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.
LB Klein, MSW has dedicated her academic and professional career to ending gender-based violence, supporting survivors, and advancing social justice. She is currently an independent consultant based in Atlanta, GA. LB serves as a lead trainer for Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, through which she trains colleges, universities, and community organizations to implement Bringing in the Bystander®. LB is also a graduate student in the Program on Gender-Based Violence within the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Her research currently focuses on campus sexual assault and intimate partner violence prevention programs, trauma-informed organizational cultures, and compassion satisfaction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. LB previously lead Emory University's Respect Program and the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court volunteer program. She is a board member for Jane Doe Advocacy Center and the Association of Title IX Administrators. LB is a fan of handwritten notes, post-apocalyptic science fiction, yoga,being outside, enjoying good food with even better company, and the occasional dance break. You can follow her on twitter @LB_Klein. She is a Co-Facilitator of CAPPA.
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 Membership Committee Chair for 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.
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 practitioner 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) as the Associate Director of Advocacy 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.
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.
Melanie DeMaeyer is the Assistant Director of the Women's Resource Center at Georgia Tech, where she has worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence since 2010. She holds a Bachelors degree from Georgia College and State University in psychology and women's studies and a Masters degree from The University of Alabama in Women's and Gender Studies. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she worked as a Children's Advocate and Volunteer and Community Education Director for a nonprofit organization focused on preventing and responding to intimate partner violence.She is a CAPPA Training Committee Chair.
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.
Drew Rizzo, MS works to end interpersonal violence at colleges and universities, through equal parts education and social justice accompliceship. He is Assistant Director for the Respect Program within Emory University’s Office of Health Promotion. Drew holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in higher education from Oklahoma State University. His research currently focuses on methods for addressing root causes of violence utilizing theories from psychology, education, and public health models. His professional work centers on engaging students to build campus capacity for the prevention of interpersonal violence with specific attention to: first-year students, advanced-degree seeking (graduate/professional) students, and students in fraternities and sororities. Drew has advised students and student organizations on sexual assault prevention, bystander education, and sexual health education. He is a huge fan of craft zymurgy, dystopian novels, and zombies. He serves as a Networking Committee Chair.
Claire Kaplan, Ph.D., is Director of the Gender Violence and Social Change Program at UVA’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. In addition to her responsibilities in her job, she co-teaches Gender Violence and Social Justice each spring with Cartie Lominack, executive director of the Shelter for Help in Emergency, and occasionally teachers other courses on related topics. She joined the anti-violence movement in 1981 as a volunteer with the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now “Peace Over Violence”) andlater joined the staff as Director of Training and Outreach. She was hired as UVA’s first Sexual Assault Education Coordinator in 1991. Kaplan manages a national listserv for campus-based anti-violence programs, and has served on numerous committees and boards, including the campus advisory committee for Futures Without Violence; the Board of Take Back the Night Foundation; and the Campus Task Force of Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. She received her BS from UC Davis, her Masters degree in Professional Writing (screenplay and non-fiction) from the University of Southern California, and her Ph.D. from UVA's Curry School of Education. Among her publications are: “Domestic Violence–Intimate Partner Violence,"(Emergency Medicine Specialty Reports, 2006); “Shattered Pride: Resistance and Intervention Strategies in Cases of Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Hate Crimes Against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students”, in Toward Acceptance: Sexual Orientation on Campus, edited by Nancy Evans and Vernon Wall (University Press of America: 2000); and "Violence Against Women: Responses by Women's Centers to Sexual Violence” for The Handbook for University and College Women's Centers, Greenwood Publishing Group (2002). Her doctoral research focused on undergraduate campus feminist activists and their ability to sustain their activism after graduation. These days she’s reclaiming her creative self and has begun taking classes in stained glass, and hopes to finish her children’s book before too many decades have passed. She serves as a Research and Practice Committee Chair.
Christine Dennis Smith directs the Women's Center's Counseling and Advocacy Program at Virginia Tech and oversees all outreach and educational efforts on issues related to gender-based violence. Christine provides the following services to students, faculty, and staff who are victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and/or harassment: crisis intervention, short term counseling, advocacy, accompaniment to law enforcement, medical facilities, and judicial proceedings, and information and referral. Christine is also available to do educational presentations and trainings to student, faculty, and staff groups. Christine joined the Women's Center is June of 2001. She has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Christine has a Master's in Social Work (M.S.W.) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W). She serves as a Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair.
Meera Seshadri is a public health professional working at the intersection of sexual health promotion and sexual violence prevention. Currently the Associate Director for Harvard University's Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, she leads the design, development, and evaluation of comprehensive education services. She is passionate about mentoring young people into social change agents, packaging information in inventive ways, and advocating for inclusive and progressive cultural and social change. She holds a master's degree in adolescent health and development and health communication from Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is a Subject Matter Expert on the Advisory Board for LiveSafe. Meera is a professional dancer, Intersectional Feminist, social justice advocate, and fierce Bay Area loyalist. Also, a lover of fantasy, cities by the sea, 63 - 75 degree weather, wordsmithing, urban wandering, and revolution. She serves as a Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair.
