Chelsea Cooper, MSW Executive Director
Chelsea Cooper is a Silver City native. She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work in 2014 from Western New Mexico University. She began her professional career working with adolescent teens in the judicial system. Chelsea began working with Silver Regional SASS in 2016 as the Advocacy & Crisis Coordinator. During this time, she developed a passion and vision for survivors in Grant County. In 2017, Chelsea took over as Executive Director. She has grown Silver Regional SASS into a multi-functional Sexual Assault Support Center. She has been able to add additional counselors, forensic interviewing, and multiple advocates.
Phone: 1-575-313-6203 Extension 6203
Sylvia Mendez Advocacy & Crisis Coordinator
Sylvia Mendez is the Advocacy & Crisis Coordinator at SRSASS. She is a Southern California native but has lived in Silver City for 12 years now. She is a lifelong learner and has received her higher education degrees from WNMU and graduating with her MSW degree this May 2021. Sylvia believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment and enjoys the challenges and reward of working with diverse clients. Sylvia is creative, has a great sense of humor and has a down-to-earth, realistic approach when assisting clients. Sylvia also enjoys exercising, gardening, and spending time with her family for self-care.
Alicia Soliz Outreach and Education Coordinator
Alicia Soliz is the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services. She has been working with the agency since the summer of 2018 and started out as an undergraduate intern. Alicia graduated in 2018 from Western New Mexico University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and she plans on graduating with her Master’s Degree come summer 2021. Alicia comes from a big family and was raised in the Grant County area for most of her life. Alicia enjoys crafting, spending time with her family and friends, and working as an on-call advocate for SASS’ 24/7 Crisis Hotline.
Phone: 1-575-313-6203 Extension 6229
Shannon Honey Forensic Interviewer
Shannon Honey is the Forensic Interviewer at SASS. She has been with the agency for almost two years.
She was born in Athens, GA and moved to Silver City from New Orleans, LA in 2019. She studied Sociology and Psychology at The University Of Georgia and has a BA in Sociology.
Shannon has worked as a Victim Advocate for 21 years and a Forensic Interviewer for 16 years. She has worked in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Colorado and now in New Mexico.
Shannon enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors. She is an animal advocate as well and is an avid fan of UGA and New Orleans Saints football.
Phone: 1-575-313-6203 Extension 6231
Amber Brandt Advocate Coordinator
Amber Brandt is the Advocate Coordinator for Silver Regional SASS. She is a lifelong community member of Silver City and is dedicated to creating a safer place for all who reside in and visit the county. Amber is responsible for recruiting, training, and scheduling volunteers. She serves as the Lead Advocate and supports the advocates when they are called out on crisis calls.
Amber graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with her Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management with Minors is Business Administration and Marketing. During her time at NMSU, she worked on campus planning and coordinating events for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention and Advocating for her fellow students. Amber has dedicated the last 10 years in researching and developing her knowledge of the dynamics of sexual assault, domestic violence, and the court system, and is passionate about creating a safe environment for victims of sexual assault to come forward and gain the assistance they need to begin their healing process.
Cindy Livingston, LMHC Mental Health Therapist
Cindy Livingston is honored to serve as a Mental Health Therapist for SASS.
Ms. Livingston’s background stems from an AA in Early Childhood Development as well as a BA in Human Development. Later, she acquired a Masters in Counseling at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. Ms. Livingston worked in the NM school system as a general and special education teacher for 30 years, and retired as a school counselor several years ago. Currently, she is a licensed Mental Health Therapist, working mainly with sexual assault survivors as a therapist at SASS. She also maintains a small, private therapy practice.
Pamela Morgan, LMHC, LMT Mental Health Therapist
Pamela is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed massage therapist. She got her degree in counseling at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh in 1993. After two brief positions, one in wilderness therapy, the other in drug and alcohol work, she focused on massage until a few years ago when she retired from deep tissue bodywork because of hand pain. She got her NM counseling license in 2019 and studied trauma work before starting counseling with SASS in Feb 2021. The field of somatic body oriented therapy is a favorite approach. Pamela has lived in Silver City since 2003 and loves hiking in the wilderness with her dogs.
Tiffany Sires, BA/MBA Accounting Administrator
Tiffany received her Bachelor’s in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration from Western New Mexico University. She has been an accountant for 15 years with an emphasis in non-profit accounting for the past 11 years. She was born and raised in Silver City and loves providing support to our community.