About

Staff

Leadership

Missy Mael

Missy Mael she/her/hers   Co-Executive Director

 

Missy moved to Madison from a small town in Pennsylvania over 20 years ago. She has experience in a broad range of areas from education, to sales and marketing, to administration. She has two teenagers, and one of her favorite hobbies is watching them play soccer or do other activities. She also enjoys kayaking and hiking, and loves all kinds of animals. She even fostered dogs for a local rescue until she started keeping them. Now she just volunteers her time with local organizations to avoid turning her house into a zoo. Missy is a proud social justice warrior and is committed to ensuring RCC’s services are exceptional for every person in Dane County.

 

 

Dana Pellebon

Dana Pellebon (she/her), Co-Executive Director

 

Dana Pellebon is a community activist that has been working against oppression in all forms for her adult life. She is the Co-Executive Director of Rape Crisis Center in Dane County where she leads their counseling and advocacy services and coordinates community partnerships for county-wide sexual assault victim services. She is currently on the Board of Directors for OutReach LGBTQ+ Center and WorldBuilders. She has extensive experience working with persons experiencing homelessness through her work as the Director of Housing and Operations for Porchlight. Her activism extends to all aspects of her life including art. She is a theater professional and has directed, acted, and produced theatrical works regionally and in New York. She is also the co-founder of the Loud N Unchained Black Theater Festival and the owner of the Madison Theatre Collective.

Ahmad Moghadam

Ahmad (he/him),  Associate Director

Ahmad Moghadam grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, where he developed a passion for volunteering and community service. He has worked in the non-profit sector in fundraising, grants, and  administration at human service and arts education organizations. He is committed to developing strategies for growing the RCC’s ability to support survivors and address inequity.

Emily Ruzicka

 Emily Ruzicka (she/her/hers) Director of Development & Communications

 

Emily grew up in Madison and is a entrepreneur at heart, with a background of media marketing, program development, team building and process reform. Emily is proud of her varied background of non- profit work to the creation and development of small businesses throughout the Madison area and beyond. Emily is a fierce advocate of reproductive rights and equity for all people. Emily has been a part of the LGBTQ+ community for years.  Emily oversees agency fund development, events, communications and marketing efforts while creating new possibilities for RCC to reach everyone in our community who needs RCC services and can benefit from  education and prevention programs regarding sexual violence. Emily has two incredibly smart and talented children, a wonderful and supportive husband and is an animal lover since day one.

Annie Bruns

 

Annie Bruns (she/her), MSW, CAPSW 

Mental Health Therapist

 

Annie is the Mental Health Therapist for RCC. She provides trauma informed, one-on-one therapy/counseling for a diverse clientele of sexual violence survivors and will be facilitating support groups for survivors. Annie also helps connect people with other community mental health resources.

 

Her background in sexual and reproductive justice & wellbeing and the ways in which these intersect with race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality inform her work at the RCC. She is excited to be learning new therapy modalities to bring to her practice. Annie is part of the LGBTQ+ community and is passionate about sharing resources and working collaboratively to ensure that clients of any gender, sexuality, or ethnic background are supported and nourished as they navigate the effects of sexual violence.

 

Annie is originally from Madison, though she has lived in a few other states as well as parts of Latin America over the years. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling (pre-COVID), and photography.

Stephani Argandoña

Stephani (she/her), our Bilingual/Bicultural Advocate, counsels clients whose primary language is Spanish and provides medical and legal advocacy for all victims.

Elena Espana-Regan

Elena(she/her), our UW Advocate, supports students on the UW-Madison campus, where she also conducts outreach and advocates for sexual assault victims engaged in the campus disciplinary process.  Elena also provides medical and legal advocacy.

