Starting in 2012, the NVRDC founders sought to create an organization to create a seamless network of referrals and services to all crime victims.

Network for Victim Recovery of DC empowers victims of all crimes to achieve survivor defined justice through a collaborative continuum of advocacy, case management and legal services.


NVRDC is motivated by three guiding principles:

1. The belief that survivors of crime must have a welcoming place to go in order to learn of their rights and enjoy a supportive and empowering environment as they process their experiences and determine how to respond to the crime;

2. The commitment to a holistic model of victim services to assist victims of all types of crime; and

3. The understanding that research has affirmatively shown that legal services provided with supportive counseling and case management services provide a greater benefit to survivors who are participating in the civil or criminal justice process.

NVRDC doesn’t do this alone. The staff reaches out to community-based organizations, faith-based communities, law firms, businesses, government agencies to get assistance. By strengthening DC’s safety net for crime victims, NVRDC assists in rebuilding families, communities, and the nation’s capital.

NVRDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; Federal ID #45-4888353.


Our Core Values:

NVRDC emphasizes self-determination and client-centered service for our clients and staff—our role is to provide tools and resources with which individuals can do for themselves.

NVRDC values community-driven innovation and resourcefulness. Seeking input from the community, we support our staff in ventures to think “outside of the box” to better serve our clients and community members. We recognize that staff, clients, and communities are pools of resource and catalysts for change.

NVRDC recognizes the importance of non-profits being transparent and accountable to staff, clients, and community. Through open and healthy communication, NVRDC promotes honesty, integrity, and flexibility to engage in the mission.

NVRDC values diversity in its many forms. We are committed to reflecting the community within and tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of all crime victims, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, sexual orientation, or ability.

NVRDC emphasizes and values an inter-disciplinary approach to addressing the needs of our clients, within the organization, and through our referral process.

Sustainable Passion
NVRDC runs on the energy of our mission-driven services and passion. We actively promote self-care among our clients and with our clients. We dedicate ourselves to operating sustainable and efficient programs by collaborating with partner organizations, being fiscally sound, and building and maintaining community support.

NVRDC’s mission requires us to ensure for our clients that our partners and system-based agencies are accountable to our community and the populations that are entrusted to serve. Additionally, NVRDC values our own integrity in the community which requires us to maintain a reputation of honesty and transparency. This is achieved through holding staff, leaders, our board, and other stakeholders accountable to our mission and vision.  


Advocacy & Case Management

Nikki Charles Co-Executive Director

Nikki Charles
Co-Executive Director

Lindsey Silverberg Director of Advocacy & Case Management

Lindsey Silverberg
Director of Advocacy & Case Management

Cierra Clark Case Manager

Cierra Clark
Case Manager

Sarah Foster Case Manager

Sarah Foster
Case Manager

Leise Gergely Senior Case Manager

Leise Gergely
Senior Case Manager

Kris Klassen Case Manager

Kris Klassen
Case Manager

Rochelle Kwan Case Manager

Rochelle Kwan
Case Manager

Sara Melgarejo Assistant Case Manager

Sara Melgarejo
Assistant Case Manager

Audrey Meshulam Case Manager

Audrey Meshulam
Case Manager

Jess Sturgess Case Manager

Jess Sturgess
Case Manager


Legal Advocacy

Bridgette Stumpf Co-Executive Director

Bridgette Stumpf
Co-Executive Director

Matthew Ornstein Co-Director of Legal Services

Matthew Ornstein
Co-Director of Legal Services

Kristin Eliason Co-Director of Legal Services

Kristin Eliason
Co-Director of Legal Services

Kiera Bloore Staff Attorney and Legal Intern Coordinator

Kiera Bloore
Staff Attorney and Legal Intern Coordinator

Naida Henao Staff Attorney

Naida Henao
Staff Attorney

Charlotte Keenan Staff Attorney

Charlotte Keenan
Staff Attorney

Ruth Perrin Staff Attorney

Ruth Perrin
Staff Attorney

Jabeen Adawi VLNDC Project Coordinator

Jabeen Adawi
VLNDC Project Coordinator

Maggie Schmidt Staff Attorney

Maggie Schmidt
Staff Attorney

Ashley Morse Elder Justice Fellow

Ashley Morse
Elder Justice Fellow




Special Projects

Merry O'Brien Grant Administrator and Elder Justice Coordinator

Merry O'Brien
Grant Administrator and Elder Justice Coordinator


Board Members

Ryan D. Guilds, Chair
Counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP

Courtney Cardin, Vice Chair
Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld

