, she has worked in private practice with children, teens, and adults, providing individual therapy, psychological testing, neurofeedback, and group therapy. She also has experience as a Clinical Director of a community-based mental health agency in Newport News, VA. Amanda is currently an adjunct professor and loves to teach and mentor clinicians-in-training. One of her specialties is using principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in her work with clients and is excited about bringing that clinical focus to groups at SARA. She also specializes in spiritually-integrated therapy which helps clients develop their spiritual resources and use their faith as a way to cope and experience post-traumatic growth. Amanda has also been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR Level 1, Sexual Identity Therapy Level 1 by M. Yarhouse, and infralow neurofeedback training. She is a member of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and is a certified Disaster Therapist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist, and Clinical Traumatologist. Amanda is passionate about providing excellent clinical care to survivors of sexual abuse and educating other professionals and students in trauma-informed practices.
Gayle Davies, Child Advocate
Gayle comes to SARA with a Bachelors degree in Education from University of Montana (1990). During her first position as Science teacher at an alternative High School, she found a great passion for students who are struggling. Since then she has worked with Teen Moms, at-risk youth and students with disabilities. With deep interest in issues that influence how children come to view themselves and others, she answers a call to help children in role as Child Advocate by helping to identify and facilitate supports they need to build and resiliency and confidence in themselves.
Gleibys Gonzalez Adult Advocate
Gleibys Gonzalez joined SARA as the Direct Services Advocate in April of 2016. After graduating college, she worked for Legal Aid here in Charlottesville, and also volunteered at domestic violence shelters in Staunton and Charlottesville. She left Legal Aid to attend American University, Washington College of Law, where she served on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, co-president of the Women’s Law Association, and received her JD in 2002. After graduating law school Gleibys spent several years at home caring and advocating for her son, who was diagnosed with autism. In 2008 she went to work at the Baha’i Office of Public Affairs in Washington DC, where she served as the Representative for the Advancement of Women. As the AOW representative, Gleibys worked in collaboration with other NGOs to advance treaties, legislation, and policy that focused on women’s rights, such as the Convention on the Elimination on all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Violence Against Women Act, and the International Violence Against Women Act. Gleibys is bi-lingual in Spanish, a very busy mom of two and a passionate advocate for trauma survivors.
Lindsay Detlie, Therapist
Lindsay has been involved in gender-based violence work since 2008 and completed her Masters in Social Work in May 2015. Her volunteer work with a domestic and sexual violence agency developed a deep passion for serving survivors and eventually prompted her to pursue her masters in social work with a clinical concentration. While in grad school, she interned for the adoptions unit at Richmond Department of Social Services where she worked with families who hoped to finalize adoptions with current foster children. In her final year in the master’s program, Lindsay interned at the YWCA Richmond. There she gained experience as a therapist and worked with adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She works from a psychodynamic foundation and has been trained in TF-CBT. Lindsay is currently pursuing training in play and expressive therapies to integrate into her therapeutic work. She will also be begin EMDR training in the fall of 2016 and is currently working toward LCSW licensure with the Virginia Board of Social Work.
Sheri Owen, Director, Community Outreach
Sheri received her undergraduate and Master’s degree from Radford University in Music Therapy with a concentration in voice performance. Upon graduation, she worked at Old Dominion University and The College of William and Mary in Residence Life where she responded to sexual assaults on campus. While at Old Dominion University, she helped develop and was co-founder of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System of self-defense. For the next ten years, she traveled and trained police departments all over the country to teach the RAD System for women and children in their communities. She comes to SARA after working for the City of Charlottesville and is thrilled to be back working with an amazing organization whose mission is to eliminate sexual violence.
Roy Fitch, Outreach Advocate
Roy comes to SARA with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from James Madison University (2001) and was fortunate to be a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Charlottesville class. Roy is a native of Charlottesville. After a stint in Home Healthcare as an Administrative Assistant and then ultimately a Billing Specialist, Roy went on to work at MACAA (Monticello Area Community Action Agency) with the Head Start preschool program. Roy initially began as the Information Reporting Specialist in 2009 but became the Family Advocate Manager of Head Start January 2013. His job was two-fold, managing the program’s family advocates (caseworkers) and the family engagement/parent involvement component of the program, while also overseeing the ERSEA (student selection/enrollment) component. Roy joined SARA December 2016 in a newly funded/created Outreach Advocate position. He loves serving people in the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle and its surrounding counties and is excited to continue to do so with the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.
Lexie Huston, Crisis Services Coordinator
Originally from Illinois, Lexie graduated in 2013 from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She spent most of her undergraduate career working in housing and other aspects of student affairs. From there, Lexie worked as a Residence Hall Director at a small liberal arts college in Green Bay, WI. In her role, she had the opportunity to challenge students throughout the discovery of themselves with social justice and diversity trainings. Lexie's motto is "share love," and she believes that every person deserves safe, healthy, and positive love. She is excited for a new adventure in Charlottesville and hopes to educate and empower people towards the elimination of sexual violence."
Laurie Jean Seaman, Director of Prevention
Since 2010, Laurie Jean has served as our Prevention Educator, helping adolescents, schools, parents, and youth-serving organizations prevent first-time perpetration of sexual violence among the next generation. Laurie Jean holds a Bachelors in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. After graduation, as the Housing Operations Manager for Polaris Project, Laurie Jean supported the healing of survivors of sex trafficking in Washington, DC. Her work with survivors of sex trafficking and sexual assault has led her to believe that prevention is not optional, but necessary. A strong proponent of affirmative consent and social norms change through community action, she works with the community to make it a place where all people are treated with dignity and worth, where empathy and listening are practiced by all and for all, and where it is common to speak out for gender equality and healthy sexuality.
Karmen Matusek, Prevention Educator
Originally from Pennsylvania, Karmen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies from King’s College in 2012. From there, she attended Old Dominion University and earned her Master of Arts degree in International Studies, as well as a Certificate in Women’s Studies. While at Old Dominion University, Karmen focused her studies on sex trafficking and identifying the cultural, gender, and societal factors that feed into the vulnerability of individuals to being trafficked. Karmen also worked in the Old Dominion University Women’s Center, where she served as the Graduate Assistant for the Sexual Assault & Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) program. In this role, she advised the M-Power Peer Education Network, responsible for educating the Old Dominion University community at-large on issues of interpersonal violence. This role, in combination with her studies, helped Karmen to develop a passion for these issues and further her belief that education is a necessary tool in igniting social and cultural change.”
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