Honoring Survivors and Advocates: Centering Life Experiences to Create Systemic Change

Brief Overview

View the recording from this webinar in English and Spanish. All recordings also feature American Sign Language.


Presented in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Panelists will share their pathways for drawing from personal hardship and history to bring authenticity and hopefulness to their advocacy. The conversation will include real talk about healing-centered advocacy with survivors navigating systemic barriers related to mental health, substance use, housing, and legal concerns, as well as the power of peer support.


This session was delivered live with Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation and recordings will be available through our webinar library. All live webinars are closed captioned. For more information, please contact Karla Alegria via email or by phone at 312-726-7020 x 2012.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CDT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MDT | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
11:00 am – 12:00 pm AKDT | 10:00 am – 11:00 am HDT | 9:00 am – 10:00am HST


Cathy Cave, BS
Senior Training Consultant


Kateri Coyhis, MPA (she, her) Mohican Nation, is the Executive Director of White Bison in Colorado Springs, CO. White Bison, Inc., is an American Indian non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to creating and sustaining a grassroots Wellbriety Movement that provides culturally based healing to the next seven generations of Indigenous People. Kateri serves the Wellbriety Movement by providing community presentations to bring awareness to the programs White Bison offers for individual, family, and community healing. She has been providing training, delivering a variety of presentations, and offering technical assistance for over 20 years. She is also a Board Member for Faces and Voices of Recovery and the National Association for Children of Addiction. Kateri is co-author for a chapter in Radical Psychology: Multicultural and Social Justice Decolonization Initiatives (2018). Kateri received her Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Tiara Springer-Love, LMSW (she, her) is an ambitious leader, mental health advocate, and a community organizer who is dedicated to ensuring the voices of youth and young adults within underserved communities are not only heard, but recognized and used as a driving force for change within all child-serving systems. Driven by her own lived experience with the foster care and mental health systems, her goal is to advocate for access to quality care for those within marginalized and oppressed communities. Tiara takes pride in her ability to provide skill development and create spaces where all youth and young adults can be empowered to take charge of their own lives. In addition to her primary job functions as the Director of Youth Power at Families Together in New York State, Tiara is also an alumna of the Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY Hunter College, where she obtained her Master of Social Work degree.

Maria Ceballos (she, her) is a Legal Advocate and Paralegal at Enlace Comunitario. Maria is also training to become Enlace’s in-house Immigration Representative to support immigrant domestic violence (DV) survivors whose legal cases involve applications for a U-Visa, T-Visa, or VAWA support. Maria has worked at Enlace for thirteen years, during which time she’s also held the roles of Lead Case Manager and Housing Specialist. Prior to joining Enlace’s team, Maria worked as Legal Advocate at Legal Forms and Courthouse Services, where she also supported DV survivors. For the last eighteen years, Maria has advocated for immigrant DV survivors in their quest for justice by connecting them to resources and by helping them navigate the civil and criminal legal systems. Maria immigrated to the US from Mexico twenty-five years ago and is a proud mother of three boys.


Isela Varela (she, her) is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. She identifies as a Latina woman; she is 49 years old. She immigrated to the US when she was 19 years old and has spent has 20 years living in Albuquerque, NM. Isela was in a domestic violence relationship for 5 years with her partner; it was a highly complex stage for Isela due to the manipulation of her partner. Isela sought help from Enlace Comunitario (EC) and received counseling, legal assistance, and case management services. This year she graduated from the Promotoras program in the prevention department. Isela is a very active woman and has many goals to pursue. In Enlace Comunitario, she joined the educational group Voces Unidas, where she facilitates topics related to intimate partner violence prevention. In addition, she is as a facilitator for EC’s Healthy Relationships class. Currently, Isela is studying at Central New Mexico Community College to get her health social worker certificate. She continues to focus on raising awareness in the community about issues that benefit her personal development and the wellness of her family and believes empowerment is essential to get ahead.

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