Lui Damiani – Executive Director
Lui Damiani is a proven leader whose background in business and public service spans more than 25 years. He has served the Central Florida community as a County Commissioner, corporate executive, small business owner, governmental manager, television host and homeowner’s association president. His experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors has given him a well-rounded approach to problem solving and doing what’s right for the community.
Upon graduating from the Ohio State University in 1987, Lui moved to Orlando to put down roots and begin his professional career building a solid resume in business and public service. While working full-time, Lui attended UCF and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 1994. He served as Chief Aide to former District 3 Commissioner Mary I. Johnson for eight years and was recognized with the county’s highest service honor, The Chairman’s Award. It was during that time that Lui was instrumental in helping to establish the Victim Service Center. Subsequently, Lui spent five years in the private sector as Corporate Marketing Director and Vice President of one of Florida’s largest woman-owned businesses and he has operated his own small real estate business for more than 12 years. In 2010, Lui became an Orange County Commissioner where he championed a local ordinance to help service disabled veterans, helped to pass a human rights law, worked to reduce government spending, pushed for lowered government fees and allocated critical funding into economic development initiatives intended to assist small businesses and create jobs.
Throughout his career, Lui has served his various roles with character, honesty and passion earning him a solid reputation of integrity among his peers. Today, as Executive Director of the Victim Service Center, Lui is honored to continue his service to the Central Florida community building collaborative relationships with business and governmental partners, and leading an extraordinary team of crisis intervention experts dedicated to helping those impacted by sexual assault, violent crime or traumatic circumstances.
JoEllen – Program Director
JoEllen Revell serves as Program Director overseeing all of VSC’s client services including Advocacy, Therapy and Forensic Nursing departments, since 2013. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. JoEllen earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University and has over 20 years social work clinical and administrative experience. JoEllen is credentialed as a Qualified Supervisor and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. JoEllen values the importance of community partnerships and currently serves as the co-chair of the Orange County Sexual Assault Response Team and Secretary of the Osceola County Sexual Assault Response Team. JoEllen serves on the Orange County Domestic Violence Fatality Review, Osceola County Health Leadership Council and Central Florida Victim Services Network. JoEllen has served on Board of Directors of Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and Osceola County subcommittee of the GOHTTF. JoEllen strives to continuously enhance the quality and scope of services provided and in this effort uses her experience as a Peer Reviewer for both the Department of Justice and Council on Accreditation.
Robert – Accounting & Operations Director
Robert comes to us from Maine and has almost 20 years’ experience as an accountant, business manager, and assistant controller. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Lowelland and has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector. He is very enthusiastic about helping others and is a great asset to the VSC team.
Brandi – Lead Therapist
Brandi is the Lead Therapist at the Victim Service Center of Central Florida. Brandi holds a Master’s Degree with Honors in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College, where she earned the Outstanding Graduate Student in Counseling award. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Brandi incorporates systemic awareness in her work and carefully considers clients’ lived experiences as part of their healing journey. She believes in the re-empowerment process for all survivors by facilitating an empathic and authentic therapeutic alliance. She supports every person’s right to peace and freedom in their lives.
Vladimir – Therapist (Bilingual)
Vladimir brings over 15 years of professional experience in the fields of social services, non-profits, government agencies and clinical residential treatment facilities. As a bi-cultural clinician of Latino descent and a veteran of the Navy, Vladimir learned to develop a participative therapeutic style with strong analytical skills that are complemented with an innate ability to connect with others via compassion and empathy. Vladimir obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the City University of New York with an emphasis in Bio-Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Vladimir pursued to further his knowledge of psychology by obtaining a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (MSCP) with a dual licensing specialization degree in Marriage Family Therapy (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) from Notre Dame de Namur University in California. Vladimir developed a passion for working with clients suffering from multiple diagnoses such as complex trauma (PTSD), depressive and anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, as well as victims of domestic violence, couples and families seeking to improve and develop relationship dynamics. Vladimir has a certification as a Domestic Violence Counselor in the state of California and has specialized trauma training in EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Vladimir is currently a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and is actively pursuing licensure in the state of Florida.
