Confidential employees do not share information without permission from the student, faculty, or staff member seeking services from the Campus Violence Response Center and are not required to make a report to the Title IX office, Dean of Students or UNCG Police Department. Confidential employees are only required to share information in certain circumstances including if a someone is a high risk for suicide or violence towards others or if there is information of child and/or elder abuse.
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.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – Rumi
Favorite Self Care Activities: Running, yoga, nature hikes with my dog Molly, quality time with loved ones.
Bree White (she, her, hers), Outreach Assistant
Hi! My name is Bree White and I am a junior, Social Work major with a minor in Sociology and Community and Therapeutic Recreation. I am a native of Charlotte, NC and love to travel and do various volunteer work. In my free time I love to crochet and do other forms of therapeutic arts. My dream is to one day open community centers in under-served neighborhoods.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Favorite Self Care Activities: Crochet and therapeutic arts.
Infiniti Ruffin (she, her, hers), Outreach Assistant
I am a senior here at UNCG pursuing a major in Social Work. My path in Social Work focuses on child welfare and advocacy for families. I am most passionate about being an assistance to others in all aspects.
“Speak up for those who can not speak for themselves.” – Proverbs 31:8
Favorite Self Care Activities: Working out and participating in various classes at the gym.
Kayla Kaplan (they, them, theirs), LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Training Intern
I am a senior Human Development and Family Studies major and Psychology minor. I love working with teenagers and college students to help mitigate the impact of experienced stressors and trauma in their lives. After graduation, I want to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to serve late adolescents and emerging adults in the transition to college. I am passionate about the LGBTQ+ community, and anti-violence advocacy.
“If you ever feel like you’re just one person trying to change something, I promise there are hundreds, thousands, if not millions of people out there who feel the same way as you, who want to make a difference.”- Saira O’Mallie
Favorite Self- Care Activities: reading, long walks, cooking, and spending time with friends and family
The Campus Violence Response Center has two non-confidential staff members that are affiliated with the center . However, the privacy of students, faculty, and staff seeking services from the center is a priority for both the CVRC and UNCG. Client information is never shared with non-confidential staff members. Non-confidential staff members do not share office space with the confidential staff in the center. The role of non-confidential staff members in the CVRC is to assist with the needs of victims and survivors as well as the growth and development of the CVRC.
Murphie Chappell (she, her, hers), Title IX Coordinator and Director of the CVRC
I am the Title IX Coordinator for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I am responsible for ensuring compliance with Title IX through University policies and procedures, coordinating the investigation and response of all complaints of gender equity and sex discrimination, and developing University training and education around prohibited conduct under Title IX. Prior to joining UNCG, I was employed as the Staff Attorney at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). I was responsible for NCCASA’s legal program, representing victims of sexual assault in a breadth of legal areas including education, immigration, privacy, and safety, and providing training and technical assistance to all members.
Favorite Self Care Activities: Football, crossfit.
Laura Janke (she, her, hers), Title IX Investigator
As Title IX Investigator, I am responsible for conducting formal investigations regarding allegations of sexual and gender-based harassment involving students, faculty, and staff in accordance with UNCG’s policies and procedures. I have always been passionate about people and advocacy. I worked as a Victim/Witness/Legal Assistant for the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office for 3 years before attending Elon University School of Law in August 2014. After graduation in May 2017, I knew I wanted to find a way back to serving the needs of a community of people I loved. It is my goal to uphold the policies and procedures outlined by UNCG while providing care and a helping hand to individuals at their most vulnerable moments, as well as, facilitate just conclusions and positive experiences for all parties involved.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill
Favorite Self Care Activities: CrossFit, playing tennis, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Amber Cales (she, her, hers), UNCG Officer and Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator
I have been with the UNCG Police Department since January 2014 and moved to the Victim Assistance Program in April 2016. My goal is to assist people in navigating their options after a traumatic situation and identify what would best fit their personal needs. In my role, I advocate for victims and survivors, provide support and accompany them to on and off campus resources.
“Some people say you are going the wrong way, when it’s simply a way of your own.” —Angelina Jolie
Favorite Self-Care Activities: Spending creative time with church, family, and friends.
This project was supported by Grant No. PROJ013008 awarded by the N.C. Governor’s Crime Commission, N.C. Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document (website) are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the entities identified above.