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 Media Center, 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.
Danielle Kempe, Chief Development Officer
As Chief Development Officer, Ms. Kempe provides administrative guidance, strategic direction and staff/volunteer supervision to all RESPOND fundraising and communication efforts and oversees the management of all grant funding programs. Ms. Kempe collaborates closely with the Leadership Team to develop cultivation strategies, build relationships and increase funding to support RESPOND’s mission. Ms. Kempe is a fundraising generalist with over 11 years of experience including grant writing, peer-to-peer fundraising, direct mail writing, cause branding campaigns, and donor stewardship. Previous nonprofit employers include Belle of the Ball, Coats for Kids, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Organization for Rare Disorders, and The Lady Project. She currently serves on the membership committee for Women in Development of Greater Boston, is a Delegate in City Awake Boston, a board member for RACE Cancer Foundation, and a past President of Boston Women Communicators. In 2016, she spoke at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference on a panel titled, “How Nonprofit Staff Can Regain Control of Their Work Lives and Get Better Results”. Ms. Kempe holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications from Emmanuel College.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Wolter, Coordinator of Community Based Services
Ms. Wolter Coordinates the many Community Based Services of RESPOND Inc. 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, she was compelled by the struggle the youth had to obtain an education while dealing with traumatic lives outside of the classroom. She worked with the youth to build leadership, health and wellness programming, and support the youth in supporting each other. This passion led her to RESPOND Inc and the work of educating and training adults and teens about Domestic Violence. She has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and is a Certified Teacher in Massachusetts. She enjoys helping empower others to follow their passions and live happy, healthy lives. She is excited to continue to share her compassion for others through counseling and education with RESPOND.
Jassie-Fredcia Senwah, Residential Services Coordinator
Jassie-Fredcia Senwah is the Coordinator of Residential Services of RESPOND Inc. She is responsible for supporting survivors in our shelter and on the hotline. This work runs the gamut from bringing survivors out of danger and into shelter to helping clients coordinate with DCF, learning how to stay safer and helping residents find independent housing. Ms. Senwah also supports RESPOND staff and all of the many programs that the RESPOND shelter provides including support group, case management and children’s programming. Ms. Senwah brings to this role a strong understanding of residential work and survivor needs having held the position of direct care staff in a domestic violence emergency shelter where she worked with residents as well as staffed the hotline. Additionally, she has over 7 years of experience working as a Victim Witness Advocate for Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. During her tenure she worked with survivors of domestic violence, gang violence, and family members of homicide victims. Ms. Senwah is a passionate supporter of the clients RESPOND serves as well as the staff she supervises. Immigrating from Liberia, West Africa, a country torn by decades of war, poverty and violence, she has always been passionate about helping people overcome trauma and violence. She has worked with nonprofits and led community organizations for over 10 years.
Jassie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Pre-Law from Albright College in Reading PA. She also has a paralegal certification and a dual Master’s in Public Administration and Crime and Justice Studies from Suffolk University with a focus on nonprofit, leadership, and critical victimology.