OUR CREW

OUR CREW

 

Our BLOOMin' CREW of staff, interns, volunteers and lead peer advocates create an organizational culture that is inclusive, empathetic, supportive, kind, and innovative.

Our CREW is made up of go-getters, academics, grassroots change agents, survivors and thrivers who work together to Bring Love On Others More, 365 days a year, by modeling empathy, respect, kindness, consent, safety and peace at work, at home, in schools, and in the community.

Some of us are early to rise. Some of us work best when burning the midnight oil. Our differences make us strong and our values drive our palpable dedication to this work. Our common bond is a vision of hope for a world without power and control based violence.

 

The work we do is fun, hopeful and challenging. As an organization with a deep commitment to next gen focused primary prevention, we intend to be here until gender-based violence is no longer normalized or tolerated in relationships, homes, schools, media channels, communities and institutions.

 

We boldly have an end date in mind; it's the day when domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers and mass shooting drills at school are no longer needed. That is the day when our work will be complete. To reach this culture changing goal, we lean on each other for support and value those who invest in us and partner with us to #UprootAbuse.

Staff

MICHELLE AILPORT

LEAD PEER ADVOCATE-DIGITAL MEDIA OUTREACH

Advocacy Skill Set: I’m optimistic and a good listener.

Education: Pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at Arizona State University, member of Public Service Academy's Next Generation Service Corps

Favorite Destination: San Diego, California 

Guilty Pleasure: Netflix binges
Favorite Quote: ”We rise by lifting others.”

Childhood Ambition: I totally wanted to be a chef.
Must Have Gadget: Smartphone
Retreat: I love spending time in nature with a good book!

First Job: Cashier in my high school’s cafeteria

Passionate About: Equality, education, and quality journalism
If I Won the Lottery: I’d probably save it for a rainy day.

Favorite Book: There are so many - I can’t pick just one!
Proudest Moment: I just graduated from high school! It has been awesome seeing how I’ve grown and how much more I still have to explore.

DONNA BARTOS

FOUNDER & CEO

 

Education:  BA in Communications; Minor in Political Science (Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College), '95. Field study: 40 hour DVRT, 40 Hour SVRT.
Favorite Destination: Hilton Head, SC
Guilty Pleasure: Rice Pudding or Pumpkin Pie
Advocacy Philosophy: Empowerment is not telling a survivor what to do, empowerment is showing them the way.

Favorite Quote: "Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." Eleanor Roosevelt
Childhood Ambition: Broadway singer/news anchor

Retreat: The pedicure chair
Must Have Gadget: Blowdryer

Favorite Book:  Currently reading "Becoming" by Michelle Obama. Favorite of all-time, The Bible

First Job: Car Hop at Stewart's Root Beer Stand

Passionate About: Root cause prevention

If I Won the Lottery: Finish my Master's Degree studies, pay off mortgage and seed fund a bloom365 endowment 

Proudest Moment: Right up there with giving birth to my three children is opening Blooming Point in August 2017!

ISABELLA DE VLIEGER

LEAD PEER ADVOCATE- PEER ADVOCATE CREW (PAC) LIASION & TRAINER

Advocacy Skill Set: Public speaking/connecting with others

Education/Training: Currently a senior at PHHS. Completed the ACESDV 40-Hour Peer Advocacy Training.

Favorite Destination: The Netherlands

Guilty Pleasure: Choco Tacos and Grey's Anatomy

Favorite Quote: "I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace" -Federico Garcia Lorca

Childhood Ambition: A surgeon/astronaut

Retreat: Cool weather, lots of trees, and the people I love

First Job: This!!

Passionate About: Dismantling institutional inequality, anatomy/medicine, performing arts

If I Won the Lottery: Pay for college tuition, donate to organizations that help impoverished communities internationally

Favorite Book: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Proudest Moment: Finishing my high school years with a 4.0 and prospects for top colleges :)

CHELSEA HILL

LEAD ADVOCATE

Focus Area: LGBTQ Youth Outreach & Case Management

Advocacy Skill Set: Empowerment

Education/Training: Public Health and Sociology (NAU, 2016). ACESDV 40-Hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training

Favorite Destination: Sub-Saharan Africa

Guilty Pleasure: Chipotle

Favorite Quote: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” – Assata Shakur

Childhood Ambition: Help people and make the world a better place

Must Have Gadget: Anything with my favorite tunes on it

Retreat: Africa

Advocacy Philsophy: Respect. Believe. Validate. Empower.

