Board Members

Our board members are dedicated to reducing domestic violence nationwide and to helping victims in need.

Jessica Yaffa, President

president of domestic violence nonprofitJessica Yaffa is a survivor of extreme domestic violence and has transformed a set of extremely traumatic circumstances into a triumphant story. Ms. Yaffa has spent the past two decades working in the social services field, with the intention of coming alongside those who have experienced relationship trauma in its’ various forms. In addition to her professional roles, Jessica is the co-founder and President of NoSilence NoViolence, Inc., a non-profit committed to providing education, training, resources, and community development in order to eliminate stigma surrounding relationship abuse and sexual assault, while creating awareness, shifting perspectives, and facilitating change around the way we talk about domestic violence.

As a certified professional relationship coach, Ms. Yaffa has also recently created a unique and innovative training program titled RVARS (Relationship Violence Assessment and Response Specialist) and travels the country offering this program to first responders, clinicians, military advocates, and more. Jessica formerly served as the President of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and has been featured on both television and in print as one of the leading experts surrounding this topic.


Dorian Lopez, Esq., Secretary

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Dorian Lopez is the founder and managing attorney of The Law Offices of Dorian Lopez. She has been a member of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council’s Steering Committee since 2016. She is a survivor of domestic violence and has prosecuted DV cases as an attorney. She previously volunteered at the Family Justice Center assisting with DV Restraining Orders and represents victims of domestic violence who are seeking restraining orders. She has served as the Committee Chair for the Legal Action Committee of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and is also a member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. Her most important accomplishment to date is her son, Vincent.

 


Kevin Dusi, Treasurer

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Kevin is a Tax Partner and the Office Tax Leader of the San Diego office of Moss Adams, a regional accounting firm based on the west coast. He is also a coach with Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching Company, where he first was introduced to NoSilence NoViolence. As a San Diego native, the opportunity to work with an organization dedicated to helping those touched by domestic violence in the community gave him an opportunity to give back to the community he grew up in.

Kevin joined the board in 2019 and brings his accounting knowledge to the organization. He holds a degree in business administration from Cal State San Marcos.

 


Ellen Yaffa, Board Member

ellen yaffa board member Retired  after  a 40-year career in social services in both the public and nonprofit sectors. Experience ranges from health and human services in Northern California and the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, to community activism and leadership roles with nonprofit organizations devoted to improving schools, strengthening families, and responding to neighborhood needs. Retired from SAY San Diego (Social Advocates for Youth) in 2014. Masters Degree in Social Work obtained from SDSU. Community service includes serving on several nonprofit Boards of Directors and managing local school board campaigns to help qualified candidates get elected.

 


Kelly Hattox, Board Member

Kelley Hattox is an ICF accredited relationship coach, a PIVOT certified relationship coach, and a CADC-II certified counselor in substance use disorders. She also has specialized certifications in expressive art, CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), RVARS (Relationship Violence Assessment and Response Specialist), and is trained in experiential therapeutic approaches.

For the last decade, Kelley has worked to help individuals, families and organizations move from crisis to stability, and from stability to success. She has worked in substance abuse treatment, trauma treatment, high-crisis intervention, and currently focuses on relationship coaching and leadership development. She has a passion for education, which shows up in the many workshops and trainings that she has presented. After doing her own deep personal work to heal from past trauma, she has realized that her life’s calling is around helping people grow into loving, secure relationships, beginning with their relationship with self.

She lives in the Palm Springs area with her husband, a painter who specializes in Marvel and Star Wars, and their Toy Poodle, Mrs. Sophia Petrillo.


Shana Lathrop, Board Member

Shana is a corporate and securities attorney with extensive experience in representing companies in business deals as well as internal corporate law and governance. She assists public and private companies in the structuring, negotiation, and consummation of agreements for M&A matters in a variety of industries.

Shana graduated with honors from the University of San Diego with a B.B.A. in Business Administration, Finance emphasis, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. While in law school, Shana participated in the Women’s Law Caucus and Pro-Bono Legal Clinic Domestic Violence Unit and acted as Secretary for the Tax Law Society.

In addition to her legal career, Shana also founded a nonprofit organization focused on advancing the humane interests of animals including rescue and adoption activities, abused and/or
neglected animal advocacy, animal rehabilitation, animal care, and training, as well as nonprofit fundraising.


Georgia Parsons, Board Member

Georgia Parsons is a Connecticut native who grew up volunteering with her mother at a local domestic violence center. After completing a BA in Public Health Studies and an MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication, both at Johns Hopkins, she relocated to the San Diego area and found No Silence No Violence while searching for ways to get involved in her new community.

Georgia brings a strong public health programming, health behavior change, and communications
background to NoSilence NoViolence and is excited to continue advocating for survivors of domestic violence as a board member.

 


Charo Prater, Volunteer Coordinator

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A native of Toronto, Canada, Charo has called California home for the past 18 years.  She has extensive Public Relations & Marketing experience in the areas of entertainment, corporate and consumer relations.  However, it is her years of volunteering through her children’s schools and extra-curricular activities, which will help her in her Volunteer Coordinator role.

Charo, a volunteer herself, lends her writing skills to the San Diego Moms Collective.  She is also a qualified yoga instructor and life coach, and facilitates the Eat Breathe Thrive program, a non profit supporting prevention of disordered eating.

She has felt the pull to the non-profit sector for a while and now wants to use her career skills and love of giving back to NoSilence NoViolence, an organization she finds dear to her heart.

Charo is married with two teenagers and lives in San Diego.