Meet the CARE team


Fatima Taylor, MAT, LCSW-C

Assistant Director


Celia Brickerd, LCSW-C

Trauma Therapist and Animal Assisted Therapy provider


LaVonne Whitehead, LGSW

Lead Educator

LaVonne Whitehead is currently the Lead Educator in the CARE to Stop Violence office. She has served in her capacity as a staff member since February 2015, but in previous years was connected to the office as an undergraduate student through the peer education program. In her current role she oversees the campus wide implementation of the Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program and instructs the CARE Peer Education team. LaVonne is a licensed mental health provider and passionate community educator specialized in areas of: primary prevention, sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and bystander intervention. LaVonne received her B.A. In Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. She is excited to see the growth and enhancement of services offered for survivors on campus and proud to be part of a team enhancing violence prevention and wellness education for Terps!


Christina Jay, LCPC

Lead Advocate

Christina Jay received her MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Baltimore and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked in various agencies providing therapy for survivors of relationship violence and sexual assault. As Assistant Coordinator and Lead Advocate with CARE, Christina offers emotional support to clients and works to identify both on campus to identify resources.


Katie O’Mailey, MSW, LGSW

CARE Therapist

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), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). 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.


Carly Cottone

Outreach Liaison

Carly Cottone joined the CARE to Stop Violence office in November 2016. Although she was new to the University, she immediately fell in love with Maryland and felt right at home. Carly pursued degrees in Social Work as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2015 with her MSW, specializing in Community Organizing and Social Administration and earning a certificate in Human Services Management. She draws on her experiences working in the government and non-profit sectors, including a State Representative's district office and a domestic violence organization. In those positions, Carly discovered her passion for connecting people to community resources and helping victims and survivors of violence. She is incredibly excited to be able to help connect students, faculty, and staff to needed services and is committed to promoting the health, safety, and well-being of every Terp!


Ian Tolino

Program Educator

Ian is a Program Educator in the CARE To Stop Violence office. Ian graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice. During his undergraduate career Ian served as peer educator and was dubbed " Consent Bro". He is enthusiastic about working for the office and continuing his passion for violence prevention education.


Rajan Parikh

Program Management Specialist

Rajan is a Program Management Specialist 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 is excited to be back at his Alma mater and continue to do violence prevention work.


Emily Biery, BS

Program Management Specialist

Emily Biery 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 excited to continue to work with the UMD community to promote invaluable resources and education. Go Terps!


Caitlin Weese




Jessica Pickens, MSW Intern

Catholic University


Peer Advocates 2017-2018

Thamyr Dupervil

Cairan George

Alaina Kahn

Nick Koven

Chika Okusogu

Harlie Pietrangelo


Peer Educators 2017-2018

Henrique Carvalho

Shannon Gleeson

Alexandra Johnson

Paige Leckie

Martina Madubuko

Danielle Molayem

Namitha Ramakrishna

Maiu Romano-Verthelyi

Emma Tabakin

Arielle Vertsman


Peer Outreach 2017-2018

Sacdia Hassah

Madison Jackson

Shreya Singh