Christine Ward – Executive Director


Christine Ward has been assisting victims of crime and advocating for victims’ rights for over two decades. She began her career in victim assistance/advocacy answering the crisis hotline at the Center for Women Studies and Services (now Center for Community Solutions) in San Diego, CA as well as providing accompaniment and support to sexual assault

Dennis Smith – Executive Board Member


Dennis Smith has been a longtime advocate for victims’ rights and is aware of the pain and trauma that victims and victims’ next-of-kin suffer. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Sacramento. He began his forty-four year career with the

Erin Sasse – Executive Board Member


Erin Sasse has over 10 years of experience working in the State Legislature, Executive Branch, local government, and political management of campaigns. Currently Ms. Sasse is a Regional Public Affairs Manager with the League of California Cities. Prior to joining the League of California Cities, Erin was Chief of External Affairs for the California Department

Paul Cappitelli – Executive Board Member


Paul A. Cappitelli is a career law enforcement professional with over 42 years of experience. He served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department (SBSD) for 29 years, retiring at the rank of Captain. During his tenure at SBSD, he worked a number of assignments at all ranks. His command assignments included: Adelanto Detention Center,

Daniel Felizzatto – Chairman of the Board


Daniel Felizzatto has been a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office since 2005.  Mr. Felizzatto has worked as a trial deputy in Los Angeles where he prosecuted domestic violence cases, drug prosecutions, gang crimes, illegal weapons offenses and a variety of other felony and misdemeanor crimes, and in the District Attorney’s

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