Dr. Etiony Aldarondo is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Miami where he conducts research on men who batter and directs the Family Resettlement Research and Advocacy Project. His publications include the book Programs for Men Who Batter: Intervention and Prevention Strategies in a Diverse Society (Civic Research Institute with Fernando Mederos, Ed.D., 2002) and articles on topics such as wife assault cessation and psychological aggression, risk markers for the cessation and persistence of wife assault, ethnicity and wife assault, motivation to change in abusive men, and the clinical assessment of battering. He is the editor of the forthcoming book Promoting Social Justice through Mental Health Practice. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991. Dr. Aldarondo was a research fellow with the Family Violence Research Program at the University of New Hampshire where he worked in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the National Alcohol and Family Violence Survey, which was the first study specifically designed to assess the occurrence of wife assault in Latino communities in the US. Dr. Aldarondo has been board President for both Common Purpose, Inc. and the Dorchester Domestic Violence Community Roundtable. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center, and a member of the National Advisory Panel for the Batterer Intervention and Prevention Programs Evidence-Based Review.
Patricia S. Castillo has worked more than two decades to end violence against women and children. In addition to serving on Alianza’s Board of Directors, she is the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts), a coalition of 50 agencies, organizations and individuals. From 1990 to 2002, she was the Projects Coordinator for the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative when it was based at the Benedictine Resource Center in San Antonio, Texas. In this position she developed domestic violence community projects and public policy through collaboration and community organization. As the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, she continues to do this work as well as serve as an advocate, educator and technical assistance resource to many sectors of the community, including civic, legal, medical, religious, educational, human resource and media groups; and directs citizen coalitions and networks. From 1982-1985 she was a Public Education Specialist and Caseworker at the Women’s Shelter of Bexar County, San Antonio, where she did crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy with battered families, participated in policy development and designed a community awareness campaign. Ms. Castillo has also done casework with inmate women and their children through the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, and with crime victims and their families at the San Antonio Police Department, where she was the first social worker ever assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit of the Homicide Bureau. Nationally, she has trained and educated at numerous domestic violence conferences in the past 13 years. Internationally, she has trained in Honduras, Brazil, China, Russa, Guatemala, and Mexico. In Mexico, she has worked with the National Network of Shelters, Alternativas Pacificas, a battered womens’ shelter in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, and done trainings in Mexico City, Cancun, and Monterrey.
Dr. Fernando Mederos is the Director of Special Projects—Fatherhood atthe Massachusetts Department of Social Services. His coremission is to increase the Department’s capacity to engagepositively with fathers in a way that is strength-based, isculturally competent, is sensitive to safety and domestic violenceissues, and promotes healthy, nurturing, and respectful engagementwith children and partners. He will be involved inbridge-building between Responsible Fatherhood programs, HealthyMarriage programs, supervised visitation providers and the domesticviolence field within Massachusetts.
He is a practitioner (consultant, writer and trainer) oriented toculturally competent domestic violence intervention and prevention,and he focuses on identifying culturally-based values, models andpractices that are protective against domestic violence and thatpromote respectful and egalitarian relationships between men andwomen.
Dr. Mederos specializes in helping communities develop holistic andculturally competent coordinated community responses to domesticviolence. He brings up to date knowledge of current research and bestpractices in this field. He is also an experienced trainer andspeaker for practitioners and agencies nationally and abroad. Dr.Mederos began working with physically abusive men at Emerge in 1980.In 1989, he co-founded and became Director of Common Purpose, aBoston-based batterer intervention program. In 1995, he left CommonPurpose and devoted himself full time to consulting. Presently, he isa trainer and problem-solving consultant for the Department ofJustice, for the Battered Women's Justice Project, the Vera Instituteand the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. He is co-editorof Programs for menwho batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diversesociety (CivicResearch Institute with Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D., 2002) and, throughhis work with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services,published a manual on intervention with physically abusive men in thechild protection caseload in 2004. He co-chairs the National LatinoAlliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.
Ms. Zulema (Ruby) White Starr is the Assistant Director of the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). In this capacity she directs the operation of the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (Resource Center) and the Department’s technical assistance program for the Federal Greenbook Demonstration Project (Greenbook), a collaborative project with the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the American Public Human Services Association. Ms. White Starr implements all areas of the Resource Center and Greenbook grants including budgeting and project planning, serves on the management team of the Domestic Violence Resource Network, and provides education nationally to multi-disciplinary professionals on cutting-edge issues pertaining to domestic violence, particularly in the realm of child protection and child custody. Her current focus is on examining issues relevant to children exposed to domestic violence, resilience, culture, and educating the judiciary on issues related to violence against women.
Ms. White Starr also serves as a national advisory committee member for the Women of Color Network, is immediate past president of the board of directors of the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, and volunteers for the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW), facilitating the Teen Speaker’s Bureau and conducting women’s groups in the emergency shelter. Additionally, she served on CAAW’s Resource Development Committee for 3 years.
Prior to joining NCJFCJ, Ms. White Starr worked with CAAW, a grassroots, feminist, community-based domestic violence organization, where she was the Director of Residential Programs and responsible for overall supervision and coordination of residential programs, including the emergency shelter and Transitional Housing Project. At CAAW Ruby developed and designed programs and services to address Residential Program goals; involved residents in evaluation and development of services and programs; provided crisis-counseling, advocacy, parenting guidance, goal setting assistance and therapeutic activities; and designed and produced newsletters and various outreach materials and conducted community outreach activities.
She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno and an A.A. in Telecommunication, Radio and Television Broadcasting from Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, California.
Ms. White Starr shares her professional knowledge and personal experience as a child witness and child and adult victim of domestic violence with the media and to various groups throughout the country in hopes that her experiences will lead to better practices and outcomes for both battered women and their children.