Our Board of Directors
Karen Lewis, M.D., Board President
Karen grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas, went to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Shortly after she completed residency training in Pediatrics, her husband’s job took them to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she learned to speak Dutch and completed a year of residency to be a certified Dutch pediatrician. While living abroad, Karen volunteered with the American Women’s Club of Amsterdam and with the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), and learned about Paula Lucas’ work with AODVC as she was recommending it to victims of domestic violence abroad. After returning to the US in 2008, she met Paula in person and began collaborating with her, which led to many trainings overseas as well as Karen’s joining the AODVC Board in 2009. In 2013, she moved to the Washington, DC area with her family and stepped up to the role of President of the Board. She is the mother of two daughters and works half-time as a general pediatrician.
Carollyn Farrar, Board Secretary/Treasurer
Carollyn, a native of San Francisco, California, graduated with a degree in English literature from San Francisco State University. She began her writing career in the banking compliance industry. Her husband’s job took them to the Pacific Northwest, where she now resides in Portland, Oregon, as a Senior Marketing Program Manager. Carollyn’s interest in serving the needs of women and children began as a team building arts project and blossomed into a fifteen year seat on the Board of Directors for Kids on the Block Awareness Program. There, she served in several executive positions. Carollyn also served for six years as Board President of the Hollywood Farmers Market. Carollyn joined the AODVC board in 2012 and currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer. Carollyn is an Associate member of American Writers and Artists Institute, and serves on her company’s Women’s Network board of directors. She is the mother of one daughter and grandmother of three young boys.
Kathleen Davey Mistry
Kathleen Davey Mistry is founder and CEO of Mistry Advisors LLC. She is an international advisor specializing in introductions and intelligent due diligence facilitating corporations and private investors in initiating and developing corporate alliances and investment projects. She facilitates a company’s foray into a new market. The geographic focus of the work is the MENA region, India, Europe and the U.S.A. As a seasoned professional with a talent for connecting people with a touch of diplomacy in her approach, Kathleen is known for finding the similarities in people in order to facilitate the introductions for successful business collaborations. Successfully bridging cultures is an important focus of her work. As a former expatriate in Paris, France she is also able to assist with the many aspects of living abroad. Kathleen remains active in the American Club and Association of Americans Resident Overseas. She lobbies on Capitol Hill for legislation pertaining to expatriates. She works with charities that have a special commitment for the education of all children. She joined the AODVC board in 2013. Kathleen’s university education was completed in California, USA. She studied at the California College of the Arts at Oakland; received her BA and Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University at San Francisco; and her MA degree from California State University at Sacramento.
Laura Cook is the Director of the Financial Crime Resource Center and Deputy Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA), both of which are programs of the National Center for Victims of Crime. She began her work with the National Center shortly after graduating from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in May of 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, studying psychology and English literature. Laura has traveled throughout the country training advocates on financial fraud, and has coordinated multiple webinars addressing how financial crime impacts domestic violence, tribal communities, and minorities. Laura also runs the Attorney Referral Service, providing advocacy and collecting information from crime victims, and referring them to attorneys nationwide with experience representing victims in civil litigation. Laura works many other programs of the National Center for Victims of Crime as well, including the Stalking Resource Center, the Victim Connect Resource Helpline, and the DC Domestic Violence Hotline. She loves to travel, and spent a summer during law school in New Delhi, India, working with the Human Rights Law Network. Laura joined the AODVC board in the Spring of 2016 after meeting Paula Lucas at a fundraising event. Because of her experience working with crime victims within the US, she is excited to assist with such work on a more global level.
Paloma is a lawyer who has lived and worked in Spain, Mexico, and the United States. She met Paula in 2014, was fascinated by her story and her organization’s mission, and began collaborating with AODVC lending her international experience and multicultural skills. She joined the board in 2016. Paloma is a US-based partner in a Mexican law firm, focusing on the energy sector, corporate transactions, and business development. She previously worked for a US law firm on international arbitration and Latin America issues. Paloma began her legal career in Madrid, focusing for over a decade on international business transactions. She has a law degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and a Master’s degree (LL.M) in international business law from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to the New York Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Madrid Bar (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid). Paloma is the proud mother of two children and lives in Washington DC with them and her husband.
Lauren was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. After graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Lauren returned to the East Coast and earned a master’s degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Over the last decade, Lauren has built a career in Program Management and Resource Development. Lauren joined the Board of Directors of AODVC in 2016. Throughout her education and career, Lauren has been committed to addressing issues affecting women and youth. In addition to serving on the AODVC Board, Lauren currently serves as the Director of Resource Development at a nonprofit focused on developing products to improve women’s health. Lauren previously served as Fundraising Chair for the Young Advocates of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. Lauren is the proud mother of a little girl.
Tali Sadan Elitzur
Tali Sadan Elitzur is a domestic violence and sexual assault therapist, and currently lives in Maryland with her beloved husband, Haggai. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, and Argosy University with a Master’s in Community Counseling. She recently changed gears to focus her energy on starting her own nonprofit, Aha! Moment (ahamomentdc.org), which uses outreach and training workshops to help connect survivors of abuse and trauma with appropriate help. She joined the Board of AODVC and SASHAA in 2017 after learning about the incredible work the two organizations are doing to extend the net of support to survivors worldwide. Tali also serves as Chair and Spokesperson for the Outreach and Public Relations Committee of Washington, DC’s Victim Assistance Network, a task force of nonprofits supporting survivors of crime. When not working, Tali enjoys hiking, watching films, and traveling with her husband, and spending quality time with her family and close friends.