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 Sherman Julien
Program Manager

Sarah Sherman Julien is the Program Manager for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. Sarah provides direct support for Gael Strack and Casey Gwinn, and the Training Institute. She has more than six years in managing corporate and nonprofit operations and has a background and Master’s Degree in teaching. Sarah worked as a Domestic Violence Prevention and Education volunteer for two years before pursuing her passion to work in the field full-time.

Elizabeth Cosentino-Vonderahe, MPA
Program Assistant, Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Elizabeth is the Program Assistant for the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention and assists Gael Strack coordinating trainings across the nation and around the world on the forensics and physiology of near-fatal strangulation. Elizabeth’s background includes advocating at the state and national level on the movement as to end intimate partner violence, which involved analysis and implementation of women’s rights policy, domestic/sexual violence prevention, sexual health education, and mixed-method research. Elizabeth has a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in public policy and international development from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Elizabeth’s goal is to help break the generational cycle of family violence that begins early in childhood.

Fiona Wells

Legal Project Coordinator

Fiona is the Legal Project Coordinator at the Alliance, assisting with legal research on existing and pending felony strangulation statutes, case law, and sentences imposed for strangulation crimes. Fiona recently received her J.D. from California Western School of Law.  Prior to entering law school, Fiona worked as a nurse.  Before attending nursing school, Fiona served in the U.S. Navy for seven years as a Hospital Corpsman.  Her legal, medical, and military background are important to her work at the Alliance as a number of strangulation forensics trainings are held on military bases. During law school, Fiona was a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society, earned a Distinguished Advocate Award, as well as an Academic Excellence Award for academic achievement.