The PCA’s work would not be possible without the dedication of our staff and volunteers. Get to know them a bit more:

 

Megan Cullen, MSEd, LPCC, Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Megan is a masters-level therapist with substantial experience working in the interpersonal violence prevention and response field. Megan’s passion for this field ignited when she volunteered during college as a medical advocate at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Following her graduation from Northeastern University with her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Megan embarked on her professional journey working with the military in their Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) programs as victim advocate, case manager, and director. During this time, 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 as an outreach worker with the transient population and as a therapist with the LGBT Life Center. Megan holds her masters degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University and is currently working towards her LPC. Megan feels enlivened by working in a field which is ever-changing, ever-evolving, and dedicated to the true service of others. In her “spare” time, she loves to swing dance, listen to ‘Invisibilia’ and ‘Where Should We Begin?’, fangirl over Brene Brown, engage in copious Netflix binges with her partner, and generally love and keep alive the PCA mascot baby.

Megan can be reached at 303-315-7251 or megan.cullen@ucdenver.edu

 

Katherine Miller, MA, Victim Services Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Katherine is an award-winning activist and educator, with extensive experience in victim advocacy for survivors of interpersonal violence and human trafficking. In addition to serving as the Victim Services Coordinator on the Auraria Campus, Katherine also teaches undergraduate students at MSU Denver in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies department, supervises the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT) statewide hotline, and serves as an active board member for the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT). Katherine has utilized her Master’s degree in International Disaster Psychology and Bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies, Psychology, and History to provide prevention education through the Blue Bench, trauma therapy at the Aurora Strong Resilience Center, psychoeducation and process groups with women in rural Southern India living with HIV, and providing direct service to students in crisis at the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services. Katherine is committed to infusing intersectional feminism and praxis into advocacy work at the PCA, building campus coalitions to support survivors, and dismantling systems and cultural norms that perpetuate violence. Katherine is unapologetically in love with all things Star Wars, unicorns, Beyoncé, and reading (with a goal to read 52 books this year!). She will never say no to cheese and bread, and has not yet met a cupcake that she didn’t love.

Katherine can be reached at 303-315-7256 or katherine.miller@ucdenver.edu

KC Chaviano, Business services coordinator

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

KC is an advocate, health educator, and community organizer focused on working with adolescents and young adults marginalized on the basis of gender and sexuality. They entered into the field of interpersonal violence when they founded their college’s first student-led survivor advocacy group, Pitzer Advocates, to provide support to those impacted by sexual assault on campus and to create institutional change within the college around Title IX investigations, student misconduct hearings, and access to resources for survivors. KC used these experiences to inform their work toward their Bachelor’s degree in Human Sexuality. They also come from a background in community health, addressing disparities impacting transgender and queer youth, particularly regarding HIV prevention and access to gender affirming healthcare services. Outside of interpersonal violence, KC is deeply invested in disability activism, palliative care, distance running, and minimalism. Find them talking about their sweet, senior cat, Lily.

KC can be reached at 303-315-7250 or kc.chaviano@ucdenver.edu

Em Alves, msw, Violence Prevention Education Coordinator

pronouns: they/them/theirs

Em is a Master of Social Work concentrating in Violence & Injury Prevention with a focus on women and femmes of color. As the co-chair of the 2nd Annual Midwest Queer Indigenous People of Color Conference and a former IPV hospital advocate, Em is committed to challenging dominant narratives that contribute to violence within our communities, while building intentional spaces for survivors and allies. Em is passionate about the role of education in violence prevention and creating resources and materials that speak to the diversity of human experience, a passion they discovered during their time as a Peer Educator in undergrad. Em entered the field of social work because they believe that pushing systems and challenging hegemonic policies is necessary for the collective liberation of all. In their free time, Em loves to watch terrible TV and spends too much time planning cat furniture upgrades with their fiancé.

Em can be reached at 303-315-7254 or em.alves@ucdenver.edu

Harriet mctigue, mpp, victim advocate

Harriet is a Master of Public Policy with a focus in reproductive health care. She is interested in increasing access and funding of comprehensive sex education programs across the country through policy change. Harriet has a background in family and child policy and believes in affecting policy change through grassroots advocacy. Harriet found her passion for victim advocacy post-college through volunteer work and has been in the field ever since. Her expertise in Title IX stems from her role as an Advocacy Coordinator with the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program. She is committed to expanding intersectional response services and helping others heal from trauma. Harriet is a classic soccer dog mommy. She and her partner take their angsty teen pup on any outdoor venture they can. She spends the rest of her time cooking new recipes, turning her home into a greenhouse, and heavily watching reality shows with her best friend: TV.

Harriet can be reached at 303-315-7253 or harriet.mctigue@ucdenver.edu


Students, VOlunteers, and interns

The PCA also employs a number of undergraduate and graduate staff and interns in our violence prevention education program, our helpline team, and our in-office victim advocacy team. We would simply not be able to accomplish any of this important work without the dedication of our students, volunteers, and interns!