Sharon – Therapist
Sharon is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. She earned her Master’s of Art in Counseling at Rollins College and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Believing that people are hard-wired to be in relationship, Sharon meets clients where they are and strives to create a therapeutic alliance in a safe, judgement free space. Counseling sessions are collaborative with a focus on identifying and nurturing clients’ strengths. Her therapeutic approach includes CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), solution focused therapy, family systems therapy, play therapy, mindfulness and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). “It is my honor to come alongside individuals, couples and families to listen and process the fear and pain that is getting in their way of living a joyful life.”
Natalee holds a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is trained in BrainSpotting (BSP), Florida State Adoption Competency, and additionally is completing her certification with Sand Tray Play Therapy to incorporate with her previously accomplished diverse professional certifications, all offering distinct approaches to meet her clients’ needs. She brings a diverse professional background and compassionate approach to assist with trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, anger management, and emotional disturbances. She has a dynamic and optimistic attitude with a genuine heart for all people. She has a unique and authentic therapeutic counseling approach integrating person-centered, strengths-based, cognitive behavioral and narrative therapies. Natalee is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern specializing in Trauma Informed Care for children, adolescents and families and is actively pursuing licensure in the state of Florida.
Orialis – Therapist
Orialis is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. Orialis’ therapeutic approach includes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT-informed (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), self-compassion, and mindfulness. She strives to create an authentic and collaborative space with her clients for self-reflection, accountability, and growth. Orialis believes we are all deserving of self-forgiveness and self-compassion. She is bilingual and speaks both English and Spanish.
Tamara – Therapist
Tamara Nelson received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with the state of Florida, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance, and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Tamara has experience working in residential, outpatient, telemental health, and university/college settings.
Tamara’s areas of clinical focus include trauma and abuse recovery, religious/spiritual concerns, racial trauma, depressive and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and multicultural concerns. Tamara operates from the belief that all people have the capacity for healing and personal growth. She works in collaboration with clients to help them gain insight into their concerns and to achieve their identified goals. Her therapeutic approach includes person-centered, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral. Tamara is passionate about the mental health profession and raising mental health awareness in underserved communities.
Johnnie – Therapist
Johnnie is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of Florida. He received his Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Florida, specializing in the treatment of trauma for both individuals and families. He began to focus specifically on gender issues and sexual trauma after working at an Orange County alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teenagers. He has further sharpened his experience with trauma through additional residential, in-home, and private practice counseling positions. Johnnie has a passion for empowering others to overcome the traumas or difficulties afflicting them and to find their own road to recovery. Johnnie continuously strives to serve those in need while advocating for positive culture change within our society at large.
Holly – Therapist
Holly Smith is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been working with trauma survivors for 15 years. In therapy, she focuses on engaging the client with the resources they were born with and un-learning all the things that get in the way of accessing that knowledge. She utilizes energy psychology principles in her approach towards healing and is trained in EMDR. She brings a variety of styles and techniques into her work with clients including EFT tapping, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems theory, and loves facilitating groups. In her spare time, she enjoys the great natural experiment of gardening, reading up on self-improvement, and spending time with her family.”
Estifani – LGBTQ+ Therapist
Estifani is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Estifani holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College, where she also earned a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She deeply believes in the human capacity to heal, the possibility of designing and living a meaningful life, and the power of relationships and connection in helping us achieve our goals. Estifani uses a collaborative, trauma-informed, and strengths-based approach with each client to work towards their goals. Recognizing the importance of intersectionality and different life experiences, she strives to tailor treatment to each individual’s needs and goals.
Estifani is passionate about helping others heal from trauma and is currently trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Past clinical experiences include working with individuals living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, college students, and LGBTQ+ community.
