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.

Karly Gersberg
Program Manager 

Karly is the Program Manager for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a dual Bachelors’ in Sociology and Legal Studies and went on to get her Masters’ of Public Administration from San Diego State University. She previously worked as an advocate with Human Trafficking survivors and incorporates her experience in direct service work in her position at the Institute.

Emma Mattingly
Program Assistant

Emma Mattingly is the Program Assistant for the Training Institute. She graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Affairs and a minor in Spanish. During her undergraduate career, Emma worked for the Dayton International Airport and the Downtown Dayton Partnership. Prior to the Alliance, she worked directly with survivors at Alas de Colibrí, an anti-human trafficking agency in Quito, Ecuador. Emma is passionate about the protection of human rights and is honored to be a part of the Alliance team.

Grace Shuman
Program Assistant

Grace has a BA in English and Creative Writing from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and a JD from Seattle University School of Law. During her law school career, Grace worked at the Division I Court of Appeals in Seattle and as a teaching assistant at Seattle University. She is excited to bring her passions for the law and writing to the team


Isabella De Silva
Program Assistant 

Isabella graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies – Political Science. During her undergraduate career she received department honors for her research on human trafficking in Tenancingo, Mexico.  Her extensive experience working with several non-profit organizations throughout San Diego has furthered her passion for human rights.

Yesenia Aceves
Director of Culture and Creative Services

Yesenia is the Alliance’s Director of Culture, and is responsible for measurably increasing employee Hope, engagement, and well-being while managing employee development and retention. Also serving as the Alliance’s Director of Creative Services, Yesenia oversees the branding and design for all of the Alliance’s programs. Yesenia is also the Founding Director of the Pathways to HOPE Project, the year-round mentoring component of Camp HOPE America.

Fernanda España
Program Assistant 

Fernanda provides programatic support for the Alliance’s Culture and Creative Services. Fernanda graduated from Universidad Anáhuac México Norte with a major in Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and a minor in Non-Profit Management. She is also certified in Human Rights and Development from SciencesPo Paris. She has volunteered and worked in the non-profit community in both Mexico and the United States. Fernanda is passionate about social change and has become an invaluable member of the Alliance team by helping create a Hope-Centered workplace.