RACHEL STORM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Rachel Storm is the Executive Director of Four Walls and a Roof Project and the artist behind Carichina Women, a documentary photography exhibit that chronicles the activist work of women members of la Coordinadora de Mujeres Urbanas. Rachel received her BA in International Studies with a focus in Gender and Development, her MEd in Educational Policy and is currently pursuing her PhD in Global Educational Policy Studies with minors in Gender and Women's Studies and Gender Relations in International Development. With support from the Tinker Fellowship for Latin American Field Research (CLACS), the Barbara A. Yates International Research Award (WGGP), and the Virginia M. Wagner International Research Award (Soroptimist International), her current research examines the relationships of power between the State, NGOs, and the women's movement in Ecuador as framed by the language of the 2008 constitutional revision.
ALBINA MORENO, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Albina Moreno is the Associate Director of Four Walls and a Roof and the Director of the Departamento de la Mujer (Women's Department), a local government agency and formerly the grassroots women's resource center known to locals as El Centro de Atencion de la Mujer de Cotacachi. The former President of la Coordinadora de Mujeres Urbanas, Albina has years of community organizing experience in Cotacachi and internationally. A victim's advocate and women's rights worker, she has brought critical programs and services to the region aimed at combating gender-based violence and supporting survivors as they reclaim their power and take back their lives after abuse. Albina has lead coalition-building efforts between numerous human rights organizations, fostering community organizing relationships between LGBTQ and trans organizers, sex workers, indigenous women organizers, and intellectuals. She is an active organizer, a seasoned advocate, and a dedicated feminist in the movement.
INES BONILLA, VICTIM'S ADVOCATE
Ines Bonilla is the Victim's Advocate of Four Walls and a Roof and conducts outreach and advocacy for survivors of gender violence in Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador. A survivor herself, she uses her own story of domestic abuse to connect with other women--specifically Kichwa-speaking indigenous women--in an effort to connect survivors with support services as they reclaim their lives. Ines is the narrative voice of Violencia Domestica en los Andes, a documentary funded through the United Nations that took her to 4 different countries to speak with indigenous women about violence in their communities. A member of UNORCAC, the central indigenous organization in Cotacachi, Ines builds sustained collaboration between UNORCAC and la Coordinadora de Mujeres Urbanas. She's a certified advocate, grassroots organizer, and social worker.
DOMONIQUE ARNOLD, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
DoMonique Arnold is the Assistant Director of Four Walls and a Roof and has worked with the women of la Coordinadora de Mujeres Urbanas conducting research, gathering testimonies, and building relationships. DoMonique has her Masters in Library and Information Science and African Studies and her bachelors degree in Latin. Beyond her work with Four Walls and a Roof, she is the Program Director of the YWCA at the University of Illinois, where she coordinates the Women in Leadership program, 5K Race Against Racism, and the Racism 101 Dialogue Series. DoMonique is a scholar, activist, and performer whose work includes educational programming with women, youth, and college students through youth media and literacy workshops, peer mentoring programs, and diversity education. Her research work has examined the role of information technology in social movements.
NELL HASLETT-BROUSSE, GRANTS COORINDATOR
Nell Haslett-Brousse studied in France for five years, receiving degrees in French Language and International Politics. Upon her return to the U.S., she worked for the largest service based human rights organization in the Midwest, developing and managing international programs. Through her work with Heartland Alliance, she developed strong experience in grant writing, monitoring and evaluation, and financial analysis. She contributed to several programs serving vulnerable populations, including trafficking victims, victims of sexual and gender-based violence, former child soldiers, and LGBT in Asia, Africa, and South America. Currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she is pursuing a Master of Public Health to further serve international populations that are vulnerable due to their sex or sexuality. For the past two years, she has been a project management analyst for a healthcare consulting firm, and she continues to work in this capacity while studying.
RYON SCHULTS, EVENTS COORDINATOR
Ryon Schults is the Program Coordinator of Four Walls and a Roof and a graduate student at the University of Illinois' School of Social Work focusing his work on social justice and community response. Ryon graduated with his BA from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, focusing his work on Psychology and Gender and Women's Studies. Ryon heads up fundraising efforts and event planning for Four Walls and a Roof and has organized benefits and educational events. He is an experienced organizer with a keen eye for detail. Apart from his work with Four Walls and a Roof, Ryon is also the Recovery Advocate and a life skills teacher for people with mental and physical disabilities through his work with Community Elements, a residential services program in Champaign, Illinois.
BECKY MOORE, GRANTS COORDINATOR
Becky Moore is the Grants Coordinator of Four Walls and a Roof and a graduate student at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies focusing her work on development studies. Becky graduated with her BA from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, focusing her work on African Studies and Gender and Women's Studies. During her undergraduate work at the University of Illinois campus, she volunteered at the Women’s Resources Center, worked as a Program Advisor for Unit One/Allen Hall, and participated in the Social Justice Educators Program. In addition, she is very passionate about sexual health awareness, particularly in how it relates to HIV/AIDS, as well as working to prevent sexual violence. She just got married to the love of her life and is working on grants support online from her home-base in London.
EMILIE BUTT, INTERN
Emilie Butt coordinates student organizing in development and fundraising for Four Walls and a Roof. Pursuing her bachelors degree in Economics, Political Science, and Gender & Women’s studies, her research interests include how culture, education and media influence adolescent sexual development, as well as public policy pertaining to sexuality education and abortion rights. She has had a passion for feminism and women’s rights from a young age, and enjoys being able to work with like-minded people to make a tangible change, no matter how small.
MELISSA DUONG, INTERN
Melissa Duong coordinates student organizing in development and fundraising for Four Walls and a Roof. Currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she is a junior triple majoring in Political Science, Psychology, and Agriculture & Consumer Economics- Policy, International Trade, and Development. Her interest include: international development, empowerment of women, US foreign policy, different feminist movements across race/ cultures, and agriculture policy.
BRUNA ROMERO, INTERN
Bio coming soon!
MALLORY HLADIK, INTERN
Mallory Hladik is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working on her Bachelors of Science in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability with a minor in International Development Economics. Her passion for women empowerment drives her work in sustainable development initiatives. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Women's Sorority, where their philanthropy focuses on supporting victims of domestic violence.