Meet Our Staff

Justice

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Canine Advocate 

Justice joined the Sexual Assault Program on April 20, 2018. She is a career change dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind and comes to SAP from the Canine Advocacy Program. Justice is currently in training to be a canine advocate to work at the Sexual Assault Program office and to support survivors during police interviews and court proceedings. She enjoys meeting new people and is eager to begin her work. She is here as a support for survivors and for belly rubs. Her birthday is February 14, 2017. She wants to give a huge thank you and shout-out to Southside Veterinary Hospital and Annabelle’s’ Pet Salon for generously donating her grooming and care!

 

Tana Fedewa, LMSW

Contact me: adamstan@msu.edu 
 Director 

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.   Tana is the Directorm of the MSU Sexual Assault Program and serves on the Michigan State University Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup.  Tana 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. 

 

Samara Hough, LMSW


Contact me: wicklif1@msu.edu 

Clinical Supervisor

Assistant Director 

Master of Social Work, Wayne State University (2011)

Samara L.  Hough is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Michigan with experience in both nonprofit and higher education sectors. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Wayne State University with a concentration in Family Systems theory and her undergraduate dual degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology from the University of Michigan.  

As Clinical Supervisor for MSU SAP, Samara provides support, leadership, and advocacy for the clinical team. She prioritizes team needs from a trauma informed lens, facilitating supervision and training around identifying vicarious trauma, diversity and inclusion, professional identity development and resilience.

Prior to her role as clinical supervisor, she has served as advocate and program director for key initiatives at the state and national level.   She was a part of a state interdisciplinary response team convened to prosecute cases from the Detroit Sexual Assault Backlog, Project 400. Samara managed a campus grant from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, issued to develop outreach programs for underserved populations on the dynamics of gender-based violence.  Samara has led training and consultation support for national conferences as well as taught prospective social workers as adjunct faculty.

Samara actively responds to the critical needs of survivors of sexual assault from a intersectional lens. While working with clients, Samara utilizes strength based and solution focused strategies.  Her background in family systems theory gives unique insight to understand how family of origin issues shape attitudes and behavior. In, 2016, Samara begun training as a child birth Doula supporting maternal and infant health needs. Currently, she offers clinical supervision training for post graduate master’s level social workers. 

 Kathleen Miller, JD

Contact me: Mill1251@msu.edu

Campus Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator

Advocacy Supervisor/Assistant Director 

 Amanda Lorencz, LLMSW

Contact me: Saunde99@msu.edu

Crisis Counselor

Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2014)

Amanda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University in 2009 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2014.  Amanda’s background includes work in child welfare, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Most recently, Amanda was a group and individual therapist at the Sexual Assault Center of Child & Family Services in Saginaw.

Amanda believes it is important to be flexible and meet clients where they are at. This is especially important to do in her role as Crisis Counselor where she is often the first point of contact for many clients. Amanda is passionate about supporting individuals in crisis. She takes an empowering approach that involves being able to offer a calm, supportive environment for clients to open up about their hopes and fears for healing. Amanda is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy.  She utilizes a variety of techniques in her work with clients and wholeheartedly believes in the power of incorporating self-compassion in her work with clients.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, which largely involves chasing after a strong-willed toddler. Amanda’s guilty pleasures include dessert, bargain shopping and reading young adult novels.

Jazmin Williams, LMSW

Contact me: will1901@msu.edu
Crisis Counselor
Master of Social Work, University of Michigan (2012)

Jazmin Williams is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees in dance and social work from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in social work from University of Michigan. Previously, she served as a mental health case manager at a homeless shelter for adults in Ann Arbor for four years. She then became a mental health and substance use therapist at St. Vincent Catholic Charities. Additionally, she was contracted with the Firecracker Foundation to provide therapy to youth who were sexual assault survivors. Jazmin began as the Crisis Counselor for Michigan State University’s Sexual Assault Program in February 2017.

Jazmin encourages healing through acknowledgement of personal strengths as well as promotion of connectivity to others and the larger community. She looks forward to using movement-based healing experiences to foster reintegration of mind-body connectivity.

In her spare time, Jazmin enjoys spending time with her dog Mowgli, being outdoors, traveling, as well as participating in yoga, dance and Pilates.

Brooke Noonan

Contact me: noonanb4@msu.edu 
Advocacy Coordinator
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, University of Michigan (2015)

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. 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.

Kimmins Southard

Contact me: southa14@msu.edu

Advocate
Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Illinois in Chicago

Kimmins is passionate about supporting people in crisis, helping individuals to navigate complicated systems of care, and advocating to improve systems to create trauma-informed, person-centered, and low-barrier access to the resources individuals need to succeed.

Kimmins joined SAP in August 2018 with over 8 years of experience in various social service fields including; HIV prevention and care, homelessness, mental health crisis, as well as work with LGBTQ youth and adults living with disabilities. Most recently, Kimmins worked as the Call Center Director at the Helpline Center in South Dakota where they supervised staff answering the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the 211 Resource Line. Prior to that Kimmins served as the Helpline Coordinator at NAMI Chicago where they provided individual advocacy to assist people with mental illness and their families to navigate the mental healthcare system.

As a Program Advocate at SAP Kimmins works with survivors to navigate sexual assault response systems, support student survivors in their academics, and to link survivors to resources that address any needs that may arise.

Kimmins is passionate about social justice, seeks to empower clients, and hopes not just to help survivors navigate response systems, but to make improvements to ensures systems meet survivors’ needs.

