About Jane Doe

Jane Doe Advocacy Center (“Jane Doe”) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID number is 45-4922853.

Mission Statement: The mission of Jane Doe Advocacy Center is to improve the state of public health with a focus on assisting and empowering survivors and those at-risk of sexual violence through providing legal services and education about the legal process.

Vision Statement: Jane Doe Advocacy Center will focus on using legal services to create long-term solutions to the challenges faced by survivors and those at-risk of sexual violence. Through collaboration with mental health and healthcare professionals, Jane Doe Advocacy Center seeks to provide practical, knowledgeable, and innovative legal services that supplement existing programs in the field of public health.

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Program Staff


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Rachna Goel, Esq.
Executive Director and Staff Attorney

Rachna has focused her career on working with children and families. She holds a passion for helping individuals attain justice through the legal system. Her experience includes work at the Milton A. Kramer Health Law Clinic at Case Western Reserve University, the Family Court Project at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in the Division of Children & Family Services. Rachna has also worked with private attorneys where she learned the skillful practice of family law including divorce, child custody and visitation, and estate planning. In addition to traditional litigation, Rachna works to resolve conflicts and legal disputes through negotiation, mediation, and collaboration. During the course of her education and professional experience, Rachna noticed the lack of legal and general advocacy services focused on non-domestic sexual violence. Using her joint interest in public health and the law, Jane Doe was crafted as a solution to this problem and a source of long-term legal services focused on safety and recovery for survivors of sexual violence. Rachna provides a unique line of services at Jane Doe including interdisciplinary collaboration and holistic services for clients of all ages regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or income level. Through such comprehensive services, Rachna provides compassionate, valuable service to her clients and the community at large.

J.D. 2011, Case Western Reserve University
B.A. 2008, Washington University in St. Louis

Certifications: Attorney and Counselor at Law; Basic Mediation;
Guardian ad Litem

Memberships: The Missouri Bar

Contact: rachna@janedoeadvocacy.org

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audrey-honert-head-shotAudrey Honert

Program Assistant

Audrey has a unique background in community development, collaboration, and problem solving. She has worked extensively with immigrant and refugee populations to help fill social and organizational gaps in assimilation and acclimation. She also serves as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and performed in-depth research on prisons and incarceration rates in Ferguson, MO. As a professional ballet dancer, Audrey developed and started the St. Louis Central Dance Collaborative, a partnership between dance teachers, dancers, and studios to keep the spirit alive during off season months. After successfully completing an internship at Jane Doe, Audrey joined the staff to continue using her sincere dedication and creative problem solving skills to help address problems related to sexual abuse in her community.

B.S. 2015, Washington University in St. Louis

Contact: audrey@janedoeadvocacy.org

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Board of Directors

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Sonalee Ravi, M.D.

Sonalee is fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado treating childhood diabetes, thyroid disorders and disorders of sexual differentiation among other hormonal imbalances. While she is completing sub-specialty training, she has not forgotten her roots in general pediatrics and continues to call St. Louis home. She has a special interest in adolescent health care and aims to ensure that teens and young adults can articulate the aspects of a healthy relationship and feel comfortable speaking up when a relationship feels dangerous. Her role at Jane Doe stems from a desire to foster cross-professional communication and collaboration, provide community education, and ensure the health and safety of those affected by sexual violence. Sonalee’s background includes a strong foundation of leadership and community service. She was awarded the Rodney M. Coe Distinction in Community Service award from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, which involved several projects including SLUSight, a program that provided eyeglasses to under- and uninsured individuals, and a video on teen depression and suicide awareness. Sonalee is committed to the future of Jane Doe and ensuring its success in attaining justice for survivors.

M.D. 2013, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
B.A. 2009, Washington University in St. Louis

Certifications: Licensed Physician, Board Elligible Pediatrician
Memberships: The American Medical Association; The American Academy of Pediatrics; The American College of Physicians; Alpha Phi Omega

Contact: sonalee@janedoeadvocacy.org

 

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Matt (1)Matthew Nagel, Esq.

