Meet the CARE to Stop Violence Team

CARE to Stop Violence Peers 2018-2019


Advocacy and Clinical

Advocates conduct face to face confidential sessions during which clients receive emotional support, information on reporting options (criminal justice and university) and on and off campus resources. In addition to face to face contact with clients, Advocates manage a 24 hours crisis cell phone during the fall and spring semesters, allowing victims to reach Advocates after hours.

The CARE Peer Advocacy Program is a highly competitive and selective program in which 5-6 undergraduate students are selected to meet with clients and address their needs, under the supervision of the Lead Advocate.

Peer Advocates undergo an intensive 40-hour crisis intervention training in preparation for interacting with clients. The students must also participate in a concurrent two-semester course, taught by the Lead Advocate.

The Peer Advocates are also tasked with planning and implementing Take Back the Night (TBTN). The event creates community among University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff increasing knowledge of the dynamics surrounding sexual violence.

Christina Jay, LCPC
Lead Advocate and Interim Assistant Director, Clinical Services

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.   

Celia Brickerd, LCSW-C
Trauma Therapist and Animal Assisted Therapy Provider
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.

Katie O’Mailey, MSW, LGSW
Therapist and Advocate

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.

Linda Siegel, LMSW, MPhil

Linda Siegel has been a social worker and educator for more than twenty five years, having obtained a Masters in Social Work and Philosophy. She has had many opportunities to work with college students on a formal and informal basis. Linda operates from a trauma-Informed approach to ensure a safe space for survivors in which to process their feelings, resources and reporting options. Linda is experienced in dialectical behavioral therapy which aims to help students develop healthy skills for managing difficult feelings and offering new ways in which to think about them. She also uses a strength based approach to aid students in accessing their capacity to be resilient and courageous in the face of traumatic life experiences. Linda is driven to advocacy work to help students who have been impacted by sexual and relationship violence to attain proper resources and support for healing.

Education and Outreach

Carly Cottone, LMSW
Outreach Coordinator and Interim Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Carly  joined the CARE to Stop Violence office as CARE’s Outreach Coordinator in November 2016. Carly received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015, specializing in Community Organizing and Social Administration and earning a certificate in Human Services Management, and worked in the government and non-profit sectors before joining the CARE office. Carly is incredibly excited to be able to help connect students, faculty, and staff to information and resources and is dedicated to promoting the health, happiness, and well-being of everyone at UMD!

Alicia Ray, B.S
Assistant Coordinator

Alicia supports the Assistant Director of Prevention in chairing the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee and will evaluate 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
Program Management Specialist (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.

Emily Biery
Program Management Specialist (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 is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work, with a clinical concentration, and a Behavioral Health specialization. As a Programmer 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.

Max Balagtas-Badoy
Program Management Specialist (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!

Rajan Parikh
Prevention Education Coordinator (He/Him/His)

Rajan is the Prevention Education Coordinator 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.