Our collaborative partners are what make DIfference Makers strong. They are not only recognized Difference Makers (10 Strong) presenters but each have the ability to lead conversations with their own respective organizations. Each of them have extensive knowledge and expertise in various forms of violence, some of which have more than one focus area. If you'd like to make contact with them directly, please feel free to do so. You may also contact Difference Makers (10 Strong) to reach them and we'll gladly make the connection. We are all here to assist you and your community. One mission, changing culture - stronger together!

Ashley Bendiksen -

Newport, RI

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Teen Dating Violence/Survivor

(Owner and Founder/Ashley Bendiksen LLC)


Dominique Waltower -

San Diego, CA

Domestic Violence/Violence Prevention/Social Work

(Owner and Founder/Inspire Perspective)


Edward Wilson -

Las Vegas, NV

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Advocacy/Poet

(Owner and Founder/Words of West)

*NOVA 2020 Honorary Awardee for Crimes Victims' Rights


Eric Barreras -

Gilroy, CA

SA/DV/Child Abuse/Investigations/Advocacy/Survivor

(CEO and Founder/Difference Makers (10 Strong)

*DOD 2018  SARC of the Year Award / U.S. Coast Guard


Jennifer Nadler -

Syracuse, NY

Child Abuse/Advocate/Survivor

(Owner and Founder/The Center for Creative Arts & Healing)


Leeann Tweeden -

Los Angeles, CA

Sexual Harassment/Assault/Survivor

Dr. Drew Midday Live


Timothy Jones -

Pittsburgh, PA

Sexual Assault/Advocacy/Survivor

(Owner and Founder/Colorful Voices)


In April of 2020, Difference Makers (10 Strong) welcomed some new collaborative partners to the team! Strong and getting Stronger! Each of them have extensive experience and knowledge that will expand our mission moving forward and allow us to learn from one another. One mission, changing culture - stronger together!


Abrianna Morales -

Albuquerque, NM

Sexual Assault/Child Abuse/Advocacy/Survivor

(Founder/Sexual Assault Youth Support Network)


Andrea McKie -

Washington D.C.

Advocacy/Sexual Assault

(Founder/Sisters in Arms Empowerment Movement)


Anna Nasset -

Mad River Valley, VT

Stalking/Sexual Assault/Suicide Awareness/Survivor

(Founder, Stand Up Resources)



Hali Picciano

San Antonio, TX

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Advocacy/Survivor



Jenna McKaye -

Sacramento, CA

Human Trafficking/Advocacy/Survivor

(Jenna McKaye Foundation)


Kendall Alaimo -

Chicago, IL

Human Trafficking/Trauma Expert/Survivor

(Kendall Alaimo)




Los Angeles, CA

Self-Defense/Personal Empowerment/SA & DV Prevention Expert/Survivor

(CEO, Girls Fight Back)



Suzanne Isaza -

East Coast

Sexual Assault Advocacy & Prevention/Incest/Sexual Assault 101

(Founder and Director, Sexual Assault Advocacy Network)


Dr. Vanessa Dunn Guyton -

Columbia, SC

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking

(CEO and Founder, Consulting Experts & Associates/Hush No More)

*NOVA 2020 Honorary Awardee for Crimes Victims' Rights


Dartanyon Crockett

Denver, CO


(Healing the Underdog)

*2x Bronze Medal Olympian/Inspirational Speaker (Healing the Underdog)


Donna Bartos

Peoria, AZ

Teen Dating Abuse/Violence Prevention & Healthy Relationships

(CEO & Founder, Bloom365)


Bindu Oommen Fernandes

Fremont, CA

Domestic & Interpersonal Violence/Cultural Intersectionalities of Abuse 

(Executive Director, Narika)


Courtnee Downs

San Antonio, TX

Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault  

(Retired Supervisory Special Agent/Special Victims' Unit)

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