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Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA) Contact List

Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARAs) are trained to respond to and support survivors of gender-based violence. SARAs are confidential and can consult with friends and employees as well. To get in touch with a SARA, contact one of the SARAs listed below directly via email or phone. If you are contacting a SARA who is an Area Director, indicate to them that you want to speak to them as a SARA.  


Melissa Osmond (she/her/hers)
Associate Director for Health Promotion
SARA Coordinator
(w) 503-768-7112

Melissa has been at Lewis & Clark since 2004, serving as a SARA and coordinating the program since 2005. She has a master’s degree in Public Health, with a focus on international and women’s health. Melissa serves on several state and local committees that address gender-based violence prevention and response.

Kimberly Brodkin (she/her/hers)
Associate Professor with Term of Humanities,
College of Arts and Sciences
(w) 503-768-7678, (c) 503-853-3266

Kim has been at Lewis & Clark since 2002, teaching introductory and advanced courses in Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, and the Core program. Kim holds a Ph.D. in U.S. and Women’s/Gender History, though she loves dedicating her teaching energies to interdisciplinary courses that draw upon multiple fields of inquiry. Kim also serves as faculty director of the Gender Studies Symposium and Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, in addition to supporting students in their work with the Feminist Student Union, Disabled Students Union, and Synergia: Journal of Gender Thought and Expression. Away from campus, Kim keeps busy with her partner and two children.

Helen DeVol (she/her/hers)
Benefits Analyst
Human Resources
(w) 503-768-6234

Helen has lived on SW Palatine Hill Road for 14 years and worked in the Human Resources department at Lewis & Clark College since 2015. She grew up in New England and moved to Portland to attend the Oregon College of Art and Craft for her BFA. Helen is a backpacker, mother of three teenagers, and can frequently be found snuggling dogs and reading books.

Rachael Evans (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
(w) 503-768-7928, (c) 503-750-4682

Rachael has been at Lewis & Clark College since February 2017, working with students and alumni in their philanthropy as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving. She holds degrees in Liberal Studies and in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with a focus on intersectionality and advocacy. Prior to this, she studied experimental music and composition. She is also passionate about food accessibility and holistic health and wellness.

Dominique Gardner (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement
Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars
(w) 503-768-7178

Dominique has been at Lewis & Clark College since 2014 where she started as an Area Director of Campus Living. She received her B.S. in Animal Reproduction and Development from Oregon State University and her M.A. in College Student Affairs Administration from University of West Florida. Dominique has served as a SARA for four years and has seven years experience in first responder crisis response. Her office is located on the 3rd floor of Templeton, straight up the spiral staircase. She welcomes visitors, and always has coffee going as well as a full candy bowl.

Emily Gibbs (she/her/hers)
Graduate Assistant for Health Promotion
(c) 206-265-3112

Emily has been at Lewis & Clark since 2017, as both a graduate student in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program and as a Graduate Assistant for Health Promotion. She has served as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking since 2015. Prior to moving to Oregon, Emily worked as a Direct Service Advocate on the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities campus, where she responded to hospital calls, provided advocacy during reporting, and provided academic advocacy. Emily is passionate about empowering the voices of survivors and assisting concerned friends in how to best support them.

Scott Lege (he/him/his)
Associate Director, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing
(w) 503-768-7843

Scott has been at Lewis & Clark since 2014, working in Facilities Services to ensure that all building systems are maintained properly and running efficiently. He has an A.A.S. in Human Resources and Aircraft Maintenance. Scott is a veteran with 12 years active duty and 13 years reserve time, and he worked mostly in the electronics industry before coming to Lewis & Clark.

Frances Lessman (she/her/hers)
Administrative Coordinator for Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education and Counseling
(w) 503-768-6142

Frances has been at Lewis & Clark since 2017 working in the Educational Leadership department at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She is also a student in the Student Affairs Administration program and earned a B.A. in International Relations at UC Davis. Prior to moving to Oregon, she volunteered at WEAVE, an organization providing crisis intervention for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, in Sacramento, CA.

Rafe McCullough (he/him/his)
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Education & Counseling
(w) 503-768-6144, (c) 206-898-9421

Rafe has been at Lewis & Clark since 2016, teaching in the Graduate School for Education & Counseling. He has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Practice. His teaching and research interests center on advocacy, multicultural and social justice, and LGBTQ issues in counseling - especially transgender concerns. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, he served as a clinical mental health counselor in a college counseling center and as a professional school counselor.

Rajesh K. Reddy (he/him/his)
Visiting Professor and Interim Director,
Animal Law LL.M. Program
(w) 503-768-6895, (c) 510-457-1725

A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Raj teaches courses in animal law and directs the Animal Law LL.M. program at the Center for Animal Law Studies. Raj began serving as a SARA in Fall 2018. In addition to his J.D., Raj holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He currently sits on the boards of Minding Animals International, the Animal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, and Encompass, which strives to raise awareness about the experiences of and to advocate for people of color in the farmed animal advocacy arena.

Amanda Sarantis (she/her/hers)
Area Director of Holmes, Hartzfeld, and the Apartments
Campus Living
(w) 503-768-8091

Amanda has been at Lewis & Clark since 2015. She was a graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration program and is currently a Campus Living Area Director. Prior to her time at Lewis & Clark, Amanda studied Sociology at the University of Oregon. While at the University of Oregon, Amanda was in a sorority whose philanthropic foundation supports survivors of domestic violence and provides educational programs to local communities. With this focus, Amanda worked closely with Womanspace, a shelter in Eugene that provides a safe space for women and their children to stay after experiencing domestic violence. As an Area Director, Amanda has two years experience in first responder crisis response. In her time spent off the hill, Amanda loves taking her chocolate lab, Quinn, to the dog park and sampling the food scene Portland has to offer.

Sam Scott (they/them/theirs)
IT Support Specialist
Law School
(w) 503-768-6691

Sam has been at Lewis & Clark for since 2015, serving students, faculty and staff in the capacity of IT support. While they occupy a technical role at the Law School, their undergraduate degree was in Social Sciences, with a focus on Sociology and Psychology. They spend their off-campus time as a community and labor organizer and activist, working with a network of local street medics, the Portland branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, and the IWW’s General Defense Committee. Much of their work in the GDC has been centered around survivor support and support for marginalized people. They are also certified as a Mental Health First Aid Responder. 

Laura Shier (she/her/hers)
Academic English Studies
(w) 503-768-7319

Laura has been at Lewis & Clark since 2014, serving as the director for the Academic English Studies Department. She has 30 years of experience as an instructor and program administrator, working with international and non-native speakers of English in higher education settings in the U.S. and abroad. She uses her intercultural knowledge and communication skills to help students understand and navigate American culture both on and off campus. She served on Lewis & Clark’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion for 4 years. She also has volunteered at public schools in college advising and served as a board member for a public state charter school.