Jessica C. Brayden, Chief Executive Officer
Selected by the Board of Directors in early 2008, Jessica Brayden brings over 20 years of not-for-profit management experience to New England’s first domestic violence agency. Serving as the Executive Director, Ms. Brayden oversees all aspects of programs and management ensuring efficiency, fiscal and service accountability, and the organization’s innovative growth. Ms. Brayden’s career has focused on program development and stabilization and she has distinguished herself through creative change management and strategic programmatic growth. Ms. Brayden has been an advocate for healthy communities, not only by providing safety to all those experiencing domestic violence, but also addressing the many social dynamics that contribute to domestic violence. Ms. Brayden is active in the local community, serving on several boards including the Somerville Chamber of Commerce and Riverside Community Care. She has received numerous awards for her leadership, including the coveted Fox 25 Hometown Hero Award. Ms. Brayden is a sought-after domestic violence expert, often asked for her commentary on related issues from the local print and broadcast media such as WBUR, WCVB, WFXT, The Boston Globe, Somerville Journal and periodicals such as Working Mother Magazine. Ms. Brayden holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Salem State College and a Master of Business Administration from Endicott College.
Darcie DeLuca, Director of Finance and Administration
Ms. DeLuca is responsible for overseeing RESPOND’s finance, human resources and information technology functions. She brings over 15 years of financial experience in both for profit and nonprofit industries. Ms. DeLuca has expertise in financial control and reporting, audit, budget creation/monitoring and deposit and loan operations. Her experience includes risk management, budgeting and asset/liability management. Ms. DeLuca holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Suffolk University and a Master of Business Administration from Endicott College.
Victoria Helberg, Law Enforcement Partnership Coordinator
Victoria Helberg has been providing services to survivors of domestic violence for the past 10 years. She is a passionate and dedicated support to our clients and our staff. During her tenure at RESPOND she has worked with survivors from all over the world and helped them find success. Ms. Helberg is certified to conduct and score high risk assessments. She has provided numerous trainings in the community on domestic violence, high risk assessment and safety planning. Ms. Helberg has years of experience working alongside law-enforcement and district courts. Prior to beginning her work at RESPOND, Ms. Helberg worked in child care administration. She has worked with at-risk families for the past 25+ years. During this time she has established working relationships with many community partners. These relationships are life-saving when working with the high risk survivors, allowing her to make quick and smooth connections to the needed services. Ms. Helberg has dedicated her career to addressing short-term and long-term safety needs of survivors of domestic violence.
Mike Kordosky, Residential Services Coordinator
Mr. Kordosky is responsible for managing RESPOND’s Residential Services including the Emergency Shelter Program, Safe Housing Program and Children’s Services Program. He has expertise working with populations touched by trauma and organic mental illness. Prior to working at RESPOND Mr. Kordosky worked at a therapeutic, residential boarding school for at-risk youth. His exposure to teen dating violence inspired him to work on the front lines with domestic abuse survivors. He has a passion for staff development, cultural competency, activity planning, programmatic safety and minimization of risk. Mr. Kordosky holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Boston University and a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.
Eliza Hopkins, Community Intervention and Education Coordinator
Eliza Hopkins coordinates the many community-based services that RESPOND offers, ranging from counseling sessions to school workshops to volunteer trainings. Having started at RESPOND as a Domestic Violence Counselor based at the emergency shelter, she has worked with survivors in all stages of their journey to healing. Drawing on a background in gender studies and youth education, Ms. Hopkins brings 5+ years of experience working with diverse communities, analyzing cultural views on sex and intimate relationships, and building curricula to connect with youth. As a coordinator and counselor, she values the empowerment model of service, centering survivors in their own stories and placing control back in their hands. She believes that strong connections, and being able to share your story freely and safely, are some of the most powerful antidotes to violence and abuse. Ms. Hopkins holds a BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Yale University.
Jennifer Wolter, Community Corrections Response Coordinator
Ms. Wolter oversees the development of our work with Sheriffs’ Departments and the Department of Correction, including the inaugural Survivors of Abuse Feeling Empowered for Re-entry (S.A.F.E.R.) program at the Suffolk County House of Correction. She has over 15 years experience in education, both as a teacher and school administrator. While in these positions, she worked closely with young adults who had experienced trauma, and she worked with the youth to build leadership, health and wellness programming and support to the youth in building community. This passion led her to RESPOND Inc where she enjoys helping empower others to follow their passions and live happy, healthy lives. She now works to expand our reach and build stronger, trauma-informed, gender-specific support for both men and women in custody. Jennifer recognizes the complex relationship between victimization and criminalization. She works hard to provide maximum support for inmates and detainees who have experienced abuse and to set them up with skills and resources for success after their release from custody. She has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and is a Certified Teacher in Massachusetts. She is excited to continue to share her compassion for others through counseling and program development at RESPOND.
Kate Deming, Development and Engagement Coordinator
Ms. Deming is responsible for coordination of development and communications, including fundraising, events and media. She has 7+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector in the Greater Boston area and has a passion for serving her local community. She holds a BA in International and Area Studies from Washington University in St Louis.