Katie Vance is the Victim Advocate for the Collaboration for Assault Response and Education Office(CARE) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). She provides support and advocacy services for students, faculty, and staff members who have experienced sexual assault, harassment,stalking, dating and domestic abuse. She coordinates the campus Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Response Team and serves as the lead coordinator for the UNCW Annual Women's Conference. She received a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2007 from the University of South Carolina. She began her career in interpersonal violence prevention and response with a graduate assistantship in Sexual Health and Violence Prevention. Prior to joining UNCW, Katie served as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Rockhurst University and the Rape Prevention Education Coordinator at the Rape Crisis Center in Wilmington, NC. She is a Co-Facilitator for CAPPA.
Marianne Frapwell is the Project S.A.F.E. (for a Sexual Assault-Free Environment) Program Manager and the Survivor Advocate at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Marianne oversees Oxy's comprehensive sexual violence prevention and advocacy efforts, including support services for students, faculty and staff who have been directly or indirectly impacted by sexual violence. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she received a Masters in Social Work and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her professional career has been dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate trauma-informed care with individuals, groups, and organizations, and to increasing collaboration among community stakeholders in an effort to highlight the intersectionality of violence and build a more supportive community. She is a Co-Facilitator of CAPPA.
Lee Helmken is a Health Educator in the Office of Health Promotion at the Georgia Institute Technology in Atlanta. She works closely with two Victim-Survivor Advocates to coordinate VOICE, Georgia Tech's sexual violence prevention and response initiative. Lee is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating sexual violence prevention programming and trainings on campus, as well as leading VOICE strategic planning efforts. She chairs an interdisciplinary committee of faculty, staff, and students called the Sexual Violence Prevention Alliance and advises multiple student groups focused on sexual violence prevention. Prior to her position at Georgia Tech, Lee served as a Coordinator for the Emory Center for Injury Control (ECIC), a CDC-funded injury and violence prevention research aimed at building the field of diverse injury and violence prevention professionals, researchers, and organizations throughout the state of Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester in Health and Society with minors in Spanish and American Sign Language, and a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Lee is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and involved with the ACHA Campus Safety and Violence Coalition. Lee is a native Vermonter and enjoys spending time in Atlanta’s beautiful parks, playing kickball, finding awesome coffee shops, and travelling to visit family and friends. Lee serves as a Membership Committee Chair for CAPPA.
Shannon Collins is the Campus Technical Assistance Program Manager in the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver. In this capacity, she provides training and support related to the development of coordinated community response teams to campuses funded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women Campus Grant program. A licensed clinical social worker, Shannon has over 16 years of professional experience working to end gender violence through advocacy, response, prevention, training, and education. Prior to joining the Center on Domestic Violence, Shannon served as the Director of the Office for Advocacy and Gender Justice and Part-Time Assistant Professor of Human Development at Eckerd College. She has also served as the Sexual Assault & Health Issues Coordinator at Georgetown University, and the Program Director for Relationship Violence Services in the Office for Sexual Health & Violence Prevention at the University of South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, a Master of Social Work degree, and a Women’s Studies Certificate of Graduate Study from the University of South Carolina.
Kelly Wilt joined Dickinson College in 2014 as Director of the Prevention, Education, and Advocacy Center after a long stint of traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad, collaborating to discover new ways of building strong communities free of violence. With a background in transformative education, community building, and holistic healing, Kelly leads Dickinson’s efforts to create a safe and inclusive campus community. A feminist therapist and educator, Kelly formerly worked at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, where she coordinated the first national demonstration initiative to establish best practices in serving sexual assault survivors. A whole foodie, runner, and cupcake enthusiast, she can be found playing in the kitchen, chasing sunshine, and rummaging through old things—dreaming of new possibilities. Kelly studied International Politics and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Prescott College. She is a Communications Chair for CAPPA.
Wanda Swan hails from the “Hospitality State” of Mississippi and has been embedded within the Violence Prevention movement in Higher Education for over eight years. She began her career in this field while still a graduate student at Mississippi State University (MSU). Her work with the university's Sexual Assault Services department eventually led to extensive collaborations with the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The mentorship she received from the coalition and the former director of the university's department solidified her passion for engaging student populations in violence prevention strategies. Before leaving MSU, Wanda gained experience securing and managing federally-funded grants and serving as a prevention educator, community collaborator, and co-creator the university's Sexual Assault Response Team.
Wanda began work at Vanderbilt University shortly after MSU and served as a Program Coordinator and Advocate within the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. In this capacity she served as the university's sole 24-hour on-call advocate and provided direct support and accompaniment to university students, faculty, staff, and Medical Center employees as well as a lead facilitator for the Green Dot Bystander Strategy. Before leaving Vanderbilt, Wanda served as a Prevention Educator & Victim Resource Specialist and dedicated her time and expertise to the creation, staff expansion, and branding of the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response, the university's first free-standing center dedicated to campus violence prevention and advocacy.
