Sexual Violence Response Directory

  • Paul Carbini is the Assistant Director of Direct Services for Sexual Violence Response, joining the team in September of 2014. In his role he provides direct services to students on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, as well as facilitates trainings and workshops for the Columbia Community. He also oversees the selection, training, and supervision of Sexual Violence Response’s Peer Advocate Program. Paul has also served as a Survivor Advocate and Prevention Coordinator within Sexual Violence Response.

    Prior to joining the Sexual Violence Response team, Paul was an educator providing bystander intervention training on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment. During those years, he worked with universities across the country and the United States Navy and Marine Corps. He has facilitated trainings across four continents to thousands of men and women. Paul started his work in this field as an advocate at Central Michigan University with Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates, providing direct services to survivors of sexual violence.

  • Mónica Pombo, LCSW-R, joined Columbia Health in July 2017. Monica has worked with and advocated for survivors of sexual violence and gender based violence for over 15 years.

    Prior to joining the Sexual Violence Response team, Monica was a project manager in the Office of Collaborative Policing at the New York City Police Department. Her work focused on developing, planning and managing initiatives that improved the NYPD’s response to victims of crime. Before working at the NYPD, Monica was the sexual assault program coordinator at the Crime Victims Treatment Center at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s and Mt. Sinai West. In that role, she managed the operations of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program; provided bilingual, individual and group therapy for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and homicide survivors and co-survivors. She also provided trauma-informed trainings and workshops. Monica also worked at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as a counselor. She provided individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, case management, and advocacy for victims and witnesses of crime.

    Monica has facilitated trainings and workshops for physicians, nurses, support staff, volunteers, students, criminal justice and mental health professionals (e.g., assistant district attorneys, judges, police officers, and social workers). Her areas of expertise are trauma and victimization, including dynamics of sexual assault and domestic violence. Monica has served in city and state task forces, advisories and coalitions that advocate for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and other crimes. In addition to her work at Columbia, Monica has a psychotherapy private practice on the Upper West Side.

  • Prior to joining Columbia, Maia worked as a social worker in the Victim Services Unit of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. There she provided crisis counseling, support, and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other crimes as they navigated the criminal justice system. Maia also co-coordinated the Brooklyn Sexual Assault Task Force as well as the Campus Sexual Assault Response Initiative, through which she provided trainings on sexual violence, consent, and healthy relationships throughout Brooklyn.

    While obtaining her MSW, Maia provided support and advocacy to LGBTQ individuals from Orthodox Jewish backgrounds and their families through her work with Eshel. She also provided supportive counseling within Orthodox Jewish communities through the Bikur Cholim of Boro Park. Prior to obtaining her MSW, Maia was trained as a Massachusetts Rape/Crisis Counselor and provided crisis counseling and support to survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence through her work on hotlines and within a domestic violence shelter.


    • BA 2012 Hampshire College
    • MSW 2015 Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Seminar in Field Education Certificate, Columbia University-School of Social Work, 2017
    • Licensed Master of Social Work, 2015
    • Massachusetts Rape/Crisis Counselor, 2010

    Professional Experience:

    • Social Worker, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, 2015-2018
    • Social Work Intern, Eshel, 2014-2015
    • Social Work Intern, Bikur Cholim of Boro Park, 2013-2014
    • Counselor/Advocate, Center for Women and Community, 2010-2012
    • Shelter Relief Staff, Safe Passage, Inc., 2011-2012
  • La’Shawn Rivera, M.A. has served as the Executive Director of Columbia University Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (SVR) since August 2013. La’Shawn supervises all direct-services and prevention based staff-members, oversees all SVR campus-wide events and initiatives, and acts as a liaison to the Columbia campus and the New York City community through her participation in multiple taskforce initiatives and community collaborative committees. She leads a team of 10 full-time staff members as well as peer advocates, volunteers and casual staff dedicated to the eradication of sexual and gender-based violence.

    Prior to joining the team at Columbia University, La’Shawn was the Assistant Coordinator at the University of Central Florida Police Department’s Victim Services Program for 6 years. Her work there focused on providing direct services to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, elder abuse, and homicide. During this time, she also coordinated sexual violence prevention education programs on-campus and in the community, supervised and trained full-time Victim Advocates, and managed the volunteer program. During that time, she also served on committees implementing statewide violence prevention initiatives like Talk About It! and Coaching Boys Into Men.

    She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Bethune-Cookman University and received her M.A. in Applied Sociology with a concentration in Domestic Violence from the University of Central Florida.


