Meet the CARE to Stop Violence Team

Below, you will find out a little bit more about each of our staff members.

Max Balagtas-Badoy

Assistant Coordinator for Outreach and Assessment (He/Him/His)

Max assists with the development and implementation of power-based violence prevention programming. Max received his B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Philosophy, and LGBT Studies Certificate from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate, Max served in several peer education roles relating to social justice and gained experience in program development through his internship with the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy. He is excited to continue serving his campus community as part of CARE's Prevention team!

Emily Biery, MSW, LMSW

Assistant Coordinator for Prevention and Response (She/Her/Hers)

Emily received her Bachelors of Science degree in Family Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. During her undergraduate career, Emily worked in the CARE office as a Peer Advocate, as well as volunteered with RAINN. She received her Masters in Social Work, with a clinical concentration, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In the office, Emily manages CARE social media accounts, creates and disseminates workshops, and assists in creating and implementing programming to reach all members of the UMD community. Additionally, Emily serves as an advocate and therapist for survivors. Emily works from a trauma-informed, strengths based perspective and enjoys utilizing somatic and cognitive based modalities.

Celia Brickerd, LCSW-C

Trauma Therapist and Animal Assisted Therapy Provider (She/Her/Hers)

Celia is a graduate of The Catholic University's National Catholic School of Social Service. She began her work with CARE as an advocate, and upon graduation began working as a long-term, trauma-focused clinician for CARE. Celia's post-graduate training includes certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Core Curriculum) from the Beck Institute of Philadelphia, Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) with the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and Animal Assisted Therapy from Harcum College.

Nate Burke

Assistant Director (He/Him)

As Assistant Director, Nate Burke oversees all functions of the CARE to Stop Violence office, including Clinical, Advocacy, Education, and Outreach. Nate also Chairs the University's Sexual Assault Prevention Committee. Prior to coming to the University, Nate served as the project manager for the United States Air Force's international implementation of sexual and domestic violence prevention curricula and worked for two local non-profit organizations on issues of power-based violence prevention in the Greater Washington area. Nate earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009, master's degree from Bowling Green State University in 2011, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park. Nate also served six years as a higher education professional, advising fraternities and sororities, student clubs and organizations, and student leadership initiatives. 

Maryam Elbalghiti-Williams, MSW, LCSW-C

Assistant Coordinator for Prevention & Response (She/Her/Hers)

Maryam serves the CARE office in multiple capacities by providing both direct clinical services to survivors as well as prevention education to the wider UMD community, including faculty, staff, and campus leadership. Maryam holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Arabic Studies and an MSW with a concentration in Public Health from The School of Social Work at Morgan State University. She brings extensive experience providing trauma-informed care in clinical settings to her work at the CARE office.  

As a clinical social worker specializing in working with trauma survivors from multicultural backgrounds, Maryam understands the nuances of intersectionality and identity. Maryam approaches the therapeutic relationship with an anti-oppression framework and aims to empower survivors to reclaim their autonomy and connect safely with themselves and others. As a prevention educator, Maryam highlights the ways in which multiple systems of oppression intersect to inform individual and community experiences of interpersonal violence. Maryam is excited to be back at her alma matter helping the university become a more safe, inclusive, and intentional community.

Grace Fansler Boudreau, MPH

Coordinator for Outreach & Assessment (She/Her/Hers)

Grace coordinates the outreach and assessment efforts of CARE to Stop Violence, as well as teaches and oversees the Outreach Peer program. She received her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland. During her time as a graduate student at UMD she interned in the CARE office, as well as served as a facilitator for the Ten Man Plan. Prior to returning to CARE she worked at the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault as the Prevention & Education Policy Advocate. Grace is a skilled trainer who has presented to a variety of audiences across Maryland on topics such as, sexual violence prevention and evaluation efforts, consent communication, and the intersection of alcohol and sexual violence. Grace is passionate about promoting wellness for college students, and as the Coordinator for Outreach and Assessment she will work hard to provide outreach and education to the UMD campus community. 

Christina Jay, LCPC

Coordinator for Advocacy and Therapy (She/Her/Hers)

Christina Jay received her BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Towson University and her MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Baltimore. Her education and desire to help others led her to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with the state of Maryland. With her LCPC credentials, Christina has worked with various agencies with differing populations providing therapy. However, she always had a strong passion for helping those impacted by sexual and relationship violence. As Assistant Coordinator and Lead Advocate with CARE, Christina operates from a Trauma-Informed approach to ensure a safe space for survivors in which to process their feelings, resources and reporting options. In addition to assisting clients, Christina also supervises the Peer Advocacy Program. This program trains selected students on topics such as crisis intervention, sexual and relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment. After being trained, and under the supervision of Christina, the Peer Advocates conduct sessions with clients to assist with their various needs. Christina enjoys helping survivors on their journey of healing as well as sharing knowledge and training students on issues of gender-based violence. She hopes to continue to make a positive impact on the campus community.   

Katie O’Mailey, MSW, LCSW-C, RYT

Therapist and Advocate (She/Her/Hers)

Katie O’Mailey is a CARE Therapist as well as a CARE Advocate who specializes in the strengths-based treatment of trauma. Katie offers inclusive and holistic treatment approaches based in resourcing, reframing and depathologizing. Katie is experienced in crisis intervention and individual empowerment and is practiced in countless therapeutic modalities including trauma-informed therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) work, among countless others. Katie received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A in Sociology from the University of Maryland, and her M.S.W. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Social Work. Katie believes that you are the expert on your life, and it is her goal to help you skillfully access your own inner wisdom through creative coping strategies and empowering processing techniques while holding a safe space and pacing the work as appropriate for each individual.

Alicia Ray, MPH

Assistant Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)

Alicia supports the Assistant Director in chairing the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee and evaluates prevention education efforts. She is excited to be a part of a team providing services to survivors and continuing violence prevention work in the UMD community.

Charlotte Sheffield

Assistant Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)

Charlotte assists in the development and facilitation of power-based violence prevention programming for the campus community. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Community Health and a Certificate of Women's Studies. Charlotte has previously served as an educator and advocate with DC Rape Crisis Center and the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She is excited to continue to engage with students, faculty, and staff in the Maryland community, while working to prevent power-based violence.

Rajan Parikh, MPS, MPH

Coordinator for Prevention Education (He/Him/His)

Rajan is the Coordinator for Prevention Education in the CARE To Stop Violence office. Rajan graduated from the University of Maryland during which he served as a peer in the office and as a Sexual Violence Prevention Intern in the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life. He has worked in developing power based violence prevention education in Montgomery County, MD high schools along with targeted male engagement presentations. As a coordinator in the office, Rajan works on developing and facilitating presentations, male programming addressing topics about engagement and toxic masculinity and is the instructor/supervisor to the Peer Education Program. He is excited to be back at his Alma mater and continue to do violence prevention work.

Laura Widener, M.Ed. 

Assistant Coordinator for Prevention Education (She/Her/Hers)

Laura assists with developing and facilitating presentations, as well as works with the Peer Educators, in her role with CARE. She graduated with a BA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Virginia and an MEd in Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate student and graduate student, she was involved with power-based violence prevention and bystander intervention efforts on both campuses and conducted research on sexual violence at institutions of higher education.