People Who Care
VIBS has a diverse collection of dedicated individuals who work to fulfill VIBS’ mission. Volunteers are the backbone of the agency, providing leadership on the Board of Directors; support and networking on the Resource Council; and direct services as Rape Crisis Counselors, Speakers Bureau, child care and office volunteers.
In 2016, VIBS became an affiliate of IGHL to further our work with people with developmental disabilities. IGHL is recognized as a leader in providing services for people with developmental disabilities. They operate close to 40 homes, multiple day programs and many other supportive programs. This affiliation has forged a new road for the future, using expertise of both agencies to help more victims of violence in the future.
A caring and knowledgeable staff of over 40 individuals provide hotline intervention, counseling, advocacy, court accompaniment, outreach, and community education. VIBS’ employees have distinguished themselves in service, public advocacy and leadership and have received numerous awards and honors for their work.
Leadership at VIBS:
Alesia Soltanpanah, Executive Director
Alesia Soltanpanah is the Executive Director of VIBS. VIBS has Suffolk County’s leading provider of services to victims of rape/sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, human trafficking, and elder abuse. Alesia has over 18 years of experience in non-profit management and has an MBA in Management. She has also worked for Safe Horizon and the Ms. Foundation for Women working on issues of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, human trafficking and rape/sexual assault.
April Zimmerman, Director of Adult Counseling
April Zimmerman, LCSW, has been with VIBS since 2008. In her current role as VIBS Director of Adult Counseling Services, April provides clinical supervision and support to adult counseling staff to ensure safe and effective counseling services to those who are searching to heal from trauma and victimization. She is committed to the VIBS mission and has been providing trauma informed counseling services for years.
Corien Bologna, Senior Director of Counseling
Corien Bologna ATR-BC, LCAT is a national board certified and registered art therapist and NY state licensed creative art therapist. As the Senior Director of Counseling, Corien has utilized her creative skills to expand and strengthen the counseling department. Her mission is to create a safe and healing environment for her clients and for the community. Corien’s open door policy with her staff strives to ensure that VIBS counselors are receiving the supportive environment that they deserve. “Despite the trauma and pain that our clients have endured I am always so inspired by the resilience, strength, and hope that they all hold.”
Danielle Perillo, Development Director
As VIBS development director Danielle is responsible for writing grants, engaging donors and running special events. Danielle started her career as the community affairs director for a fortune 500 company and most recently was the resource development director for a local Boys & Girls Club. Danielle has had a passion for nonprofits since she was a kid hosting fundraisers in school for local organizations and volunteering her time.
Dena Spanos, Community Education Administrator
Dena Spanos is the Community Education Administrator at VIBS. She manages the Community Education team that leads the agency in prevention programming, community outreach, event planning and social media output. Before joining the team at VIBS last Fall, Dena had spent her time teaching abroad in Spain for several years after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communication and Spanish from SUNY Geneseo. Dena feels very passionately about VIBS’ mission and dedicates both her personal and professional life to putting an end to interpersonal violence.
Justine Connor, Office Manager
Justine Connor is the Office Manager at VIBS, overseeing the day to day operations. Mrs. Connor came to VIBS with a love for helping people and an eagerness to give back to the community. Since she joined VIBS in May 2017, Mrs. Connor has maintained the human resources department, building maintenance, and general employee satisfaction. Mrs. Connor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Human Relations from St. Joseph’s College. Mrs. Connor has been a Long Island resident all her life, teaching yoga in her spare time.
Kimberly Hanlon, Director of Children and Adolescent Counseling
Kimberly Hanlon is the Director of Children’s and Adolescent Counseling at VIBS. At VIBS she manages the counseling services given to children and adolescents from ages 3-17, all who have suffered and or witnessed abuse. Prior to joining VIBS she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Art’s Therapy from the C.W. Post and her Master’s Degree in Creative Art’s Therapy from Hofstra devoting her 6 years of internships and ten years working at VIBS. Mrs. Hanlon is dedicated to helping children and teens heal from past trauma and strongly believes in the agency’s mission.
Laurie Hulbert, Senior Director of Advocacy and SAFE
Laurie Hulbert has been with VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center for 15 years. She was in the position of Legal Advocate for the first 6 years then in the position of Senior Advocate for 7 years before taking on her current position of Senior Director of Advocacy and SAFE in October 2015. As the Senior Director of Advocacy and SAFE she oversees both the Advocacy and SAFE programs at VIBS. In her 15 years at VIBS she has gained extensive experience providing legal advocacy services and crisis intervention to countless numbers of victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, elder abuse, and more recently human trafficking. She has also been involved with the Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Suffolk County since its inception in November 2013.
Mary Ann Lamneck, Hotline and Volunteers Manager
Mary Ann Lamneck has been with VIBS since 2002 in the following capacities: Hotline/Intake Coordinator, Community Educator, Volunteer Coordinator and Manager/Director of Community Relations and Hotline Unit. Mary Ann feels fortunate to have been able to address both prevention and proper response to victims in her various positions over the last 15 years.
Nicholas Bove, SAFE Administrator
Nicholas Bove is the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Program Administrator at VIBS. He has a background in public health and enjoys making an impact on individual’s lives at a community level. Sexual assault is an issue that is attacking all populations alike. Mr. Bove has a passion for helping individuals in need and providing hospital-based care for those that need it.