Meet Our Team

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Lisa Alexander M.S.

Founder

Executive Director

 

Lisa founded Stand Up Survivor in 2015 as a result of surviving domestic abuse in her first marriage.

 

She has Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters's in Counseling Psychology.

She is currently a doctoral candidate completing her research on Domestic Violence.

She has combined her experience, education, and passion to create a platform and organization where people can find answers, hope, healing, and the courage to Stand Up for themselves, their children, and their future.

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Jasmine Giebenrath M.S.

Secretary

Jasmine has a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology. She is a former teacher who currently works in the defense training industry.

Jasmine supports Stand Up Survivor's mission in any way she can, and loves seeing survivors thrive as they become free from domestic violence. She is happily married and has two amazing children.

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Sylvie Vanessa Soares

Board Member

As a survivor of domestic violence, Sylvie Vanessa Soares is determined to help families that have been devastated by the family court system.  After seeing so many go through the same ongoing fights, she decided to turn her pain into her true purpose. Sylvie volunteered at a local shelter, allowing others access to her and her experiences, while providing a safe space for families to share their stories, which eventually lead to her becoming the shelter’s on-site facilities manager.

 

Now, she’s deciding to take her passion for helping to a national level. Following her heart, she’s been led to an opportunity to join Stand Up Survivor to be a voice for the silenced. She’s out-spoken, strong-willed, and is unafraid when it comes to sharing her story, she’s continuing her mission to spread awareness and vows to help as many overcome what may seem like the impossible.

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Ginnelly Carrasco MSW

Clinical Director

Ginnelly is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 12 years, and she has a passion for serving and advocating for marginalized and disenfranchised populations.

 

She believes that it's part of her mission and purpose to help those who want to heal, then pay it forward and help others heal, healing the world one person at a time.

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Gracie Da Silva-Parrett
Levantarse Sobreviviente Program Coordinator

 

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Rachel Scheutz
Program Coordinator

As a survivor of domestic violence, and having witnessed and assisted survivors of  abuse for over  11 years, Gracie was determined to make a change. She went back to school and became a  Social worker to better assist survivors of abuse. She earned her Bachelor’s degree  at the University of Central Florida and presently is going on to complete her Master's of Social Work.

 

Currently, she is a case manager/Domestic Violence Advocate at Stand Up Survivor working  specifically with the Hispanic and Latino community through their Levantate Sobreviviente program. Gracie is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Gracie’s passion for advocating for survivors of abuse is not only a passion--it is a commitment. 

Rachel earned her Bachelors degree in English from Virginia Tech. She continued her education there and earned her Masters in Curriculum & Instruction. From there, she went on to become a middle school English teacher.

She joined our staff in July 2020 and has used her passion for helping others, and her desire to continue learning, to help further Stand Up Survivor's mission and vision. 

In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, taking walks with her daughter, and teaching spin classes.