Jessica – Therapy Intern
Jessica, a native of central Florida, is a therapy intern at Victim Service Center with a passion to cultivate a positive healing therapeutic environment to prompt those in her direct community process and heal from past and present sufferings. Jessica implements a vast majority of therapy methods to assist clients and families through their healing process. Some include but are not limited to: Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief (SFBT). Jessica’s professional and educational experience incorporates challenging positions and supportive roles, including outpatient addiction treatment and nonprofit services focusing on adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology from Jacksonville University, spring of 2012. Following her Bachelor degree in 2012, Jessica enrolled in her Master’s program at the Troy University pursuing a degree in clinical mental health. Jessica is also enrolling in a program to gain her certificate in substance abuse. Through her educational and professional background, Jessica is able to transition these experiences into her therapy to assist clients with navigating through their healing process, facilitate change by breaking barriers and being a catalyst to assist with self-advocacy. Jessica believes and advocates that everyone is a unique individual with purpose, worthy of respect and deserves to be treated as such. In her free time, Jessica enjoys running road races, spending time with family and meditating.
Miles – Therapy Intern
Miles is originally from Thailand. He received a BA in English and worked as an English as a Second Language teacher before deciding to move to the U.S. to further his education. In 2019, he received a Master’s of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University in the City of New York where he developed his passion for the relationship between language and mind. Currently, he’s pursuing his Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College where he is also pursuing a Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a Buddhist with an analytical linguistics background, Miles strives to incorporate different systemic and individual approaches to trauma-informed counseling such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, person-centered, and mindfulness. Understanding that everyone has different stories, Miles has a strong passion for working with and educating public on trauma and intersectionality between gender and race especially in LGBTQ+ community. In his free time, Miles either spends his time at a theatre or at the barn grooming and riding horses. He’s also planning to become certified equine therapist to incorporate equine activities in his trauma-informed treatment.
Michelle – Therapy Intern
Michelle is a therapy intern from Rollins College, completing her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy. She is passionate about serving the community in a way that promotes individual healing and growth, fosters fulfilling interpersonal relationships, and increases social equality. Michelle’s focus is on the liberation found in healing from trauma. Her therapeutic approach includes a foundation in social constructivism (early human interactions shape a person’s worldview and view of self), psychodynamic theory (core beliefs formed in childhood shape present-day expressions), and person-centered therapy (meeting the client where they are and understanding their worldview). Because social relationships are key to how narratives are developed, multicultural and
feminist theories are also integral aspects of her approach. Michelle has volunteered as a support group facilitator at the Healing Together conference for dissociative disorders and is currently training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. On a personal note, Michelle enjoys reading, being in nature, and adventuring with family and friends.
Development and Communications Department
Emilie– Education Coordinator
Emilie earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Emilie found her passion for advocating social justice and ending gendered-violence as a trained paraprofessional co-facilitating discussions with first year college students about sexual assault on campus and how to support survivors at U of I. She is also enthusiastic about education and most recently lived in Japan teaching English to Elementary and Middle School children. Emilie hopes to help end violent crimes through educating and engaging with the community.
Kyle – Marketing & Outreach Specialist
Kyle received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Public Relations. Advocacy and having an ability to make an impact in the community he grew up in is something he holds close to him. He has experience working public relations both agency side and in-house. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, playing video games and traveling around the country to play with his club Frisbee team.
Roxane – Education and Prevention Coordinator Intern
Roxane is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She is currently a student in the Master’s Of Social Work Program at UCF. She is very dedicated to educating others and strongly believes in the importance of shining a light on topics such as sexual assault.
Carla – Event Coordinator Intern
Carla is currently a student at the University of Central Florida majoring in entertainment management. She has always had a passion for music and events as well as helping create change within her community. With her experience in creating events, she wanted to bring her skills to VSC and assist with putting together events and to be a part of supporting and uplifting her community. Advocacy has been a long-time passion of hers and she loves to help in any way that she can. Being the eldest of four it is important for her to set an example for her younger siblings and teach them the importance of community advocacy as well as empower their voices as young Latino youth. She loves to cook, read, and spend time with her family and friends during her free time.
Jalyn is currently a Senior at Florida State University majoring in Information, Communication, and Technology. She has always been very passionate about helping people and social media management. She wanted to use her technical major and skills in a way that can help people and she is so happy that she can do that for the VSC. She is very excited to be able to give back to her community and raise awareness about all the important matters the VSC deals with.
Rhonda – Lead Advocate
Rhonda has been part of the VSC team for ten years. She has three graduate degrees, a Master of Human Services, a MBA and a Master in Administration of Justice and Security. Rhonda has over 30 years of experience in criminal/military justice. She served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. After retiring from the Navy, Rhonda worked as the Director of a Residential Re-entry Center for inmates transitioning from federal prisons. Rhonda’s goal is to engage the entire community in activities that prevent sexual assault and crime.