Matt is the founder and managing partner of the BiState Law Center. He uses his experience as a trial attorney to help business owners in the St. Louis Metro area and people that have been hurt at work or in car accidents. Matt’s prior experience includes representing underprivileged women and children who were survivors of domestic violence through the nationally ranked Washington University Civil Justice Clinic. Matt has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Trial Attorney in Missouri and Illinois by a number of national organizations. Matt also uses his legal experience in the classroom by teaching classes at Washington University School of Law, Maryville University, and Ranken Technical College. Matt is still an avid soccer player and works with professional soccer players to further their careers. He volunteers with SPENSA and the St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

LLM 2008, Washington University in St. Louis
J.D. 2007, Washington University in St. Louis

Certifications: Attorney and Counselor at Law
Memberships
: The Missouri Bar

Contact: matthew@janedoeadvocacy.org

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ChrisFinney-114-WideCrop-2407Christopher Finney, Esq.

Chris focuses his practice on personal injury at Finney Law Office, where he strives to help people who need access to the remedies of the legal system. After  several years interning with the National Sports Agency, practicing criminal law at the Circuit Attorney’s Office, and representing insurance companies at a large insurance defense firm, Chris decided to focus his legal career on helping people attain justice. His history includes countless small claims cases as well as multi-million dollar lawsuits where he fought for his clients and what he believed was right. Chris comes to Jane Doe to continue his mission of helping people attain justice through the tools of the legal system.

J.D. 2010, Saint Louis University

Certifications: Attorney and Counselor at Law
Memberships
: The Missouri Bar; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys; Lawyers Association of St. Louis; Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; American Bar Association; Missouri State Bar Association; American Association for Justice; Million Dollar Advocates Forum; The Theodore McMillian Inns of Court

Contact: christopher@janedoeadvocacy.org

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lorraineheadshot2Lorraine Bond, CPA

Lorraine first learned about Jane Doe when she worked for a corporate tax company and spoke with the founder about the tax implications of starting a non-profit organization. Since then she has been a loyal supporter who believes in the important work of the organization to help survivors. She has been independently advocating for the cause among friends and family members since the organization’s founding. Now, as a small business owner in private practice, Lorraine loves using her skills as a CPA to assist people to help reduce the stress of tax preparation and audits. She developed an urge to participate in Jane Doe’s work to a greater degree than she could do through regular donations. Lorraine joined the board to become a part of the change she has observed in the community as a result of Jane Doe’s work.

B.A. 1987, Drury University

Certifications: Certified Public Accountant

Contact: lorraine@janedoeadvocacy.org

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headshotAmy Rebecca Johnson, Esq.

Before going to law school, Amy worked as a freelance film producer and event coordinator. She then became a lawyer and ran a successful solo law practice for five years focusing primarily on family law issues. Amy now works for the Family Law group at Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal in St. Louis.  Amy’s practice areas include divorce, child custody, paternity and adoption. As a certified Guardian ad Litem, Amy also and represents the rights of children in contested family law cases. Amy strongly believes in giving back to the community by helping the work of small non-profit organizations. She joined Jane Doe to make a real difference in an area of need she sees in her day-to-day work.

J.D. 2009, Saint Louis University
B.A. 2001, Webster University

Certifications: Attorney and Counselor at Law: Guardian ad Litem
Memberships: The Missouri Bar; The Illinois Bar

Contact: amy@janedoeadvocacy.org

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Jane Doe’s Board of Directors is responsible for the financial health of the organization. All board members play an active role in fundraising. We are actively seeking dedicated, connected individuals to join the board.

Click here to fill out an application!

All applicants will be asked to schedule a brief phone call with our President to answer questions and make sure that board level involvement is right for you before your application is reviewed by the board.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis to be reviewed at quarterly meetings on or around January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 of each calendar year.