Wanda is currently employed at Emory University’s Respect Program (under the umbrella of the Office of Health Promotion) and serves as the program's inaugural Director and Survivor Advocate, working with members of the student population who have been directly or indirectly impacted by sexual and relationship violence. She advises a peer advocacy student organization, Emory Sexual Assault Peer Advocates, and provides training on Title IX and constructing communities of care. She is excited to serve as one of CAPPA's Communications Committee Chairs.
Casey Malsam is a Victim Advocate in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC)at Colorado State University. At CSU, Casey is a confidential advocate for primary and secondary survivors of all forms of interpersonal violence. This includes helping students navigate the on/off campus reporting structures, working with professors to communicate about academic performance, offering a support group, and providing crisis intervention skill building with survivors. In addition, Casey advises three feminist student organizations, instructs three Women’s Studies courses, and organizes the University’s 24-hour interpersonal violence hotline. She works with the staff in her office to provide primary prevention education to the campus as a whole. Casey works to provide prevention and advocacy from an intersectional and social justice lens in an effort to reach all students from all identities. She is an active member of CAPPA and the Colorado Collation Against Sexual Assault. She has presented both at conferences and in webinars in an effort to help give back to the field from which she has learned so much. Casey holds B.A. from the University of Kansas in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies and a M.A. from Lake Forest College in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She is currently working on a second M.A. at Colorado State University in College Counseling. Casey lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her partner and three children. She is one of CAPPA’s Training Committee Chairs.
Meg Bossong is the Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at Williams College. At Williams, Meg is responsible for all aspects of student-facing sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking prevention, response, and advocacy programs. This includes the development and implementation of education and prevention strategies, coordination of student affairs support resources and training, advising of student groups, and chairing the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness working group. Prior to returning to Williams, Meg worked for over 6 years for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, most recently in the role of Manager of Community Engagement. With BARCC, she managed the community-facing education and outreach work of Massachusetts’ oldest and largest rape crisis center, serving 26 cities and towns and 1.3 million people in the Greater Boston area. Her work has included collaboration with a variety of community partners in education, health care, faith communities, law enforcement, and municipal government to coordinate sexual violence prevention and intervention initiatives. Meg’s conference and symposium work include the National Sexual Assault Conference; national webinars; the Annual Joint Conference on the Assessment, Treatment, and Safe Management of Sexually Abusive Children, Adolescents, and Adults; the Building Healthy Futures conference of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance; and the Massachusetts Conference on Volunteering and Service. Asa consultant, Meg worked with colleges, universities, and educational programs to design sexual violence response and prevention policies and programming initiatives and to train campus stakeholders on issues related to sexual violence. She holds a B.A. from Williams College in political science with an independent concentration in comparative social change and an M.S. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University with a focus in interdisciplinary approaches to violence prevention. She is one of CAPPA's Training Committee Chairs.
Marina Wood, M.A., is the Advocate at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) in San Bernardino, California where she provides advocacy and support services for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment. In her time at CSUSB, Marina has trained a group of 11 students for 12+ hours in principles of violence prevention so they may lead prevention efforts on campus under her guidance and supervision. The group, VOICE, has provided trainings on stalking, consent, communication, boundaries, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ+ sexual violence in their short time since being trained in winter 2015. Marina has also worked closely with the Office of Strategic Communication to create a training video on dating and domestic violence for students to serve as an option to fulfill their annual “End Sexual Violence” training requirement. She recruited CSUSB students, staff, faculty, and alumni who are survivors and their allies to provide information, testimonials and resources for the video. Marina has trained RA’s, University Police, Counseling and Psychological Services, the CSUSB DREAM Center, the local Rape Crisis Center, as well as students and staff on a variety of topics. Marina also serves as the club advisor for the student club “Safe Sex Alliance,” which provides reproductive and safer sexual education and awareness.
Before coming to CSUSB she served at the Interim Coordinator of Violence Prevention Education at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. At Cal Poly Pomona Marina facilitated a weekly women’s circle, provided prevention education presentations, RA and internship trainings, survivor advocacy, and planned awareness programming. Before Cal Poly, Marina was the Prevention Coordinator at the House of Ruth, a Domestic Violence Shelter and Outreach Center in the Pomona valley. As the Prevention Coordinator she provided presentations on several topics including Teen Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships, Bullying, and DV 101 to local schools and community groups. She also created and implemented several long-term curriculums, many of which ended with a PSA project wherein the students made videos to teach other students about concepts they learned such as consent, healthy friendships, bullying, teen dating violence, and gender roles. She was also the Volunteer Coordinator and ran two 40-hour Domestic Violence Certificated Volunteer trainings a year and supervised over 60 volunteers. Marina earned her Master’s degree in Cultural Studies and Media Studies from Claremont Graduate University and her Bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from California State University, Long Beach.
