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
“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.
Joseph Williams, Vice-President
Joseph Williams is an attorney in Flagstaff, Arizona. His background in advocacy includes work with AmeriCorps, Flagstaff Shelter Services, Cabrini-Green Legal Aid, the National Lawyers Guild, the San Francisco Bar Association's Homeless Advocacy Project, Georgia Legal Services, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Labor Relations Board, the Coconino County Public Defender, and pro-bono legal representation of various non-profit boards.
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.
“Through my interactions with Victim Witness Services as a police officer, I have personally witnessed their excellence in the delivery of holistic and effective support to victims of crime. I am proud to serve as a board member for a vivacious organization which plays an essential role in promoting a safe and healthy community in Coconino County.”
Lance Wigley is a police corporal with the Northern Arizona University Police Department. A native of the Phoenix area, Lance came to Flagstaff in 2003 to attend NAU. While a student, he worked for NAUPD’s University Safety Aide program before deciding to become a police officer in 2006. Since then he has been assigned to various roles in the department’s patrol, community relations, communications and records divisions. Lance is also a field training officer and is an instructor in a variety of police disciplines. Recently, Lance planned and directed the department’s transition to a paperless workflow which included the conversion of thousands of police reports into digital format. He has also been active in expanding patrol officers’ access to technology in the field, including the deployment of mobile data computers and body worn video cameras. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Arizona with his wife and dogs, while photographing everything in sight and golfing as much as possible.