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About Our Board

* Contributing          * Empowered          * Grateful          * Strong          * Making a Difference          
* Fulfilled                  * Part of Something Important          * Useful


These are just some of the ways our board members feel when giving their time, passion and expertise to volunteer service for our Center. Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve.

Our board members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need. Here are our current board members:

Ashely Joyner, President:  Realtor with Collier & Associates

Justin Kohley, Vice President: Senior Manager, Global People Experience Strategy - Walmart

Simone Lewis, Treasurer: Loan Officer – Arvest Bank  _____________________________________________________________________________________

Hanna Salmonson, Member: Small Business Owner

Valandra, Member: Director of African & African American Studies and Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work - University of Arkansas 

Diem Nguyen, Member: Sex Crime Investigator – Federal Court

Sarah Faitak, Member: Director—The Breast Center of NWA

Julie Petty, Member: Project Trainer – Partners for Inclusive Communities

Lid Ryan, Member: Senior Human Resources Manager – Tyson Foods, inc.

Nate Walls, Member: Small Business Owner

For more information about our board of directors, or to reach our board, please email:

About Our Staff

Our staff reflects the community we serve and has a strong commitment to making our mission a reality in Northwest Arkansas. With tireless passion, our staff never stops working to build awareness and empower bystanders to intervene in messages and actions that blame victims and support perpetrators. We envision a society where all survivors will be supported and all perpetrators will be held accountable. With patient empathy, our staff provides comprehensive services to all survivors of sexual assault regardless of the survivor's race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. We provide compassionate, confidential services to every survivor whether or not they choose to report to law enforcement.  

Brandon Pettit ~Executive Director~

Julie Kinder ~Victim Services Coordinator~

Samantha Wallingford~Counseling Services Coordinator~

Analisa Chavez~Bilingual Counseling Services

Kristofer Riggs~Prevention Education Specialist~

Rachael Engledowl~Faith-Based Advocate~

Holly Wrobel~LGBTQ Advocate~

Sara Cano~Bilingual Advocate~

Stefany Sierra~Bilingual Advocate~

Anabelle Nunez~Bilingual Advocate~

Tyra Teasley~Let's Talk Advocate~

Evan Jackson~Let's Talk Advocate~

Rilanda Ralpho~Marshallese Advocate~

Paul Swington~Marshallese Advocate~















  • $ Raised from INDIVIDUAL Donors


  • # of Times Supporting a Survivor in 2018


  • # of Forensic Rape Kit Exams


  • # of Hotline Calls Answered


  • # of People Educated in 2018


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