Nothing defines me as well as my family roles. I’m a mom of four with kiddos ranging from 19 to six years old. They’re messy and happy. It’s the little things in life that count and they’re my little things. I moved to Arizona from Detroit 10 years ago. My husband is a Sierra Vista native, had an established career as a paramedic/firefighter, and I decided I liked him enough to give up Detroit winters forever. It was a good decision. Funnily enough I have an affinity with desert life and critters from Gila Monsters to tarantulas to Quail have been known to follow me around.

 

I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Northern Arizona University in 2019. In 2020 I obtained the Master’s of Social Work with distinction from the same school. I’m a member of Phi Alpha and several other academic honors societies. I’m also a member in good standing of the National Association of Social Workers. I like to say I don’t go to work. I simply go do what I love, every day. We really are all in this together. We have to be.

Kristy Beerman, LMSW-T

Trauma Therapist

Born in Texas, raised in Germany and Arizona I have grown to love different seasons and outdoor activities. Since childhood I have always been active in volunteering for local schools and charity events to raise money for improvements. Considering myself an Arizona native I have watched Sierra Vista grow from a small town, to a town where you can raise a family!

 

After receiving my degree, I moved to California to explore different cities, cultures, and lifestyles. During my time there I was introduced to the homeless community where I became very resourceful in community needs. Working with the homeless made me realize that my true passion is helping others. Although I loved the life I had created, I moved back to Arizona, had my son, and started a new career working in multi-family housing. Missing my passion and knowing I was able to help others I started my path at Lori's Place. Being a victim advocate I am always available and you are not alone,  we are in this together. 

Joyce Keck

Lead Advocate

Although I was born in California, I moved to Southern Arizona at the age of 7. My grandmother raised my two sisters and myself in Hereford Arizona. In 2009 I became a mother. I recognize my son as my pride and joy in life. Together we enjoy outdoor activities like camping, fishing, four-wheeling and more. After becoming a mother, I began an educational journey that would change the course of my life path. 

I attended Southern New Hampshire University to study Human Services. In 2016 I became an official member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. During that program I was introduced to the Director of a local home visitation program. Though I was initially interested in an internship program, I was offered and accepted a full-time position as a Family Support Specialist. I spent just under 4 years in this role and enjoyed being in the field with the community. I was awarded a micro grant with the Legacy Foundation of Southern Arizona to support expansion of education in early brain development within the community. My passion in this field and my natural approach with people excites me to lead the CFAC’s Multi- Disciplinary Team in applying best practices while working with victims within the community.

Jesse Bennett

Criminal Justice Advocate

I am a single mother of two amazing boys. I moved to Arizona from Ohio almost three years ago.  I enjoy roller skating, bowling, reading, and spending time with my family. I have twenty years of experience in customer service . I guess you could say that I am a people person. I enjoy putting a smile on everyone’s face and making a difference in the lives of others. I'm a member of Sigma Tau Sigma Sorority, Inc., a Christian based Greek Sorority. We  enjoy putting our time and hearts back into our community.

I also volunteered at the Red Cross and at my son’s elementary school, working with children. I also was the administrator at a childcare for many years. I obtained my Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2009.  I felt that my customer service background and criminal justice major together, made me a good fit to be a victim advocate here at Lori’s Place. Being a victim advocate means that I can make a difference in other people’s lives by making sure that their voice is heard and joy be brought back into their life, after victimization has occurred. I am Shamika Coleman and we are in this together!

Shamika Coleman

Victim Advocate