Kevin – LGBTQ+Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
Kevin graduated from the Florida State University with his Bachelor’s of Science in Social Science Education. Afterwards, he began teaching at the high school level and during that time, enrolled in evening classes through the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College for his Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is now a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the state of Florida. Kevin has worked with adolescents with substance use issues, worked with Equality Florida for LGBTQ+ rights, and worked in the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, counseling and performing therapy with cancer patients and their families. Kevin has a vast experience working with diverse clients in issues ranging from identity, trauma, adolescents and young adults, grief, depression, anxiety, multicultural issues, identity issues, LGBTQ+, and more. His passion when working with clients is to help them increase their resilience and satisfaction with their everyday lives; he seeks to help clients increase their meaning from life and live more authentically and honestly. Kevin is working towards state licensure in Mental Health and he seeks to continue to grow his experiences and education working with trauma and the LGBTQ+ population.
Jocelyn– Senior Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
Jocelyn received her Masters in Human Services from Albertus Magnus College and her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven where she also minored in Psychology. Jocelyn has more than 5 years of experience working with non-profit organizations focused in aiding the youth of Greater New Haven in Connecticut. Jocelyn has a passion for helping, empowering, and defending victims of crime. Jocelyn aspires to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the future.
Monique – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
Monique hails from the University of Central Florida where she earned her Master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Marriage & Family counseling, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has several years of experience working with Women, Children & Families in addition to our homeless population. She is passionate about helping others overcome barriers and navigate through life’s obstacles using solution focus techniques and motivational interviewing. She is adamant about empowering others so that they are living life and not just surviving. She serves her clients with eyes of compassion, a heart filled with love, by providing education, motivation, and emotional support. Monique believes you can make a difference in this world by just helping one person at a time.
Steven – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
Steven is a Crisis Counselor and Victim Advocate at Victim Service Center of Central Florida. Diversity, inclusivity, social justice, compassion and respect are values he lives by and what you can expect when joining him for crisis counseling. He obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida and continues to build upon his education and skills. He hopes that together they can rebuild and repair the traumas in their lives.
Danielle – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
Danielle is a Crisis Counselor and Victim Advocate at Victim Services Center. Danielle recently graduated with a master’s in Marriage and Couples’ Therapy from UCF and is currently a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. She is also working toward a dual certificate in sex therapy and education. She provides free and inclusive sex education and advice on her Instagram page (@thesexpottherapist).
Nicole – Victim Compensation Coordinator/Specialist
Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Berkeley College in the state of New Jersey. After graduating from college, she interned at the prosecutor’s office assisting survivors of crimes with court proceedings. After relocating to Florida, she continued her work with victims by working at the State Attorney’s Office in Seminole County. Working here allowed her to work closely with court officials but also victim advocates who with survivors daily, advocating for them in different environments including medical, housing, counseling and compensation that may be available for them. She realized that working with survivors closely was a true passion of hers and wanted to pursue this even further. She became a Victims Advocate at a local non-profit where she worked hand in hand with survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She was that support system they needed through the process of healing. With her new role here at VSC, she hopes to continue her advocacy by empowering survivors and increasing their understanding on rights and resources available to them.
Priscilla– Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
Priscilla is a Victim Advocate and Crisis Counselor at the Victim Service Center of Central Florida who is bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish. She obtained a master’s degree in Social Work in 2005 from Kean University located in Union, NJ. Priscilla has over 20 years of experience working with adolescence, families and victims of crime. She is very passionate about helping people heal from their trauma, rediscover their inner-strength and educating others. She hopes to be a voice for those who are unable to advocate for themselves.
Melissa – Sexual Assault Treatment Center Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
Melissa holds a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a Certificate in Corrections Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Melissa is a Crisis Counselor and Victim Advocate at the Victim Service Center forensic locations. She has a background working with non-profit organizations and in the domestic violence unit. Melissa also has court-related and case management experience with a special focus on injunctions. She values integrity, importance of human relationships, service, and the dignity and worth of every person. Melissa is optimistic about giving back to the community and desires to help spread awareness about sexual assault.
