Press release from Buncombe County:
Buncombe County is pleased to announce Diana Sierra has been selected as the new Family Justice Coordinator. Since 2015, Diana has been employed with Health and Human Services’ Child Protective Services, where she served as Program Manager. Her work with the community, partner agencies, and County administration gives her knowledge and first-hand experience with the Family Justice Center (FJC), its mission, and those it serves.
Diana earned her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College in New York. Prior to joining Buncombe County, she worked in the nonprofit sector holding social work and management roles within women and youth-serving organizations, including the YWCA of Asheville and at the East Harlem Tutorial Program in New York. Her previous work with the County focused on managing family-based services, making her an experienced and accomplished fit to lead the FJC.
Rachael Nygaard, Strategic Partnerships Director, notes Diana’s resume has the perfect blend of strengths, leadership traits, and institutional knowledge. “She excels at understanding how community engagement and trauma-informed efforts are imperative to the FJC’s work. We are also excited about how she values communication and collaboration with her peers and the community,” notes Nygaard.
Diana begins her new position on Feb. 18, 2019. “I am humbled and thrilled about the opportunity to serve Buncombe County in this new role,” states Diana. “I look forward to working more closely with the FJC partner agencies and continuing the great work and momentum being made to prevent and respond to intimate partner violence and sexual assault.”
As the Family Justice Coordinator, Diana will be responsible for working collaboratively with partners to integrate community resources that provide high-quality, trauma-informed services to those experiencing domestic and sexual violence. Buncombe County looks forward to Diana’s contribution in this role as we all work toward building a resilient community.
The FJC is a safe place where victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse can come for help. At the FJC, survivors can access many different services in one location and begin their journey toward hope, healing, and safety. For more information about the FJC, visit BuncombeCounty.org/FJC or call (828) 250-6900.