Una (she/they), also known as Luna, has 11 years of domestic violence and self-advocacy experience. Una believes in inspiring and empowering people to believe in their inner-potential, and helping support individuals to begin their healing journeys, and start their new lives. Una’s responsibilities include, providing direct advocacy, staying on top of internal and external resources, and offering immediate resources to survivors and local community organizations.
Una is a foodie, but dislikes cooking. Una loves to adventure, listen to music, and dance and sing like no one is watching.
“Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.”
Karina Mitchell (she/her) was born and raised in New Mexico. With a vibrant personality and being a survivor of domestic violence, Karina has passion to stand beside others. Karina believes in sharing existing knowledge while indulging in new growth and information from people surrounding her. As the Program Director at DOVE, Karina’s goals are to build and sustain collaborations with community agencies, and to learn, engage, and advocate for all DDBDDHH individuals.
Karina accomplished her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work at Gallaudet University. With 8+ years of experience in the mental health and social services field, more recently, as a mental health therapist and advocate, Karina continues to find herself advocating for her community. This includes working with a variety of age groups, and children and families. She also has dedicated experience within recruitment, outreach, and marketing.
Outside of work, you will find Karina at the gym hitting the weights. She also loves exploring new coffee shops, getting tattooed, and listening to R&B music. Karina surely loves spending quality time with her two dogs and her partner, going hiking, camping, and exploring the world.
Selena (they/them) is a creative soul and admirer of life, nature and the Arts. They have vast cultural knowledge from their upbringing, moving across the country 14 times and 2 years of higher education studying government with focus in law and arts in media design.
Unsure of how to merge their vision and passion in Restorative Justice and the Arts, they moved to Colorado to take a break from higher education in a search of self-discovery. Since then, they have 3 years of Creative Freelancing experience hosting workshops and using their art for educational purposes with various organizations such as DAWN; Deaf Abused Woman’s Network based in Washington, DC, KindCup, Sins Invalid, AlmaDeMuxeristas, Plantita Power and more. Through their creative journey they came across an opportunity to work with DOVE as a Survivor Resiliency Coordinator (SRC). Selena is overjoyed and filled with gratitude to work with an amazing organization and team that focuses on empowerment and uplifting the community.
Spreading seeds of knowledge, love and light brings them joy and having the space to do so with DOVE inspires Selena. With their experience developing workshops in the arts and cultural knowledge – they aspire to develop programs that will focus on long term healing and coping skills for DOVE’s survivors.
In Selena’s free time you’ll find them painting, on nature walks, watching the latest horror/action movie or spending time with loved ones.
Krista (she/hers) was born and raised in Texas. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Gallaudet University. In the past, she has been involved in many different kinds of jobs such as Resident Assistant, Social Media specialist and served as President of the Alpha Sigma Theta Sorority, and President of the Greek Panhellenic Council. She interned for Public Defender Services in Washington, D.C. working with the Resource Coordinator and several different departments within PDS.
Krista is honored to work for DOVE. Krista started as the Resource Advocate, and is currently the Rural Outreach Coordinator. Her responsibilities include monitoring and responding to our 24-hour crisis line, providing outreach to rural survivors, community members and organizations, supporting DOVE programming including community education workshops and social media. Krista’s main goal is to promote more awareness regarding diversity, intersectionality, LGBTQIA+, and social justice within and outside DOVE.
In her free time, Krista likes to keep up with baseball, write short stories, and play Pokemon Go.
Sabrina (she/they), with 13 years of experience working within the Social Services field as a case manager, advocate, and forensic social worker, one of the most valuable things she has carried with her is the ability to be mindful of variations in perspectives. Being able to respect various perspectives allows Sabrina as an advocate to wholeheartedly provide support that takes into account other service providers’ perspectives along with the perspectives of DDBDDHH individuals.
After graduating with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, obtaining her Animal-Assisted Therapy Certification, and completing certification training to certify her Deaf dog as a Therapy canine, becoming involved with DOVE as the Program Director only felt natural for Sabrina. She feels blessed to be a part of an organization that has an amazing mission and vision, and is very fortunate to work with a great team. 4.5 years later, as the Executive Director, it is Sabrina’s responsibility to ensure the successful delivery of all DOVE programs and activities as well as grant compliance.
On the days Sabrina is not working, you can find her out on the open road as she loves taking road-trips and exploring untouched parts of the country. Otherwise, Sabrina is often gardening, crafting, or on hikes with her furry ones.