Our Team

Gael Strack, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer

Gael Strack, Esq., is the CEO of Alliance for HOPE International and oversees the Alliance’s Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention.  She is a former prosecutor and the founding Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center.  She spearheaded much of the initial work and research on strangulation crimes from a prosecutor’s perspective.

Casey Gwinn, Esq.

Casey Gwinn, Esq., is the President of Alliance for HOPE International and oversees the Alliance’s Camp HOPE Initiative.  He is the former elected City Attorney of San Diego and founder of the nationally recognized Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit of the City Attorney’s Office in 1988 and the San Diego Family Justice Center in 2002.


Sarah Dillon
Program Director – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Sarah is the Program Director of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention.  She collaborates with new clientele to bring The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention to communities across the county and around the world.   Sarah also manages the OVW grant deliverables and provides Technical Assistance to OVW grantees. Before joining the Alliance, Sarah managed in corporate banking in addition to working administratively for non-profits such as Haven of Hope and Dress for Success, where she provided financial training and counseling to survivors of domestic violence.

Katie Kirkwood
Administrative Assistant

Katie is an Administrative Assistant at Alliance for HOPE International and helps with the administrative work for The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention as well as the other programs. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Sociology, she volunteered as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate at Center for Community Solutions. She brings her knowledge and experience of trauma-informed care and evidence-based practices within the sexual assault field to the Alliance.