Vanessa joined Homicide Survivors, Inc. in May of 2016. Over the past 12 years, Vanessa worked at the Pima County Attorney's Office Victim Services Division where she gained invaluable experience and learned about the challenges faced and the incredible strength displayed by survivors of crime.
Vanessa has over 16 years of experience working with diverse populations in the human services field – providing case management, mental health/therapy services and education and training. She worked as a crisis advocate and coordinator of programs including a crisis volunteer program of over 100 volunteers, a rural office expansion and the Victim Compensation Program for Pima County. Vanessa is a trainer for victim advocates statewide and nationally, for the Arizona Victim Assistance Academy and the National Office for Victim Assistance.
Vanessa has a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Vanessa is a 6th generation Tucsonan and is honored to be able to work in an organization that strives to make this community a kind and supportive place to live.
Victim Advocate - Lisa Golembiewski
Lisa started working with Homicide Survivors in July of 2016. She is currently working with survivors of unsolved murders. Lisa has a unique combination of experience and education beginning with over ten years serving the community in various law enforcement roles. This experience is combined with an AAS in Administration of Justice, a BS in Criminal Justice Administration, and Master's Degree a Educational Leadership Higher Education.
Lisa has served the Tucson community in various roles in forensics, probation, patrol, evidence, expert witness testimony and several volunteer roles. Lisa comes to us as a graduate of the Pima County Attorney's Victim Advocate Training Program specializing in Crisis Intervention. In addition, she has served as a Family Service Counselor at Tucson's largest Mortuary and Cemetery in Pima County and as a Donor Service Coordinator for grieving families.
Lisa has a passion for working with families of homicide victims and hopes to provide compassionate and delicate care during their most vulnerable and grief stricken times.
Victim Advocate - Becky Porter
Becky Porter was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to Tucson in the summer of 2014. She graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies.
In Los Angeles, Becky followed her passion of photography and the arts by photographing local bands, working at an arts and crafts store during college, and even painting a mural for a Los Angeles-based restaurant. After college, Becky volunteered for an umbrella non-profit organization where she helped her community by planning fundraisers for a diverse group of other non-profits and by coordinating volunteer opportunities for people in the community who wanted to give back. She eventually became an Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.
When Becky moved to Tucson she wanted to continue her work with a non-profit organization and became a Victim Advocate with Homicide Survivors, Inc. She values the mission of Homicide Survivors and is honored to be part of an organization that contributes so much to the Tucson community. In her free time Becky enjoys arts and crafts, traveling and long walks with her dog Biscuit.
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 murder/suicide by her live-in boyfriend. She left behind three young children whom Liz then helped to raise along with her other surviving sister and mother.
After her sister’s homicide, Liz became involved with Homicide Survivors and started working as an office assistant and victim advocate from 2003 – 2004. She returned in October of 2013.
Liz enjoys hiking in the beautiful Tucson desert with her family and her dog, Sparky. After decades as a survivor, Liz feels proud and fortunate to be able to help survivors in their journeys towards acceptance, understanding & growth.