Our Staff

Becca Brown

Victim Advocate

Becca works with VT students, faculty, and staff who are primary and/or secondary victims of relationship violence, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, or any other type of gender-based violence.  She provides individual and group counseling and advocacy services for primary and secondary victims of gender based violence.  She also coordinates with university and community resources to ensure a coordinated community response to end gender based violence.

Becca earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. Prior to joining the Women’s Center, she served as a clinician and case manager in a variety of community settings. Becca is currently working towards professional counselor licensure.

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Lynne Jones

Office Manager

Lynne handles the business needs for the Women’s Center, which include reconciliations, wage payroll, ordering supplies and keeping track of the budget.  Lynne is responsible for the hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of 8-10 student receptionists.

Lynne manages the reservation of the center's conference room spaces. She ensures a welcoming environment for all visitors and supports the successful implementation of programs.

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Anna LoMascolo

Co-Director, Programming

Anna manages all aspects of the education and outreach programming for the Women's Center including program design, implementation, supervision, and assessment of our efforts aimed at advocacy and educating the university community about gender, women's issues, diversity, equity and social justice.  She also serves as a member of the Faculty Affairs Team in support of the efforts of the Executive Vice President and Provost.  Anna serves on the Board of Directors of The Virginia Network (part of the American Council on Education Women’s Network) and is one of Virginia Tech's Institutional Representatives to that organization.  Also as a member of the Network Board, she chairs the committee that plans and implements the Senior Leadership Seminar program.

Anna provides leadership to the Women's Center's programming team, which received the 2006-07 Alumni Association’s award for Excellence in Team Outreach, and leads the Virginia Tech Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program (WLMP), which received the 2015 American Council on Education's State Network Leadership Award.

Anna's demonstrated commitment to gender issues in higher education is evident in her career history, volunteerism, and research. She is also trained in crisis response.

She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech, her M.A. in Sociology from Humboldt State University (California), and her Ph.D. in Sociology with a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Virginia Tech.

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Jessie Meltsner

Special Projects Coordinator 

Jessie focuses on outreach and educational programming aimed at addressing gender equity. She works closely with students on volunteer teams such as AWARE (mentoring and group work with Middle School Girls) and Kid’s Night Out.  

Jessie has worked in reproductive health clinics, inpatient psychiatric settings and has done individual and couples counseling.  She also worked with the AmeriCorps program as a community organizer. Jessie has been interested and active in the women's health and reproductive rights movement since 1986.

Jessie received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration.

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Katelin Mey

Assistant Director, GBV Prevention

Katie coordinates outreach and education to members of the VT community on issues related to gender-based violence, including all forms of sexual and relationship violence, abuse, stalking, harassment, and cyber harassment. She works to promote awareness of these forms of violence and to engage students, faculty, and staff in ending all forms of gender based violence by aiding them in the development of the knowledge, skills, and courage to be active bystanders and positive members of their community. This work includes coordinating Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) at Virginia Tech, advising SAVES (Sexual Assault and Violence Education by Students), coordinating the Red Flag Campaign and White Ribbon Campaign on our campus, and providing guest lectures and presentations for classrooms, student organizations, and others on campus. Katie also has training in crisis intervention and experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and violence, and provides direct services to students, faculty, and staff.

Katie received her B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Miami University. She received her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.

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Jessica Prince

Associate Director, Advocacy Services

Jessica works with VT students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by gender-based violence (relationship violence, sexual assault, harassment, and/or stalking). She provides crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, education and accompaniment to law enforcement, court proceedings, and/or on-campus judicial hearings with primary and secondary victims.  

Jessica earned a doctorate in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech and received her Master’s and Educational Specialist degree in Counseling Psychology from James Madison University.  

Prior to joining the Women's Center, Jessica served as an Emergency and Assessment (ACCESS) Clinician with New River Valley Community Services.

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Christine Dennis Smith

Co-Director, Services

Christine directs the Women's Center's Counseling and Advocacy Program. She also oversees our outreach and educational efforts on issues related to violence against women.  Christine, along with other Women's Center staff, provides the following services to students, faculty, and staff who are victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and/or harassment: crisis intervention, short term counseling, advocacy, accompaniment to law enforcement, medical facilities, and judicial proceedings, and information and referral. Christine is also available to do educational presentations and trainings to student, faculty, and staff groups.

Christine partners with VT Helping Paws to offer Animal-Assisted Interventions at the Women's Center.   In other words, she brings Yogi, a pet therapy dog, to the Women's Center each week.

Christine joined the Women's Center is June of 2001. She has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.

Christine has a Master's in Social Work (M.S.W.) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W).

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Alicia Swiz

Program Coordinator

Alicia is a professor, performer and feminist thought leader committed to creating safe spaces for women’s issues to be amplified. Drawing from personal experience and academic training, Alicia inspires dialogue and critical thinking about gender roles through comedy, storytelling, and pop-culture metaphors. A Jersey girl by way of North Carolina, Alicia holds an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies from UNC-Greensboro and a BA in Sociology from UNC-Wilmington. Alicia is most recently from Chicago where she founded Feminist Happy Hour, a comedy showcase for women & femme and non binary performers, and is the innovator behind SlutTalk, an interdisciplinary project that raises awareness of slut shaming and encourages sex positivity through workshops, performances and social media. Her writing has been published by Esquire, Chicago Reader, Daily Dot, and Role Reboot

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Traci Terry

Gender-based Violence Advocacy Coordinator

Traci works with students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by gender-based violence including sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, stalking, sexual violence, and domestic violence. Traci provides advocacy services and short-term counseling to both primary and secondary survivors. She also provides education about and accompaniment to law enforcement, court proceedings, and/or on-campus GBV conduct hearings with primary and secondary victims.

Traci has a M.S. in Counseling and Human Development and is a licensed professional counselor. She has experience working with individuals of all ages. Before coming to the Women’s Center at VT, Traci worked at New River Valley Community Services in a number of different roles and also served as a children’s counselor at the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley.

Traci is a SWVA native with an interest in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy as well as other experiential and expressive types of trauma-informed support services.

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Dr. Yogi

Therapy Dog

Therapy dog at the Women's Center

Photo of Women's Center staff member petting yellow dog