At NOVA, Ava provides military and civilian CCR consultation and Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) on domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (DVSAS).
Ava has over 13 years of diverse experience in victim advocacy, prevention/intervention, case management, and military service. Prior to NOVA, Ava worked in the non-profit sphere conducting outreach, prevention/intervention education for youth, schools, and in her community, while also volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for youth in foster care.
Ava is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, with almost nine years of service, including a deployment to Afghanistan. She discovered her passion for advocacy while serving as a Uniformed Victim Advocate (UVA) for military sexual assault survivors.
Ava earned her Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology, with a specialization in Victimology in 2021, with past academic achievements to include a Masters of Philosophy in Forensic Psychology, a Masters of Arts in Human Behavior, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Ava is also a RYT-500 certified yoga instructor, with specialty in Trauma-Informed and All-Body Accessible practices. She is currently in training to obtain her 850-Hr Yoga Therapist (IAYT) Certification.
Altogether, Ava believes in advocacy, education, and empowerment for all!