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 (she/her), our Interim Co-Executive Director, helps direct the agency, leads our counseling and advocacy services and coordinates community partnerships for county-wide sexual assault victim services.

Ahmad Moghadam

Ahmad (he/him), our Associate Director, designs, implements, and oversees systems focused on financial, office and operational management, regulatory compliance, and organizational sustainability.

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 College Campus Advocate/Counselor

 

Annie is the College Campus Advocate/Counselor for RCC, she splits her time between Madison College and Edgewood College. Her extensive background in sexual and reproductive justice & wellbeing and the ways in which these intersect with race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality brought her to her work with the RCC. She 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 on their journey towards working through 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.

Samantha Read Burden

Samantha Read- Burden

Development Assistant

 

Samantha (she/her) has been with the RCC as a volunteer and intern since she was 17 years old, has completed four Java Jives, and finally started as a staff member in July 2019. She is passionate about accessible and affordable healthcare. She enjoys reading novels and memoirs, her favorite authors include Octavia Butler and Jesmyn Ward. Samantha lives in downtown Madison with her beloved roommate and their cat, Cricket.

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.