Meet the Staff at the Center for Survivors

Our Team

Justice

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Justice joined the Center for Survivors on April 20, 2018. She is a career change dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind and comes to the Center for Survivors from the Canine Advocacy Program. Justice continues her training to be a canine advocate to work at the Center for Survivors in the Advocacy Program. Her handler is Lauren Henfling. She enjoys meeting new people and is eager for her work. She is here as a support for survivors and for belly rubs. Her birthday is February 14, 2017. Special thanks to Dr.Hop at MSU Veterinary Hospital for her continuous work with Justice and their special human animal bond.

Tana Fedewa, LMSW

Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: adamstan@msu.edu

Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2005) Tana Fedewa, LMSW is the Director of the Michigan State University Center for Survivors (formerly known as the MSU Sexual Assault Program. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Michigan. Tana advocates for trauma-informed services, response, and interventions on campus and in the community. She values working in a collaborative, innovative, and multi-disciplinary environment at MSU. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Tana received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Grand Valley State University in 2003. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Master of Social Work Degree and a Child and Family Advocacy Certificate in 2005. She worked as Sexual Assault Therapist, Intensive Outreach Therapist for youth in foster care, and as a Crisis Counselor in a Child Advocacy Center for the first 8 years of her career.

In 2014, Tana returned to Michigan State University as a Therapist with the Sexual Assault Program. In 2018, Tana was named the Director of the MSU Sexual Assault Program and was appointed to the Michigan State University Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup. She is actively working to change the culture at Michigan State University. In her spare time, Tana enjoys reading, camping, traveling, and spending time with her partner and her imaginative and spirited daughters and her energetic puppy, Zoey.

Clinical Team

Erin Roberts, LMSW

Associate Director/ Therapy Team Supervisor 

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: rober158@msu.edu
Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2004)

Erin is rooted by her passion for social justice and her drive for individual empowerment and community strength. She has a knack for coalition and relationship building. She holds a firm belief that at the foundation of each individual lies the opportunity and strength to overcome adversity and to grow and thrive. She believes it is her responsibility to be a positive force for those opportunities and strengths in the people she meets and the communities she belongs to.

Erin has a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University. Most recently she managed a leading-edge Non Profit Management program through the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) to support domestic and sexual assault programs across the state in strengthening leadership and sustainability, providing guidance on non-profit management, and delivering trainings on best practices in service delivery.  Prior to her role with MCEDSV, Erin was the Executive Director of End Violent Encounters (EVE) in Lansing, Relief After Violent Encounters – Ionia/Montcalm, and the Foundation Director for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Erin has been active in community engagement and healing projects for much of her career.  She has served on committees and/or as a mentor in the DV/SA movement with groups invested in helping the homeless, the LGBTQ community, and advocating for children and families. In addition, she has served as a peer reviewer for the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Assault Treatment and Prevention Board, worked as a liaison to the Michigan State University School of Social Work, served on various boards of directors, and also currently serves on the Equity Team in her child’s elementary school.

When not working Erin enjoys traveling, camping, and exploring with her wife and two kids. The family shares their home with their dogs, who just might run the show! In addition to her housemates Erin and her family spend lots of time with extended family laughing and making memories.

 

 

Allison Landis Revels, LMSW

Therapist

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: revelsa@msu.edu
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.

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 is trained in evidence based treatments including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). 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.

Amanda Taylor, LMSW

Therapist

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: taylo642@msu.edu
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’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 and cognitive behavioral therapy. Amanda is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy (CPT).

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

Caroline Silvia, LMSW

Therapist

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: nelsenca@msu.edu
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 multiple evidenced-based treatments including EMDR, CPT, and DBT, however utilizes multiple modalities to meet the individual needs of each client.

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. In her spare time Caroline likes outdoor adventures, running, yoga, travel and cuddling on the couch with her very needy but loving pup

Christie Schichtel, LMSW

Therapist

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Contact me: schicht3@msu.edu

Master of Social Work, University of Michigan (2011)

Christie received her Bachelor’s degree in French from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, she joined AmeriCorps VISTA before completing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan. She has held various roles at MSU, all supporting the growth and development of students. Prior to joining the Center for Survivors team, Christie volunteered as an advocate with the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team and served on the Sexual Assault Healthcare Program Advisory Board.

