William “Trip” Oldfield III, M.B.A., Executive Director, has more than two decades of experience leading, fundraising and consulting for homeless, social service and HIV/AIDS organizations. He joined PTV in late 2012 after successful leadership roles at AIDS Service Center, HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA), and Lamp Community (now The People Concern). His civil rights and social justice work includes fighting for marriage equality, expanding employment protections for transgender individuals, and eliminating discriminatory practices against people living with HIV. He led a coalition of HIV rights organizations in ending the U.S. ban on HIV positive tourists and immigrants. He also spearheaded a capital campaign to build the Frank Rice Women’s Shelter in downtown Los Angeles. Click here to read full bio.
Ana Deutsch, M.F.T., Co-Founder, Adviser and Volunteer Therapist, fled Argentina’s “Dirty War” with her family in the 1970s. Trained as a psychologist in Argentina, Ms. Deutsch obtained her Marriage, Family and Child Therapist license in Los Angeles, and worked in various community clinics. She serves as an expert witness and trainer for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She is the recipient of the prestigious Minerva Award, and, along with Dr. Quiroga, received the Community Health Star for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Leadership.
Jose Quiroga, M.D., Co-Founder, Adviser and Volunteer Physician, is a globally recognized authority on torture and trauma. A torture survivor, he fled from his native Chile and arrived in America after the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected president Salvador Allende. He is a former assistant professor in the UCLA School of Public Health, and Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology at UCLA. Dr. Quiroga serves on the Executive Board of the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Los Angeles, and member of the National Board of PSR. He is former Vice President of the International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture based in Copenhagen and a current member of the Senior Clinical Advisory Group of the IRCT.
Cynthia Willard, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director, has spent the last decade practicing medicine in underserved communities with a focus on immigrant health and human rights. She attended medical school at Stanford University, then completed her Family Medicine Residency at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. She has worked overseas in Albania, Kosovo, Liberia, and Kenya. After completing her Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Willard relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah and founded the Utah Health & Human Rights Project, a torture rehabilitation program. Since returning to Los Angeles, Dr. Willard has worked in several community health clinics. She has also published research on the health consequences of torture. She serves as a consultant for the USC International Human Rights Clinic and is a Clinical Instructor in the USC Keck School of Medicine.
Carol Gomez, LCSW., Clinical Director, joined the PTV family in 2015. Born and raised in Malaysia, she moved to the US under a full scholarship for her B.A in Women’s Studies and International Development from Mount Holyoke College. She went on to receive her MSW from Simmons College in Massachusetts. Throughout her career, Carol has worked on trauma-informed counseling for victims of crime, human trafficking, domestic and sexual violence survivors, restorative justice mediation, social justice facilitation and education, racial solidarity, immigrant and worker rights organizing. She is the founder and former Executive Director of the award-winning, Boston-based MataHari: Eye of the Day, a social justice organization that supports and cultivates leadership of immigrant women and survivors of violence and labor exploitation to organize for safety and justice. While in MA, she was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and served on the Immigrant and Refugee Committee. She served on a variety of committees and boards, including Boston Incite! Women of Color against Violence, South Asian Solidarity Network, Organizers of Color Initiative, United for a Fair Economy, the Resist Foundation. She currently serves as a national training and technical assistance consultant for the Office of Victims of Crime. After over two decades of braving the winters of New England, Carol is warmed and delighted to call Los Angeles, SoCal and PTV home.
Rose Marie Durocher, Ph.D., Therapist, specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma. She has been with PTV since 1998 and has principally worked with refugees from war zones, victims of torture, rape and incest. She is fluent in Spanish and French.
Ken Louria, M.F.T., Therapist, has been with PTV since 1998. Ken is also a Vice President at the Children’s Institute. He has provided training to Immigration and Naturalization Service Asylum officers on the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ken is a recognized expert witness in U.S. Immigration Court in the areas of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and rape.
Maggie Shackelford, M.A., M.S.W Candidate, Program Manager, provides comprehensive clinical case management services, crisis intervention, counseling, and program management at PTV. Her tenure at PTV began in 2011, when she started as a development coordinator and then transitioned to case manager, and ultimately to program manager. Maggie is pursuing her second master’s degree in social work (MSW) at California State University, Northridge; she will graduate in May 2018. During her first year internship, Maggie provided psychotherapy services to children and their families at D’Veal Family and Youth Services in Pasadena. Maggie’s second year internship is at the LA Department of Mental Health providing psychotherapy services to adults. Maggie received a Master of Art degree in American History from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Art degree in History from UCLA in 2005. From April 2013 to December 2014, Maggie served as treasurer in the executive leadership of the LA County Refugee Forum. In addition to her work at PTV, Maggie volunteered for over two years as a Crisis Counselor Advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence at Peace Over Violence, a LA rape crisis and domestic violence agency. Prior to her graduate studies, Maggie served as a junior staff member for three years for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. At the College of William and Mary, Maggie served as the programming coordinator for international students and scholars, helping international students transition to life in America. Maggie brings her steadfast personal commitment to social justice and human rights and professional experience to the PTV family.
Claudia Vargas, M.P.H., Survivor Advocate, recently received her Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts from California State University Northridge in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has previous experience working with feminist organizations such as The Feminist Majority Foundation/Ms. magazine, Peace Over Violence, and Women Empowered on issues of reproductive health, violence against women, girls’ education, and women in politics. Claudia also volunteers as a mentor for Girls Today Women Tomorrow, a local non-profit that is committed to the empowerment of young women living in Los Angeles. As an immigrant herself, Claudia has a passion working for immigrant rights, specifically regarding access to health care. She is glad to be part of the PTV team because it’s the perfect place to be an advocate for immigrant rights.
Carly Boos, Program Assistant, graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a BA in International Affairs. She also studied at the American University in Cairo for one year, where she completed the intensive Arabic language program at the Arabic Language Institute. Prior to joining PTV she interned with the International Rescue Committee, and is thrilled to be at PTV to continue her commitment to refugee services, human rights, and social justice.
Consultants and Volunteers
Alberto Vasquez, Certified Massage Therapist
James Wen, Survivor Advocate
Cecilia Gelpi, BA Psychology, MA Psychology, Meditation and Mindfulness Workshop Leader
Diane Lefer, Author and Playwright, Writing Workshop Leader
Pat Berger, Artist, Art Therapy Workshop Leader
TRE Los Angeles, Nkem Ndefo and Robin Schoenfeld, Tension Release Exercise Workshop Leaders
Avijit Datta, Bengali/Bangla
Abdu Emano, Arabic and Tigrinya
Dayir Saleh, Amharic
Geeta Brara, Punjabi & Hindi
Haneef Kitchel, Sinhala
Jay Brara, Punjabi & Hindi
Leah Vincent, Spanish
Lili Liew, Cantonese, Hokkien, Mandarin, Indonesian and Malay
Marcelo Coronado, Spanish
Nouri Almashat, Farsi
Sarah Rubinstein, French
Stephanie Oganesian, Russian
Tamar Markosian, Armenian