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Leadership Team - WTLC: Ending the Cycle of Violence and Exploitation
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Leadership Team

WTLC Leadership Team

Gigi Tsontos

Executive Director


Has worked in nonprofits and social services for over 15 years. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a second master’s in public administration.

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After completing Peace Corps in West Africa she attended Columbia University for a Masters in Social work. For over 15 years she has worked in social services and nonprofits working to ensure safety and security for the community. Her goal is to work with WTLC to expand partnerships and services toward ending exploitation and violence by enhancing program to effectively educate the greater community and support the changing demographic of victims.

Sandy Ruiz

Director of Programs


Has worked with WTLC for the last 8 years. Additionally she is the Intern Coordinator and has over 13 years of experience and extensive knowledge with working with victims of domestic violence.

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Prior to joining WTLC, Sandy volunteered at the Los Angeles Superior Court assisting victims with restraining orders. Sandy also worked at the Chicanas Service Action Center in Los Angeles, where she developed varies projects for victims. During this time she was awarded a certificate from Chicanas Service Action Center for helping victims overcome sexual assault.

If you are interested in volunteering or interning with WTLC, please contact Sandy at sruiz@wtlc.org for more information.

Kiana Porter

Director of Community and Housing Services


Has 10 years of experience working in the social services field including over 10 years providing extensive academic and financial aid counseling to college students.

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She received her A.A. degree from Los Angeles Harbor College in Criminal Justice. Later transferred and graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.S. in Human Service with a concentration in Drug and Alcohol Addiction in 2008. She recently completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Conflict Relating and Trauma at Antioch University, March 2013. I have over 1500 hours as a MFT Intern and have volunteered with LASUD and Domestic Violence shelters. She is certified in Matrix Model of Intensive Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavior Therapy and have completed 40 hours of Domestic Violence training. She uses a straight-forward approach in supervising staff including individual counseling. The trust and rapport that she has been able to cultivate with staff ensures the ability of meeting the clients goals. These goals include management of diverse, high-risk patients, and promoting successful ongoing recovery.

For information on Step Two or Community Education, email kporter@wtlc.org