Sam Rhoades, pronouns he/him/his

Contact me: rhoade25@msu.edu
Advocate
Bachelor of Music, Vanderbilt University (2013)

Samuel graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Music in 2013. His professional career since includes involvement with LGBTQI health reform initiatives, and Advocacy work for transgender people and people living with HIV/AIDS, helping clients to access necessary medical care and social services. He is committed to promoting and aspires to create systems-level change addressing barriers to care and services for marginalized populations.

As an Advocate at SAP, Samuel provides navigation assistance and support for survivors engaged with the medical, legal, criminal justice, and healing service structures available to them on campus and in neighboring communities.

Kathryn Naber

Contact me: naberkat@msu.edu
Volunteer Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Michigan State University  (2017)

Kathryn received her bachelor of arts in economics and a minor in gender studies from MSU in 2017. She started out as a volunteer with the Sexual Assault Program in the Spring of 2015. After she joined the volunteer E-Board, her passion for working with survivors grew and she become more involved in other Lansing community organizations who dedicate their time to survivors. After her work with E.V.E. in their shelter and at the personal protection order office she knew she wanted to dedicate her time to helping survivors of gender-based violence.

Kathryn is the volunteer coordinator for the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention (SACI) Team. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the program or want to volunteer, please reach out to her for more information!

 

Caroline Silvia, LMSW, RYT 200

Contact me: nelsenca@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.

Amanda Taylor, LMSW

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 draws on the strengths of each individual client. Amanda uses an integrative treatment model including techniques rooted in feminist and multi-cultural therapy, client-centered therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness. Amanda is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

On the weekends you can find Amanda skating with her roller derby team, spending time outside or experimenting with new recipes (with varying levels of success!).

Allison Revels, LMSW

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.

Katelyn Maddock, LLMSW

Contact me: maddock4@msu.edu 
Sexual Assault Therapist
Master of Social Work, University of Michigan (2017)

Katelyn is licensed in Clinical Social Work who graduated with both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Community Action and Social Change in 2015 and her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2017 from the University of Michigan. Before coming to MSU she worked as an intern at a residential facility with youth in the foster care system and as an intern at the University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services center. Her passion for working with survivors began back in 2013 when she was a volunteer and co-coordinator at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at Michigan, helping educate the campus about sexual violence and creating events to support survivors.

Katelyn’s approach to therapy is empowerment based and client centered. She believes that the client is as much an expert in the room as she is as the clinician, drawing upon each client’s unique experiences, strengths, and perspectives to guide the healing process. Katelyn utilizes techniques in a range of different modalities, including feminist and multicultural therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and mindfulness.

In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys watching both good and bad television, exploring brunch spots, going to trivia, attempting to be outdoorsy, and asking to pet every dog she sees.

Windi Sterling, LMSW

Contact me: sterli28@msu.edu
Sexual Assault Therapist
Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2014)

Windi is a licensed clinical social worker. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish from Central Michigan University, and she received her master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University in 2014. Before working at MSU, Windi worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at SafeCenter in Owosso and End Violent Encounters (EVE) in Lansing. She also worked as a therapist at the Sexual Assault Center in Saginaw.

Windi believes that the journey to healing is different for each unique individual, and she takes a strengths-based approach when assisting survivors to navigate that path. She is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy. She also utilizes mindfulness skills in addition to music and art therapy exercises to help survivors in processing their trauma.

When she’s not at work, Windi can usually be found spending time with her husband and her cats, playing board games, practicing her ukulele, planning theme parties, or doing something else nerdy.

Ikram Adawe, LMSW, CAADC

Contact me: adaweikr@msu.edu
Sexual Assault Therapist
Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2010)

Ikram is a licensed clinical social Worker and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Ikram graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with masters in social work. Her previous work experience include working with Individuals with both mental health and substance use issues. Ikram also worked with the refugee and immigrant population for several years providing trauma informed care. Ikram is trained in multiple treatment modalities including, EMDR, CPT, DBT, Sand tray World-Play and seeking safety.

Ikram is honored to partner with clients and empower them to find the tools and strength to overcome difficulties and enhance their coping abilities. She offers an objective and safe environment to share their thoughts, emotions and struggles. She believe with balance and openness, clients can create new coping mechanisms to make them stronger and resilient to life’s stressors.

In her free time, Ikram enjoys spending time with her boys, educating her community about mental health needs, making YouTube videos in multiple languages, and cooking.

Ikram is fluent in Somali and Arabic.

April Dennis

Office Supervisor

April attended Lansing Community College for business and marketing and massage therapy. She received her medical assistant certification from Ross Medical School and her Human Resource Certification from MSU. April completed the SACI volunteer program the summer of 2017, becoming more passionate about the work of the Sexual Assault Program and is grateful to be working full time with the program.

As Office Supervisor, April coordinates the daily activities of the office and provides oversight for the budget and HR functions.

In her spare time, she is involved in caring for Hospice patients. She is an avid reader, animal lover, enjoys time with family and friends, and has an interest in “all things food”.

Judy Secord

Office Coordinator 

Judy received her medical assistant certification from Ross Medical School. She completed the SACI volunteer program and serves as a medical advocate for the volunteer program.

Judy brings her friendly demeanor and strong organizational skills to the front reception area.  She is generally the first person who will greet you on the phone or in person.

Outside of the office, Judy enjoys her family and her new grandson.