Meet the VSC Team

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Lui Damiani – Executive Director

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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.

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JoEllen  Program Director

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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.

Rob Edit Robert – Accounting  & Operations Director

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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.

Therapy Department

Brandi  Lead Therapist

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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)

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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

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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– Therapist

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Natalee is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with the state of Florida.  She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is trained in BrainSpotting (BSP), Sand Tray Play Therapy, Florida State Adoption Competency and also a couples’ Certified Prepare and Enrich Facilitator. She incorporates her previously accomplished multi-faceted professional certifications to offer distinct approaches to meet her clients’ needs. She brings a diverse professional background and compassionate approach to assist individuals with trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, anger management, and emotional disturbances. She has a dynamic and optimistic attitude with a genuine heart and passion for all people. She has a unique and authentic therapeutic counseling approach integrating Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative and Strength-Based therapies. Natalee specializes in Healing Informed Care for individuals, couples and families to assist with empowered transformation.

Orialis – Therapist

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Michelle – Therapist

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Michelle holds a Master of Arts Degree from Rollins College in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy. She is passionate about serving the community in ways that promote individual healing and growth, foster fulfilling interpersonal relationships, and increase social equality. Michelle’s focus is on the liberation found in healing from trauma. Her therapeutic approach is founded in the theory that early human interactions shape a person’s worldview and view of self and that core beliefs formed in childhood shape present-day experiences. Because social relationships are key to how narratives are developed, multicultural and feminist theories are also integral aspects of her approach. Michelle utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, parts work (inspired by Internal Family Systems), and a systemic perspective to help clients heal, reclaim their power, and live life to the fullest. Michelle also volunteers as a support group facilitator at the Healing Together conference for dissociative disorders. On a personal note, Michelle enjoys reading, being in nature, and adventuring with family and friends.

Development and Communications Department

Emilie – Education Coordinator

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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.


Libba – Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator

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Libba is VSC’s Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. Having worked with communities in different capacities throughout her life, she believes one of the best ways we can support, engage with, and find community is through volunteering. Libba is passionate about systems of support that emphasize empowerment and trauma-informed care, and actively working towards a future without violence. In her off-time, she enjoys rock climbing, nature walks, and crossword puzzles to pass the time.

 

Kaylyn– Marketing, Outreach & Communications Coordinator

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Kaylyn is VSC’s Marketing, Outreach & Communications Coordinator and she has been in the nonprofit sector for 7 years. Previously, Kaylyn worked for Keep Brevard Beautiful for 5 years as their Programs Coordinator. Following that, she was a Grant Writer at Heritage Services Corporation, and then she decided to move to the Orlando area in search of greater career opportunities. Kaylyn landed at Harbor House of Central Florida for about 3 months until she decided the organizational structure and expectations simply didn’t fit her current needs. Kaylyn is a UCF Alumni, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Management in December of 2021. Following graduation, she decided to take on the harrowing journey of completing her Master’s Degree; she is currently headed into the second semester. Outside of work and school responsibilities, Kaylyn is an avid reader, a writer, and a hiker accompanied by her pit-bull, Bear.

Advocacy Department

 Rhonda – Lead Advocate

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Rhonda has been part of the VSC team since 2009. 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.

Jocelyn– Senior Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor

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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

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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

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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.

Priscilla– Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor

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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.

 Jessica – LGBTQ Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor

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Jessica, a native of central Florida, is a Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor at Victim Service Center. Jessica has a passion to cultivate a therapeutic space for individuals in her direct community to process and begin their healing journey from traumatic experiences. 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 with a degree in clinical mental health. 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 clients 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.

Marlene – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor

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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

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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.

Liz – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor

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Liz is a bilingual Crisis Counselor and Victim Advocate with the Victim Service Center of Central Florida. She obtained a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice/Forensic Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in Psychology from the Inter-American University. Before joining the VSC team, she practiced as a school psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and Puerto Rico.  Additionally, she worked as a mental health counselor providing services to immigrants who has experienced trauma and violence in their communities or countries of origin. Liz is passionate about helping others and strives to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.

Nicola – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor

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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 – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor

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Rachel graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor of Social Work and is currently attending the University of Central Florida to obtain her Master of Social Work. Rachel completed her graduate internship at Victim Service Center as a crisis counselor and victim advocate intern. Prior to her time at VSC, Rachel interned at Brehon House in Tallahassee, FL as a case management intern for women who were homeless and pregnant. Rachel is passionate about assisting individuals along their healing journeys after experiencing trauma. In her free time, Rachel likes to relax at the beach with a good book.

Alliyah – Victim Advocate/Crisis Counselor

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Alliyah obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Alliyah is currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern and working towards becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Alliyah has experience working as a Mental Health Therapist working with LGBTQIA+ youth. Alliyah is most passionate about supporting people to feel empowered to reclaim their identities and peace after experiencing trauma.

 

Roxane – LGBTQ+ Victim Advocate

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Roxane earned her Bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2021. She is currently in the Master’s of Social Work program at UCF and is set to graduate in Summer 2024. Before becoming the LGBTQ+ Advocate, she was a volunteer for two years with the VSC. She is passionate about believing and supporting survivors. In her time off work, she enjoys reading, painting, and running.

Paola– Victim Compensation Specialist

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Paola graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Arts for her majors Psychology and Human Service Studies in 2020. Paola dedicated her time in college to working with her school’s volunteer organization and that is where she found her passion for strengthening communities through empowering individuals. Upon graduation she moved to Orlando and worked with several local organizations to serve those most at need in Orange, Osceola and Seminole county. Paola hopes to use her knowledge of trauma and the way it can impact people across all identities and intersections to support the folks seeking services at VSC. She hopes to achieve this goal through a culturally competent, intersectional, strengths based, self-determination perspective as she believes everyone holds different identities and has walked different paths of life that make up who they are. Paola hopes to continue her education by obtaining a Masters in Social Work.

Jessica – Advocacy Intern

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Jessica gained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Currently, she is pursuing her masters in Clinical Social Work with the Ana G. Mendez University. During her university coursework, she has interned and worker with Help Now of Osceola as a Domestic Violence Advocate. Upon graduating in December 2022, Jessica plans to specialize in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) with the purpose to provide healing to individuals who have suffered from traumatic experiences. In following years after her graduation, she plans to start her studies in the field of Neuroscience as a doctorate student with the purpose of expanding her knowledge on trauma and the brain.

Medical and Forensic Services

Nancy – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

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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. KJ – VSC Medical Director, Orange County Sexual Assault Treatment Center

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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.

Dr. Ahmed – VSC Medical Director, Osceola County Care Center

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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.

Administrative Department

Laura  – Office Manager (Bilingual)

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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.

Sheri – Grants Manager

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Sheri Baeza comes to VSC from Daytona State College. She has 10-year career in higher education program and grants management both at the university and community college level, as well as experience as a non-profit management consultant and professional grant writer in Texas and Florida. She holds a BA in Communications and a Masters in Public Administration and Leadership from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a Graduate Certification in Nonprofit Management from Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Sheri is passionate about helping others and finding innovative ways to fill needs in the community. Sheri is a native Texas having lived there for over 46 years. She moved to Florida in 2020 to be closer to her family in Florida.  She enjoys volunteering her time with organizations such as Meals on Wheels and is a member of  Junior League. She has also sat on the board of directors for many community organizations in Texas, and looks forward to doing the same here in Florida. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and exploring her new home state.