Sandra Henriquez

Sandra Henriquez

Sandra Henriquez, M.B.A.

Chief Executive Officer

Sandra Henriquez (she/her/hers) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). She has led CALCASA since 2010, helping to elevate the profile of sexual violence and the work of rape crisis center programs throughout the state and nation.

Ms. Henriquez has worked in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence since 1985. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  As CALCASA’s CEO, Ms. Henriquez has helped to transform the organization’s culture and strategies by centering and amplifying the voices and experiences of those who are most marginalized, and working to create systemic change.  Under her leadership, CALCASA has embarked on several efforts creating strategic partnerships with change influencers in order to create a cultural shift among industries including sport, transportation and labor, and with systems on behalf of incarcerated victims of sexual violence, immigrants in detention, farmworkers, and janitorial workers in communities throughout California.

David Lee

David Lee

David S. Lee, M.P.H.

Deputy Director

David Lee (he/him/his) leads CALCASA’s team that provides training and technical assistance to California’s rape crisis centers on prevention activites. He manages PreventConnect, the nation’s leading online community to advance primary prevention of sexual and domestic violence. He’s been a part of the movement to end sexual assault and domestic violence since 1982.

Ashleigh Klein

Ashleigh Klein

Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez

Director of Prevention

Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez (she/her/hers) began her work in the movement to end sexual violence in 2005 as a volunteer with the local rape crisis center in her community. Having dabbled in activism as a teenager, Ashleigh was quickly drawn to the social change elements of prevention work and worked in several community-based programs. She has had the privilege of collaborating and partnering with numerous community stakeholders, including community and state colleges, on implementing sexual violence prevention programs.

Sandy Monroy

Sandy Monroy

Sandy Monroy

Project Manager & Site Administrator, Pasadena

Sandy Monroy (she/her/hers) is the Project Manager and Site Administrator for California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) in Pasadena. Sandy has over 15 years of experience working in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. Sandy has served as the Director of Programs at a local Los Angeles-based rape crisis and domestic violence center. She has extensive experience in working with individuals from the Latinx community, with an emphasis on access to civil legal remedies. Sandy holds a Board of Immigration Appeals accreditation with the Department of Homeland Security.  She currently provides Training and Technical Assistance to rape crisis centers and agencies working to build capacity in the area of civil legal needs and immigration protections for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Ashleigh Klein

Ashleigh Klein

Carissa L. Gutiérrez

Communications Manager

Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez (she/her/hers) began her work in the movement to end sexual violence in 2005 as a volunteer with the local rape crisis center in her community. Having dabbled in activism as a teenager, Ashleigh was quickly drawn to the social change elements of prevention work and worked in several community-based programs. She has had the privilege of collaborating and partnering with numerous community stakeholders, including community and state colleges, on implementing sexual violence prevention programs.

Karen Sayers

Karen Sayers

I was raised in the San Joaquin valley, but moved to this area when my husband was transferred with the railroad. We raised our family of 4 children in the area, and have enjoyed living here. I have a Masters in Business Administration and Accounting. As a hobby, I bake and decorate cakes and other goodies. I have worked in non-profit accounting for many years. I went to a for-profit company, but decided non-profit was what I enjoyed doing the most. I’m happy to be working for CALCASA. It’s dedication, vision and commitment are invaluable, and I am happy to be a part of it.

 

John L. Finley

John L. Finley

John L. Finley

Public Policy Manager

John L. Finley (he/him/his) works under the direction of CALCASA’s Executive Director, and is responsible for development and implementation of CALCASA’s strategic advocacy and legislative priorities. He works closely with the entire management team to identify, monitor, and execute our legislative agenda on emerging issues related to sexual violence, and provides key legislative analysis on statewide and national public policy. Born and raised in America’s Finest City: San Diego, California, John graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science. He became involved in the movement to end sexual violence while serving as President of the Associated Students of Stanford University, and lent his voice to the national chorus calling for improved systems of education, prevention, and adjudication in the aftermath of People v. Brock Turner. John is a proud Eagle Scout, and is committed to lifelong advocacy on behalf of survivors of sexual violence and marginalized people everywhere.

