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Meet our hard-working team:

Heidi Lloyd

Executive Director

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UW-Whitewater with an emphasis on Women’s Studies.
  • Co-founder of a domestic & sexual abuse victim services agency in Converse County, Wyoming.

Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Heidi:

“So many of us take safety and peace for granted as we go about our daily lives. Our agency helps those who experience domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking find their individual path to safety and healing.

Taume Kohl

Sexual Assault and Child/Teen Advocate

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UW-Whitewater;
  • Certified as a social worker in the state of Wisconsin.

Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Taume:

“The number of people in our community impacted by domestic violence and/or sexual assault/abuse is astonishing. We help people when they are at their lowest points, often dealing with unimaginable situations. They come here and learn they are not alone, and they can get past this.”

Carmen Garces

Bilingual Advocate & Counselor

  • Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in counseling from UW-Whitewater
  • Native speaker of Spanish

Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Carmen:

“In a society that has a difficult time dealing with issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, our agency is a safe place for victims to go. As a counselor, I get to witness and learn from my clients’ journeys from pain and struggle to personal strength and healing. I could not think of a more rewarding job!”

​Theresa Stalzer

Senior Advocate & Volunteer Coordinator

  • Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish & Sociology from UW-Eau Claire

Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Theresa:

“In my program area it is important that we are able to provide services to individuals over age 60 who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, financial exploitation, or scams.”

Araceli Wence

​Bilingual Victim Advocate

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from ITT Technical Institute
  • Master’s degree in Social Work from George Williams of Aurora University.
  • Native speaker of Spanish

​Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Araceli:

“I run three support groups, two for youth and one in Spanish for women. I enjoy helping people and love to empower the Latino population of Walworth County through my job at New Beginnings APFV.”

Frances Paparigian

Bilingual Crime Victim Advocate

  • Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish from Carthage College
  • Former Court Interpreter and Legal Advocate in Illinois

Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Frances:

“New Beginnings APFV is important to me because as a Crime Victim Advocate, I can help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
navigate the oftentimes daunting criminal and civil justice systems.

Kendra Sandberg, LMSW


  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UW-Madison
  • Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University

​Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Kendra:

“I am passionate about preventing violence in our community and making it a safe place for all members, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion or income level. I love to empower my clients with the resources they need to make the best decisions for themselves. At New Beginnings APFV, we help survivors of violence and sexual assault regain their peace of mind and start their journey towards growth and healing.”

Amber Gee

Crime Victim Advocate

​Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Amber:

“New Beginnings is important to me because in my role as an advocate, I can help those affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault to become empowered survivors instead of victims by providing them with a safe place in the community to heal.”

Lisa Otterbacher

Domestic violence and Sexual Assault Advocate
New Beginnings Whitewater Volunteer Coordinator

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice
    • Master’s Degree in Justice and Securities

​Why New Beginnings APFV is important to Lisa:

“Having worked in the criminal justice system for 31 years I’ve had the opportunity to work with many victims and have witnessed the members of New Beginnings APFV passionately advocate for those who found themselves unexpectedly navigating some of the most difficult challenges of their life. Today I’m honored to be a part of the team that partners with individuals who are seeking to take back their lives. I’m dedicated to walking this journey with you, to successfully navigate a complex legal and court system to overcome choices that you had no voice in, as you renew the person you were designed to be.”