About Us

The Phoenix Center at Auraria provides victim advocacy and support as well as campus education for the Auraria Campus. We do not provide counseling, therapy or legal advice. The Phoenix Center at Auraria’s services and educational outreach could not be possible without the hard work and dedication of its staff.

The Phoenix Center at Auraria’s mission is to implement campus response services, provide  education, and facilitate dialogue related to IPV in the Auraria community.

Jessica Frazier, MSW, Victim Services Coordinator

Jessica has worked in the victim services field for over 10 years now.  The majority of her professional experience has been working with women and children who are impacted by family violence and individuals experiencing abuse or violence in their relationship.  Jessica has counseled primary and secondary victims of intimate partner violence and has familiarity in community and court advocacy on behalf of survivors of abuse.  Jessica was previously the director of a Metro area domestic violence shelter and 24 hour hotline assisting victims of abuse.  Additionally, she has worked in local middle and high schools educating students on issues related to violence prevention, and speaking on topics related to dating violence and sex assault.  Jessica is also an affiliate faculty for the Social Work Department at MSU Denver and alumni of MSU Denver.  She has a Master of Social Work Degree and is currently pursuing her Licensed Clinical Social Worker requirements for State licensure.

Sarah J. Berg, MSS, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Sarah is new to The Phoenix Center, having worked previously at CU Denver’s Women’s Resource Center. In the past she has volunteered for Safehouse Denver’s crisis line, which marked the beginning of her work as an advocate. She recently earned her Masters in Social Science and Women and Gender Studies from CU Denver; her thesis explored the social construction of the “victim” and “survivor” roles for women who have experienced domestic violence. On Fridays, you can find her in the office with her furry assistant, Sammie the cattle dog.

Jenn Doe, Violence Prevention Education Coordinator

Jenn Doe is a graduate student working toward a Masters of Public Administration degree at CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs. She has a concentration in Domestic Violence Studies and a background in marketing and design. Jenn began working with the PCA as a Violence Prevention Educator and has moved into a leadership position overseeing prevention education efforts campus wide. She hopes to fuse her creative skills with her administrative skills in order to educate the public about issues of interpersonal violence. Jenn works hard, plays harder and looks forward to lazy Saturday mornings in bed with her two cats.

Violence Prevention Educators (VPEs)

Ari Barger
Ari is a senior at MSU Denver in the individualized degree program pursuing a BA in Anti-Violence Advocacy.  She found her passion for social justice – specifically sexual assault education and prevention in 2009 when she began volunteering for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  She has enjoyed the opportunity to speak at public events to foster an environment that does not tolerate violence as well as engaging in the political process to help create the change she would like to see.  Ari loves being outdoors in Colorado and enjoying all the activities that are at her disposal.

Michelle Johnston
Michelle is a second year student in the University of Denver’s Master of Social Work program.  She earned her Bachelor of Social Work at Metropolitan State College of Denver.  She is also a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and hopes to take her Social Work degree back to the military making changes in sexual assault victim advocacy, prevention education, and policy.  She loves spending time in the mountains hiking and loves being a Coloradan.

Bethany Koschel
Bethany Koschel is a first-year student at CU Denver. She is planning on majoring in biology on a pre-med track with the hopes of eventually practicing geriatric medicine. Bethany works at the PCA as a violence prevention educator and loves having the opportunity to reach out to the Auraria campus.

Angela McClure
Angela is pursuing her Master’s in Social Work from MSU Denver and received her undergraduate degree from CU Denver. She has been a massage therapist, worked in adolescent residential care, and is very excited to be working at the PCA, especially participating in peer education activities. Proactively raising awareness about these serious societal issues is very important to her. Angela has three daughters and a very special little four legged baby named Daisy.

Tim Wienecke
Tim Wienecke is a CCD alumnus and is currently a graduate student in the CU Denver Counseling program with a focus on School Counseling.  He is building on his experience in the Air Force as a trainer for sexual assault prevention by continuing the fight against violence in our society as a Violence Prevention Educator for the PCA.