Michele Passonno currently serves as the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention RSVP) Coordinator within the University of Georgia (UGA) Health Center. Her primary responsibilities include planning, implementing, and evaluating sexual and interpersonal violence prevention programming. This includes engaging campus and community stakeholders with ongoing initiatives and implementing the vision and long-term planning for the RSVP office consistent with comprehensive and culturally-competent education and utilizes the socio-ecological framework. Michele also serves as a secondary advocate for survivors. Prior to joining the UGA community in August 2013, Michele worked as a campus advocate and prevention educator for three colleges in the Albany, New York area under a three-year Department of Justice federal consortium grant. Within this position, she also served as a community-based legal advocate in the specialized domestic violence court in the City of Albany. Michele holds a BA in Psychology, a MS degree in Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study with a concentration in School Counseling. She is currently pursuing a master's in public health degree at the University of Georgia. She is a Professional Standards Committee Chair.
Nancy Wahlig, MSW, LCSW has been working with violence prevention since 1982. She has worked in the community, first as co-director of a grassroots rape crisis center in Guam, then as Director of the Rape Crisis Center in Palo Alto. In 1988, she was the founding director of CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) at UC San Diego, where she presently works. She is a Professional Standards Committee Chair.
Holly Rider-Milkovich currently serves as the Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, the nationally recognized sexual and intimate partner violence response and prevention program at the University of Michigan. As the Director of SAPAC, Ms. Rider-Milkovich provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual and intimate partner violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus. Ms. Rider-Milkovich co-authored University of Michigan’s newly revised sexual misconduct policy and is providing institutional leadership in implementing the undergraduate and graduate student education efforts related to this policy institution-wide. Ms. Rider-Milkovich also co-chairs the Abuse Hurts Initiative, a cross-campus effort to address the effects of domestic violence in the workplace and connect survivors to appropriate campus and community-based resources.
Under Ms. Rider-Milkovich’s direction, SAPAC received commendation from the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention for its excellence in developing and implementing a comprehensive sexual and intimate partner violence prevention education program on campus. She has contributed her expertise to the development of Haven, the nationally-recognized sexual violence prevention on-line educational program currently implemented on over 150 campuses nationally. She is a frequently-sought consultant and speaker on issues related to sexual and intimate partner violence on college campuses and has provided expert guidance to many institutions of higher education and to media outlets such as the New York Times, National Public Radio, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomsberg News Group, USA Today, and local and regional media outlets. Most recently, Ms. Rider-Milkovich has provided expertise to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on best practices for campus-based sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response efforts. The Department of Education recognized Ms. Rider-Milkovich’s expertise by appointing her to represent four-year colleges and universities in the federal negotiated rule-making committee for the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization 2013.
Ms. Rider-Milkovich is the former Executive Director of a three-county domestic violence prevention and services program and emergency shelter in southeast Georgia and provided state-level leadership while serving on Executive Board of the Georgia Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She has worked in teams with law enforcement as a Police Response Advocate and has experience as an Emergency Room Advocate for an urban SANE program. Ms. Rider-Milkovich has taught women’s studies courses at the college level and has expertise in curriculum development and evaluation as well as program development, implementation and evaluation. She brings two decades of experience in sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and response and in higher education to her role at SAPAC.
She serves as a Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair.
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 Networking Committee Chair for CAPPA.
ConnectCAPPA Participant Guidelines
Goals and Objectives
The ConnectCAPPA Program of Campus Advocates and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA) seeks to facilitate oneonone mentorship and partnership opportunities within the organization. Through this program, the CAPPA Networking Committee hopes to develop and support CAPPA members by empowering open communication and building community bonds. The program is built upon the understanding that successful relationships, whether mentor/mentee or peer/peer, must include active participation by both individuals. Specific goals for this experience include: to help members develop goals and strategies for their growth and success in the profession; to provide guidance and suggestions in professional development; to foster solidarity within the profession; to provide communicative and professional support; and to provide networking opportunities.
Expectations and Responsibilities
Within the overall goals and objectives articulated above, the individual relationships within Connect CAPPA will evolve depending on the degree of interaction. Participants are encouraged to provide valuable insight from their experiences and are encouraged to build sustainable relationships with their matches. Mentors and peers are expected to serve as a resource for mentees, who will gain valuable champions for their own professional growth and development. It is our hope that these expectations and responsibilities will also energize all participants in their own career and development.
A relationship will reflect the energy offered. Participants are encouraged to connect at least twice a month. The form of communication is based upon participant preferences and efforts will be made to match preferences. While the relationship formally lasts one semester, we know that in many cases it might last much longer. The participants should tell each other if too little or too much time is being spent on the relationship.
The first qualification is a genuine interest in connecting with a colleague in the field and fostering a mutual relationship. While some connections may take a mentor/mentee form, others may offer peertopeer interaction and solidarity. CAPPA members with a strong commitment to fostering community and establishing authentic relationships with colleagues in the field are particularly encouraged to apply.
Interested CAPPA members should email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
“ConnectCAPPA.” Applications are due February 12, 2016.