Josh Keehne, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Start Date: 2017
Josh joined CCASA in January 2017. Prior to joining CCASA, Josh was the Advocacy Coordinator for Project Hope, the community-based domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy center in Gunnison, Colorado. There he provided direct client services to survivors, participated on multi-disciplinary teams, provided training and supervision to staff and volunteers, facilitated support groups, developed and facilitated prevention/awareness trainings to middle and high school students and other community members, and was responsible for data collection and reporting. Additionally, he often guest lectured at Western State Colorado University on various aspects of gender-based violence. Josh was raised in Gunnison, in a service oriented family. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Infantry. After his enlistment, he enrolled at Western State Colorado University. While attending college he was selected to attend the National Social Justice Training Institute. Josh also served as a member of CCASA's Inclusiveness Team.
Agueda Morgan, Director of Programs
Agueda joined CCASA in July 2015. She has worked in the field to end sexual violence since 2006, when she began volunteering on the hotline at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) in Boulder County. From 2007-2015, she worked in a paid staff position at MESA providing direct client services to survivors of sexual violence through case management and advocacy; managing their 24-hour English and Spanish crisis line; coordinating, training, and supervising advocates; providing community outreach and education to the Latino/Hispanic community; and collaborating with other community services providers through the local sexual assault response team and other efforts. Agueda's experience also includes working for the Women, Infant and Children program in Denver. She received a B.S. in Health Care Management and Nutrition from Metropolitan State College of Denver and is currently completing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence at the University of Colorado Denver.
Raana Simmons, Director of Policy
Raana joined CCASA in November of 2015 and brings with her the collective experience of working as a prevention educator, community organizer, awareness campaign director, and advocate in the field of domestic and sexual violence. Prior to joining CCASA, she worked for a variety of community-based organizations throughout the state of Florida and in 2012 was elected Chair of the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay - an alliance of agencies and individuals committed to ending sexual violence by engaging the community through survivor empowerment, public policy and legislative work, collaboration, and outreach. Raana was featured on The Current on CBS Radio for her leadership in planning "Take Back the Night 2013: Together We Empower" and was published in the Sun Sentinel for the "consent-culture" project she pioneered with local high school students for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Most recently Raana managed the Sexual Violence Department for the only state-certified, community-based center serving survivors in both rural and urban communities of West Central Florida where she specialized in coordinating services for marginalized and historically disenfranchised communities in addition to establishing partnerships with community members and organizations for the betterment of providing trauma-informed services for survivors. Raana holds a Bachelor's of Science in Communication, Public Relations from the University of North Florida and is a current candidate for a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Brie Akins, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2014
Brie joined CCASA in December 2014 with over 16 years of experience in the movements to end sexual and domestic violence. She worked as an advocate and educator at both rural and urban community-based advocacy organizations in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon as well as in New Zealand. She also worked at the state level administering rape prevention and education funds and providing training and technical assistance on a wide range of topics relating to sexual violence intervention and prevention. Prior to joining CCASA, Brie was the financial director at a local sexual assault advocacy organization and was also involved in legislative and policy work in Oregon. Brie has a Masters degree in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Non Profit Management.
Neta Meltzer, Communications and Development Coordinator
Start Date: 2017
Neta joined CCASA in May 2017. Prior to joining CCASA, Neta served as a prevention and awareness educator and, most recently, as the volunteer program coordinator for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) in Kansas City. During her time as an educator, she helped to found and served as chair of the Kansas City Coalition of Anti-Violence Educators (kcCAVE), a coalition of professionals from local social service agencies through which members could share resources, collaborate, and work to collectively raise awareness around the issues of sexual and domestic violence in the Kansas City community. She has also worked to support reproductive healthcare and rights, serving in administrative and development roles for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains from 2011-2013. Neta holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and has been engaged in social justice work since 2011. She was born in Israel and is a native Hebrew speaker.