Technical Assistance

Advocate Assistance, also known as Technical Assistance (TA), consists of support and resources the coalition provides to victim service advocates, victim service programs, and allied professionals. Each of our staff provides assistance on a number of diverse topics. Check out the list below to find the type of assistance you're looking for, and who on our staff can help.

Don't see the type of assistance you're looking for? Submit a TA request instead.

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Beth Barnhill
Executive Director
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1915

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I can provide TA on anti-oppression and anti-racist initiatives, board development, leadership structure, nonprofit sustainability, sex offender treatment, and statewide and federal policy initiatives.

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Elizabeth Balcarcel
Director of Training and Technical Assistance 
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1911

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I can provide TA on anti-oppression and anti-racist initiatives, bilingual advocacy, capacity building, co-advocacy, leadership structure, nonprofit sustainability, staff and leadership development, and trauma-informed supervision.

Anti-oppression and Anti-racism Work

 
 

Communications

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Beth Barnhill
Executive Director
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1915

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I can provide TA on anti-oppression and anti-racist initiatives, board development, leadership structure, nonprofit sustainability, sex offender treatment, and statewide and federal policy initiatives.

Management

 
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Beth Barnhill

Executive Director

She/her/hers

(515) 850-1915

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I can provide TA on anti-oppression and anti-racist initiatives, board development, leadership structure, nonprofit sustainability, sex offender treatment, and statewide and federal policy initiatives.

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Elizabeth Balcarcel
Director of Training and Technical Assistance 
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1911

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I can provide TA on anti-oppression and anti-racist initiatives, bilingual advocacy, capacity building, co-advocacy, leadership structure, nonprofit sustainability, staff and leadership development, and trauma-informed supervision.

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Julie Wooden-Kean
Director of Finance and Grants
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1902

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I can provide TA on administrative issues, grant management, financial and fiscal policies, payroll guidance, and time and effort tracking. 

Legal Advocacy

 
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Sonci Kingery

Staff Attorney

She/her/hers

(515) 850-1914

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I can provide TA to member programs and advocates regarding the remedies available to survivors under Iowa law. This includes filing Title IX complaints and seeking protective orders. I can help advocates navigate the administrative process in secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, as well as certain civil legal processes. 

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Josh Opperman

Staff Attorney

He/him/his

(515) 850-8078

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I can provide TA to member programs and advocates regarding the remedies available to survivors under Iowa law. This includes filing Title IX complaints and seeking protective orders. I can help advocates navigate the administrative process in secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, as well as certain civil legal processes. 

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Laura Velazquez
Legal Services Coordinator
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1922

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I can provide TA to member programs and advocates related to finding appropriate legal aid and resources for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. I can also help provide legal referrals for those who need it.

Legislative and Policy Work

 
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Beth Barnhill

Executive Director

She/her/hers

(515) 850-1915

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I can provide TA on anti-oppression and anti-racist initiatives, board development, leadership structure, nonprofit sustainability, sex offender treatment, and statewide and federal policy initiatives.

 

Prevention and Human Trafficking

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KellyMarie Z. Meek
Prevention & Public Health Initiatives Coordinator
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1906

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I can provide TA on human trafficking, primary prevention efforts, prevention funding for victim service programs, and sexual assault prevention for educators, parents, and caregivers. 

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Alexis (Alex) Karumuna
Prevention & Outreach Coordinator
he/him/his

(515) 217-8009

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I can provide TA on primary prevention efforts, prevention funding for victim service programs, and sexual assault prevention for educators, parents, and caregivers. 

 

Resource Sharing Project

The Resource Sharing Project is a national Technical Assistance provider for all 56 states, districts, and territories, led by the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, along with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. To find out more, visit www.resourcesharingproject.org.

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Kris Bein
Assistant Director
of the Resource Sharing Project
She/her/hers

(515) 401-8722

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While I do not directly provide TA to member programs, I have experience training coalitions on capacity building, management, and advocacy skills. 

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Valerie Davis
Program Technical Assistance Coordinator
She/her/hers

(515) 330-6175

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While I do not directly provide TA to member programs, I work with dual and multi-service programs across the nation on how to create meaningful sexual assault services for all survivors. 

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Cat Fribley

Director of the

Resource Sharing Project

She/her/hers

(319) 339-0899

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While I do not directly provide TA to member programs, I have experience training coalitions on board development and management and capacity building.

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Leah Green
Rural Technical
Assistance Coordinator
She/her/hers

(515) 444-7381

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While I do not directly provide TA to member programs, I provide support and resources to state and territorial coalitions and rural dual/multi-service advocacy programs across the country on issues related to creating sustainable sexual assault services. 

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Norio Umezu Hall
Publications Coordinator
He/him/his

(515) 505-2729

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While I do not directly provide TA to member programs, I write publications for the 56 state and territorial sexual assault and dual coalitions that the Resource Sharing Project works with. These publications include relevant tools, resource summaries, and newsletters.

 

Technology

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Kelsi Roby
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1920

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I can provide TA on certification, training requirements, training requests, EmpowerDB questions and utilization, best practices for technology, confidentiality and technology, social media and website utilization, and co-advocacy.

Training

 
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Kelsi Roby
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1920

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I can provide TA on certification, training requirements, training requests, EmpowerDB questions and utilization, best practices for technology, confidentiality and technology, social media and website utilization, and co-advocacy.

Underserved Communities

 
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Elizabeth Balcarcel
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
She/her/hers

(515) 850-1911

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I can provide TA on anti-oppression and anti-racist initiatives, bilingual advocacy, capacity building, co-advocacy, leadership structure, nonprofit sustainability, staff and leadership development, and trauma-informed supervision.