Archive for August 2014

Thank You to Our 2014 Summer Interns!

Elise Berrier is a rising senior at UNC-Chapel Hill double majoring in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. This summer, Elise served as the Domestic Violence Community Education Intern. She is working on rewriting a media literacy program for middle school students and updating the Start Strong curriculum.​ Elise has volunteered with Compass Center since the fall of 2013 as a Start Strong facilitator.  She was given this initial opportunity through an APPLES internship placement in Bob Pleasants’ Women’s Studies class: Leadership in Violence Prevention for Peer Educators. Elise was drawn to Compass Center through their involvement in the community as a resource for individuals experiencing domestic violence, as well as a resource for empowering and educating adolescents on how to actively prevent and address domestic violence.

Caline Hou received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Psychology from UNC in December 2012.  Caline started at UNC Law in August 2013 and just finished up her first year. During undergrad, Caline became interested in family law, and specifically, domestic violence law.  She started volunteering as a domestic violence hotline advocate for the Family Violence Prevention Center and realized that many clients she spoke to were in dire need of legal assistance, but were unable to obtain lawyers for financial reasons.  When FVPC merged with the Women’s Center to become Compass Center, Caline learned more about the different legal services that Compass Center offered and became interested in providing legal assistance to clients. This summer, Caline assisted Sally with coordinating Legal Information Services appointments, and meeting with clients who have Community Legal Project appointments.

Abigail Howard graduated from Duke in 2011 and has since worked at various nonprofits in the area. She currently teaches yoga in Durham and is a graduate student at NC State, pursuing a Masters in Counseling. Abigail joined us this summer as the information and referral intern, assisting clients, and updating our referral information.

Bridget McEnaney received her undergraduate degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009 and is currently enrolled in graduate programs in substance abuse counseling and trauma counseling at ECU. Bridget began volunteering as an advocate with Compass Center in 2013 and is particularly interested in the intersection of interpersonal violence/trauma and substance abuse/mental health. Bridget also recently joined the staff at a domestic violence shelter in a neighboring county providing emotional and logistical support for residents who have recently fled abusive relationships. This summer, Bridget worked on updating the Compass Center advocate training materials on substance abuse and sexual violence, as well as creating a new comprehensive resource manual that will be accessible through the Compass Center website.

Abigail Owens is a rising senior at UNC, majoring in Sociology and double minoring in Social and Economic Justice and Public Policy. Prior to obtaining an Associates in Art degree and transferring to UNC, Abigail attended Davidson County Community College, while working as the office assistant at WBFJ-FM, a nonprofit Christian radio station. Abigail also served as the Student Government Association President and a Board of Trustees member. Abigail has always loved helping others in any way that she can, whether it be by raising awareness, fundraising, doing advocacy work, providing a helping hand, or simply by being present and willing to listen. She was drawn to Compass Center because of her own personal experience with domestic violence and the desire to help provide others of similar circumstances with the support and resources that they need in their time of crisis.

Natalie Scott is a rising sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill and is considering business or communications as a major. During the 2013-2014 school year, Natalie worked at the UNC School of Medicine HR Office,  consolidating, pulling, and filing records. She also worked at the front desk answering calls and helping whoever walked in. Natalie assisted clients with their needs over the phone and as the walk into the center by providing information about Compass Center programs or referring clients to other organizations. Natalie also be entered data such as evaluations and client information into an online system.

Morgan Zaccardo is a junior undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Global Studies (International Politics and an area focus in Latin America) and Journalism. Morgan is currently involved in UNC’s APPLES Service Learning program. She was originally drawn to women’s rights when she learned more about human trafficking and became very passionate about the issue. As an intern, Morgan works as an assistant to our Director of Court Advocacy. Morgan attends court with Kati and serves as an assistant to  advocate and support clients, as well as do outreach work for clients that may not know about Compass Center’s services. Morgan also does crisis counseling in the office and on the hotline.

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