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 the 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeastern University (Go Sox!) and her Masters of Science in Education degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University. Megan also volunteers as a crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line and works as a weekend therapist at Denver Springs Behavioral Health Center. In her precious spare time , she loves to swing dance, read, play with her felines, and engage in copious Netflix binges with her partner.

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

 

Katherine Miller, MA, Victim Services Coordinator

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

Kalyn Stroik, MS, Victim Services Coordinator

Kalyn serves as Victim Services Coordinator at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The Phoenix Center at Anschutz opened in August 2017. Previously, Kalyn volunteered as a helpline advocate for survivors of interpersonal violence on different college campuses in Northern Colorado and Western Massachusetts. She worked professionally in residence life and academic advising, where she supervised student staff, implemented educational programming and training, taught courses, adjudicated conduct cases, provided on-call emergency response, and provided direct services to students, among other duties. Kalyn is certified in Mental Health First Aid, motivational interviewing, and restorative justice practices. Kalyn is committed to survivor and community centered responses to harm and intersectional advocacy praxis. She loves NPR, books, Wisconsin, coffee, music, and hiking. In her free time, she enjoys making art, reflecting and dreaming, cuddling her dog Matilda, and laughing with her partner.

Kalyn can be reached at 303-724-9120 or kalyn.stroik@ucdenver.edu

Elizabeth Amoa-Awuah, MPH, Violence Prevention Education Coordinator

Elizabeth has a BS in Psychology and a Master of Public Health in Family & Child Health with a Global emphasis from the University of Arizona (Bear Down!). Her passion is in decreasing barriers to health access, specifically improving access to resources for folx experiencing interpersonal violence. Through her work with the Phoenix Center as well as Relationship Violence Programs at the University of Arizona, she has experience with interpersonal violence prevention research, outreach, and education. She has conducted qualitative research on sexual aggression and bystander intervention as well as quantitative research on life history theory and sociosexuality. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the art, music, and FOOD that Denver has to offer as well as exploring the new arrivals on Netflix and Hulu. As someone originally from Ohio (and a die hard Ohio State fan), she's also incapable of not responding to someone yelling "O-H" with her own resounding "I-O".

Elizabeth can be reached at 303-315-7254 or elizabeth.amoa-awuah@ucdenver.edu

Taylor Bergeron, Business Services Coordinator

Taylor has a BA in Sociology, with a minor in Business Administration from Colorado State University. She has navigated her way through corporate America, from managing a retail team to helping students travel internationally, and has finally found her home at The Phoenix Center at Auraria. She is passionate about creating accessible, inclusive spaces for more people to feel at home in their skin. Throughout her collegiate career, Taylor was actively involved with student government, CSU Swing Dancing Club, and the Student Organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans* Students' biannual drag show production. Her other half (Goose) frequently visits the PCA to provide emotional support and endless entertainment! Originally from Louisiana, she loves a good gumbo and cannot properly pronounce the word: cement.

Taylor can be reached at 303-315-7250 or taylor.bergeron@ucdenver.edu


Violence Prevention Peer Educators (VPEs):

Some of our wonderful 2017-2018 team helped set up our Red Flag Campaign this fall.

Katie – Lead VPE
Katie is a 4th 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.

Nikki

Nikki is a first year MSW student at Metropolitan State University. She interns at the Phoenix Center because she believes education about how to have healthy relationships is an important tool for building a happy and well-rounded life. In her spare time she indulges in Game of Thrones marathons and gently asks her cat to please start doing some chores around the house.

Sid

Sid is a 2nd year student at CU Denver. He is undecided in both his major and his life, however, he knows that he is very passionate about education and victim support surrounding interpersonal violence. As a trans guy, he is constantly studying masculinity and how it can be changed for the better. On his days off he enjoys playing guitar, cuddling dogs, and dismantling the white-supremacist patriarchy.

Gabbie

Gabbie is a fourth-year student at University of Colorado – Denver studying psychology with minors in interdisciplinary research studies, and women and gender studies. She is a Violence Prevention Educator and Helpline Advocate who has dedicated her life to being part of the solution in social justice. Gabbie also has two cats whom she loves more than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups… and she really loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. In her free time, Gabbie avoids writing biographies about herself because it makes her uncomfortable to refer to herself in third person.

Rebecca

Rebecca is a first year Master of Social Work student at Denver University. She interns at the Phoenix Center because she is passionate about empowering victims of interpersonal violence. When she’s not telling bad jokes or talking about herself, she is usually playing guitar or petting her exquisite dog and one true love, Tiger Lily. 

Hannah – Outreach and Prevention Intern

Hannah is a 2nd year MSS graduate student concentrating in Women and Gender Studies at CU Denver. She has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Skidmore College.  She spent 8 years working in the field of neurodiversity and developmental disabilitiesas an advocate, direct service provider and coordinator.  As the Outreach and Prevention Intern she helps plan and implement campus-wide passive and active campaigns to raise awareness to end interpersonal violence. Hannah has called Colorado home for 4 years. She loves hiking, cuddling her cat and long conversations about feminism.

Victim advocate: 

Chris

Chris graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with his Bachelor's in criminal justice. He works for the PCA because he believes interpersonal violence is not only a woman’s issue, and hopes to get his Master’s in Social Work after graduation in order to continue helping underserved individuals. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing with his cat, watching sports, and enjoying the great indoors.