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 Assistant –  Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Karly is a Program Assistant 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 Mattingliy
Executive Assistant

Emma Mattingly is an Administrative Assistant for the Alliance. 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.

Patricia Middleton
Program Assistant – Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Patricia Middleton is a Program Assistant for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. Before joining the Alliance team she completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona State where she majored in Sociology. While completing her degree she worked as a Victim Witness Advocate, specializing in Domestic Violence as well as Child Assault cases. In addition to advocacy, she worked as a certified Child Forensic Interviewer conducting interviews with children ranging from 4-16 years old who had been victims of a crime. She brings a unique perspective and specialized training from her direct work with victims.”