    • M.A., Applied Sociology, Domestic Violence Concentration, University of Central Florida
    • B.S.,  Psychology, Bethune Cookman University

    Professional Experience:

    • University of Central Florida Public Safety and Police, Victim Services
  • Karina Cruz joined Columbia Health in August 2014. Prior to joining the Sexual Violence Response staff, Karina was first a victim service coordinator and then transitioned to program coordinator at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center–Violence Intervention and Treatment Program in Brooklyn. While there, she provided individual counseling and therapy services to survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. In her role at Wyckoff, Karina coordinated efforts around Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In addition, she trained medical professionals and community members on how to address violence and abuse within communities and in the medical field.

    At Columbia Health, she provides direct services to students on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, as well as facilitates trainings and workshops.

  • Jonathan Johnson is a Prevention Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response, joining the team in December of 2018. He has worked in the fields of mental health counseling and community health education for ten years, specializing in trauma recovery and Diversity Awareness Education. 

    Jonathan completed his B.A in Community Health Education and Latin American Studies at Binghamton University and his M.A in Mental Health Counseling at Nyack College.   Additionally, he has extensive training in evidenced based trauma treatment, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training (DEI), and Health Coaching.   

    Prior to enrolling in a M.A program, Jonathan interned at the Center for Adolescent Health in San Miguel de Allende Mexico facilitating classes for high school students on Healthy Relationships, Toxic Masculinity, Sexual Development and, Stress Reduction Techniques.  While completing an M.A in Mental Health Counseling at Nyack College he designed and managed the first mentoring program for graduate students in the Mental Health Counseling program and coordinated all student engagement activities for the department.

    His work in mental health counseling has included providing evidenced based family therapy for court involved youth under the Juvenile Justice Initiative, coordinating an evidenced based trauma treatment program for adolescents at the New York Foundlings mental health clinic and, providing crisis intervention training for local public schools.  Additionally, he has trained front line staff and management teams at the Department of Probation and NYC’s Cure Violence Initiative on; working with survivors of sexual assault, self-care for helping professionals, Cross-Cultural Communication, Effective Leadership and, training Peer Educators.

    Most recently he has worked with the Foster Youth Collaborative in the City University of New York (CUNY) providing academic coaching, leadership development and, advocacy services for students enrolled in the program across three campuses. 

    Jonathan is passionate about creatively addressing healthy inequity, mentoring student leaders and, teaching college students healthy relationships skills.  He is fluent in Spanish and currently studying Brazilian Portuguese. 


    • B.A in Community Health Education and Latin American Studies (Binghamton University)
    • M.A in Mental Health Counseling (Nyack College)

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Joli M. Ienuso, MEd completed her Masters of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University in 2016, and her Bachelors of Arts in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Barnard College in 2012. She began her work with Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (SVR) of Columbia University in January 2016. With SVR, Joli develops and implements workshop in a wide range of topics related to healthy sexuality and violence prevention for student and administrative populations. Within her role, Joli also provides direct services to students as a certified rape crisis counselor. Joli is the co-chair of the Manhattan Sexual Assault Task Force Campus Subcommittee and an authoring member of the Curriculum Committee of OutSmart NYC.

    In May 2018 Joli received the Lydia Martinez Multidisciplinary Collaboration Award for her work as a Sexual Violence Preventionist. Joli has been a featured speaker at national conferences including, but not limited to, National Sex Ed, American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA), American Association of Sexual Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Strategies Conference.

  • Ashley Delphia (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director of Operations for the Sexual Violence Response Office, joining the team in February of 2015. Ashley brings significant experience in the fields of psychology, trauma and violence prevention, crisis intervention, administrative operations, and program management.

    Her background includes crisis response and advocacy for survivors of violence, large scale initiative design and implementation, grant reporting and management of federal and state programs, fiscal and budget oversight, strategic planning, marketing and communications, event planning, and staff supervision.

    Ashley's work has been focused primary on college campuses and within hospital settings. Prior to joining the Sexual Violence Response team, Ashley was the Department Administrator for the Center for Neural Science at New York University. While completing her graduate degree in Applied Psychology, Ashley was a Rape Crisis Advocate at Bellevue Hospital, where she was an on-call first responder, administering crisis counseling and intervention, and psychological first aid for primary and secondary survivors. 

    Ashley completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and English at Adelphi University in 2008 and received her M.A. in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Trauma and Violence from the New York University in 2012.


    • M.A., Applied Psychology (Specialization in Trauma and Violence), New York University Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development
    • B.A., Sociology and English, Adelphi University

    Certifications and Licensures:

    • New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor
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