Heidi Kobor

Heidi Kobor (she/her/hers), Madison Metro Youth Advocate

 

Heidi is the Madison Metropolitan Youth Advocate, as such she works specifically with middle and high school survivors in the Madison area. Her passion for building relationships with young people and ensuring their voices and stories are heard is what brought her to RCC. She strives to meet clients wherever they are in their healing journey in order to provide individualized support and skills-building resources. She is currently completing her Masters in Social Work at UW-Madison. In her free time, she enjoys taking her two dogs, Luna and Garbanzo, for walks, and singing and dancing with her small human.

Shaquella Johnson

Shaquella Johnson (she/her)  Multicultural Advocate and Community Outreach Specialist

 

Shaquella Johnson is a knowledgeable outreach advocate and educational specialist, who is not only passionate about supporting and empowering those whose lives are touched by sexual violence, but also passionate about curating spaces for healing and self-care within the black community. As the Outreach Advocate and Educational Specialist for the Black Community at Rape Crises Center, she not only supports those who are survivors of all forms of sexual violence but also provides educational opportunities for those to learn about Sexual Violence, Rape Culture and how to support those whose lives are impacted.

 

Shaquella grew up in the Madison area but was born in Rockford, ILL. Before coming to this role at RCC she worked with youth and families in Dane county. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending quality time with her close family and friends. Her favorite author is bell hooks and uses hook’s love ethic to fuel her work at RCC and her life. Shaquella’s favorite quote from hooks is,  “When we are loving we openly and honestly express care, affection, responsibility, respect, commitment, and trust”. The most enjoyable  aspect of her job at RCC is connecting and building relationships with her clients and community members she serves.

Alex Skalla

Alex Skalla (she/her) Helpline Services and Volunteer Coordinator

 

Alex coordinates RCC’s helpline and advocacy, including helpline volunteers and on-call advocates. Alex is  passionate about giving survivors a space to be supported and believed, and her hobbies include boxing and playing guitar.

Courtney Thompson

Courtney (she/her), our Rural Youth Advocate, provides emotional support for youth ages 12-18, as well as medical and legal advocacy.

Bridget Bell

Bridget (she/her), a Bilingual/Bicultural On-Call Advocate, responds to helpline calls and medical and legal accompaniments on nights and weekends.

Lizbeth Covarrubios

Lizbeth (she/her), a Bilingual/Bicultural On-Call Advocate, responds to helpline calls and medical and legal accompaniments on nights and weekends.

Heidi Healy

Heidi (she/her), an On-Call Advocates, responds to helpline calls and medical and legal accompaniments on nights and weekends.

Tara Kelley

Tara (she/her), an On-Call Advocate, responds to helpline calls and medical and legal accompaniments on nights and weekends.

Elizabeth Tappy

Elizabeth (she/her), an On-Call Advocate, responds to helpline calls and medical and legal accompaniments on nights and weekends.

Annetta Wright

Annetta (she/her), an On-Call Advocate, responds to helpline calls and medical and legal accompaniments on nights and weekends.

Missy Mael

Missy Mael she/her/hers   Co-Executive Director

 

Missy moved to Madison from a small town in Pennsylvania over 20 years ago. She has experience in a broad range of areas from education, to sales and marketing, to administration. She has two teenagers, and one of her favorite hobbies is watching them play soccer or do other activities. She also enjoys kayaking and hiking, and loves all kinds of animals. She even fostered dogs for a local rescue until she started keeping them. Now she just volunteers her time with local organizations to avoid turning her house into a zoo. Missy is a proud social justice warrior and is committed to ensuring RCC’s services are exceptional for every person in Dane County.

 

 

Bri Breunig

 

Bri Breunig (she/they)

Outreach and Education Specialist

GameChangers Facilitator

 

Bri is originally from Sauk City, WI and has been in Madison for ten years. She loves reading, writing, cooking (but mostly eating), traveling, and spending time with her loved ones. Bri is passionate about radical liberation politics/poetics, memes, plants/herbalism, her niece, sleeping in, and finding any reason to laugh.

