Ashlee Lewis - Executive Director


Ashlee has over 20 years of extensive experience in community service, including mentoring, counseling, teaching, coordinating,

Iva Dabaghyan - Chief Program Officer


Iva Dabaghyan oversees the direct service program and ensures that The Initiative is providing high quality services to victims of domestic violence with disabilities. She has been a long-term community volunteer at places such as The Gathering Place, and Denver Public Schools - partnering with school counselors in working with children from transitional housing communities.

Iva is originally from the Czech Republic and holds a Master's Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Iva has taught Literature, History and Russian Language and she is also trilingual. She has received extensive training on the Victim's Rights Act, Address Confidentiality Program, Victim Advocacy, Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid, and Trauma Crisis Intervention.


Madisson Bednark - Development Director


Madisson is the Development Director at The Initiative and is responsible for outreach, social media,

Casey earned her degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, which has given her the tools