Katherine Salazar, Board Chair
Katherine is an expert in marketing FDA regulated products direct to consumer. She has spent the last 15 years of her career developing and executing marketing campaigns for major consumer package goods and pharmaceutical companies. Her focus has been on Hispanic and cause marketing campaigns that have led brands to growth in very competitive segments. Most recently, she formed her own consulting company where she partners with C-Suite teams of start-up to mid-sized companies advising them on commercialization, business development plans, and global marketing strategies.
She is a mother of a wonderful little boy, a domestic violence survivor, and a doctor of business administration. She devotes her spare time to raising her son and she uses her personal experience as a survivor to help other women find freedom from abuse.
Vicky Hales, Vice Chair
Vicky has been a banker with UMB Bank for over 30 years. She partners with her clients to help them achieve financial success. She has held many different positions at UMB, including her current role as VP/Branch Manager II which allows her to coach her team to success. Vicky has been recognized in her company for her service to her community and for outstanding performance in her role.
Vicky is passionate about volunteering her time to non-profit organizations. She has held many board positions, volunteers regularly with neighborhood groups in Denver’s Capitol Hill community, and is a past full-time volunteer with the USO. Vicky has won many awards for her volunteer efforts including the Service to Mankind award presented by the Littleton SERTOMA club for 2009-2010. Vicky’s interest in helping DV victims stems from a childhood spent witnessing DV in the home.
Vicky enjoys her family roles of wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoys camping in the beautiful Colorado mountains, spending time with her family, cooking, and travel.
Cheryl Davis, M.A., LPC., Secretary
Ms. Davis was the Manager and Program Director for the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) at the Division of Criminal Justice for 15 years, retiring in 2016. Ms. Davis also served on the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board for thirteen years. She has extensive experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims and survivors, domestic violence offender treatment, management and containment issues. Her experience includes 28 years of providing trainings at the national, state and local level. Throughout her tenure Ms. Davis has played an active role in a variety of initiatives to promote system wide criminal justice and state government improvements for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Kristi Hall-Jiran, Treasurer
Kristi Hall-Jiran serves as Executive Vice-President and Chief Philanthropy and Partnership Officer of Altru Health System in Grand Forks, a regional healthcare provider employing over 3,500 health professionals and support staff, and serving over 200,000 residents in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Kristi is a visionary leader who is passionate about the power of generosity to heal our communities. She leads system-wide philanthropic and community engagement initiatives, including oversight of Altru Health Foundation, with assets of over $15 million.
Kristi is a fearless optimist dedicated to continuous quality and safety improvement at the broad system level alongside the provision of world-class care at the individual patient level. Her passion for generosity can be felt from the moment you meet her as she leads with a genuine spirit of compassion and care for others.
Prior to joining Altru, Kristi served as President/CEO of the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) in Grand Forks, leading CVIC from a six-staff, crisis-focused agency to a 74-staff, multi-program organization using evidence-based programming to intervene in and end violence. Under Kristi’s leadership, Grand Forks won both national and regional awards for its innovative efforts in reducing childhood exposure to violence. Kristi serves on the board of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Empire Arts Center, and the a UND College of Business and Public Administration Advisory Council. She has served as a federal grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice, chair of The Chamber Board of Directors, past president of Sharon Lutheran Church, a founding member of the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation, and on the Bush Foundation ND Advisory Committee.
A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from UND and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Health from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, Kristi is married to Brent Jiran, a teacher at Schroeder Middle School. They have three daughters. Kristi believes strongly in a balanced and healthy lifestyle, a holistic view of our community and world, and in always taking time to laugh!
Tracy Brack, RN, BSN, CTSS
Tracy brings to the board of directors over 16 years of experience in domestic violence education and advocacy. She is registered nurse, a certified trauma support specialist and a certified relationship health educator. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama. She has worked in some of the top level I trauma centers in the county. such as Yale Hospital in New Haven CT. She currently serves as the founding executive director of Finally Set Free, a that serves the survivors of domestic violence in the State of Georgia.
She is passionate about prevention being an integral part of the conversation when it comes to domestic violence. Her passion is youth education, helping our youth understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. In addition to her duties of Executive Director, she facilitates youth workshops on healthy relationships for ages from middle school through college. She also facilities custom workshops on topics involving domestic violence for community organizations, churches, businesses, and civic groups.
She has served on The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in Ocean Springs MS. She has dedicated her time, her skills and knowledge to volunteer for the Bethesda Free Health Clinic in Ocean Springs MS as a community health educator. She has also volunteered her time working with young women who are victims of or at risk for human sex trafficking at the residential program Wellsprings Living in the metro- Atlanta area.
Her dedication to victims and survivors of domestic violence started over 30 years ago when a close friend of hers was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. That event would shape and mold her life as committed domestic violence advocate. She would once again be changed and challenged when she became a survivor of domestic violence years later. She uses her experience, compassion, and her hard-fought wisdom as a survivor to assist other survivors mend the shattered pieces of their lives. In her past time, she enjoys freelance writing, listening to jazz and planning her next travel destination.
Christine M. Cocchiola, LCSW
Christine M. Cocchiola, has been a social justice advocate since the age of 19 at a local domestic violence/sexual assault agency where she remains a volunteer. She is a college professor teaching social work, her expertise in the areas of intimate partner violence, trauma, and child abuse, developing and presenting workshops on these topics both regionally and nationally. She is a 2022 candidate for a Doctorate in Social Welfare, attending New York University; her Capstone Project on Coercive Control and the impact that this abuse has on adult and child victims. Christine, an advocate on the state level for coercive control legislation including CT’s Jennifers’ Law, has been a guest on numerous podcasts related to coercive control. She has a private practice, recently completing a research study on the experiences of victims of coercive control. The mom of two amazing young adults, she hopes to continue to educate victims on how best to support children who have experienced coercive control.