Marlene – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
Marlene graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2019 and is now pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She has a passion for addressing homelessness, helping immigrants, and other community work. She loves fashion and creative directing and hopes to combine her passions with her creative side in the future.
N’Kayah – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor
N’Kayah received her Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida and her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the illustrious Delaware State University, where she also minored in Women & Gender Studies. N’Kayah has considerable experience in aiding families and adolescents who are challenged with behavioral, social and life issues. She is passionate about mental health & wellness, empowering others, and helping individuals transform their pain to power. N’Kayah plans to continue her journey of providing mental health services by later obtaining her PsyD in Forensic Psychology.
Yael – Advocacy Intern
Yael received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Afterward, she began working as a student care coordinator at UCF’s Counseling & Psychological Services where she offered direct case management services to high-risk students. At UCF CAPS, she nurtured her passion for helping vulnerable populations and gained experience working with diverse clients with complex needs. From this experience, Yael decided she wanted to further help others on their healing journey and enrolled in Florida State University’s Master’s of Social Work clinical program. She completed her generalist internship at UCF CAPS where she developed a love for group therapy. Her approach is humanistic, person-centered, mindfulness-based, DBT informed (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and interpersonal. She has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community, college students, and survivors of traumatic experiences. She values social justice, self-compassion, and inclusivity. In her free time, Yael enjoys gardening and roller skating.
Nicola – Advocacy Intern
Nicola graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently a graduate student in the Master’s of Social Work Program at the University of Central Florida. In her first year at UCF, Nicola interned at Children’s Advocacy Center Osceola, working with families of children who had experienced abuse. After graduating, she plans on working to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and intends to continue working with individuals who have experienced trauma. In her free time, Nicola likes to read, cook, and play the piano.
Rachel – Advocacy Intern
Rachel is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida pursing her Master’s of Social Work. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Florida State University in 2021. Through FSU, Rachel obtained experience working with women living at a maternity home for homeless, pregnant women and their children. Kindness, empathy, and respect are the most important values in Rachel’s life. Rachel is passionate about helping survivors process and heal from traumatic experiences so that they are able to have happy and fulfilling lives. In her free time, Rachel likes to attend boxing classes, cook, or lay out in the sun with a good book.
Medical and Forensic Services
Nancy Moskyok is the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator for the Victim Service Center of Orlando covering Orange and Osceola counties. She has over ten years of experience providing sexual assault exams to clients in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties when activated by the Sexual Assault Response Team protocol. Nancy has a total of twenty seven years as a registered nurse. Nancy is passionate about her work, she is committed to providing quality care to clients while collecting evidence so justice can prevail. She has studied sexual assault evidence collection as a specialty, sat for the boards and was granted certification by the International Association of forensic Nurse’s and has maintained this certification for the last nine years. Nancy is married, has two grown children and four grandchildren. Nancy is originally from Pittsburgh and is die hard Steeler fan.
Dr. Lucinda Kjerulff, MD is a board-certified OB/GYN and Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a graduate of UF College of Medicine and UF Jacksonville OBGYN Residency Program. Dr. KJ is known for her compassionate care of women, community involvement and leadership in national organizations. She currently practices as an OB/GYN Hospitalist at AdventHealth Celebration where she specializes in the care of hospitalized women, manages obstetrical emergencies, and cares for the medically indigent population. She is passionate about patient education & safety, decreasing maternal mortality and the equitable care of all patients.
Maqsud Ahmed, MD is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist in Saint Cloud, FL and has over 42 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Mymensingh medical school in 1978. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Adventhealth Orlando, at Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital. Dr. Ahmed completed Residency at Ohio Valley Medical Center.
Laura has been our Office Manager for the Victim Service Center since 2002 and has over 20 years of professional experience in office administration. She is responsible for day-to-day office management and sexual assault program support which includes working with the advocacy, therapy and SANE staff in Orange County and Osceola County. She manages, coordinates and provides the front office and the Agency support functions to ensure effective and efficient operations in order to support the mission of the Victim Service Center of Central Florida.