Veronica Murillo joined Peer Solutions September of 2010. She has a bachelors degree in Psychology and has spent over five years working as a crisis interventionist. She had an internship with the Aurora Police Department as a victim's advocate and afterward stayed as a volunteer before leaving Colorado and moving to Arizona. Her duties there consisted of being on call to assist victims of crimes. She continued her work here in Arizona as a crisis interventionist for the Phoenix Fire Department. Her duties included assisting victims of crime and their families through emotional hardship. She supplied the families with resources and emotional support. Veronica has definitely seen the aftermath of what violence in all forms can do to the youth and their families, is very supportive of Primary Prevention and very much enjoys working with young people to implement positive solutions.
Jennifer Rauhouse has spent 36 years through research and practice learning the most effective strategies to promote positive youth development and prevent harm before it begins. These harms include child abuse, domestic, gang, gun, sexual, and relationship violence, substance abuse, homelessness, suicide, depression, criminality, poor school performance, eating disorders, and more.
Evidence confirms impact is maximized when youth, families, and communities are involved in the development, implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and growth of efforts.
To meet this need, Jennifer Rauhouse founded Peer Solutions in 1996. Activities are designed to cultivate safety, equity, and respect (SER) as norms to prevent the root causes of harm including oppression, silence/denial, and normalized violence (OSN) before they begin on individual, relationship, community, and societal levels across the social ecology.
She serves on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Advisory Council, has established sexual violence prevention guidelines with the CDC, and has provided primary prevention training to all states with an emphasis on youth and community development and mobilization. In 2006, she received the Arizona Preventionist of the Year Award, in 2011 she received the City of Tempe Educational Diversity Award, and in 2017, she received The Saguaro, Life Time Achievement Award from the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Shana graduated from Arizona State University in 2010 with a B.S. degree in Psychology. Her coursework focused primarily on human development, parenting, child psychology, cultural diversity, and several other sociology courses. Shana highly values community service, and has volunteered her time at homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, a wildlife rehabilitation center, and with several youth programs. While contemplating future career goals, and with community development in mind, Shana discovered Peer Solutions. She worked as an intern for 5 months, and officially joined the team in July 2010. She is fully dedicated to her work with Peer Solutions because she is passionate about community development and service, diversity, resiliency in youth, and positive social change. Furthermore, Shana is committed to primary prevention, empowering youth, and spreading to the community messages of safety, equality, and respect. In order to enhance her work with Peer Solutions, Shana has hopes of returning back to school and receiving a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology.
Courtney Ward received her Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University in Psychology and Sociology in May 2010. She then continued her education to receive her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University in May 2012. While obtaining her Master’s degree, Courtney worked with youth and families at Scottsdale Prevention Institute to educate both parents and their children positive parenting skills, positive social skills, how to manage emotional upsets, effective problem solving skills, and the development of language skills. Courtney previously worked as a therapist for youthful sexual offenders and utilized a Cognitive Behavioral and Humanistic approach, along with interpersonal principles, for a variety of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, adjustment issues, life purpose and emotional and behavioral disturbance. Upon having worked in the intervention field for 5 years, Courtney has become dedicated to Primary Prevention. She believes that youth have the motivation and fervor to become pro-social change agents in their homes, neighborhoods, schools and communities.