Meet Our Staff

Tana Fedewa, L.M.S.W.
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Contact me: tanaf@cc.msu.edu
Program Coordinator
Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2005)

Tana Fedewa is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Michigan.  She graduated from Michigan State University in 2005 with a Master of Social Work Degree in Clinical Social Work.  She supervises the Program Therapists and Advocacy Coordinators at the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program. Tana is a trauma therapist and advocates for trauma informed services, response, and interventions at MSU and within the neighboring communities. She values working in a collaborative, innovative, and multi-disciplinary environment at Michigan State. Tana hopes to expand the holistic services offered by the MSU Sexual Assault Program in the coming years to include opportunities to heal through movement, art, music, animals, and mindfulness.

Sara Marino, L.L.M.S.W., L.L.M.F.T, A.D.S
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Contact me: saram@cc.msu.edu
Sexual Assault Therapist
Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2015)

Sara is a limited-licensed clinical social worker, limited-licensed marriage and family therapist, and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist who graduated from MSU in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Through her years of schooling, she acquired internship, volunteer, and work experience in domestic violence advocacy, couple/family therapy, crisis counseling, substance abuse, hospice, and research assistance.  In June of 2014, she began volunteering with the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) team at MSU; this fueled her passion for working with survivors of sexual violence. Sara obtained her Master of Clinical Social Work from MSU in 2015, which included the completion of the Clinical Social Work with Couples/Families Certificate Program. Sara will begin training in sex therapy at the University of Michigan starting in Spring 2017. She utilizes an strengths-based and systemic approach and is passionate about working with issues related to relationships and intimacy.

Sara will be co-facilitating the Forward Together support group in Spring 2017. Please check out the Services section for more information!

Brooke Noonan

Contact me: noonanb4@msu.edu 
Advocate
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Brooke graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a degree in Computer Science Engineering. In her time as an engineer, she discovered the critical need to shine a light on the experiences of women and other underrepresented populations – especially in STEM fields. Since then, she has advocated for child and adult sexual assault survivors in medical, legal, and institutional settings.

In her role at SAP, Brooke helps survivors of sexual assault navigate relevant response systems – including medical exams, legal cases, police departments, therapy, and MSU’s Office of Institutional Equity. She believes in using a trauma-informed, inclusive, and compassionate approach in all of her work.

Brooke is a native of New Jersey but has come to love Michigan as her home. She likes to backpack, write about social justice issues, and obsessively document the lives of her and her roommate’s cats.

Caroline Nelsen, L.M.S.W.
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Contact me: nelsenca@cc.msu.edu
Sexual Assault Therapist
Master of Social Work, University of Michigan (2008)

Caroline is a Licensed Masters Level Clinical Social Worker. She received her bachelors in Social Work from MSU and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan where she specialized in interpersonal practice and mental health. Caroline provides individual and group therapy to survivors of sexual violence. Through her work in intimate partner violence, Caroline discovered her passion for trauma treatment and working to end gender-based violence. Her background includes work in child welfare, domestic violence, sexual violence and complex trauma. She has experience working with diverse populations including refugee youth and understands the importance of a multicultural approach. Caroline’s treatment approach is trauma informed, strengths based, and empowerment focused. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), however utilizes multiple modalities to meet the individual needs of each client. In her spare time Caroline likes organized bike rides, running, yoga, potlucks and book clubs.

Caroline completed her 200 hour teacher training and offers a Healing Through Yoga series once per semester. Caroline has a strong belief in a holistic approach to healing and in the potential for yoga to offer and assist with healing in ways traditional therapies may have not. She also co-facilitates the Forward Together Support group running Spring 2017.

Bianca Stepanyan
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Contact me: biancas@cc.msu.edu; 517-353-1669
Advocacy Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Michigan State University (2010)

Bianca is originally from Mexico and grew up migrating to various states within the United States with her family as part of migrant community. She was accepted into MSU as a C.A.M.P. scholar and received a B.A. in Psychology. Given her background she feels passionate about providing services to underprivileged populations. Bianca began working with the Sexual Assault Program as a SACI volunteer and came to love the program so continued to volunteer once she graduated and moved into her professional career as a Permanency Planning Specialist with Highfields’ Residential Program where she worked with undocumented and unaccompanied minors as well as boys in the foster care system. Bianca is passionate about social justice, continuing education, and proving education to others. She also enjoys spending time with her family, pets, reading, and enjoying nature as a form of self-care.

As an Advocacy Coordinator Bianca recruits, trains, and supervising SACI volunteers and she oversees crisis services. If you are interested in volunteering with the program or are interested in working with SAP for outreach you can contact her.

 

Amanda Taylor, L.L.M.S.W.

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Contact me: amandat@cc.msu.edu
Sexual Assault Therapist
Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2014)

Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in women’s and gender studies and a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. During her time in college she volunteered as a crisis counselor, sexual assault advocate, supervised volunteers and coordinated the training program at a local crisis center. Following graduate school Amanda worked as a therapist in a community mental health agency in Alaska. While there she assisted in the implementation of a trauma informed behavioral health grant designed to provide mental health services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence in rural areas. Amanda also has experience working with clients receiving opioid-replacement therapy and in delivering suicide prevention education.

Amanda’s approach to therapy is empowerment focused and strengths based. Amanda uses an integrative treatment model to best meet the needs of each individual client. Therapeutic techniques used included feminist and multi-cultural therapy, client-centered therapy, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Amanda is passionate about social justice, an animal lover and owner of three sugar gliders. On the weekends you can usually find her cooking vegan food, reading or skating with the Lansing Derby Vixen’s roller derby team.

Allison Revels, L.M.S.W.

Contact me: allisonr@cc.msu.edu 
Sexual Assault Therapist
Master of Social Work, University of Michigan (2012)

Allison is a Licensed Masters Level Clinical Social Worker in the state of Michigan. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Goshen College in Indiana, and a Master’s in Social work from the University of Michigan. During her graduate studies she concentrated on interpersonal practice with children, youth, and families. Allison has a background working with children and families who have experienced complex trauma, particularly in the child welfare system. Throughout her professional career she has maintained a relationship with MSU by holding the position of Field Instructor for master’s level social work interns. Additionally, she is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has guided interns through the utilization of this model.

Allison has a passion for engaging in trauma-informed systems, which seek to understand and meet the unique needs of the clients they serve. As a trauma therapist, she utilizes interventions that educate and empower clients as they go through their individual healing process. Allison uses elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, expressive therapies, and Client-Centered Therapy. She is a firm believer in the importance of a strengths-based approach which highlights the individual’s resiliency and knowledge of themselves.

In her free time, Allison enjoys being with family, traveling, and relaxing with her dog and two cats. While she loves visiting new places around the country and across the globe, Allison has a particular fondness for Northern Michigan.

Through Spring 2017, Allison will be co-facilitating the Soul Speak group.