Tori VandeLinde, MPH

Tori VandeLinde, MPH

Tori VandeLinde, MPH

Project Coordinator

Tori VandeLinde (she/her/hers) received her BS from the University of Montana in Community Health and Prevention Sciences and her MPH from Oregon State University in Health Promotion and Health Behavior. Growing up in Southern California and prior experience in campus sexual violence prevention drew her to CALCASA in 2018, where she now coordinates day-to-day operations for PreventConnect and other prevention activities. Her interest and passion in preventing sexual violence comes from a desire to create a more just world, using public health tools to achieve that vision. When she’s not working, Tori enjoys spoiling her dog with affection and playtime, reading in the sunlight, and cooking.

Julie Sena

Julie Sena

Project Coordinator | Event Planner

Julie Sena leads the planning, operation and execution of CALCASA’s yearly Statewide Sexual Assault Conference and the CALCASA hosted biennial National Sexual Assault Conference in partnership with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Julie began in the movement in 2009 while working for a local sexual assault and domestic violence agency coordinating multiple large-scale community and fund development events. She is passionate about making the community a better place for everyone and is excited to draw on her two-decades of non-profit operations and project management experience to accomplish this goal at CALCASA..

Sarah Orton

Sarah Orton

Sarah Orton

Project Coordinator

Currently CALCASA’s Training and Technical Assistance lead for Rape Prevention Education programs in California, Sarah Orton (she/her/hers) has been working at the intersections of sexual health, sexual violence education and advocacy since 2014. After completing her degree in Sexuality Studies with an emphasis on Research Methodology in 2011, she went on to pursue volunteer work at reproductive health organizations and eventually landed at community Rape Crisis Centers as a sexual health and sexual violence prevention educator. Since then, Sarah’s work has included nonprofit program management, leading sexual assault crisis intervention and response, systems-based advocacy and reform, training and facilitation, and community organizing. Before CALCASA, Sarah provided direct service advocacy to survivors of sexual assault at University of California, Berkley. She is a firm believer in the power of sex positive culture, social justice and community-based responses to end sexual violence.

 

Marsela Rojas

Marsela Rojas

Project Coordinator

Marsela Rojas has roots in Southern California and Mexico. Her work has primarily included education, advocacy, and research around sexual violence prevention, reproductive justice, and prisoner rights. She has taught women’s studies at a university and in prison, facilitated workshops and trainings at college women’s centers, and provided advocacy for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

At CALCASA she works with rape crisis centers across the state to provide advocacy to survivors in prisons and detention centers. Marsela is committed to the long-term systemic change necessary to free our communities from interpersonal and structural violence in all its forms. When she’s not in the office she likes to cook for friends and family, hike, and visit museums.

 

Shelby Phillips

Shelby Phillips

Program Assistant

Shelby was born in Lancaster and raised in Pasadena, CA. She studied economics and political science at the University of California, Merced. Following her studies she spent 4 weeks in Rome, Italy and 1 week in Accra, Ghana learning about social justice and race relations. Passionate about social justice, the move to CALCASA was a natural fit for her. In her free time, Shelby loves meeting new people, exercising and making videos with her stepdaughter Kaniya. She is also preparing for law school.

 

Meghna Bhat

Meghna Bhat

Meghna Bhat, PhD 

Project Coordinator, Prevention

As an outspoken advocate against gender violence and social injustice, Meghna Bhat (she/her/hers) has 17 years of extensive work experience in interdisciplinary gender based research, prevention education, community outreach and partnerships in diverse settings. Meghna has earned her PhD in Criminology, Law, and Justice (Gender and Women’s Studies) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Drawn from her own traumatizing experiences with gender violence and being trained in digital storytelling, she is passionate about using storytelling and film for prevention and healing. As an immersive storyteller, a proud first-generation South Asian immigrant, and prevention educator, Meghna is excited to be re(joining) CALCASA in contributing her expertise and education to advancing statewide prevention efforts in California. She enjoys brisk walks, cooking, nurturing her plants, and acrylic painting.

 

Priscilla Klassen

Priscilla Klassen

Project Coordinator

Priscilla was introduced to Sexual Violence Prevention work in 2005 as a member of her campus feminist organization. After organizing various campus events, such as Take Back the Night, SpeakOut, and the Clothesline Project, Priscilla began volunteering as a Sexual Assault Response Team member for local rape crisis centers. She has most recently spent over eight years working with adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the residential setting. Priscilla is excited to merge her work in prevention with her work with folx in the IDD community.