Jennifer Runge, Executive Director
Jennifer Runge holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance and a Certificate in Investments from the W.A. Franke School of Business at Northern Arizona University, and is currently working on her M.B.A. through Louisiana State University.
Jen’s initial inspiration to help others was sparked after her community supported her through her own times of need. This original inspiration flourished as she served in myriad long-time volunteer roles with several private and non-profit organizations, including Run For The Wall POW/MIA, Over the Rainbow Butterfly Garden, and a Boy Scout Committee. Jen’s dedication to helping others continues to thrive as she currently sits as the Board Chair for Coconino County Silent Witness and acts as a volunteer financial coach for the Coconino County Keys to Prosperity program.
Prior to joining Victim Witness Services as the Executive Director, Jen most recently served as the Program Manager for Northern Arizona Care and Services After Assault (NACASA), supporting victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, managing multiple grant programs throughout northern Arizona, and implementing the IPV Provider Network Project with Johns Hopkins University in Kingman, Williams, and Lake Havasu, while developing strong networks with the Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network and the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network. This experience strengthened Jen’s tenacity and dedication to build a better experience for those affected by crime and crisis.
In her spare time Jen enjoys spending time with her family and menagerie of animals, including a pet macaw named Marilyn, and working on endless DIY home projects.
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Sarah Young Patton, Associate Director
“Having been a victim of crime myself and not receiving the type of support we provide to our clients, I understand the importance of our work. I am pleased and proud to be a part of Victim Witness and look forward to furthering our goals.”
Sarah Young Patton joined Victim Witness Services as the Associate Director in 2016.
She comes to Victim Witness with a background in administration and legal services. Currently completing a M.S. in Family & Human Development through ASU, she most recently worked in the Sociology & Social Work Department at Northern Arizona University.
Sarah grew up in the Northeast and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at Drew University in Madison, NJ. After a few years in Boston, she moved across the country and lived in San Francisco for a decade before moving to Flagstaff in 2011.
Sarah learned about Victim Witness Services through a class in her graduate program and is proud to be a part of the agency. She hopes to help Victim Witness Services continue to grow and serve clients within a trauma-informed environment while focusing on vicarious trauma prevention and maintaining high levels of self-care for our staff and volunteers.
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Deborah Fresquez, Advocate Supervisor
“My parents were phenomenal role models and I learned that not everything is what it seems. Education is vital, be grounded by your faith and navigate your life in a non-judgmental way. If I can apply my experience to my work and family it is a tribute to them.”
Deborah Fresquez has been the leading expert Domestic Violence Victim Advocate for Victim Witness Services since 2005. In this time period, Deborah has taken the lead position in a number of major system improvements. She co-established a County/City fatality review board reviewing domestic violence homicides, revitalized the Coordinated Community Response Team to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and created the first Domestic Violence Support Group for woman and children in Coconino County. She holds a Bachelors in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.
Deborah also facilitates the Domestic Violence Impact Panel for Coconino County bringing restorative justice to offenders and reducing recidivism thus bringing secondary prevention to Victim Witness Services. Further, Deborah was appointed and served as the Coordinator of the Fatality Review and Safety Audit for Coconino County which lead to many systems improvements and the closing of gaps for victims. In 2014, Deborah served as the co-chair of the Children of Incarcerated Parents task force. In 2015, Deborah was accepted on the Arizona Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Arizona Court.
Prior to Victim Witness, Deborah worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Department, where she held the position as Detective until her retirement in 1995.
In 2009, Deborah was awarded the Coconino County advocacy award, and in April of 2015 was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona Attorney General.
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Sandra Klotz, Felony Victim Advocate
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Hollie Vargas, Sexual Violence Victim Advocate
“My experience as a jury member in a sexual assault case ignited my interest in victim advocacy.”
Hollie Vargas is the Sexual Violence Victim Advocate serving both adult and child victims of sexual violence. She has been providing compassionate and heartfelt services for seven years. In this position, Hollie has worked hard to ensure regular self defense work-shops for women and teens and frequently provides community education presentations.
Hollie is also the official handler of the Victim Witness Services' courthouse dog program. Her partner (Fanta- see below), assists Hollie with her complex and special caseload.
In 2013, Hollie was awarded the Coconino County Response Team advocate of the year and in 2015 was recognized for the work she does with child victims by the Coconino County Coalition for Children and Youth.
Hollie graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in criminology. She spent 10 years as rock climbing instructor but decided it was time to step in a new direction after she was selected to be a juror on sexual assault case. The experience helped shape her understanding of the legal system and guide her into her role at Victim Witness.
