Meet the Staff at the Center for Survivors
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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
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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.
Samara Hough, LMSW Clinical Supervisor
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.
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.
As Clinical Supervisor for MSU Center for Survivors, 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.
Amanda Taylor, LMSW Therapist
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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
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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.
Jazmin Williams, LMSW Crisis Counselor
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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.
Allison Landis Revels, LMSW Therapist
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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.
Ikram Adawe, LMSW, CAADC Therapist
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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.
Windi Sterling, LMSW Therapist
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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.
Amanda Lorencz, LLMSW Crisis Counselor
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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 (TF-CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She utilizes a variety of techniques in her work with clients and wholeheartedly believes in the power of incorporating self-compassion.
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.
Stephanie Stanley, LMSW Therapist
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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.
Kelle Sajdak, LPC Therapist
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Master of Professional Counseling, Central Michigan University
Kelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Alma College while also playing for the Women’s Varsity Soccer Program. She then went on to acquire her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. Following graduate school, Kelle worked as an outpatient therapist in a community mental health agency in Northern Michigan. Kelle spent the last six years as a Counselor with MSU’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services providing support for students in crisis. Kelle continues to work on the side for a non-profit organization, where she takes young cancer survivors on backpacking and canoeing treks all over the country.
Kelle believes in a holistic approach to therapy which considers the whole person – mind, body, spirit, and emotions. She wants to provide you with a safe space where you can be yourself and learn to not only heal, but also grow into the person you were meant to be. Her approach can include empowerment, person-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based interventions.
Outside of work, you will find Kelle running, biking, back country camping, traveling the world, reading books in her hammock and spending as much time going on adventures with her pup Luci.
Kathleen Miller, JD Advocacy Supervisor
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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 is also the Campus Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator. She 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.
Kathryn Naber Volunteer Coordinator
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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!
Keshava A. Kirkland, JD Claimant Representative
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Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2019)
Keshava received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science: Prelaw from Michigan State University in 2016. She went on to receive her juris doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2019 and was sworn into the State Bar of Michigan December of 2019. Keshava is currently licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan. Keshava previously worked with youths surviving sexual, domestic and other violent trauma. Her passion is driven by her desire to help people as they navigate through hearing processes, by becoming well versed in law and policy and advocating on their behalf. Her interests particularly lie in social justice and gender equality. Keshava joined the Center for Survivors December 2019. She is honored to represent survivors through the university’s process.
Elaine M. Barr, JD Claimant Representative
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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.
Kimmins Southard, LLMSW Advocate
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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 the MSU Center for Survivors 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 the Center for Survivors Kimmins works with survivors to navigate sexual assault response systems and support survivors in obtaining supports, accommodations, and resources to promote healing, remove barriers, and promote success in academics, employment, and healing.
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.
Lauren Henfling, LMSW Advocate/Justice's Handler
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Master of Social Work, Michigan State University (2014)
Lauren is a licensed clinical social worker. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s 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.
April Dennis Office Supervisor/Mom of Justice
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
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