Team Members

  • Najma Johnson

    Najma Johnson, MA, is currently the Executive Director at DAWN. Najma earned their BA in Deaf Studies and MA in Mental Health Counseling at Gallaudet University. Najma provides support to Deaf anti-violence programs across the country through the Center on Victimization...
  • Raylene Lotz

    As the Deaf Access Liaison, Raylene Lotz coordinates sign language interpreting services, provides interpreting services herself, and works to promote Deaf language access, equity, and inclusion within the broader victim services field. Raylene is a Certified Deaf Interpreter. Raylene has...
  • Leslie Myers

    Leslie Myers joined Vera in October 2010 as a Senior Program Associate for the Accessing Safety Initiative (ASI). She provides technical assistance to grantees. Leslie also collaborates on the OVW national grant on Improving the Accessibility of OVW Funded Technical...
  • Kaitlin Shetler

    As a Licensed Master Social Worker, Kaitlin has over 10 years’ experience working with vulnerable populations. During her senior year in undergrad, she managed the domestic violence shelter in her college’s small town. After college, she spent a year working...
  • Nancy Smith

    Nancy Smith directs the Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice. She designs and oversees the Center’s work to center survivors of crime who are marginalized from healing services and system-based responses to violence. A main...
  • Olga Trujillo

    Olga Trujillo is a Project Manager for the Center on Victimization and Safety. Olga is an attorney, trainer, internationally renowned speaker and author who has devoted her career to helping advocates, first responders and others in the field better understand...