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, 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, 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.
Kate Deming, Development Associate
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.