Meet Our Staff

Jenn Doe, Executive Director

Jenn Doe began her career in victim services as a campus advocate and Violence Prevention Education Coordinator. She later worked as the Outreach Coordinator for a community based domestic violence shelter, where she provided education to high school students, volunteers, and allied organizations. She also provided training to victim advocates across Colorado during her tenure as a Trainer for the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. Jenn became involved with the DMDVFR while completing her graduate capstone research in 2014, and served as the Fatality Review Coordinator in 2015. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from CU Denver, with a concentration in the Program on Domestic Violence.

Dr. Joanne Belknap, DMDVFR/CDVFRB Researcher

Joanne Belknap, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder and past President of the American Society of Criminology, received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1986. She is internationally recognized for her research on violence against women and female offenders and is working on the 6th edition of her book, The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, & Justice. Dr. Belknap served on U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s Violence Against Women Committee, gave expert testimony to the Warren Christopher Commission investigating the Rodney King police brutality incident in Los Angeles, served as a pro bono advisor on criminal justice policy for the Obama presidential campaign, and most recently provided testimony on DV in a Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C. (March 2018, see Belknap & Grant, 2018). She is the recipient of numerous research, teaching and service awards.

Katyie Wells, DMDVFR Research Coordinator

Katyie Wells is in her final year at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and will be graduating in May, 2021. She previously earned her Master and Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado Denver. She enjoys serving on the University of Denver’s board of Law Students Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and also works for the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review. She is currently externing with the Denver City Attorney’s Office and looks forward to continuing domestic violence advocacy work after graduation. Katyie has specialized in research involving domestic violence and has been published in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. When not working or preparing to take the bar exam, Katyie loves spending time with her 9-year-old daughter.

Anna Brennan, MSW Intern (2020-21)

Anna Brennan is an intern with the Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DDVCC). Her background is in civil and criminal legal advocacy for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence. Anna most recently worked with the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence as the primary advocate for the Lawyers for Victims Program, a pilot program designed to connect victims and survivors with free attorneys for civil protection order hearings. She also has experience facilitating violence prevention workshops at the high school and undergraduate level. Anna is particularly interested in using data analysis to inform best practices that are grounded in lived experience. She is currently completing a Master of Social Work degree at the Metropolitan State University of Denver with an anticipated graduation of May 2021.