Meet the Bloggers

Ashley Slay

Youth Clinical Outreach Coordinator

As BARCC’s youth clinical outreach coordinator, Ashley facilitates BARCC’s Youth Leadership Corps (a teen peer leadership program) and leads professional development trainings for youth workers and youth-serving organizations to help them better serve adolescent survivors of sexual violence.She formerly served BARCC as the community engagement specialist and a youth programs intern. Prior to working at BARCC, Ashley received a master’s degree in in macro practice social work with a certificate in human services management from the Boston University School of Social Work. In addition to her focus on systemic change, she has a strong interest in clinical social work involving youth, race, and gender. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in sociology and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; has interned with the Massachusetts Immigrant Refugee and Advocacy Coalition; and worked in schools as a City Year corps member and in residential treatment for adolescents.

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center provides free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. We work with survivors regardless of when the violence occurred, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal. We also work with a wide range of organizations and communities, including schools, colleges, and police, to advocate for change. We provide training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.

Cassie Luna

Cassie Luna, BARCC’s school and campus outreach coordinator, strengthens BARCC’s relationships with schools and colleges in our service area and works with schools to implement diverse outreach and prevention strategies. They formerly served as BARCC’s Community Awareness and Prevention Services coordinator. Cassie’s work and passion are rooted in survivor-led and survivor-centered experience as well as anti-oppression values. Prior to BARCC, Cassie worked as a trainer, technical assistance provider, and hotline advocate at the Network/La Red. There, they collaborated with local, state, and national coalitions and shelters to advocate for LGBQ/T survivors of domestic violence. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, Cassie also served as an intern at the Network/La Red and as a hotline advocate for Safelink, the statewide domestic violence hotline. Cassie is passionate about building communities in Boston where we take care of each other and hold one another accountable.

Dave

Dave has volunteered with BARCC since 2007 and works in higher education administration.  He also facilitates a men’s pro-feminist group, is a STARZ member of Socializing for Justice, a Yelp Elite ‘10 member, and sits on the advisory council of the Boston Medical Center’s domestic violence prevention board.  He got involved with BARCC to further his understanding of feminism and gender justice, and also to get the chance to show his speaking skills far and wide.  He lives in Allston, where the music is.

Gina Scaramella

Executive Director

Gina Scaramella, LICSW, provides the vision and strategic leadership to advance BARCC’s mission. As executive director since 2003, she works closely with people within and outside of the organization to continually grow and improve it. Gina began at BARCC as a volunteer hotline counselor in 1989 before heading to graduate school. She joined staff in 1995 to coordinate the medical and legal advocacy programs. Gina has grown BARCC’s budget nearly three­fold and developed the infrastructure to ensure BARCC’s positive impact for survivors, in our communities, and beyond.

Gina has worked nationally as an expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was part of the EMPOWER leadership team, which was tasked with formulating Massachusetts’s approach to preventing sexual violence. She also served as an expert for the federal Defending Childhood Project of the Boston Public Health Commission. Currently she is on the board of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, the project management team of the National Telenursing Center, the advisory board for the Indicators Project of the Vera Center for Justice, and the leadership team of the National Vicarious Trauma Tool Kit project with Northeastern University. Gina holds an LICSW license and earned her master of social work degree from Boston University.

Jessica L. Atcheson

Jessica L. Atcheson

Marketing and Communications Manager

As BARCC’s first staffer solely dedicated to communications, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels.

Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

Kim Sebastiao

Kim Sebastiao is BARCC’s development manager. A BARCC staff member since 2012, Kim is responsible for conceptualizing, organizing, and executing a wide range of fundraising initiatives, with a focus on writing and corporate sponsorships. Kim has 14 years of experience in fundraising and event planning. She has managed large- and small-scale events and raised money for various nonprofit organizations, including the Women’s Center of Rhode Island, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Kim is a graduate of Ithaca College.

Meg

Meg formerly served BARCC as its coordinator of Community Education and Outreach. Prior to that, she was involved with various aspects of sexual violence prevention, education, and response at Northeastern University and Williams College. Her work focuses on mobilizing communities to prevent sexual violence.

Shira

Shira formerly served as a volunteer with BARCC’s Survivor Speakers Bureau and Prevention Services. She also formerly worked as BARCC’s volunteer and program assistant. Shira also writes science fiction and fantasy short stories and poetry, and much of her outreach was done within the community of science-fiction fandom and the closely-allied local polyamory community.

Sitara Zoberi

Communications and Marketing Intern

Sitara Zoberi was BARCC’s communications and marketing intern for the summer of 2017. She is a recipient of the Lumpkin fellowship at Wellesley College.

stacey

Stacey formerly served BARCC as the coordinator for Community Awareness and Outreach. Prior to BARCC, she worked for the Navy as a sexual assault response coordinator and volunteered for the DC Rape Crisis Center. She got involved with anti-rape work during college and has enjoyed doing both direct services and educational work.

Steph Trilling

Director of Community Awareness and Prevention Services

Steph Trilling formerly served as BARCC’s director of Community Awareness and Prevention Services. After originally joining BARCC as a medical advocacy volunteer, Steph held many roles while on staff between 2008 and 2017: prevention educator, community rabble-rouser, youth worker, and clinician. She has coauthored several curricula used throughout Massachusetts, including BE SAFE, the Trauma and Resiliency Training Institute, and the Can We Talk series, all emphasizing self-awareness, positive youth development, and resiliency. Steph has served on the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter’s Nominations and Leadership Identification Committee. She earned a master’s degree from Salem State University’s School of Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in history and education from UMass Amherst.

Stephanie DeCandia

Stephanie DeCandia is BARCC’s director of programs. She provides oversight of and strategic direction for BARCC’s client services and​ advocacy programs as well as its legislative and policy work. She first started at BARCC as a​ legal intern and also served as the Victim Rights Law Center’s supervising staff attorney (when it was a BARCC program) as well as BARCC’s legal advocacy coordinator, manager of system advocacy and policy, and director of client services and advocacy. In addition to her work at BARCC, Stephanie is a part-­time lecturer at Northeastern University, where she teaches a class entitled Sexual Violence: Counseling, Programs, and​ Policy. She earned a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a​ bachelor’s degree in social work from Providence College.

Taylor Rapalyea

Taylor Rapalyea serves as BARCC’s marketing and communications coordinator. She helps implement communications plans, creates content, and provides support for organizational communications, all to further public knowledge of BARCC’s mission and services. Taylor brings four years of local news reporting and editing to BARCC, and has worked at Patch News, the Salem News, and the Gloucester Daily Times. She learned video reporting and editing at the Boston Herald, and served as editor of the Simmons Voice while studying journalism and public relations at Simmons College.

Tommy

Tommy formerly served as a volunteer with BARCC’s Community Awareness and Prevention Services program. He has cotaught a course on sexual violence prevention at a local charter school. A former newspaper critic, he now focuses on playwriting and blogging.