As the Education & Outreach Specialist, her favorite part of her job is sharing ideas with students that shift their perspectives of themselves and their relation to others and the world. Her personal mission is to empower students with the knowledge and skills to challenge systems of oppression, imagine new ways of being, and practice how it feels to care for others and care/be cared for ourselves. She is grateful to be a witness to the brilliance, humor, insight and resilience of youth and relishes every opportunity to learn from their abundant wisdom.

 

“No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” – Zora Neale Hurston

We are each other’s harvestwe are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

 

 

Heather Chun

Heather (she/her), our Prevention & Education Specialist, is responsible for our prevention efforts with high schools, including gender equity clubs and she coordinates our GameChangers youth advisory board.

Natalie DeMaioribus

Natalie DeMaioribus(she/her/hers) Chimera Manager & Outreach Coordinator

 

I’m the Chimera Manager and Outreach Coordinator. I took Chimera Self-Defense my first semester at UW and have been obsessed with it ever since. Now I’ve been teaching for five years and it’s my favorite job I’ve ever had. I love hearing students’ success stories! I’m interested in anything interesting (which is almost everything) but I particularly love choral singing, linguistics, Brazilian jiu jitsu, writing, and geology.

Shaquella Johnson

Shaquella Johnson (she/her)  Multicultural Advocate and Community Outreach Specialist

 

Shaquella Johnson is a knowledgeable outreach advocate and educational specialist, who is not only passionate about supporting and empowering those whose lives are touched by sexual violence, but also passionate about curating spaces for healing and self-care within the black community. As the Outreach Advocate and Educational Specialist for the Black Community at Rape Crises Center, she not only supports those who are survivors of all forms of sexual violence but also provides educational opportunities for those to learn about Sexual Violence, Rape Culture and how to support those whose lives are impacted.

 

Shaquella grew up in the Madison area but was born in Rockford, ILL. Before coming to this role at RCC she worked with youth and families in Dane county. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending quality time with her close family and friends. Her favorite author is bell hooks and uses hook’s love ethic to fuel her work at RCC and her life. Shaquella’s favorite quote from hooks is,  “When we are loving we openly and honestly express care, affection, responsibility, respect, commitment, and trust”. The most enjoyable  aspect of her job at RCC is connecting and building relationships with her clients and community members she serves.

Summer Herrmann

Summer (she/her), one of our GameChanger Facilitators, helps keep our youth advisory board on track with meetings and projects.

Calista Storck

Calista (she/her), one of our GameChanger Facilitators, helps keep our youth advisory board on track with meetings and projects.

Rachel Dietzman

Rachel Dietzman (she, her, hers) Grants Specialist

 

Originally from Milwaukee, Rachel moved to Madison six years ago.  Rachel holds a BS in Community, Nonprofit Leadership from UW-Madison. Her passion for the nonprofit sector comes from the programming and supportive services she had access to as a young person. Rachel strongly believe in the positive outcomes that nonprofits have on individuals and communities. She enjoy building capacity and working behind the scenes for programs to ensure that amazing work can continue to be done each day. Pre COVID-19, Rachel enjoyed going to concerts, seeing live music/comedy shows, and thrifting. Rachel’s COVID-19 hobbies include keeping her house plants alive, fostering dogs, socially-distanced picnics with friends, and cooking.

Natalie DeMaioribus

Natalie DeMaioribus(she/her/hers) Chimera Manager & Outreach Coordinator

 

I’m the Chimera Manager and Outreach Coordinator. I took Chimera Self-Defense my first semester at UW and have been obsessed with it ever since. Now I’ve been teaching for five years and it’s my favorite job I’ve ever had. I love hearing students’ success stories! I’m interested in anything interesting (which is almost everything) but I particularly love choral singing, linguistics, Brazilian jiu jitsu, writing, and geology.

Bryn Cory

Bryn (she/her), one of our Chimera Instructors, teaches Chimera Self-Defense.