Interim Assistant Director & Survivor Advocate
Stephanie (Steph) Foran is a Survivor Advocate at CARE. She is a nationally credentialed Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). She received her BA in Political Science from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and her Global MA in International Relations through Webster University’s global campuses. While researching for her master's thesis, Foran developed a passion for combating gender-based violence and rape culture from an international perspective. Her areas of expertise include digital interpersonal violence, media literacy, and addressing gender-based violence as a human rights issue. At the CARE office, she coordinates the CARE Healing Fund, which helps survivors of violence access therapy services both on and off-campus.
Alayna Colburn received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2014 and a Master of Arts in Sociology in 2016. She recently earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in November of 2020. She specializes in criminology and has taught classes on sociology, the criminal justice system, family violence, and policing. She also volunteers her time in the Manhattan community by serving as a member of the Fair and Impartial Policing working group which is a partnership between selected citizens of Riley County and members of the Riley County Police Department. Alayna is excited to utilize her academic expertise to assist survivors through serving as a Survivor Advocate in the CARE office.
Survivor Intake Specialist
Lori Cruz has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a focus on trauma. They are currently working towards a Master’s degree in Adult Learning and Leadership with a certificate in Social Justice Education. They value community involvement and are active in Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice (MAPJ) group: The Coalition for Equal Justice (CEJ), and Flint Hills Human Rights Project (FHHRP). They believe that education is a primary means of dismantling inequitable systems which perpetuate power-based violence. They are passionate about building safe communities where survivors of violence receive trauma-informed support.
Sexual & Relationship Violence Prevention Specialist
Jessica Henault earned her B.S. in Cultural Anthropology from Washburn University focusing her research on the ways globalization influences and impacts gender and sexuality identity development. She holds a M.S. in Counseling and Student Affairs and a Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising, both earned at Kansas State University. Finally, She is a nationally credentialed Victim Advocate. Along with serving as the Prevention Specialist, she works as an Instructor within the Staley School of Leadership Studies at K-State. Jessica is a published author and researcher, focusing on college student identity development and empathetic leadership.
Julia Hagen earned her B.S. in Sociology and Gender & Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2020. In her senior year, Julia deveoped a research project analyzing college students' pornography usage and sexual interests, which was awarded an Undergraduate Research Award at the 2020 UW Systems Women's and Gender Studies Consortium. While at UW-Madison, Julia worked for the Center for Leadership and Involvement as a Fraternity & Sorority Life Social Justice Peer Facilitator, where she developed and facilitated programs for Greek organizations about various social justice topics. Julia is currently at Kansas State University pursuing a Master's Degree in Couple and Family Therapy and is interested in focusing on clinical sex therapy with an emphasis on intimacy, pleasure, and sex education. Julia is also a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and is currently working towards certification as a childbirth educator and birth/postpartum doula.