First Job: Working at a Historic Theatre in Downtown Yuma, Arizona

Passionate About: Public Health and Social Change

If I Won the Lottery: I’d pack up and move to Africa and invest all of money back into the continent 

Favorite Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Proudest Moment: Obtaining my BS in Public Health

SAMANTHA FRANCOIS

LEAD ADVOCATE

Focus Area: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Outreach


Advocacy Skill: Listening skills
Education/Training: BA in Psychobiology/Latin American and Caribbean Studies (SUNY New Paltz ‘14)
Favorite Destination: My hometown - Brooklyn, New York 
Guilty Pleasure: Junk food, pizza!
Favorite Quote: "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” -Audre Lorde
Childhood Ambition: Doctor, Ambassador for the United Nations 
Retreat: Coffee shops or the beach
Advocacy Philosophy: Support and empower others to speak their truth
First job: Data Entry at GIELLA’s Custom Blend Cosmetics
Passionate About: Health Equity, Immigrant/Migrant Issues, Racial Justice, Intersectional Feminism
If I won the lottery: Pay off my student debt and invest in grassroots organizations
Favorite Book: I don’t have a favorite book, but Rupi Kaur’s “Milk and Honey” is a great one
Proudest Moment: Completing my undergraduate degree

JAMIE LAYMON

ACCOUNTING COORDINATOR

MARLI MAYON

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Advocacy Skill Set: Relatable to teens

Education/Training: Pursuing a BA Liberal Studies (ASU, May 2019), ACESDV 40-Hour Sexual Violence Advocacy Training
Favorite Destination: Ireland
Guilty Pleasure: Cheese Pizza and The Office!
Favorite Quote: "I am not free while any women is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” -Audre Lorde
Childhood Ambition: Become President

Retreat: My mom's kitchen
Advocacy Philosophy: Share a personal story with the intention of helping someone else and not yourself.
First Job: Cashier at Portillo's

If I Won the Lottery: Pay off my debt and create a scholarship for first generation students.
Favorite Book:  "A People’s History of the United States" -Howard Zinn
Proudest Moment: Transferring to ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College from Scottsdale Community College

FELICITY WELCH

AmeriCorps VISTA- DIGITAL ADVOCATE

Advocacy Skill Set: Empathetic listening

Education/Training: BA Global Studies, concentration Healthcare in East Africa/ Womxn and Gender Studies (UNC Chapel Hill, 2017), ACESDV 40-Hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training
Favorite Destination: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate!
Favorite Quote: 
"You have to love yourself because no amount of love from others is sufficient to fill the yearning that your soul requires from you"- Dodinsky
Childhood Ambition: Firefighter

Must-Have Gadget: Headphones, speaker- something that lets me play my music

Retreat: Quiet place where I can read with a cup of tea
Advocacy Philosophy: Allow others the space to be heard
First Job: Assistant at an European luxury car show

If I Won the Lottery: Pay off my younger sister and I's education and buy my grandmother a house

Passionate About: Inclusivity, Health Equity, Maternal and Child Health
Proudest Moment: Giving my mom my stole of gratitude on my University graduation day

AVIEL WAXMAN

LEAD PEER ADVOCATE-TEEN MALE OUTREACH

Advocacy Skill Set: Connecting with others one-on-one

Education: Senior at Desert Heights Preparatory Academy and Dual Enrolled at Paradise Valley Community College

Favorite Destination: A waterfall with a beach

Guilty Pleasure: Pizza, iced coffee, and ice cream
Favorite Quote: "All of us sit at the table, like a family—a dysfunctional one, but a family nonetheless."-Suzanne Young, All in Pieces

Childhood Ambition: Professional mountain biker
Must Have Gadget: Camera
Retreat: A book, a camera, some food, and a view

First Job: This!!!

Passionate About: Everyone has a story, no matter the size, it should be heard
If I Won the Lottery:

Education, travel, donate to grassroot projects I feel passionate about, camera equipment

Favorite Book: The Program (series) by Suzanne Young
Proudest Moment: Being runner-up in a TDVAM Design Contest by Break the Cycle and Let's Be Real

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Consultants & Contract Services

Mary Witkofski, LMSW, Advocacy Supervisor
Brian Richardson, Graphic Designer

OUR CULTURE

  • We are wildly passionate about preventing teen dating abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence and gender based violence.

  • We honor promises by showing up.

  • No victim blaming, ever.

  • We Bring Love On Others More, 365 days a year.

  • We are driven to achieve critical mass to uproot abuse in a generation.

JOIN OUR CREW: CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS

We're scaling our impact and are hiring passionate, energetic, and skilled movement builders to join our crew! Want a fun, take initiative, mission-driven kind of job? Check out our current open positions. For consideration of all paid and voluntary positions, please  email your cover letter, resume and three references to donna@bloom365.org.