Meet the CARE to Stop Violence Team

CARE to Stop Violence Advocates 2018


Advocacy and Clinical

Advocates see clients and conduct sessions. 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 undergrad and graduate 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.


Fatima Taylor, MAT, LCSW-C
Assistant Director, Clinical Services

Fatima is a licensed clinical social worker working as the director for Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence at the University of Maryland College Park.  Fatima began as a grants manager in CARE and through her experience has doubled the office in staff, student programming and funding. She also worked to secure their first corporate sponsor, IKEA.  Fatima is not new to the field of sexual and relationship violence; she started her work in this area during her undergraduate career at the University of Michigan. Fatima has worked in several agency roles and settings including the first Family Justice Center in Harford County working with victims-survivors in crisis and after seeking a protective order.  Fatima is also a national trainer for the Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program created and spearheaded as a national effort by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. Fatima has worked as an adjunct faculty member at several community colleges across the state in addition to presenting at several statewide trainings and conferences. Fatima holds a Master's degree in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland.

Julia Strange, MSW
Assistant Director, Prevention

Julia manages CARE’s prevention programming, including education and outreach. She brings with her over 14 years of direct service, project management, policy, training, and outreach experience with issues of power-based violence. Julia has previously worked with the U.S. Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), the Brookings Institution, The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Peace Corps, and Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.

Christina Jay, LCPC
Lead Advocate

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, LGSW
CARE 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.

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

Education and Outreach

The CARE Outreach Team’s mission, membership, and scope grew significantly during the 2017-2018 school year. The Outreach Team consists of a mix of students and staff members who are responsible for spreading awareness across campus about CARE’s advocacy, therapy, and education services, as well as conducting outreach to traditionally underserved communities on campus.


Carly Cottone, LMSW
Outreach Coordinator (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!

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.

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.

Charlotte Sheffield
Program Management Specialist

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.

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!

Assistant Coordinator

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.