Marina has been a campus and community organizer and activist for almost fifteen years, mainly in pro-peace, human rights, women’s rights, migrant’s rights, and LGBTQ+ movements. She has training and experience in sexual assault and domestic violence crisis counseling, feminist facilitation, and prevention education and has a passion and knowledge of media justice and literacy. Marina has created workshops, curricula, trainings and projects, namely the Revolutionary Filmmaking Project, Guatemala which was about feminism, film, and violence prevention for youth in Guatemala City, Guatemala in fall 2011. Other relevant experience includes having worked as the Graduate Assistant/Program Coordinator at the Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges, the Prevention Education Coordinator at Mujeres Iniciando en las Americas, Guatemala, and Interim Prevention Educator at Long Beach Sexual Assault Crisis Agency. Marina has also volunteered as a hotline advocate while in college, ESL instructor and community organizer for day laborers in her local community while in graduate school, and a medical interpreter and health educator for the past 6 summers.
Lately, Marina enjoys traveling for pleasure, hanging out with her cats, and practicing radical self-love and growth with her feminist community.
She will serve as the Research & Practice Co-Chair of the Campus Advocates & Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA) Leadership Council for 2016-17.
Jill Dunlap is the Director of the Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) Program and Women’s Center at UCSB. Jill joined the CARE program in January 2012, after serving in similar capacities at Northern Illinois University and University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has more than 1,500 hours of advocacy and crisis intervention training and has worked closely with college student survivors of interpersonal violence in a professional capacity for more than 12 years. Jill served on the Violence Against Women Act Campus SaVE federal negotiated rule making committee with the Department of Education in 2014. In her role as the representative for four-year, public institutions, her work with the committee assisted in creating guidelines for campuses to follow when complying with new federal regulations on sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking prevention and response. Jill has served on the University of California Presidential Task Force on Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence, as well as the UC Sexual Assault Policy Working group. Jill’s work experience also includes having written and managed three Department of Justice Grants with the Office on Violence Against Women, totaling more than $800,000, and all of which focused on funding campus-based advocates to assist student survivors. In addition, Jill is proud of her substantial work with community survivors through her commitment to volunteer work for local rape crisis agencies and domestic violence shelters for the past 12 years. She is a Co-Facilitator of CAPPA.
Shana Ware serves as the Advocacy Services Coordinator at Northern Illinois University. Shana joined the Huskie family professionally in May of 2012. In her role as the Coordinator, Shana works to support and advocate for students who have been directly and indirectly impacted by interpersonal violence by connecting and coordinating resources that will best serve the student’s needs. During her time as the Coordinator, she has created and implemented several large scale campus trainings on the dynamics and impact of interpersonal violence for faculty, staff, and students, has worked with students regarding initiatives about educating the campus on the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence, and has worked to create effective and positive working relationships with Police, Title IX, Student Conduct, and other campus and community partners. Shana has served as the Survivor Services and Support Chair for the Presidential Task Force on VAWA , as a co-chair for Response for the Presidential Implementation Task Force on VAWA, and is a member of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women at her institution. Additionally she serves as a certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructor for NIU. Shana is very honored and humbled to be a part of this body of work and looks forward to the contributions that she will make to the field as an advocate and a Student Affairs professional. She earned her BS in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion, and her M.S. Ed. In Adult & Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. She serves as a Professional Standards Committee Chair for CAPPA.
Ellen Hartman is the Interpersonal Violence Support and Prevention Coordinator at Appalachian State University (ASU) in Boone, NC. Arriving at ASU in 2012, Ellen served as an Assistant Director of Student Conduct, until transitioning to her Coordinator role. Ellen serves both as the prevention coordinator for interpersonal, dating and sexual violence and supports victims and survivors as they navigate resources both on and off campus. At ASU, she works with Complainants through the University’s disciplinary process, and assists with revisions to the University’s sexual misconduct policy. Ellen actively participates in the Policy committee and chairs the Programming committee for the Interpersonal Violence Council on Appalachian’s campus. In the community, Ellen serves on the local Interpersonal Violence Prevention Task force, and on the local SART/DART. Ellen has a Master’s in College Student Development and is currently working on her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in Higher Education and is focusing her coursework on Law and Policy.
