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 had a passion for a new career. In 2007 she started working for Homicide Survivors as an advocate. She worked along side Gail Leland, the founding director of Homicide Survivors. She developed great relationships with our survivors and worked with great passion to follow our mission.
In 2010 she went on to work for Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. At Emerge, she worked many different case management positions within their shelter, lay legal, and housing programs.
In 2016 Dennisse took time to care for her newborn twins and her young son. In 2017, she returned to work as a Volunteer Coordinator for TIHAN (Tucson Interfaith HIV/Aids Network). Dennisse highly enjoyed working with volunteers and coordinating events for people living with HIV and Aids in our community.
In April of 2018, Dennisse chose to come back and work with our survivors and continue our mission. Dennisse is our new Volunteer Coordinator/Advocate and hopes to grow and formalize our program to better serve families and friends of murder victims.
Dennisse enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and twin girls. She likes to spend time outside, play games, cook, entertain friends and family, read, watch movies and write.
Dennisse feels honored to be back at Homicide Survivors and will continue her work for us living out her true passion for advocacy and support.