Marc Filer, Treasurer
Forensic Accountant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Amit Juneja, Secretary
Associate Director, Fortigent

Blair Decker
Pro Bono Counsel, Hogan Lovells


Christopher Ekimoff
Director, Financial Advisory Services, 
Resolution Economics Groups LLC

Jack Fleming
Senior Digital Communications Associate,
The Education Trust 

Jane Lee
Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

Monica McHugh
Director of Operations & Finance, Every Voice Center

Miranda Petersen
Program and Policy Director, Protect Our Defenders

Open Positions

Pro Bono & Volunteer Coordinator 


































NVRDC seeks a full-time attorney to serve as our pro bono and volunteer coordinator. This attorney will work collaboratively with NVRDC's leadership, legal team, and case managers to provide support and coordination of NVRDC's Legal Pro Bono and Volunteer Programs. This position will be required to work closely with NVRDC's legal team to manage the case coordination, trainings, and pro bono communications. The attorney will be expected to transition into co-counseling legal matters with pro bono attorneys as the pro bono program expands.

This individual will be a resourceful, highly organized, team player. Additionally, they must be a critical and analytical thinker who is self-reflective, self-aware, and open to growth and learning. In order to enhance NVRDC's dedication to social justice and access to justice for all victims of crime in the District, the Pro Bono & Volunteer Coordinator will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational backgrounds.

This is a full-time, (40 hours per week) FLSA exempt, at-will position. Prorated benefits are available and all federal holidays will be paid holidays. Compensation range: $50,000.

NVRDC offers a competitive benefits package for paid-time off, contribution for the cost of the health care coverage, retirement plan options, and professional development. Additionally, NVRDC is an eligible employer for the purposes of the DC Bar Foundation Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

The start date for this position is April 17, 2017.


The majority of the Pro Bono & Volunteer Coordinator's time will be spent maintaining the organization's existing legal Pro Bono Program and NVRDC's volunteer projects. NVRDC's pro bono opportunities include legal advocacy related to Civil Protection Order representation, campus administrative Title IX representation, and direct representation of crime victims in DC Superior Court pursuant to the Crime Victims' Rights Act (18 U.S.C. § 3771) and the DC Crime Victims' Bill of Rights (DC Code 23-1901).

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating volunteer recruitment for NVRDC's legal pro bono program and volunteer projects;
  • Orienting new volunteers and pro bono attorneys;
  • Updating and maintaining NVRDC's pro bono portals and volunteer attorney resources;
  • Overseeing and developing volunteer recognition;
  • Managing the coordination and tracking of pro bono case referrals;
  • Work closely with NVRDC co-executive directors in developing and tracking the progress of the pro bono program goals and creating monthly pro bono reports;
  • Creating and assigning new pro bono projects;
  • Interacting with other legal staff to develop and implement pro bono projects;
  • Conducting outreach to other legal providers, bar associations, and non-profits in the community;
  • Assisting NVRDC's legal program co-directors and NVRDC co-executive directors with publicity for the pro bono program and volunteer projects;
  • Performing administrative duties related to pro bono and volunteer efforts;
  • Coordinating the planning of pro bono trainings and volunteer presentations;
  • Representing NVRDC within the victim services and legal communities;
  • Continuing to grow and seek professional development opportunities for position and organization; and
  • Perform other duties as needed.


The successful candidate for this position must possess a combination of education and experience and supports working with pro bono attorneys and victims of crime. The applicant must also possess a demonstrated commitment to both public interest work and assistance to underserved populations. This position requires a self-starter who works well independently and as a team player. Specific skills and background must include:

  • DC-barred attorney (or currently has pending application with DC Bar);
  • Knowledge of victim services available within DC and pro bono programs at DC law firms;
  • Demonstrated experience of coordination of volunteers;
  • Some direct victim services legal experience and demonstrated desire to work with crime victims and ensure they receive the services needed;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or commitment to providing representation for survivors in Civil Protection Orders or crime victims' rights cases;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Experience working for marginalized and underserved communities and crime victims; and
  • A reputation for integrity, dependability, and professionalism.

NVRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence or stalking, or any other status protected by applicable federal and District of Columbia laws. Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified applicants upon request. Auxiliary aids and services are available in alternative formats.

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Bridgette Stumpf, by March 17, 2017 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis). All inquiries related to this position should be submitted via email to