Katie Vance (she, her, hers), Associate Director
I have been working to prevent interpersonal violence and support survivors for over 13 years. It is my goal to provide a safe space at UNCG for students, faculty, and staff survivors to begin their healing journey. In my role, I offer empowerment focused crisis response and advocacy to all victims and survivors and their loved ones as well as provide guidance for advocacy and outreach staff. I also facilitate trainings on intimate partner violence, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and secondary traumatic stress/vicarious trauma.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow” – Mary Anne Radmacher
Favorite Self Care Activities: Hiking, photography, spending time with my family, and making sure everyone else is practicing self-care.
Latisha Gadsden (she, her, hers), Victim Advocate
I am the new Victim Advocate and I am very passionate about providing advocacy and support for survivors. Originally from New York City, I moved to North Carolina after graduating high school to attend Bennett College for Women. While there, I served as an intern for Family Service of the Piedmont. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and spent the next 9 years as the Court Advocate for Family Service of the Piedmont. As the Victim Advocate at UNCG, I provide direct services such as crisis intervention, court advocacy and information, and referrals for services on-campus and in the community.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along,’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Self Care Activities: Cooking and listening to music.
Lauren Rivenbark (she, her, hers), Counselor
I am a counselor who cares deeply about providing the most supportive response possible, and a person who believes in empowering people to find and use their voice to assist them in regaining a sense of strength. I strive to encourage victims/survivors to find growth and healing in their own way and in their own time. I provide trauma-informed counseling services for those who may have experienced any form of violence, and I assist in outreach efforts to educate our campus community about common responses to trauma, identifying and addressing secondary traumatic stress, and advocating for trauma-informed care. At my core I am an advocate and ally, and I am here to support you.
“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both.” – Brene Brown
Favorite Self-Care Activities: Music. Live music. Loud music. Any music.
Kate Rawson (she, her, hers), Campus LGBTQ+ Advocacy & Training Coordinator
I am a new Student Affairs practitioner and educator who is passionate about creating inclusive, affirming, and equitable environments for LGBTQ+ students. I also care deeply about sexual violence prevention and advocacy, and hope to empower survivors of violence whose voices are often silenced. In my role, I provide crisis response and advocacy to LGBTQ+ survivors as well as facilitate educational training to campus partners on topics of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, gender-based harassment, and other forms of campus violence.
“Just letting someone speak their truth can sometimes be the biggest gift you can give them, to just hold the space for them.” ~Amanda Palmer
Favotire Self Care Activities: Coloring and going on walks in nature.
Carla Kucinski (she, her, hers), Client Services Assistant / Counselor Trainee
I am a second year graduate student in the Counseling and Educational Development program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A native of Pennsylvania, I moved to Greensboro, NC, in 2005. I graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and went on to enjoy a 17-year-career in journalism, public relations and marketing before following my longtime dream of becoming a clinical mental health counselor. I am passionate about self-care, creative arts therapy, empowering others to heal from their personal traumas, and supporting them throughout their journey. I enjoy yoga,meditation, reading, writing, traveling, and going for walks and hikes in nature.