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Kate Hanger, CA
As the Executive Director of The Network, Kate Hanger oversees all aspects of the organization's direct services and advocacy work. Prior to assuming her current position, Kate was the Victim Assist Helpline and Human Trafficking Infoline Coordinator for three years. Kate has almost 20 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations in Virginia, specifically in community outreach and education. She received her BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied Counseling at Marymount University. Kate is a city girl living the country life with her husband and two daughters.
Robyn Sordelett, MSW
Director of Training & Engagement
Robyn Sordelett, MSW has varied experience as a clinical social worker and as an advocate for trauma-informed care and violence prevention in multiple settings, including the criminal justice system, youth-serving organizations, and through legislative advocacy. As the Director of Training & Engagement, Robyn leads the development and evaluation of all professional training and technical assistance for the Virginia Victim Assistance Network.
Robyn is specifically committed to enhancing wellness in the field by empowering advocates to address their own psychological and emotional health. Her work focuses on vicarious trauma and resilience, systemic causes of burnout, and organizational wellness.
Robyn also represents the Network on several statewide partnerships focused on strengthening local and regional responses to intimate partner and sexual violence. Robyn has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond and received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. When she’s not planning future trainings for advocates, Robyn is likely on her back deck with a cup of coffee and a good book.
Finance & Office Manager
Erin Jackson is our Finance & Office Manager. She joined the Network in 2021 bringing with her a wealth of administrative and financial experience. Her previous experience includes serving as the Executive Administrator for several non profit organizations. In addition, for many years she volunteered as a PTA Treasurer and Chairperson. In her spare time you can find Erin hanging out with her family or looking for her next beach adventure.
Scharnelle Hamlin, QMHP, MA, CRT, M.Ed
Homicide Survivor Support Group Coordinator
Scharnelle Hamlin comes to VVAN with a passion for victim advocacy and over 18+ years of experience. As a Homicide Survivor herself, Scharnelle's role as the Homicide Support Group Coordinator, is the development, coordination, oversight, evaluation and expansion of pilot support groups that will provide high quality services for families and friends of homicide victims in Virginia. Scharnelle received her Master degrees from Strayer and Liberty University in Education and Professional Counseling and her Bachelor in Human Services from Old Dominion University. She is the very proud mother of two sons and enjoys riding her motorcycle, writing poetry, and playing competitive volleyball and softball.
Chief Financial Officer
Ruth graduated from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, and began her career working in auditing, mortgage banking finance, real estate brokerage administration and trust accounting. Most recently, Ruth worked in finance for an international pediatric nonprofit. When not working, Ruth loves being outside, preferably hiking in the mountains with her husband or listening to a local band at a craft brewery.
Direct Services Coordinator
Angie joined VVAN as the Direct Services Coordinator after serving as a victim advocate locally and has over twenty year’s experience working in the criminal justice system. She is passionate about providing vital resources and support to victims of crime. She received her BS in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University. Angie enjoys hunting for all things vintage in her spare time with her husband and 3 daughters.