Christie is honored to work with survivors as a therapist. She uses trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches that focus on empowering clients. She loves integrating music, art, and books into therapy sessions with clients and enjoys finding new ways to support clients in their healing. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

Christie enjoys yoga, knitting, reading, cooking and baking (and eating). She spends her free time with her friends and family and often finds herself with her spouse and son at baseball stadiums and basketball arenas. Her lifeblood is black coffee.

 

Ikram Adawe, LMSW, CAADC

Therapist

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: adaweikr@msu.edu
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.

Jazmin Williams, LMSW

Intake Therapist

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Contact me: will1901@msu.edu
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 Center for Survivors 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.

Stephanie Stanley, LMSW

Therapist

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: stanl143@msu.edu
Master of Social Work, Grand Valley State University

Stephanie is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker in the State of Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Stephanie’s student work experience included School Social Work and case management work at a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault agency in Holland, MI. Prior to joining the Center for Survivors team, Stephanie spent the majority of her career working within the child welfare system, focusing her time on educating and supporting foster and adoptive families. She also has operated a small private therapy practice.

Stephanie is passionate about providing client-centered, empowering therapy that draws from a variety of theories and models. She values educating her clients in order to empower them to take ownership in their own healing process. Stephanie is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in addition to more traditional supportive therapy.

Stephanie spends her spare time with her husband, daughter, and dogs. She enjoys reading, being outdoors in the summer and fall, playing strategy board games, and baking.

Windi Sterling, LMSW

Therapist

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: sterli28@msu.edu
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, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and EMDR. 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.

Advocacy Team

Kathleen Miller, JD

Associate Director/ Advocacy Team Supervisor

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: Mill1251@msu.edu
Juris Doctorate, Michigan State University College of Law

Kathleen received both her undergraduate and law degree from Michigan State University. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan. As the Advocacy Supervisor, Kathleen assists survivors in navigating through the systems that impact their lives, and uses the experiences of survivors to improve those services.

Kathleen values multidisciplinary teams that partner together to make survivors’ needs a priority, hold offenders accountable, and increase justice and safety for the community.

Kathleen is the former Program Coordinator of the Capital Area Response Effort (CARE), where she advocated for survivors of domestic violence. She previously worked at Lakeshore Legal Aid providing civil legal representation to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Claimant Advisors

Elaine M. Barr, JD

Claimant Advisor

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: barrelai@msu.edu
Michigan State University College of Law (2011)

Elaine received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2008 and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2011, with the Certificate in Indigenous Law. Elaine is licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan, before the Supreme Court of the United States, and in many of Michigan’s tribal courts. She is also appointed to the American Indian Law Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. Previously, Elaine was a staff attorney with Michigan Indian Legal Services and Legal Services of South Central Michigan, where she represented survivors of domestic and sexual violence in various legal matters.

Crisis Clinician

Avvan Sanjana, LLMSW

Crisis Clinician 

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: sanjanaa@msu.edu 
Master of Social Work, Michigan State Universtiy 

Avvan is a two-time Michigan State University graduate. She received her bachelor's in Psychology with minors in; Health Promotions and Organizational Leadership in 2017. In 2020 she graduated with her Master's in Clinical Social Work. Over the years, Avvan has worked extensively with ESL students, MSU students at CAPS (Counseling and Psychiatric Services), as well as MSU Student Athletes. Avvan has always been passionate about participating in educational and informative outreach activities for MSU students as well as advocating to improve mental health services for all our students and staff. 

Avvan takes a trauma and person-centered informed approach when engaging with clients in regard to their care.  Her interests within social work include; athlete mental health, trauma informed care, immigrant & refugee resettlement, as well as integrative clinical work. 

Avvan is excited to be back at her alma mater (this time not as a student!) and is ready to give back to the community that has shaped who she is today.

Advocates 

Cierra Stubbs, LMSW

Advocate

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: stubbsci@msu.edu
Master of Social Work, Wayne State University 

Cierra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2014, and her Master of Social Work from Wayne State University in 2016. Since receiving her MSW, Cierra has worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, providing crisis intervention, advocacy, and therapy.
Prior to coming to MSU, Cierra worked as a Social Worker with the Detroit Police Victim Assistance Program, providing services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and surviving families of homicide. Cierra supported survivors and families by providing trauma informed services, therapy, support, and assisted with guiding clients through the criminal justice process.
Cierra is passionate about providing client centered and trauma informed care to assist survivors with navigating systems and providing survivors with the education and encouragement to empower them throughout their healing journey.

