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, 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 US Army and the US Navy in their Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention (SHARP) and Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) programs as 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 promotion. 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. Megan originally hails from Southern California, but was wooed by the cold weather and opportunity for a new adventure.
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 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.
JD is in her second year of a double Master’s program. She is studying a Master of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology and a Master of Social Work at the University of Denver. She plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing therapy and social justice advocacy. Currently, she is a Violence Prevention Educator and Advocate at the Phoenix Center at Auraria. Outside of school and interning, JD can be found snuggling her miniature dachshund, painting with water colors, or laughing at her own jokes.
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.
Lauren is currently a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is studying Women’s Studies and Biology and plans to one day work in the holistic health and public health fields. Lauren is passionate about analyzing how physical and emotional health contribute to well-being and feels that serving as a Violence Prevention Educator can support a healthier campus environment. When she’s not peer educating, doing homework, or nursing her Top Gun obsession, Lauren enjoys knitting, being outside, cooking good food, and meditation practice.
Sara is a foundation year MSW student at MSU Denver and will be interning with the PCA as a Violence Prevention Educator, Helpline Advocate and eventual in-person Advocate. Her passion for IPV prevention and awareness began with a Women’s Studies class, while attending UNC Chapel Hill for her B.A. in Sociology. She is both honored and excited to be a part of such an important cause and to serve as a support for members of the Auraria Campus community. She aspires to own two dogs that will snuggle with her every night and for self-care, enjoys exercising, eating large bowls of ramen and loving on babies.