My name is Bronson Stein, and I am the Legal Advocate at Bolton Refuge House, Inc in Eau Claire, WI. I am a second-generation victim advocate and strongly believe in the mission of ending violence against women and aiding all victims of crime. I live in western Wisconsin with my family. I am a member of the Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin Advisory Board and the Facilitator of the Eau Claire CCRT, a collaborative professional group designed to address the systemic response to intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
For two decades, Liz Ortenburger has been fighting for the rights of women and children. Prior to joining SafeNest, which provides services for victims of domestic violence in Nevada as well as advocacy and prevention education, Ortenburger served in leadership positions at the Girl Scouts and the YMCA. In her current position as the CEO for SafeNest, Ortenburger directs her energy and passion to ending the epidemic of domestic violence. From managing operations to leading strategic partnerships to implementing visionary programs and services, Ortenburger is dedicated to ensuring every survivor can have the opportunity to move from crisis to confidence. Ortenburger earned her MBA at IESE, a globally ranked business school in Barcelona, Spain, and her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fresno. Today, she is raising two happy, healthy children and spends her free time camping, hiking, and running.
Sara Krekelberg joined The Compass Center in June 2014 as a victim advocate. In 2020, she moved into the role of advocacy coordinator. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in sociology in 2012. Her past experience includes working with at-risk children and families. Sara enjoys being involved in many volunteer organizations and is committed to helping those in need through victim advocacy.
We have met many survivor victims - whether it be from sexual assault, domestic violence, or other major crimes- who have struggled with PTSD. June is PTSD Awareness Month and our team wanted to call attention to the issue of PTSD. Treatments work, however survivors don't always get the help they need to treat their PTSD.
When the pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, it brought with it a sudden loss of stability and control, isolation and helplessness. The world as we knew it was no longer the one we lived in. Over the past year, we have had to figure out what it means to live our lives now. People began talking about our “new normal” instead of getting back to normal.