Jessica Yaffa LLC | Meet the Team
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About Us










Working to end global abuse... one survivor at a time.

Jessica Yaffa

CEO, Speaker & Trainer

Jessica Yaffa is a survivor of domestic violence. She has transformed a set of extremely traumatic circumstances into a triumphant story. Ms. Yaffa is the co-founder and President of NoSilence NoViolence, Inc., a non-profit committed to providing education, training, resources, and community development in order to eliminate stigma surrounding relationship abuse and sexual assault, while creating awareness, shifting perspectives, and facilitating change around the way we talk about domestic violence, as well as addressing the needs of those affected by this epidemic. In addition, Jessica has recently published her memoir Mine Until: My journey into and out of the arms of an abuser and a workbook for therapists’ titled: Help Me, Help Her; A Therapist’s Guide to Treating Survivors of Domestic Violence.


Ms. Yaffa travels the country speaking at universities, hospitals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations including but not limited to: UCSB, MIT, Utah State, CMU, UCLA, SDSU, Missouri State, Starbucks Headquarters, Chargers, Balboa Naval Hospital, IAEDP, WAAT, and multiple treatment centers sharing her commitment to ultimately inspire a movement to end abuse globally. Jessica currently serves as the President of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and has been featured on both television and in print as one of the leading experts surrounding this topic.

Karolyn Shapiro licensed marriage family therapist

Changing the way we talk about intimate partner violence and trauma.

Karolyn Johnson, MFT


Karolyn Johnson, MFT. Karolyn received her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and her Master’s Degree from Alliant International University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC81409), certified domestic violence provider, speaker and trainer.


Karolyn has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families that have been impacted by intimate partner violence, trauma, and substance misuse, in both residential treatment centers and private practice. Karolyn’s therapeutic work is influenced by the belief that safe, secure relationships are essential to our well-being. She has used this perspective as the foundation for the work she does as trainer and speaker. Karolyn has co-created unique and progressive training programs and workshops offered around the country. She takes a collaborative approach to support her clients and participants in developing self-awareness, insight and ultimately creating authentic connections with others. Karolyn is passionate about changing the way we talk about issues including and surrounding intimate partner violence and trauma, and the resources available to those in need.


Utilizing the power of digital media to reduce violence and improve the human experience.

Cheri Harkleroad

Digital Outreach Manager

Cheri Harkleroad graduated from UCSD with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and has over a decade of marketing experience, including but not limited to digital media. Cheri’s business Craft & Clover currently focuses on website development, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), branding, social media, and interactive digital outreach. While these are all areas in which Ms. Harkleroad specializes, what makes the work she does unique is that Cheri commits herself to working with both individuals and organizations that are invested in changing the human experience. Ms. Harkleroad has had extraordinary results in her ability to positively affect brand recognition, business leads, online presence, and cause awareness, while investing in the mission of those she creates for.


Cheri has worked not only with Jessica Yaffa, LLC, but has also developed websites and created entire strategic online campaigns for substance misuse treatment centers, online communities, small businesses, and is in the process of creating her own non-profit which will positively impact the lives of homeless youth nationwide.


Dedicated to spreading awareness around domestic violence through education.

Susan Moon

Community Education Manager

Susan Moon grew up in the Bay Area and moved to San Diego in 2011.  She studied at San Jose State University, and received her degree in Biology at San Diego Mesa College.  She is dedicated to helping others, and trained as a nursing assistant.  She worked at a drug rehab and alcohol treatment center before learning of Jessica Yaffa’s work dealing with intimate partner violence.


Susan is thrilled and honored to be the Community Education Manager for this amazing team. She is dedicated in helping spread Jessica’s story and believes it is a guiding example that can help others.


Susan has seven years of management experience and takes pride in her leadership skills, attention to detail, and strong work ethic.