Tu Casa's dynamic team of staff is dedicated to crossing county-lines and cultural barriers to ensure all child and adult victims have access to our services. 

Theresa Ortega, MPA - Executive Director

Theresa works with children and families through the SLV CAC Program, and serves as the hub of communication for the many multi-disciplinary partners. Theresa is also a qualified forensic interviewer for children 3 years and up. Theresa worked for the Alamosa County Department of Human Services for five years as a Child Welfare Caseworker before being hired by Tu Casa, Inc. in 2013.  Theresa has a BA in Spanish and Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare.  

Michelle Resendiz - Program Director

Michelle is a San Luis Valley native, who received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Adams State College.  Michelle worked as a Child Welfare Caseworker for six years before being hired by Tu Casa, Inc. in 2017.  

Shelly Martinez, BA - Forensic Interviewer & Family Advocate/MDT Coordinator

Shelly has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with Social Welfare emphasis. Shelly worked as a Child Protection Caseworker for eight years before being hired by Tu Casa as the Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator and Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate. She currently holds the position of Forensic Interviewer, Family Advocate and MDT Coordinator at the Children's Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley.  She is originally from Montana but has lived in the San Luis Valley for 20+ years. "I enjoy working with the SLV Community and with the Tu Casa, Inc. Team. Helping children have a voice is very important to me. This is truly my dream job."

Trina DeHererra - Family Advocate

Trina joined the Tu Casa, Inc. staff in 2020 as a part time Family Advocate for the San Luis Valley Children's Advocacy Center. Trina previously volunteered on the 24/7 Tu Casa Inc. Crisis Hotline in 2018 before doing an internship leading to hire. Trina has a deep passion for providing advocacy to families experiencing child sexual abuse. 

Stephanie Martinez - Sexual Assault Victim Advocate/Sexual Assault Team (SART) Coordinator

 Stephanie joined Tu Casa, Inc. in 2019. She works directly with sexual assault survivors and coordinates the Sexual Assault Response Team throughout the San Luis Valley. Her experience includes crisis intervention, education, networking with the system, and community professionals. Stephanie holds a strong passion for community engagement; she earned a BA in Psychology with a concentration in clinical work from Adams State University in 2019. 

Ivette Atencio- Bilingual Victim Advocate

Ivette Atencio joined Tu Casa Inc. as a full-time employee on January 2021.  Ivette is currently working towards earning her Bachelor’s in Human Services with a specialization in Criminal Forensics.  She is aiming to earn her degree by the beginning of 2022.  Ivette brings a wealth of professional experience and skills.  Ivette is bilingual (English & Spanish).  Ivette formerly worked for the Alamosa County Dept. of Human Services (ACDHS) as a Case Manager in the Child Welfare Unit.  She gained much experience in working with children and their families and she also managed multiple administrative duties.  Ivette has many precious memories of the children and families she worked with at the ACDHS.  Ivette’s mission and vision is to continue to help the people within our community as a Bilingual Victim Advocate.  Ivette is especially excited to work with the Latino community, where she can utilize her bilingual skills to reach an even larger population.  Ivette has a deep passion for helping those in need and is looking forward to establishing new relationships and everlasting memories.


Chenoa Candy - Youth Representative

Chenoa Candy joined Tu Casa, Inc. in 2018 as a youth representative. She is a San Luis Valley native and graduated from Alamosa High School. "Tu Casa, Inc. does important work for the community and I'm proud to be a part of this group."