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.
Please note that SARA availability varies according to the academic calendar. SARAs may be on sabbatical, away at conferences, on vacation during breaks, or otherwise unavailable. Individual SARA availability is noted with their contact information. For specific dates, please contact the SARA you’d like to speak to directly. See the key below for clarification:
Available = on campus or otherwise available with some exceptions
Partially Available = available for parts of the term, away for others
Unavailable = not available for the current term
Melissa Osmond (she/her/hers), Available
Associate Director for Health Promotion
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. Prior to coming to Lewis & Clark, Melissa worked in Haiti promoting women’s health; as an outdoor professional with various youth conservation corps and wilderness therapy programs; and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. Outside of L&C, she enjoys the outdoors, her backyard, and planning the next international travel adventure.
Kimberly Brodkin (she/her/hers), Available
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.
Dominique Gardner (she/her/hers), Available
Assistant Director, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement
Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars
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), Available
Graduate Assistant for Health Promotion
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.
Frances Lessman (she/her/hers), Available
Administrative Coordinator for Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education and Counseling
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), Unavailable
Graduate School of Education & Counseling
(w) 503-768-6144, (c) 503-208-5311
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), Available
Visiting Professor and Interim Director,
Animal Law LL.M. Program
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), Available
Area Director of Holmes, Hartzfeld, and the Apartments
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.
Laura Shier (she/her/hers), Available
Academic English Studies
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.
Jessica Carron (she/her/hers), Available
Area Director of Stewart, Odell & Akin Halls
Jess has been at Lewis & Clark since Fall 2018. She is originally from Germantown, Illinois, which is a small, rural town approximately 30 minutes outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to her time at Lewis & Clark, Jess studied History & Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising at Southern Illinois University, and then she went onto receive a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Jess became passionate about interpersonal violence after doing volunteer work at a Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Illinois, and while pursuing a Master’s degree, Jess focused her thesis on Title IX training practices for staff and faculty on campus. Now, as a housing professional, Jess has six years of experience in first responder crisis response. In her free time, Jess loves playing with her two cats, Nox and Ollivander, reading tarot cards, playing DnD, and exploring Portland.