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Fanta, K-9 Victim Advocate
“When I first began my education as a guide dog, I knew that I was destined to help people, after all, my best friends are humans. While in graduate school,
I realized that my true passions lay with working with children- especially children who had been hurt.”
Fanta started at Victim Witness Services as a K-9 Victim Advocate in 2015. Her primary job is to work with children who have been hurt; however she has developed a passion for helping all people who cross her path. While it is obvious that the clients benefit from Fantas’ calming and loving attention, many of our first responder partners also find comfort in Fantas’ care. It is common for members of law enforcement or from the prosecution team to come to Fantas’ office for a visit. Also, Victim Witness Services' staff can often be found taking Fanta for walks or cuddling with her on the floor.
Another of Fantas’ goals is to raise awareness around child abuse issues and she is dedicated to community outreach in this area. Fanta is a certified Coco Pups graduate and also attended graduate school at “Guide Dogs for the Blind.” Fanta experienced a career change due to her interest in children and in food. Hollie and Fanta are a certified therapy animal team through Pet Partners.
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Courtney Taylor, Victim Compensation and Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
“We all have crossroads in our life that can cause us to lose our way or change the path of our journey. However, with support, compassion, and a helping hand, the crisis we stumble upon does not have to define our lives.”
Since December of 2014, Courtney has been working with Victim Witness Services as a Domestic Violence Advocate. Prior to this position, Courtney was a Probation Officer for Coconino County working with rural adult offenders. In this position, she worked with a complicated case load in that many of her clients where located literally in the middle of nowhere. She was successful in helping most of them to complete the terms of their probation, but became interested in the victim side of services.
Courtney is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Behavior Sciences with a major in Criminal Justice. While attending ASU, Courtney received the J. Edgar Hoover Scholarship and was granted an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon graduation Courtney began her career with Pinkerton Investigations as a Private Investigator.
In 2006, after living in the Phoenix area for most of her life, Courtney and her husband decided to move their family to the mountains of Flagstaff.
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Elizabeth Dublinski, Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
Elizabeth is an Arizona native who became involved with Victim Witness Services in 2010 as a volunteer crisis responder. Throughout her years at Victim Witness Services, Elizabeth felt drawn to working with domestic violence issues in her community.
After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Northern Arizona University in 2015, Elizabeth worked in the field of domestic violence in various roles. Ranging from shelter case management to victim advocacy on a Naval base, Elizabeth’s passion for working with those experiencing domestic abuse is driven by watching the strength her clients uncover while moving toward a violence free life. Elizabeth received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Washington and moved back to Flagstaff in 2017 to rejoin the team at Victim Witness.
Since returning to town, Elizabeth likes to fill her weekends by spending time outside roaming the Southwest with her dog Daphne, listening to live music around town and being around friends and family.
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Kristen Ribich, Victim/Witness Advocate at VWS' Satellite Office-NAU
"My initial interest in human rights sparked my passion for supporting those in crisis. It is in moments of crisis that we may truly see the endurance and strength of humanity. I feel privileged to be a part of an agency that values crisis response and victim advocacy."
Kristen moved to Flagstaff in Autumn 2015 and immediately began training as a 24/7 Crisis Responder with Victim/Witness Services. At the start of 2106, she transitioned to her role as Victim Witness Advocate in the newly opened Victim Witness Services' Satellite Office at Northern Arizona University.
Kristen has her Bachelor's degree in International Studies with a focus on Development from the University of Arizona and her Master's degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University.
Kristen's undergraduate experience as a Resident Assistant fostered her interest in community development, social justice, and crisis response, which grew during her internship with the Oasis Program Against Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence, and her fellowship with the anti-human trafficking organization Polaris.
In her spare time, Kristen loves to practice yoga, craft, bake, and fervently consume books.
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Jeane'e Sabal-Green, Crime Victim Advocate at VWS' Satellite Office-Page, AZ
"As far back as I can remember it’s been my heart’s desire to help people. I want to let victims of crime know that there is hope, healing, and a way out. I want to be able to educate, support, and empower people who are hurting; to give them a voice."
Jeane’e has been working at the Victim/Witness Services' Page Satellite Office since February 2016. Jeane’e is originally from Haleiwa, Oahu Hawaii, and has lived in Page Arizona for 24 years. For 17 ½ years she worked for a domestic violence response agency in many different roles, including as a Shelter Manager, Crisis Intervention Manager, part of the Executive Management Team, and an Emergency Mobile Crisis Coordinator. Additionally, Jeane'e also facilitated the Offender Treatment 6 month Program for women and men.
In Jeane’e’s spare time, her most favorite thing is spending time with her 4 granddaughters. She also loves spending time with her family and friends, enjoys scrapbooking, and participates in her Church activities. One of her new crafts is going around Lake Powell looking for all shapes and sizes of rocks to paint and then leaving them around town for others to find.