David is a Co-Founder and Partner of LG&P, a global in-store marketing agency twice named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Hot 100” Fastest Growing companies in the USA. David’s responsibilities include ownership of the strategic vision for the agency and management of the research, marketing and client service organizations. Prior to co-founding LG&P, David was Executive Vice President and Director of HMG Worldwide, in New York City, where his responsibilities included management of the company’s national sales and marketing organizations and integration of strategic acquisitions.
David brings not only his twenty-eight years of business and entrepreneurial knowledge to NCADV, but also his personal first-hand experience dealing with domestic violence as a child witness. David and his wife were both raised in Toronto and relocated to New Jersey in 1994 where they live today along with their two children.
Melody Madaris brings over a decade of professional experience to NCADV’s board of directors. Melody’s impressive educational background consists of a Bachelor's degree in Human Development, and Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, and is currently working towards a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Amridge University. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with training in both EMDR and ART therapies. Soon Melody will also be a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.
A survivor of domestic violence and mother of two, Melody volunteers as a firefighter and holds positions on multiple boards.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Rose, now retired, was the Executive Director, of *A New Hope Center (ANHC), in Tioga County New York since its founding in the spring of 1986. She developed all aspects of this well-known domestic violence and sexual assault program which opened with a single staff person and grew to one with 16-20 staff and many programs. Rose has written and trained extensively on various aspects of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as economic justice, anti-racism, classism, and other oppressions.
Rose is a co-founder of the NY Model for Batterer Programs Model, and developed one of the earliest domestic violence coordinated community response networks in New York while developing the batterer program work.
She also oversaw the development of the first pet rescue related to domestic violence project in the northeast. Rose is a well-known writer and trainer and has received numerous awards for her work. She has also served on several other boards, including the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In her retirement she remains committed to social justice activism.
Keri Norris, Ph.D., MPH, MCHES is the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority's (FDHA) Chief of Health Policy and Administration, where she oversees the Community Health Awareness and Prevention Office and general operation matters.
Prior to coming to The FDHA, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control for seven years and held positions as a health scientist, evaluator and epidemiologist. She has also served on the advisory council for the CDC's University School of Public Health Research and Medicine. She has extensive and specific experience in the areas of eliminating health disparities for the Appalachian, Latino/Hispanic, older, African-American, American Indian and Asian Pacific Islander and other vulnerable populations in the United States. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions of higher learning such as the University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott, Spelman and Morehouse School of Medicine.
She has earned numerous awards and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Agnes Scott, a Masters of Public Health in Health Administration, Management and Policy from Morehouse School of Medicine's Master of Public health Program, and a certificate of graduate study in Gender and Women's Studies from University of South Carolina. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Norris is also a motivational speaker and author. Her book "The Other Side of Thru" (pen name Payne Nickerson) focuses on the challenges of poverty, childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and survival. She spends a great deal of her time as an advocate for underserved communities and performing community service.
Aaron B. Steed
Aaron started Meathead Movers in 1997 as a way to make money while going to school and to support himself while being a competitive wrestler. Always wanting to be the best on and off the mat, he strived to create the best moving company by utilizing clean-cut, drug-free, student athlete movers who are professionally-trained. Meathead has grown to become the largest independent moving company in California with over 700+ employees and 120+ trucks. Currently, Meathead has six operation centers in Central and Southern California and three storage facilities with plans to expand in the future.
As a former wrestling Coach, Aaron is always looking for ways to teach leadership among his team. As such, Aaron has led his team to land on the Inc. 5000 “Fastest growing companies in the US” list for eight years in a row, making them the top 2% of fastest growing companies in the country. Aaron has also been recognized as Small Business Administration’s “Young Entrepreneur of the Year,” and the White House’s “Top 100 Entrepreneurs” under the age of 35 who are making a difference. His passion for serving the community is reflected in his company, as well as in his work on the board of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and for the Dignity Health French Hospital. He is also the Founder of the MoveToEndDV movement, which has inspired hundreds of businesses all over the world to give back to domestic violence programs.
Outside of work, Aaron is a 2x California State Finalist for Greco Roman and Freestyle Wrestling, has a 3-0 professional record in MMA, and is a Blue Belt National IBJJF Champion. Aaron also enjoys spending time with his wife, Mimi, and son Brody in San Luis Obispo, California.
A national trainer to police executives, patrol officers, training officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, social service providers, healthcare professionals and victim advocates in all 50 states for over 30 years. An international lecturer at police academies in Australia, Canada, Germany, England, Northern Ireland, Russia, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Georgia, the Federated States of Micronesia, China, the Islands of the Bahamas, Brazil, Turkey, Cyprus and Singapore. He is a survivor, enabling him to teach both effectively and passionately. In short, Mark is devoted to ending family violence as a police officer, detective, educator, program supervisor, and now consultant and adviser.
The NCADV board works annually to determine fair and reasonable compensation for the NCADV CEO. The board considers many variables and factors. These include IRS and other entities standards and polices. As well, they use benchmarks, salary surveys and performance indicators. The Board has a performance and compensation committee and a written plan. The board records approaches and decisions and uses sound judgment and practice to attract and retain a quality leader.
Effective October 6, 2022, The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) have joined together. To learn more about this exciting venture, to expand the eco-system of holistic and inclusive support for survivors and advocates, please visit Project Opal.