Tu Casa, Ins.'s dynamic team 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.  

Shelly Martinez, BA - Program Director/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. 

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."

Janine Jiron - Victim Advocate

Janine Jiron began working as a victim's advocate in August 2021. Her experiences with domestic violence and navigating the court system herself gives her much valuable insight and a unique capability to make our clients feel seen and heard. She is from Monte Vista, born and raised in the Valley. She has an Associate's from Trinidad State Junior College and is currently completing her Bachelor's in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Megan Lang - Sexual Assualt Response Team (SART) Coordinator/Sexual Assault Victim Advocate

Megan joined the Tu Casa, Inc. staff in 2022 as the SART Coordinator and Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate. Prior to joining Tu Casa, Inc., Megan had 6 years of experience serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Michigan. Megan graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Studies. Megan has a passion for working with survivors and takes great joy in seeing survivors become empowered and work toward healing. 

Helen Taylor- Financial Administrator

I was born and raised in California and lived in Illinois for three-year ½ years in my early 20’s.  I graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Accounting and received a Masters in Finance from Golden Gate University.  I received my CPA in CA and was also licensed as a CPA in CO when I move to Colorado in 1998.  I have worked for a variety of non-profits over the years, mostly in the healthcare field, 9 ½ years with Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health) and 16 1/2 years with Valley Wide Health Systems in Alamosa.  Both organizations believe in healthcare as a right, not a privilege, and strive to serve the underserved.  I have two children and three grandchildren.  I belong to the Woman’s Citizenship Club who has supported Tu Casa in a variety of projects over the years.  Not only is domestic violence the signature project of the WCC International organization (GFWC), I have also witnessed domestic violence and sexual assault in my family and wanted to contribute to an organization that assists others who are in similar situations.