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Bethany Larsen, Crime Victim Advocate at VWS' Satellite Office- Grand Canyon, AZ
“Safe space is a precious gift, especially in times of vulnerability.”Bethany transitioned her career to Victims Witness Services after serving as a Medical Responder and Family Liaison for the Emergency Services Branch at Grand Canyon National Park. Bethany brings 11 years of experience as a ‘healing from loss’ facilitator, helping people navigate their way out of the throes of grief.
Bethany grew up in southern Wyoming, and has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology Physiology from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics from Arizona State University. Meeting inspirational people in the field of grief support ignited Bethany's own passion for helping others and serving those in some of their greatest times of need.
Bethany most enjoys spending her free time in the company of the people to whom she is closest and enjoys riding her horses.
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Robin Begay, Mobile Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
Robin has worked in the field of domestic violence for the past 10 years. Before coming to Victim Witness Services, Robin was the Program Coordinator for Crime Victim Services in Gila River Indian Community and the Family Shelter Specialist at Northland Family Help Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Robin grew up on the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona. She graduated from Northern Arizona University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Behavior Sciences with a major in Criminal Justice.
Robin enjoys spending time with her three children, hiking and being outdoors.
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Keenan Davis, Misdemeanor Victim Advocate
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Elizabeth Lopez, Clinical Coordinator
Elizabeth got her start at Victim Witness Services as a felony advocate intern and crisis responder in 2014 while pursuing her Master's of Social Work degree through Arizona State University. While studying through ASU, Elizabeth was a member of the Phi Alpha, Theta Tau Chapter, National Honor Society for the ASU School of Social Work. Upon completion of her degree, Elizabeth became a Licensed Master Social Worker and worked with Terros Mobile Crisis in Flagstaff providing mental health first response services in Coconino County acting as Lead Clinician. Elizabeth also served as a voting member on the Victim Compensation Board before returning to Victim Witness Services full time in 2018 as the Clinical Coordinator.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Flagstaff and takes a vested interest in the emotional and mental health of the people living in Northern Arizona. Elizabeth also works as a home health Medical Social Worker, striving to assess the psychosocial needs of homebound patients that live in the community.
With most of her family residing in Flagstaff, Elizabeth enjoys the small town feel, and loves attending community events with her daughter and supporting local businesses.
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Brianna Barrios, Crisis Response Supervisor
Brianna moved to Flagstaff in 2012 to complete her Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Northern Arizona University. She began with Victim Witness Services as an intern in 2016, and was later hired on as a 24/7 Crisis Responder. During this time, Brianna also worked for NAU, educating students about sexual assault and domestic violence. After completing her Master's degree in Psychological Sciences, she transitioned into her current role as Lead Crisis Response Advocate..
Her experience providing humanitarian aid at the US-Mexican border and involvement with other social justice projects at the university sparked her interest in victim advocacy.
Outside of Victim Witness Services, Brianna loves spending time with friends and family, hiking with her dog, and traveling.
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Taylor Clark, 24/7 Crisis Responder
Taylor is a senior at Northern Arizona University studying sociology, social work, and Spanish. Taylor was an intern for Victim Witness Services and enjoyed her experience so she transitioned into a part-time Crisis Responder position.
In her free time, Taylor likes to read, exercise, and cook.
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Azurrae Martinez, 24/7 Crisis Responder
Azurrae moved to Flagstaff in August, 2013 and graduated High School in May of 2015. She attended Coconino Community College for her first two years of college and graduated with her Associate's Degree in Sociology. In Fall 2018, Azurrae will be transferring to NAU to complete her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.
She first got involved with Victim Witness Services in Fall 2017 when she had the pleasure of interning. After she finished her internship, she transitioned into a part-time Crisis Responder position in January 2018. Azurrae feels it has been a great experience so far and she is thankful for all that she has been taught by Victim Witness Services.
In her spare time, she likes to hang out with family, read, and binge watch tv shows on Netflix and Hulu.
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Taylor Pomeranz, 24/7 Crisis Responder
Taylor was born and raised in Alaska. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's of Health Science in Public Health and a minor in Health Wellness Coaching. Taylor's hometown had a significant amount of individuals who were victims of crime and there were no specific resources to help them, which led to her interest in the social services field. Taylor began as an intern in 2017 and was later on hired as a part-time Crisis Responder.
Taylor has three fur babies that keep her active. She also loves traveling, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
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Ashley Hutton, 24/7 Crisis Responder
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Danielle Trabbie, 24/7 Crisis Responder
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Tiffany DeSpain, 24/7 Crisis Responder
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Kamalani Camacho, 24/7 Crisis Responder
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