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 sexual violence, domestic/intimate partner violence, and stalking 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:
Megan Alpert, MSEd, LPCC, Director
Megan is a master’s level therapist with substantial experience working in the interpersonal violence prevention and support field. Previously, Megan volunteered as a medical advocate at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center responding to seven area Boston hospitals to support survivors through Sexual Assault Forensic Exams. The bulk of Megan’s professional experience comes from working for the military in their Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) programs as victim advocate, case manager, and director. Megan was recognized for her outstanding work piloting Naval Station Norfolk’s legal advocacy program and was one of the youngest Sexual Assault Response Coordinators in the world at the time of her appointment. Additionally, Megan has served the City of Norfolk community through outreach with their homeless population as well as through work at the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads as a therapist. Megan holds her B.S. degree in Psychology from Northeastern University (Go Sox!) and her M.S.Ed. degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University. In her copious spare time (read: sarcasm), she loves to swing dance, read, and pretend to be good at karaoke.
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 spending time with her dogs, trying new restaurants, and forgetting loved ones’ birthdays.
Violence Prevention Peer Educators (VPEs):
Brennalynn is a 3rd year student at the University of Colorado, Denver studying Vocal Performance. Her passion for social justice, feminist ideals, and equity for all students on campus drives her involvement in preventing and spreading awareness about interpersonal violence. Brennalynn also enjoys coffee and chicken nuggets almost every day and loves doing self care. She loves her dog, Triskle, to the moon and back and loves singing to her.
Katie is a 3rd year student at Metropolitan State University, majoring in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology. She works at the Phoenix Center because she believes the best way to end unhealthy cycles is through education and access to resources. In her spare time, she doesn’t enjoy talking about herself, which makes this biography ironic.
Chris is a 3rd year student at the University of Colorado, Denver studying Criminal Justice.