HSI Executive Director – James Gierke

James Gierke is a native of Southern Arizona. He began his career in Social Work in Tucson, Arizona in 1999. In 2002, he joined the Pima County Attorney’s Office, Victim Witness Program. He worked primarily as a crisis advocate, responding to crime scenes with law enforcement to provide crisis intervention to victims and witnesses of…

Bi-Lingual Advocate – Liz Martinez

Liz Martinez is the bi-lingual advocate at Homicide Survivors. Liz has a degree in accounting from Chaparral College and has worked in mortgage loans, banking, tax preparation and bookkeeping. She is a native Tucsonan and has three adult children; two sons & a daughter. In 1998, her youngest sister Sandra was a victim of a…

Cochise County Advocate – Sue Dupee

Sue Dupee is the Cochise County advocate. Sue was born and raised in central Ohio, lived in Southern California and Phoenix before settling in the Benson/Tucson. Sue retired from a thirty year banking career serving in various branches and departments. She also owned and ran a deli and more recently a machine shop. Sue met…

Victim Advocate – Sylvia Alvarez

Sylvia Alvarez was born in the small mining community of San Manuel Arizona. Grew up in the town of Oracle. Graduated from San Manuel High School. Attended college at CAC in Coolidge. Sylvia became a mother to two sons, Michael and Daniel. They were her pride and joy, and she valued close relationships with both.…

Volunteer Coordinator/Victim Advocate- Dennisse Ley

Born in Mexico to two parents that always encouraged her to help others, Dennisse became involved in community and social justice groups at a young age. After graduating high school, Dennisse moved to Tucson and attended the University of Arizona to study Communications. In 2005 she began volunteering for missing children and quickly learned she…

Bilingual Victim Advocate- Alexandra Gastelum

Alexandra Gastelum is a nationally credentialed Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist. She is currently a Survivor Advocate for Homicide Survivors, Inc., a nonprofit located in southern Arizona serving family and friends of murder victims. She served two years as a Victim Advocate with the Pima County Attorneys Office, Victim Services Division in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to…

Angie Johnson Smith – Board President

Angie Johnson Smith, founding Partner, Smith & Dale Philanthropic Counsel. Angie started a very successful consulting business 14 years ago. After 8 years she brought in her business partner, Deborah Dale, CFRE and formed Smith & Dale. She has 25 years of experience in providing organizational, development and capacity building counsel to hundreds of non-profit…