Peg Hacskaylo is a social work professional designing and delivering services for women, families, and victims of crime for more than 25 years. In 2006, she founded the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) to ensure access to safe housing for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Ms. Hacskaylo served as a Grant Program Specialist at the Office on Violence Against Women and Project Director for OVC TTAC, a national clearinghouse for training and technical assistance to victim services. During her tenure at DASH, Ms. Hacskaylo has overseen the development of innovative programs providing safe housing options for hundreds of survivors and their families. She has consulted to federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as with state and local domestic violence, sexual assault, and housing coalitions and programs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University, where she also completed advanced studies in Business Administration.
Larisa Kofman, J.D. is the Director of the National Alliance for Safe Housing. Ms. Kofman has over fifteen years’ experience in the domestic violence and public policy fields. Her legal and policy work spans the national, state and local level. She has worked on issues including: domestic violence, housing, employment, disability, civil rights, criminal justice, custody, child welfare, budget and appropriations. Ms. Kofman led legislative advocacy efforts resulting in the passage of several pieces of legislation that enhanced the legal rights of underserved populations in the District of Columbia. She spearheaded a campaign resulting in the passage of an innovative law providing eviction and discrimination protections for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Kofman also collaborated with employment organizations, unions, and other stakeholders to pass the first law in the country mandating paid safe days to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Ms. Kofman served on the Georgetown Journal on Gender and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Board of Advisors. She has served on the Board of Directors for several local nonprofit organizations. She currently also serves as an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College. Ms. Kofman holds a law degree from the University of Maryland School Of Law, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California.
Suzanne Marcus, the Director of Safe Housing Initiatives at the National Alliance for Safe Housing, was the co-founder and former Deputy Director of DASH. Drawing on her experience developing and implementing DASH’s program model and approach, Suzanne now supports DASH’s national technical assistance and training projects to help increase and enhance safe housing options for survivors on the local, state and national level. Previous to DASH, Suzanne was the Director of Lang House, Safe Horizon, a transitional shelter for domestic violence survivors in New York City. Suzanne previously worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, providing technical assistance on national projects with the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice. She also worked for New Destiny Housing Corporation, where she researched trends among women exiting domestic violence shelters in New York City and was the Co-director of Community Education at My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter in D.C. Suzanne holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management form the Robert J. Milano school of Management and Urban Policy at the New School University in New York City.
Kris Billhardt, M.ED., ED.S., is a Technical Assistance Specialist for NASH. She has worked in the domestic and sexual violence movement for over three decades. As a service provider, manager, educator, and activist, her work is fueled by a commitment to seek and implement approaches that push toward more meaningful and effective response to survivors. Kris’ work has included many years as an advocate, development of survivor-driven program models, extensive training, coaching, and technical assistance, and authorship of several publications. The Home Free program, which Kris built and directed over a span of 21 years, has been recognized for programmatic innovation that helped to move the field. Named as a best practice in 2010, Home Free’s “Housing First” program pioneered provision of DV-specific rapid re-housing, mobile advocacy, and flexible financial assistance. In her work as a Technical Assistance Specialist for NASH and as an independent consultant, Kris is excited to work with others who aspire to enhance our approaches and effect broad systems change built on insights and innovations in the DSV field and other social change movements.
Jenny Herget, Technical Assistance Coordinator at the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), coordinates logistics for NASH meetings, trainings, webinars, and events; assists in the creation of education materials; maintains NASH’s listserv; and coordinates technical assistance requests. She has over 10 years of experience working for non-profits with social justice-oriented missions, including in women’s health, food policy, and community advocacy. Jenny received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.