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, Somerville Community Action Television, Somerville Home and the Somerville Rotary and 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, Chief Financial Officer
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, High Risk Program 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.
Jasmine Lopez, Director of Development and Communications
Ms. Lopez brings over 10 years of experience in fundraising, community organizing, event coordination, and media relations to the Director of Development and Communications role where she is charged with expanding the organization’s financial standing and increasing public visibility. Ms. Lopez began her career as a Community Organizer and Fund Developer for AmeriCorps VISTA in the community center of a diverse, low-income community in Rhode Island. Intrigued by the power of organized action within traditionally disadvantaged populations, Ms. Lopez moved on to Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts as the Development & Communications Associate, then as the Strategic Communications Organizer. She holds a B.S. in Legal Studies and Spanish from Roger Williams University, as well as a Master of Public Health with a Health Law and Human Rights focus from Boston University. In addition, she completed the two-year Diversity Fellowship organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals MA Chapter. Ms. Lopez held positions on the Boston Women’s Fund Board of Directors and the Women’s Pipeline for Change Oversight and Planning Board.
Amanda Reichmuth, Chief Programs Officer
Ms Reichmuth is responsible for oversight, direction and growth of RESPOND’s programs and services. She brings to this role 7 years of experience in both the non-profit and Government sectors. Ms. Reichmuth has experience in domestic violence shelter operations, community support services, legal systems and courthouses. Domestic violence is a public health issue Ms. Reichmuth is passionate about. She began this work as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with Vincentian Service Corps in a Domestic Violence Shelter in San Francisco. Amanda holds a B.S. in Communication Arts with Minors in Business and International Relations as well as an M.A. in Sociology from St. John’s University.