Our Staff

David Strand
Dave is currently the Interim Chief Executive Officer. His two-fold mission is to: (1) Take care of the ACTS Staff so they can continue their superb work in helping our neighbors in crisis and (2) to smooth the transition to the new permanent CEO. Dave has been associated with ACTS for over ten years as a volunteer, Board member, and as President of the Board of Directors. He served on the ACTS Board of Directors from 2015 – 2020 and as President of the Board from 2016 – 2020. Dave retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 2008 after 28 years of service. In addition, he worked as a government contractor from 2008 – 2015 and from 2017 – 2022. He has been in his present position since July 2022 and will be in place for six to nine months.
David StrandInterim Chief Executive
Stuart M. Jackson
Stuart joined ACTS in 2018 and brings with him a wide array of experience ranging from non-profits, retail leadership, and consulting, to proudly serving his country throughout 20 years of service in the U.S. Marines. Stuart has a Ph.D. specializing in Leadership and Organizational Change and holds an M.B.A. in Management.
Stuart M. JacksonChief Operations
Vicente Garcia
Vicente began his training in a specialized accounting school when he was 11 years old. He has experience in diverse industries such as banking, automotive, IT, and mortgage, but has found his passion in the nonprofit world. He has a degree in International Business and a Master's degree in Finance.
Vicente GarciaChief Financial
Elisa Castillo
Elisa first worked at ACTS from 2005 – 21014 as a DV Case Manager. When that grant ended, Elisa found new opportunities in Fairfax County where she gained additional skills and more experience in DV. When the DV Director position opened in 2021, Elisa was hired as the DV Director. Elisa have been in the DV field for 16 years and brings knowledge, caring, and leadership. Her passion is to help those in need and work toward a day when our victims will live free of violence.
Elisa Castillo Director of Domestic Violence
Rachel Taylor
Rachel Taylor graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelors in Criminology; Law and Society, and two minors in Psychology and Sociology. In late 2013, Rachel began working with the sexual offender team at District 35 Probation and Parole in Manassas. She became supervisor of the team in 2017 and left in 2022 to join ACTS and pursue her passion for helping victims of sexual assault and all those supported by the ACTS mission.
Rachel TaylorDirector of Sexual Assault
Tiffany Galindo
Tiffany has a MA in Social Work from Massachusetts University, Global, a BA in Social Work with a minor in Psychology and Organizational Leadership from Brandman University, and is a Qualified Mental Health Professional-Children (QMHP-C). Tiffany specializes in crisis intervention and trauma response, supporting Service Members, Veterans, Family Members (SVMF) and children ages 13-17 to overcome trauma, build resiliency, develop healthy relationships, and advocate for themselves. As a veteran herself, Tiffany is passionate about using client-centered trauma-informed approach, motivational interviewing, and CBT skills when working with the SVMF and adolescents.
Tiffany GalindoDirector of Suicide Services and
Octavia King
I am Octavia “Tavia” King and I serve as the Housing Services Director here at ACTS. My passion for housing and homelessness was first ignited while serving as an intern at an emergency shelter. I completed both my BSW and MSW at Virginia Commonwealth University. I have worked in various nonprofits including mental health, inpatient substance abuse treatment and community organizing. My hobbies include learning how to play the piano, sewing quilts or exploring new or exploring new and interesting places with my son.
Octavia KingDirector of Housing
Tabitha Wells
Tabitha WellsHuman Resources