The Coalition focuses the combined expertise, passion, and energy of our members and allies to support survivors and prevent gender-based violence. The Coalition staff and board are charged with providing the leadership and structure to collectively move our mission forward and make our vision of safe and just communities a reality.
Kara Masters, Chair
Masters Law Group
Danielle Prince, Co-Chair
Development & Communications Manager
Amarinthia Torres, Treasurer
Community Advocacy Program Manager
NW Network of BLGT Survivors of Abuse
Natalie Dolci, Secretary
University of Washington Police Department
Nicole Beeman, Director
David Ito, Director
Marketing Analytics Manager
Allison Jurkovich, Director
Director of CSE Advocacy Services
Organization for Prostitution Survivors
Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Director
Sexual Violence Legal Services, YWCA King/Sno Co.
Andrea Paine, Director
Family Behavioral Health – Operations Manager
Catholic Community Services Western Washington
Serena Dislers, Director
Partner Resource Manager
Peter Qualliotine, Director
Director of Men’s Accountability
Organization for Prostitution Survivors
Priya Rai, Director
Queer Network Program Coordinator & Anti-Human Trafficking Organizer
Merril Cousin is the Executive Director of the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence. Her consensus-building leadership of the Coalition arises from over 35 years’ experience working to end domestic and sexual violence, including direct service, program management, and director roles. Under Merril’s direction, the Coalition has grown from an all-volunteer organization to a thriving agency funded by government sources, private donors, and member dues. She has served on numerous local, regional, and state-wide committees aimed at improving communities’ responses to sexual assault and domestic violence. Merril has also written articles, training curricula, and booklets about gender-based violence and has provided professional training and taught college courses on these issues.
Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them
Kate is often the first person you’ll speak to at our offices. She facilitates communication between board members and staff, coordinates volunteers, and keeps the office running efficiently. As a seasoned administrative professional, she tackles problems from tech support to snack shortages. Kate feels strongly that member organizations can unite to create change by recognizing gender-based violence as intersectional, working together, and learning from different approaches to the issue.
Alicia’s advocacy expertise includes over 13 years building relationships within the community, where she has been instrumental in forging connections and reciprocal consultation between member organizations. Her engaging training techniques help historically siloed organizations in the behavioral health, domestic violence, and sexual assault fields promote a more holistic and effective approach to the safety and healing of survivors by identifying and responding to survivors’ struggles with mental health or substance use. Through her work with the Coalition, Alicia has educated over 1500 professionals in King County on the intersections of chemical dependency, domestic violence, mental health, and sexual assault and facilitated policy and practice improvements for numerous agencies.
Monte has advocated for survivors of gender-based violence since 1994. In Montana, he worked on the Hendershott decision (recognizing a domestic violence survivor’s right to refuse court-ordered alternative dispute resolution) and the Massee decision (recognizing civil liability for police failure to comply with notice protections for domestic violence survivors). In California, Monte served as executive director of a 24-hour rape crisis center where he also taught a college course and helped coordinate community-based implementation and enforcement of VAWA, Title IX and the Prison Rape Elimination Act. He has participated in many projects, including one to fund student interns committed to ending gender-based violence and protecting undocumented survivors. At the Coalition, Monte manages the Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project.
Frances knits together their experience in technology, scholarship, and activism to improve access to resources for trans and gender non-conforming communities in King County. Frances operates with an understanding of gender justice that values all genders, and promotes the adoption of transgender cultural acceptance and legal rights. They are also committed to centering the needs of people of color and people with disabilities in the updated 2017 Guide. Frances is currently pursuing a Masters in Cultural Studies at UW Bothell. They delight in discussing social theory, learning new art forms, and baking with laminated dough.
Are you wondering how you can contribute to a just society where gender-based violence ceases to exist? Do you believe in the power of a Coalition, and want to invest in an amplified shift towards gender equity right here at home? If so, then get in touch with Liz! She’s happy to work with you to figure out ways to support the Coalition that are meaningful to you. Liz brings over seven years of fundraising experience from Seattle’s nonprofits. She’s passionate about gender justice, and excited to be joining the Coalition at what she hopes and believes is a pivotal moment in our society’s acceptance of gender equity and diversity. When she’s not connecting with the Coalition’s incredibly dedicated and awesome supporters, you can find her attempting to keep house plants alive, or off on mini bike tours exploring Pacific Northwest beauty.
Tracee focuses on bringing the reality of the survivor experience to the table and uncovering the ways patriarchy, sexism, racism, and classism continue to perpetuate gender-based violence. She contributes a strong understanding of the complexities of the issues of domestic violence through eight years of leadership as director of a nationally recognized, DV-focused supervised visitation program, as well as a background of advocacy that includes intervention, community organizing, training, and mediation. Her conflict management skills and doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology help to facilitate difficult conversations necessary to spark change.