Director, Community Engagement
Associate Director, Community Engagement
Director, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives
Curtisha Thomas stands out in all that she does in philanthropy. She is a woman who is dedicated to ending the cycle of sexual assault/abuse and domestic violence. Curtisha knows first hand about the effects of abuse and is using her experience, skills, and passion for this area to make sure that Voices Beyond Assault (VBA) conquers its mission in empowering survivors.
Curtisha is a highly analytical thinker and excels in identifying, scrutinizing, improving, and streamlining complex work processes. She has proven experience in relationship-building and a compassionate heart, which VBA is elated to have on their team.
Community Project Coordinator: VBA AAPI
Community Project Manager: VBA Español
Community Project Coordinator: VBA Français
Veronica was born between two countries, two cultures and two languages, the United States and Spain. She likes to describe her childhood as “on the road” having lived in multiple cities. At the age of 19, she moved to Paris, France as a fille au pair. Having been in love with the French language since she was three, she could now also fall in love with the culture and the city. She graduated from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne with a bachelors in History, where she also did her first year of Masters in History of international relations. She has been able to finally find a place to call “home”.
She believes in the importance of mental health and breaking the stigma. Having been a storyteller all her life, she also believes that using one’s voice and sharing stories can help others. Veronica is a survivor.
Community Project Manager: VBA LGBTQIA+
Kris Pedretti is dedicated and passionate about finding our voices and uniting as one. Speaking up and speaking out about sexual assault is how we can provide support, encouragement, education as well as debunking what we have all been taught. Silence. Shame. Blame.
The Golden State Killer assaulted Kris in 1976 at 15 years old. It was not spoken about even within her own family. After 42 years of silence, he was captured through DNA technology. It was that day that she realized she had been experiencing the trauma and isolation for so many decades without any understanding, support or love.
Kris mission is to provide a safe place where sexual assault victims can feel heard, accepted, and loved. Sexual assault is valid and the trauma is real. The only person responsible for rape is the Rapist. It is time we give back the shame and the blame to the Rapist. No longer will we be silenced.
Board of Directors
At the core of Gimari’s passion is empowering voice, which is central to the mission of Voices Beyond Assault. Due to her repeated experiences of having had loved ones, colleagues, and even students during her tenure teaching who had been sexually assaulted, Gimari has personally witnessed the pain and anguish sexual assault causes, and its heavy burden on an individual’s voice. Gimari believes that Voices Beyond Assault’s mission and cause is of utmost importance to the health and well-being of thousands of people who need to feel, and know, that they are not alone, and they can again use their voice. Gimari lends her non-profit, communications, and equity experience to ensure the mission of VBA is aptly served.
Gary Smith is an experienced professional businessman and entrepreneur. A qualified CPA, he has worked as an Investment Manager in the City of London and established two movie businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange – as Chairman and Chief Executive. He has over 40 movie credits with budgets in excess of $400 million. His experience covers finance, production, marketing and sales. In 2019, he arranged the financing for the purchase of Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California; where he is co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He currently has business interests in a winery, feature films, venture capital, online real estate, yachts and video technology.
Gary has extensive philanthropic experience, and is extremely passionate about stimulating changing and empowerment for others. Gary is a trustee of several charities, and is excited to be a part of Voices Beyond Assault. Gary is passionate about making sure that all men, women and children are safe from the pandemic of sexual violence, and has prioritised this as one of his most mobilising goals. Gary is committed to making the world is a better place, by helping those who have suffered emotional trauma and encouraging them to flourish.
Voices Beyond Assault
Voices Beyond Assault