Staff

 
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rana S. Alexander, Esq. - Executive Director

Rana Alexander has worked in the domestic and sexual violence field since 1997.  Ms. Alexander joined the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (BWLAP) in 2005.  Ms. Alexander became the Executive Director in 2016. As an attorney for the statewide organization and she provides legal advice and consultation to domestic and sexual violence victims, advocates and attorneys on legal issues that affect domestic and sexual violence victims.  Ms. Alexander also provides training and outreach to attorneys involving issues of domestic and sexual violence and the law. Ms. Alexander is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and received, with distinction, her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies from Iowa State University.  Ms. Alexander is licensed in Minnesota


THI SYNAVONE - ADVOCATE Support Program Manager

Thi Synavone has worked in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Field for over 20 years.  Thi has provided direct advocacy to survivors, managed programs, coordinated events to promote awareness about DV and SV for professionals and community members, and facilitated trainings on advocating for immigrant and refugee populations.  Thi is a graduate from Augsburg College with a dual major in Political Science and Communications.  Prior to coming to StandPoint, Thi has worked with Cornerstone as the Supervisor for the Day One Call Center and as the Program Manager at the Southwest Crisis Center. 


Rachel kohler, esq. - Staff Attorney

Rachel Kohler went to law school at Hamline University and has been working primarily in immigration law since 2009. For many years, she volunteered as a GED tutor, a refugee resettlement coordinator, and organized activities at a juvenile detention center. Her experience working at the International Institute of Boston, a non-profit immigration clinic which provided immigration assistance to victims of various crimes, including domestic assault and trafficking, provided her with a desire to attend law school and become an attorney. As an attorney, Rachel worked at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, providing assistance to those going through the citizenship and naturalization process, and has clerked at the immigration court and at several private immigration firms. Rachel worked in Anoka County for two years and dealt directly with civil, family, and criminal cases. Rachel recently joined BWLAP as a staff attorney with immigration focus. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in Spanish and Global Studies. She is bilingual in Spanish and is from Worthington, MN and Fargo, ND.


Lindsay Brice, ESQ. - Staff attorney

Lindsay Brice has worked with and for victims and survivors of intimate partner violence since 1996 when she was first trained as a volunteer sexual assault victim's advocate and peer educator for the Program Against Sexual Violence (now the Aurora Center).  In 1999 she graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Women's Studies.  Five years of paid and volunteer work in various social services agencies - the Bridge for Youth, District 202, the Sexual Violence Center - and many weekends as a wildland firefighter - culminated in a year at Alexandra House as a criminal court advocate.  That experience prompted her to apply for law school, a step towards a longtime dream of becoming a prosecutor. 

During and after law school, Ms. Brice was with Jacobson, Buffalo, Anderson, Mangusen & Hogan, including work on federal litigation that successfully resulted in the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan gaining permanent recognition of its Reservation Boundary.  Ms. Brice graduated from Hamline School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in 2007, and subsequently clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Wieners.  In 2014 she was awarded the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association's Senior Fellowship.  Before joining Standpoint as a Staff Attorney, Ms. Brice spent seven years as a prosecutor, handling many domestic violence related cases.  Ms. Brice is a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota.


ChaMee Vue - Underserved Populations Support Advocate

ChaMee Vue has worked with domestic and sexual violence in the Hmong community as an advocate. ChaMee has provided trauma-informed services, supported and educated many Hmong victims of Domestic and Sexual violence. ChaMee has also worked with Hmong youth populations in educating youth and young adults about healthy and unhealthy relationships. ChaMee is a graduate from Concordia University, Saint Paul with a degree in Sociology and Hmong Studies.