The Rape Crisis Center is fortunate to have a dedicated and diverse staff with varied backgrounds and expertise.


Daniele Staple, MSW

Executive Director
Daniele joined The Rape Crisis Center as Executive Director in March 2013. Prior to joining RCC, Since moving here in 1996, Ms. Staple has served in several other leadership positions in the non-profit community in Southern Nevada. Most notably, she served as Executive Director of Henderson Allied Community Advocates DBA HopeLink from February 2002 until August 2011, helping to dramatically expand the budget and programs of the organization.  Daniele was involved in numerous innovative and collaborative projects involving housing programs and child welfare.

Prior to joining HopeLink, Daniele worked in several capacities with the American Cancer Society.  She holds both a bachelor’s and MSW from Washington University In St. Louis.  Daniele is a graduate of the 2005 Leadership Henderson class and was recognized as a “Woman to Watch” for 2016 by Vegas Magazine.

Contact Daniele Dreitzer:

Britt Cotrell, MA

Development Director
Britt Cotrell joined the Rape Crisis Center in June, 2019 as our Grants and Development Manager.  She comes to us from her most recent development role at Ohio State Legal Services Association where she wrote and managed grants for a large state-wide legal aid program.  Britt has almost a decade of nonprofit experience, specializing in grant-based roles where she leveraged data to improve programs and find new funding opportunities. Her life’s mission is to cultivate mutual understanding through sharing and to serve others through acts of intention and kindness.  She received both her Bachelors’ (History and Russian) and Master’s degrees (Slavic and East European Studies) at The Ohio State University.   She is a member of the National Grants Professional Association (GPA) and Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Southern Nevada (YNPN).

Contact Brittany Cotrell:

Brittany Perez

Office Manager
Brittany joined The Rape Crisis Center in September 2018. Brittany has a background in serving as an administrator for Substance Recovery Programs. Brittany supports the fiscal, HR, and bookkeeping functions at The RCC, as well as assisting with special events.

Contact Brittany Perez:

Tia S.

Volunteer and Hotline Manager

Volunteers are key to everything we do at The Rape Crisis Center, and an important part of our team. Tia joined the team in September 2020 with a strong background in sports marketing and volunteer management. Tia oversees all aspects of volunteer training and engagement, as well as the phone and text support hotlines.

Contact Tia:


Crisis Response Coordinator

Contact Diamond:


The Rape Crisis Center has advocates serving in many different settings, including court, schools, jails and prisons, homeless shelters, and doing phone support and hospital accompaniment.

Kathy S. 

Director of Advocacy Services

Kathy is rejoining the RCC team, having previously served as the Juvenile and Family Advocate. She has also worked extensively with child welfare. Kathy oversees the variety of advocates and advocacy services, and works closely with internal and external partners to assure greater access to our services for those seeking support

Contact Kathy S:

Wendy L.

(Bilingual – Spanish)
Bilingual Program Manager

Wendy has served in a variety of capacities since joining The RCC team in 2009.  In her current role, Wendy oversees all services, programs, and outreach with the Latinx community. She is also very involved in court and criminal justice advocacy efforts and long-term support for victims as they go through the long process after an assault to bring perpetrators to justice. Wendy is passionate about getting critical safety and awareness information out to the Latinx community, in particular serving families dealing with the aftermath of child sexual abuse, and making sure the RCC’s services in Spanish continue to expand. Wendy has lived in Las Vegas since the mid-1990’s.

Contact Wendy L.:

Sindy C.

(Bilingual – Spanish)
Client Services Coordinator

Sindy joined The Rape Crisis Center at the beginning of 2018. Prior to joining RCC, Sindy has worked for other community organizations in the Las Vegas area including in which she has provided case management, basic skills training and school side supports to individuals and families. Sindy earned a Master’s degree in International Human Rights and Genocide Studies from Kingston University, London, UK.

Contact Sindy:


School Based Advocate

Lisa started with the Rape Crisis Center in 2012 as a volunteer victim advocate.  She later worked as a YourSPACE facilitator and then joined the RCC full time to assist with  Prevention and Education Programs.  In 2015, Lisa became the first  School Based Advocate, working with youth in K-12 schools and their families in addressing school related issues that may be connected with their experience of sexual assault or abuse.

Contact Lisa


Intake Advocate



(Bilingual – Spanish)

Juvenile and Family Advocate

Contact Yosseline:


PREA Coordinator and Advocate

Contact Jameelah:

Prevention, Education and Outreach

Sexual violence can be prevented by changing the views and behaviors of young people, through bystander intervention, and through widespread education of children from a young age that empowers them regarding their own body boundaries.

The Vision of the Prevention and Education Department is: Prevention through Education, and the Mission is: To offer prevention through education to build healthy relationships and promote responsibility to end violence in all communities by shifting how we value ourselves and each other.

Wayua Barrett

Prevention, Education, and Outreach Director

Contact Wayua Barrett:

Debbie Harpster

Anti-human trafficking Training Specialist

Contact Debbie

Cristina Hernandez, MPH

Education Programs Specialist

Contact Cristina Hernandez

R.I.S.E. (Resources and Integration for Survivor Empowerment) Team:

R.I.S.E. is a comprehensive case management program for those that have been impacted by any form of human trafficking. Referrals are taken from Law Enforcement, Medical Professionals, other Service Providers, and community referrals.

Brittany H.

R.I.S.E. Program Director

Contact Brittany H.


RISE Client Services Manager – Bilingual (Spanish)

Contact Joanna


Case Manager – Bilingual (Spanish)


Case Manager


Case Manager – Bilingual (Spanish)


Intern Coordinator

Counseling Center:

We have multiple counselors providing services in English and Spanish and serving clients ages 3 and up who have been impacted by sexual abuse, assault, and human trafficking in the Nevada Women’s Philanthropy Signs of Hope Counseling Center.

Kathleen Bergquist, JD, Ph.D., LCSW

Clinical Director – Signs of Hope

Dr. Bergquist is on the faculty of the UNLV School of Social Work and also serves in many community roles. Dr. Bergquist has been working with The Rape Crisis Center since 2013. She serves as our Clinical Director, overseeing therapeutic services, all of our counseling center staff, and providing organizational direction in the growth and development of our trauma-centered therapeutic services.

Patricia C.

(Bilingual – Spanish) Counseling Center Coordinator

Patricia joined The Rape Crisis Center team in October 2016. Patricia has previously worked in the medical field. Patricia is dedicated to making all clients at RCC feel comfortable and welcome.

Contact Patricia C.:

Practicing Therapists:

Ashley Martinez, MS, LCPC

Emily Lewis, MA, LMFT-I

Dawn Canty, MS, LMFT

Holly Shank, MS, LCPC

Cheryl (Liz) Carrasco, MSW, LCSW

Carolina Villar-Mendez, MS, LCPC

Sarah Mount, MS, LMFT

Sandy Simanton, MSW, LCSW

Sarah Oettinger, MSW, LCSW

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