Brie Franklin, Executive Director
Brie joined CCASA in December 2014 with over 16 years of experience in the movements to end sexual and domestic violence. She worked as an advocate and educator at both rural and urban community-based advocacy organizations in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon as well as in New Zealand. She also worked at the state level administering rape prevention and education funds, and providing training and technical assistance on a wide range of topics relating to sexual violence intervention and prevention. Prior to joining CCASA, Brie was the financial director at a community-based sexual assault advocacy organization and was also involved in legislative and policy work in Oregon. Brie has a M.A. in Sociology from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and a Graduate Certificate in Non Profit Management from the University of Oregon.
Medha Gudavalli, Policy Specialist
Medha joined CCASA in September 2017. In the summer of 2015, she was a Policy Intern for CCASA, obtaining a $4,000 grant to study the response to sexual assault in various Colorado judicial districts. During her time as a student at Duke University, Medha volunteered with Project H.E.A.L. (Health Education and Awareness in Latin America), where she worked with Latina domestic violence survivors, using health-education and awareness to empower individuals. As President of Project H.E.A.L., Medha coordinated local and international service and research projects, training members in women’s health fluency, and ethical conduct, among other things. Prior to joining CCASA, she worked as a Research Assistant for a Parkinson’s Disease bio-marker study at Johns Hopkins; she is currently working on a project evaluating gender differences in clinical outcomes for Parkinson’s patients. Medha holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, completing her thesis in University Sexual Misconduct Adjudications.
Josh Keehne, Training & Technical Assistance Coordinator
Josh joined CCASA in January 2017. Prior to joining CCASA, Josh was the Advocacy Coordinator for Project Hope, the community-based domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy center in Gunnison, Colorado. There he provided direct client services to survivors, participated on multi-disciplinary teams, provided training and supervision to staff and volunteers, facilitated support groups, developed and facilitated prevention/awareness trainings to middle and high school students and other community members, and was responsible for data collection and reporting. Additionally, he often guest lectured at Western State Colorado University on various aspects of gender-based violence. Josh was raised in Gunnison, in a service oriented family. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Infantry. After his enlistment, he enrolled at Western State Colorado University. While attending college he was selected to attend the National Social Justice Training Institute. Josh also served as a member of CCASA’s Inclusiveness Team.
Neta Meltzer, Communications & Development Coordinator
Neta joined CCASA in May 2017. Prior to joining CCASA, Neta served as a prevention and awareness educator and, most recently, as the volunteer program coordinator for the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) in Kansas City. During her time as an educator, she helped to found and served as chair of the Kansas City Coalition of Anti-Violence Educators (kcCAVE), a coalition of professionals from local social service agencies through which members could share resources, collaborate, and work to collectively raise awareness around the issues of sexual and domestic violence in the Kansas City community. She has also worked to support reproductive healthcare and rights, serving in administrative and development roles for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains from 2011-2013. Neta holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and has been engaged in social justice work since 2011. She was born in Israel and is a native Hebrew speaker.
Agueda Morgan, Director of Programs
Agueda joined CCASA in July 2015. She has worked in the field to end sexual violence since 2006, when she began volunteering on the hotline at Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) in Boulder County. From 2007-2015, she worked in a paid staff position at MESA providing direct client services to survivors of sexual violence through case management and advocacy; managing their 24-hour English and Spanish crisis line; coordinating, training, and supervising advocates; providing community outreach and education to the Latin@/Hispanic community; and collaborating with other community services providers through the local sexual assault response team and other efforts. Agueda’s experience also includes working for the Women, Infant and Children program in Denver. She received a B.S. in Health Care Management and Nutrition from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Raana Simmons, Director of Policy
Raana joined CCASA in November 2015, bringing with her the collective experience of a prevention educator, community organizer, awareness campaign director, and direct services advocate in the field of anti-violence. Prior to joining CCASA, she worked for a variety of community-based organizations, most recently managing a center serving both rural and urban counties of West Central Florida where she forged new partnerships with community members and organizations to coordinate survivor-centered services in marginalized and historically disenfranchised communities. Raana holds a B.S. in Communication, Public Relations and is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Colorado-Denver, having also graduated the Program on Gender-Based Violence.