The Victim Witness Services'
Board of Directors:
Marica Martinic, President
“I’ve served as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence, a crisis line volunteer, and a case manager for HIV patients, so I understand the essential and challenging work that Victim Witness Services does for our community. I am honored to be a part of the VWS Board of Directors where I can help this amazing organization continue to expand the positive impact it has on the most vulnerable populations of Coconino County.”
Marica Martinic is the NAHEC Program Manager at North Country HealthCare, where she manages healthcare workforce pipeline programs for the northern Arizona region. She has worked in the non-profit sector since she was 18, and is about to complete her Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice from the University of Arizona. Marica is passionate about developing and improving programs that meet the needs of vulnerable and underserved communities. She has been in Flagstaff for four years and spends her free time reading and enjoying the outdoors.
Aubrey L. Thomas, Past President, Interim Vice President
“I am a part of VWS of Coconino County because I truly believe in the mission of providing compassionate support and resources to victims, witnesses, and survivors of crime and crisis. We have the duty and privilege to provide much needed services to members of our community at what is often one of their greatest moments of need. It is important work that I am proud to support.”
Aubrey L. Thomas is an attorney with the law firm of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC. Her practice focuses on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, and civil litigation. In addition to her work with VWS, Aubrey volunteers with Soroptimist International of Flagstaff, which works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Aubrey resides in Flagstaff, Arizona, and spends most of her free time enjoying all of the wonderful outdoor activities that Northern Arizona has to offer with her husband and their energetic son.
Jessica Turner, Treasurer
"I joined VWS to help make sure that victims and their families continue to receive the care they need and deserve. As a community member, I understand that we all work together to make lives fuller and better. For all who can give, should as there will be a time when you draw upon that community to uplift you in difficult times. The relentless efforts of the staff at VWS carries this passion day in and day out."
Jessica Turner is a Data and Reporting Analyst at Northern Arizona University. She came to Flagstaff in 2003 to attend NAU and studied Mathematics and Statistics. Upon graduation, a position with a local office allowed for further professional growth. It was here that she learned how to manage financials for the growing business. She has a true love for numbers and a passion for helping people.
Leslie Gilmore, Secretary
Leslie Gilmore is the Human Resources Manager for Joy Cone Company in Flagstaff. She pairs her 17 years of human resources experience with nearly as many years of teaching at CCC and NAU. She originally moved to Flagstaff to start a career as a professional mountain biker, and somehow fit in a Master’s in Biology at NAU, all while working at Joy Cone. Along the way, she fell in love with this community and has been happy to build a career that allows her to hire local talent and develop corporate policy for a nationally successful, 100% employee owned business. She is passionate about helping organizations pair their mission with the human and policy infrastructure necessary to build on their foundations of good work. When she isn’t working or teaching, Leslie can still be found enjoying our wonderful local trails, albeit a little slower than 15 years ago.
Richard Alun Davis
"I've seen Victim Witness' advocates calming restorative justice work benefit survivor's lives and safety. I urge residents of Coconino County to support this amazing agency's efforts; if purse-strings are tight, kindly consider volunteering your time: Northern Arizona benefits greatly from whatever you can share."
Richard Alun Davis, KUYI 88.1FM Station Manager, operates Hopi Radio as a blend of social justice and entertainment: reflecting a culture's strength while counteracting language-loss and cultural appropriation. Davis was born in the U.K. where his father's broadcast performances with the London Symphony/Philharmonic Orchestras passed along the love of radio. After a family move to Illinois he stayed up way too late listening to Wolfman Jack and Doctor Demento. Before becoming a guest on Hopi, Davis spent fifteen years in Flagstaff working against family violence, primarily at Northland Family Help Center's Domestic Violence shelter H.A.L.O. House. A co-founder of the humanitarian aid organization No More Deaths Flagstaff chapter, Richard resides in Polacca at the base of First Mesa.
Rex Gilliland currently serves as Commander of Operations at the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Rex has 33 years' law enforcement experience in Arizona. He began his career at the Flagstaff Police Department, serving as a patrolman, field training officer, tactical operations team member, narcotics officer and patrol and detective sergeant. For 10 of his 20 years with the Flagstaff Police Department, he served as a detective in general investigations. He also was the Silent Witness Co-Coordinator and helped develop the department’s Domestic Violence Unit.
Upon retirement, he worked for the Coconino County Attorney’s Office as an investigator and director of the Bad Check Program. In 2004, he joined the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, serving as the detective lieutenant, Flagstaff patrol lieutenant and currently as the Commander of Operations in which he oversees the 60 commissioned law enforcement officers and the search and rescue program
One of his most outstanding accomplishments is the statewide recognition he received for community policing efforts and work with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, Block Watch Program. Rex was instrumental in helping the neighborhood association win a Department of Justice Weed and Seed grant, and Rex received an award from the Governor of Arizona for his work on eliminating blight conditions and writing new city codes to address junked properties.
Rex also was an avid member of the team that developed a nationally recognized program for providing alcohol awareness education to high school students.
Rex was born and raised in Flagstaff and is married with two boys. He is proud to be a member of VWS and serve his community.
Lt. Scott Mansfield
Scott Mansfield was born and raised in Flagstaff and is extremely proud and honored to serve as a law enforcement officer for the City of Flagstaff. Scott is currently assigned as the Lieutenant responsible for the Criminal Investigations Division as well as the METRO Narcotics unit. Scott has worked a variety of different assignments throughout his career such as working as a patrol officer, Patrol Corporal, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Selective Enforcement Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant. In addition to those assignments, Scott served many years on the departments Honor Guard and SWAT team. Scott is currently the Emergency Service Response Team Commander and oversees the department’s SWAT team, Bomb Team, and Hostage Negotiations Team.
Victim Witness Services for Coconino County is recruiting new members for their Board of Directors!
- Are you interested in helping shape the direction of Victim Witness?
- Have you always wanted to volunteer with Victim Witness, but didn’t have the time to do overnight on call shifts?
- Are you interested in helping victims of crime and crisis in your community?
If you would like to apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Letter of Interest/Cover Letter (tell us why you’re interested in serving on the Board of Directors); and
- Your Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Once we receive your email, we will send you an application.
We are especially interested in Board Members who have expertise or experience in:
Rural areas of Coconino County LGBTQ Concerns
Native American Concerns Marketing/Public Relations
Fundraising Development – Private Foundations
For more information about the Board of Directors, contact Jen Runge – email@example.com