The Phoenix Center at Auraria was established in 2009 as a comprehensive resource for interpersonal violence on the Auraria Campus. Our mission is to implement campus response services, provide education, and facilitate dialogue related to IPV in the Auraria community.
The PCA’s work would not be possible without the dedication of our staff and volunteers. Get to know them a bit more:
Sarah J. Berg, MSS, Director
Sarah began working at the PCA in 2013 as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator and has been the Director since 2015. Her previous experience includes programming and communications for the University of Colorado Denver Women’s Resource Center, helpline advocacy with SafeHouse Denver, and managing an award-winning college radio station. She studied Communications and Gender Studies at Boston University, and earned her Master’s at CU Denver in Social Science, again with a focus on Gender Studies. Her thesis explored the social construction of the “victim” and “survivor” roles for women who have experienced domestic violence. When she isn’t working she enjoys live music, spicy food, and being a cat-lady.
Kylie Mallory-Halter, MSW, LSW, Victim Services Coordinator
Kylie is a licensed social worker with extensive experience developing behavioral and mental health programs in K-12 schools, as well as working with victims of interpersonal violence. Her previous work includes victim advocacy with the DC Rape Crisis Center, school social work, and developing a comprehensive model for Social-Emotional Learning and Intervention for Chicago Public Schools. Most recently, Kylie helped manage a million dollar grant from the Office of Violence Against Women, providing comprehensive services to Denver Public Schools around interpersonal violence. Kylie also has experience as a school administrator, and was the Dean of Students at a charter middle school in Southwest Denver. Kylie holds an MSW from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and is a Washington, DC native (Go Caps!).
Shanna Mae Petersen, Program Assistant
Shanna Mae is a recent graduate of CU Denver, with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her desire to help survivors of interpersonal violence began with her involvement with the San Miguel Resource Center in Telluride, CO. She was the youngest state certified advocate in her county at the time of her training. Shanna Mae can be found volunteering on the helpline or working in the office. When she isn’t doing that, she is most likely nose deep in a book she may never finish but will claim to have read cover to cover. She enjoys alphabetizing, trying new restaurants, and forgetting loved ones’ birthdays.
Nicholas Beers, Office Assistant/Lobby Supervisor
Nicholas is a 5th year student at the University of Colorado Denver. He is currently completing a bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Relations with an emphasis on Higher Education and Social Justice. He is also employed at CU Denver Housing and Dining as a Resident Assistant and at the Office of Student Life in order to complete his professional practicum. He has a supreme passion for mentoring and empowering students to succeed. Outside of working with students, he is actively trying to set the world record for longest nap, connect his heritage to Leif Eriksson, and star in his own book-to-movie adaptation of Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Ego-maniacal, Self-Centered College Student, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Financial Aid Office.
Violence Prevention Peer Educators (VPEs):
Brennalynn is a first-year student at the University of Colorado Denver. She’s currently pursuing a degree in Psychology, and also adding on a degree in Music Education. She works at the PCA as a Violence Prevention Educator and she enjoys making others aware about the PCA’s great services and resources. Brennalynn enjoys going hiking, visiting her family in Ireland, and free-writing in her spare time.
Bridget is a first year graduate student at University of Denver studying Social Work. She has a passion for spreading the message of interpersonal violence prevention, which is how she came to become a peer educator at the PCA. Outside of feeding her passion for raising awareness about interpersonal violence, Bridget enjoys spending time outdoors, knitting, and hanging with her amazing cat, Perseus.
Emily is a Junior at MSU Denver majoring in Healthcare Management with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is interested in moving on to complete a Masters in Public Health and then a career in outreach and policy. She chose to become involved as a Violence Prevention Educator and Advocate because of her desire to share information about interpersonal violence and support any person in need of services. Beyond the reach of campus, Emily likes to bake, paint, snowshoe, practice yoga and play with her cat.
Katie is a first-generation student working toward completing her Master of Social Science; social justice and Indigenous rights are the focus of her program of study. She began her involvement with interpersonal violence advocacy in Durango, CO with SASO (Sexual Assault Services Organization), and is seeking to expand her skills and knowledge around IPV through a graduate assistantship with the Phoenix Center at Auraria. The PCA provides her with the opportunity to put her interest and passion for social justice in to action. In her free time, Katie likes to climb mountains, cook anything she can get her hands on, and travel whenever life permits.
Lauren is currently a junior at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is studying Women’s Studies and Biology and hopes to one day work in the holistic health and public health fields. Lauren is passionate about peer education and is excited to serve the Auraria campus community as a Violence Prevention Educator through the Phoenix Center. When she’s not peer educating or doing homework, Lauren enjoys knitting, being outside, cooking good food, and meditation practice.
Molly is a first year graduate student studying Social Work at the University of Denver. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chicago, where she received a BA in Psychology at DePaul University. She is interning at the Phoenix Center as a VPE as well as an advocate in order to spread awareness and help those that desire it. Molly loves watching shows on Netflix, spending time with friends and her little sister, and most of all sleeping in her spare time. She has a passion for people and doing everything she can to support them.