ABOUT US // STAFF
As Executive Director, Beatriz is responsible for ensuring SafeSpace fulfills its mission to reduce trauma to child victims of abuse through multidisciplinary evaluation and advocacy in a safe and healing environment. With a BS in Social Work, Beatriz brings more than 20 years of working with children in various capacities.
She is passionate about the work SafeSpace does in the Gorge Community, and committed to providing the highest quality services to every child who comes to SafeSpace.
Beatriz gets really excited when the team is able to bring CAC services to new communities. She feels rewarded when a child leaves SafeSpace relieved they finally were able to tell their story, and someone was there to listen. She really likes the fact that SafeSpace has such a wonderful team to work with and great community partners that come together to help a child that has been abused.
When Beatriz isn’t advocating on behalf of kids, you’ll find her doing calming activities like knitting and reading, or active out on the water SUPing or kayaking. Her side passion is raising Scottish Highland miniature cattle!
Dr. Robin Henson, MD
Dr. Robin provides medical exams, consulting, participation in MDT, and peer review of cases.
As an OB/Gyn, Dr. Robin ran a clinic in the community, participates in the clinical advisory panel for the Medicaid community, helps develop and promote programs that benefit the community at large, and volunteers on medical missions to Guatemala and Haiti.
She enjoys learning new things, working with other members of the community who are committed to taking care of all people, and making a difference in people’s lives.
In her free time, Dr. Robin enjoys hiking, biking, water sports, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.
Dr. Glen Patrizio, MD
Dr. Patrizio performs physical assessment exams to evaluate for evidence of abuse and holds specialties in Hospice & Palliative Care, Family Medicine, and Psychology.
Dr. Patrizio started performing mental health care, working with abused children and adolescents. Being exceptionally skilled at putting patients at ease, child abuse victims and their families feel comfortable discussing difficult health issues with him.
Dr. Patrizio is also passionate about connecting with patients and families regarding end of life issues as well as teaching and mentoring providers in end of life care. He has built palliative care programs and was voted Hospice Medical Director of the Year.
On a day off, Dr. Patrizio can be seen savoring a quiet morning. He also relishes a good snow day and going on adventures. His favorite ways of feeding his adventurous spirit while in the outdoors would be skiing, biking, climbing, or hiking.
For over 10 years, Michelle has been a Forensic Interviewer at SafeSpace. Her main areas of responsibility are forensic interviewing and assisting in medical evaluations. Michelle has a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology as well as a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.
In her 20 plus years of experience, Michelle has worked with Juvenile Offenders in a therapeutic setting. She is deeply committed to understanding their perspectives about their own behaviors. Because of her education and experience working with youth, she has better insight, compassion, and empathy when working with children who may have experienced trauma.
Michelle has a supreme level of patience, compassion, and empathy evident in everything she does. The passion she has for her work shows in the respectfulness and dedication Michelle brings to SafeSpace every day. The day when a child told her she took away their nightmares became one of the most rewarding experiences of her career.
When not at work, Michelle can be found spending time with her family and dogs in the mountains, the beach, or relaxing at home.
Criminal justice and children are two things Brenda enjoys immensely, and child forensic interviewing is where the two meet. As a SafeSpace Forensic Interviewer, Brenda finds meaning and pride in her contribution to helping child victims.
She's excited by the advancement of technology in the criminal justice field and how it can be applied at SafeSpace.
Brenda has worked in the administrative area of criminal justice, talking with children since 1999 (eleven+ years in Parole and probation and 10+ years at the Sheriff's Office). To say that Brenda is friendly and approachable is an understatement. She is also steadfast and willing to help wherever needed, bringing her supreme customer service skills, and great flexibility to SafeSpace.
In her personal time, Brenda likes to sew, take walks, and prizes her time with her children and grandchildren. In all areas of her life, children bring so much joy!
Child and Family Advocate
Not only does Mayra take care of the billing, paperwork, and navigate the insurance contracts for SafeSpace, she also works with children and families to assist them through the process.
Mayra has worked in social service programs for ten years. Her comfort level is strong while working with families, community partners, as well as providing referrals and assistance. Dedicated and a good listener, Mayra has a high level of trust and dependability among clients and staff alike.
Mayra's passions include making a difference for victims of crime, and having the opportunity to work with other community partners to co-advocate. She's dedicated to working with victims of all backgrounds, and the positive impacts on others from social service work are a big driver for her.
Mayra's interests outside of work are being able to do things with her family like hiking, traveling, family dinners, family movies, etc. She enjoys watching her husband do his job and go on ride-along dates. Her other hobbies are crafting and decorating. Making pretty things is one thing Mayra appreciates getting into during her downtime. She loves the sunshine most of all while savoring the outdoors.
As the Finance Director, Debi is contracted to do payroll and assist with grant reporting. With 12 years of experience as director of nonprofits, she has a keen ability to understand nonprofit finances.
As SafeSpace's first Finance Director and a founding part of the organization, Debi has been excited to see the growth of SafeSpace under Beatriz's leadership and to support all the SafeSpace staff. She is an exceptional listener and detail-oriented in all she does.
With her husband, Debi has owned an orchard in Hood River for 38 years. She has always done the payroll and bookkeeping for the business, as well as for the two nonprofits she has worked for.
Traveling and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren are things that Debi adores. Her greatest pleasure is being with her grandchildren.