Kathryn Naber

Volunteer Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: naberkat@msu.edu
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 Center for survivors 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!

Kimmins Southard, LMSW, MPH

Care Coordinator/ Advocate 

Pronouns: they, them, theirs
Contact me: southa14@msu.edu
Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Illinois in Chicago

Kimmins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Michigan. Kimmins received their Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and a dual Masters degree in Social Work and Public Health at the University of Illinois Chicago in 2017. Kimmins is passionate about supporting people in crisis, helping individuals to navigate complicated systems of care, and advocating to improve systems and advance social justice. 

As the Care Coordinator at the MSU Center for Survivors, Kimmins provides medical advocacy services and follow up with all patients at the MSU Sexual Assault Healthcare Program and trains and supervisors Medical Advocacy volunteers. Kimmins works closely with the Sexual Assault Nurses to develop and implement a system of trauma-informed and patient-centered care for survivors of sexual assault.

Before joining the MSU Center for Survivors, Kimmins worked in various fields of social services in in Chicago, Illinois and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kimmins’ background includes working the fields of HIV prevention and care, homeless services, and mental health crisis work.   

Outside of the office Kimmins enjoys baking, crafting, hanging out with friends, family, and their pets and running very slow.

Lauren Henfling, LMSW

SART Coordinator/ Advocate/ Justice's Handler

Prounouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: henfling@msu.edu
Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2015)

Lauren is a licensed clinical social worker. She received both her bachelor and master degree in social work from Michigan State University. Since then Lauren has spent her time working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in therapeutic and advocacy capacities.

Before coming to MSU, Lauren worked with local law enforcement agencies as part of a post-arrest response team for domestic violence survivors in the community. This gave her the opportunity to meet with survivors, walk alongside their journey to healing, and help them to achieve their self-defined justice.

Lauren is certified in Animal Assisted Social Work and splits her role as an advocate and as Justice’s handler. Lauren believes in the power of the human-animal bond and incorporating animals into trauma work.

Outside of the office Lauren is a mom to two amazing tiny humans. These tiny humans occupy most of her time and she wouldn't trade it for the world. She is also married to a great guy who keeps her laughing even on the toughest days. Lauren is guilty for binge watching reality shows and loving Oreos.

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Nicole Craig , LMSW

Advocate

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Contact me: craigni1@msu.edu
Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2017)

Nicole received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a certificate in Clinical Social Work with Children & Families from Michigan State University. Nicole began at the Center for Survivors as a volunteer and joined full time staff as an Advocate in early 2020.
In her most recent position before coming to the Center for Survivors, Nicole worked as a behavioral health therapist for a community health agency in Cleveland, Ohio working with various populations including survivors of trauma. She also has experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence in various capacities.
Nicole is passionate about working with survivors of trauma and providing trauma informed care. She believes that the most important things in providing services to survivors is forming positive, collaborative relationships with survivors and working from an empowerment model.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family including her partner and baby boy. She also enjoys practicing yoga, reading, coffee, and binge-watching TV.

Sarah Ghazal

Advocate 

Pronouns: she, her, hers
Contact me: ghazals1@msu.edu
Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, Michigan State University (2019)

Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Arabic from James Madison College at MSU. During undergrad Sarah worked for the Student Rights Advocates Office with ASMSU, where she helped guide students through the different conduct processes at MSU. After graduating, Sarah worked as the Production Manager for the Journal for the International Ombuds Association.
Sarah is passionate about helping student survivors navigate complicated systems and helping to make positive and impactful change. She is very excited to work with students at MSU again.
Sarah is fluent in Arabic. In her spare time Sarah loves baking, drinking coffee, and laughing.

Administrative Team

April Dennis

Office Supervisor/Mom of Justice

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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 Center for Survivors. As Office Supervisor, April coordinates the daily activities of the office and provides oversight for the budget and HR functions. She thoroughly enjoys her job and her colleagues. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, animal lover, enjoys time with family and friends, and has an interest in “all things food”.

April is known as Justice’s mom and is privileged to take her home each evening.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France

Judy Secord

Office Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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.