Connie Adams, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is a compassionate advocate and dynamic educator. Her passion and purpose is to engage others in the prevention and response of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. For 10+ years, Connie has provided advocacy and counseling services to survivors and engaged groups of 5-500 in presentations and trainings. Connie serves as the inaugural director of the Belles Against Violence Office at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She also provides training and consulting to institutions and organizations as they strengthen initiatives to generate awareness, education, and prevention. Connie earned her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Washington University in St. Louis and Bachelor of Social Work from Saint Mary’s College. Her graduate studies focused on Outreach and Prevention in Intimate Partner Violence with a specialization in Management. Prior to higher education, Connie began her work with small non-profits addressing intimate partner violence. She is a CAPPA Networking Committee Chair.
Lauren "LB" Klein, MSW, MPA has dedicated her academic and professional life to ending gender-based violence, supporting survivors, and advancing social justice. She is a doctoral student in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. LB also serves as a lead trainer and curriculum development specialist for Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at the University of New Hampshire. At PIRC, she works most closely with the Bringing in the Bystander® In-Person Prevention Program. LB has served as a consultant for organizations and coalitions across the United States and Canada on gender-based violence prevention and advocacy with a particular focus on mobilizing college and university communities. She previously led Emory University's Respect Program and founded the volunteer advocate program within St. Louis County's specialized domestic violence court. LB received a master's degree in public administration from the Program on Gender-Based Violence at the University of Colorado Denver as well as a master's degree in clinical social work and a bachelor's degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis. She has advanced training in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health and mindfulness-based interventions. Her current research focuses on campus gender-based violence prevention and advocacy programs and organizational and community interventions to foster compassion satisfaction and reduce burnout. She serves on the advisory board of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA). She is a founding leadership council member and professional standards chair of the Campus Advocates & Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA). She's on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenlbklein), and you can follow her on Twitter @LB_Klein.
Casey Malsam is a Victim Advocate in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) at Colorado State University. At CSU, Casey is a confidential advocate for primary and secondary survivors of all forms of interpersonal violence. This includes helping students navigate the on/off campus reporting structures, working with professors to communicate about academic performance, offering a support group, and providing crisis intervention skill building with survivors. In addition, Casey advises three feminist student organizations, instructs three Women’s Studies courses, and organizes the University’s 24-hour interpersonal violence hotline. She works with the staff in her office to provide primary prevention education to the campus as a whole. Casey works to provide prevention and advocacy from an intersectional and social justice lens in an effort to reach all students from all identities. She is an active member of CAPPA and the Colorado Collation Against Sexual Assault. She has presented both at conferences and in webinars in an effort to help give back to the field from which she has learned so much. Casey holds B.A. from the University of Kansas in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies and a M.A. from Lake Forest College in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She is currently working on a second M.A. at Colorado State University in College Counseling. Casey lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her partner and three children. She served as a 2016-2017 CAPPA Training Committee Chair, and currently serves as a Co-Facilitator.
Danica Wolf serves as the Lead Coordinator of the RSVP Center at the University of Missouri in the Department of Social Justice. For years, Wolf served as the primary campus advocate and prevention educator for a campus of almost 35,000 undergraduate students. She now manages a team of professional staff members, graduate assistants, undergraduate student workers, leaders, interns, volunteers and the Green Dot Team of over 50 multi-disciplinary faculty and staff members. Wolf holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree, a Master of Social Work with a concentration on policy, planning and administration and a Multicultural Certificate from the University of Missouri. She serves as a leader in the NASPA Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention and Response Knowledge Community, faculty for the National Center for Campus Public Safety’s Trauma-Informed Investigation and Adjudication Training Program and adjunct faculty teaching a course on Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence at Mizzou. Wolf consistently advocates for equity for all, working within systems to influence change at all levels. When she is not doing violence prevention work for the University, Danica is a doula and birth educator. Wolf is a Co-Facilitator for CAPPA.
Lee Helmken Cherry
Lee Helmken Cherry is the Deputy for Equity Administration, Intake, and Support at Berklee College of Music. As part of Berklee's Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Lee plays a key role in the equity process and campus education, and serves as the first point of contact for Berklee community members who have experienced harassment, discrimination, and/or sexual violence. Lee also serves as a Lead Trainer for the Bringing in the Bystander® In-Person Prevention Program with Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to her role at Berklee, Lee served as a Health Educator at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she co-lead VOICE, Georgia Tech's sexual and relationship violence prevention and survivor support initiative. In that role, Lee was responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating sexual violence prevention programming and trainings on campus, as well as leading VOICE strategic planning efforts and Peer Education. Before that, Lee served as a Project Coordinator of the Administrative and Research cores at the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory, a center aimed at building the diverse field of injury and violence prevention professionals, researchers, and organizations in Georgia. Lee is a member of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and has held leadership roles within the Campus Safety and Violence Coalition and the Health Promotion Section. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester in Health and Society, and a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Lee recently moved to Boston with her husband, and when not at work, enjoys exploring the city and finding new coffee shops. Lee was a member of the founding CAPPA Leadership Council and currently serves as a Membership & Networking Committee Co-Chair.