The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA) is a vibrant organization working to unite people and organizations to promote a society free from sexual violence and to meet the diverse needs of survivors. IowaCASA is a progressive organization, and works toward goals that will improve the well-being of survivors in many aspects of their lives. We support disenfranchised groups and actively work on anti-racist initiatives. IowaCASA is a small, statewide non-profit organization that provides a friendly, fast-paced work environment.
Tamika D. Payne
Interim Executive Director
As the interim executive director, Tamika is committed to supporting the organization, its members, partners, and the community as a whole. Her passion lies in ending gender-based violence, with a particular focus on sexual violence. Throughout her 20-plus year career, she has had the privilege of running a rape crisis program, serving as the Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and working as a Technical Advisor for the Women and Girls Rebuilding Nations project, working with teams in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, and South Sudan.
Director of Systems Change
Keshia's role at IowaCASA is to focus on changing/enhancing current systems to better serve survivors while also focusing on preventing sexual harm. As the Systems Change Director, she also works on organizational change to support and care for our staff who do hard work every day. She believes her role as a leader is to serve others and she take it seriously. She is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside amazing people as we strive to end sexual violence.
Director of Finance & Grants
Julie oversees the financial management of all coalition operations and funding for the coalition. She also manages and monitors the agency's sub-grant program to member programs and provides consultation regarding grant, financial, and administrative issues. She is a Certified Sexual Assault Victim Counselor, and holds a degree from Iowa State University in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She earned her master's degree from ISU in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies with areas of specialization in Women's Studies, Sociology and English.
Alexis (Alex) Karumuna
Prevention & Outreach Coordinator
Alex is a devoted youth activist and advocate on promoting Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights, HIV Prevention, and Gender Based Violence. He previously worked as program director at Dream Village Organization, a nonprofit organization based in Rwanda focused on motivating and empowering marginalized young people to become social change agents. As a program director he was responsible for initiating programs, overseeing implementation, and conducting evaluation. Alex brings over 8 years of experience from his work in Rwanda to IowaCASA. He joined us in January of 2022 as the Prevention and Outreach Coordinator. Alex speaks English, French, Swahili, and Kinyarwanda, and he can provide support around primary prevention, positive youth development, program design and evaluation, and community outreach.
Sonci assists survivors with navigating the administrative process in secondary and post-secondary educational settings, as well as certain civil legal processes. Sonci graduated from Wartburg College in 2007 with majors in psychology and sociology and a minor in Woman’s Studies. She graduated from Drake University Law School in 2012. She served as IowaCASA’s Rural SART coordinator in 2015 before spending time at a private practice in West Des Moines. Her areas of practice included family law (dissolutions, establishment of paternity, child support and visitation), residential landlord/tenant, consumer rights, employment, and guardianships.
Assistant Director of Training & Technical Assistance
Elizabeth started working in the anti-violence movement in 2003 at IowaCASA's member program L.U.N.A. (Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer). At the coalition, she provides resources, support, and in-depth capacity building for member programs as she assists them with organizational sustainability. She directs the flow of technical assistance to member programs.
KellyMarie Z. Meek
Prevention & Public Health Initiatives Coordinator
KellyMarie started in the anti-violence movement as a volunteer in 1996. Since then, she has worked with a local rape crisis and domestic violence program, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Integrative Services Project, and the Iowa Victim Assistance Academy. She joined IowaCASA in 2008, where she focuses on prevention and training. Her many passions include sex workers' rights, LGBTQIA advocacy, and working with youth and families involved in the foster care system.
Josh graduated from William Penn University in Oskaloosa with a degree in Business Management and then obtained his Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School in 2015. He previously worked in contact center management, consulting, and human resources, and has practiced law in a variety of settings primarily in the areas of employment, family law, landlord/tenant, domestic violence, criminal law, and estate and probate. Additionally, Josh has taught classes in human resources topics, law, and information systems as an adjunct instructor at local universities and has served on a number of non-profit boards.
TA & Survivor Services Coordinator
Before joining IowaCASA, Ariadna served the immigrant community as a legal assistant at the U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a nonprofit organization with a field office in Des Moines, helping provide low cost/free immigration legal services to immigrants and refugees in Iowa. Ariadna also served at ACCESS as a domestic violence advocate, specializing in working with immigrant and Latinx survivors. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and speaks Spanish fluently.
Membership Services and TA Coordinator
After earning her bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Chicano/a-Latino/a studies from the University of Nebraska Omaha, she managed a community-based program through the office of justice focused on empowering neighborhoods by building collaborations with city, government, nonprofits and community. She has served on various boards and advisory councils concerning arts, military families, and empowering and advocating for marginalized communities. Building collaboration to make change, serving her community, and social justice has been a driving force in all her involvement.
The Resource Sharing Project is part of a national movement of sexual violence-related services and resources. Led by the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Resource Sharing Project was created to help sexual assault coalitions across the country access the resources they need in order to thrive as they work to support survivors and end sexual assault.
Assistant Director of the Resource Sharing Project
Kris has been an active part of the anti-violence movement since 1995. Before joining IowaCASA's team in 2009, she provided medical and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual violence, institutional advocacy, and training through a dual domestic violence and sexual assault agency in rural Illinois. Kris holds a master's degree in Human Services from the University of Illinois, with specialization in Social Services Administration.
Rural Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Resource Sharing Project
LaShae Lopez is driven by her passion to promote healing and accountability and center the needs of communities that have been pushed to the margins. She began her work as a crisis responder in Flagstaff, Arizona, and has been committed to advocating for survivors and anti-violence work since then. LaShae has experience in direct sexual and domestic violence advocacy and providing training and technical assistance for sexual violence services, responses, advocacy, and prevention. LaShae is happiest when reading a new book, dancing, playing mini-golf, and being an active member of her adopted community.
Sexual Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Resource Sharing Project
Rebekah is RSP’s Sexual Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Coordinator. She is a lifelong advocate with and for survivors of gender violence – "their expertise leads and grounds my advocacy." Within intersecting issues of oppression, she approaches advocacy through the lenses of trauma, human rights, healing, and liberation. She says, "it has been an honor to work at the local, state and national levels in direct services, public policy, training, and technical assistance." Rebekah is grateful to all the survivors who’ve trusted her with their wisdom, wounds, struggles and strengths.”
Norio Umezu Hall
for the Resource Sharing Project
Norio loves finding resilience and wisdom in the written word. As publications specialist, he gets to combine three loves: the anti-violence movement, systems change, and art. Before coming to Iowa, he worked with low-income LGBTQ survivors of color. He’s worked at the statewide coalition level in Iowa for almost three years now. When he isn’t writing or reading, he can be found learning about culturally based healing and community organizing.
Board of Directors
W. Michael Fleming, President
University of Northern Iowa
Yoshida Thomas, President-Elect
Friends of the Family
Yvette Clausen, Secretary
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Kristin Clayton, Treasurer
University of Iowa
Mental Health Therapist
Anasia C. Sturdivant
Lindsey Rawson Van Wyk