Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, Director 303-735-2323
Jessica joined the Office of Victim Assistance in October 2007. She was promoted to the Director of the department in January 2012. Jessica is familiar with the University of Colorado Boulder as she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology here. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix. While working on her master’s degree she interned as a counselor at Access Counseling, a non-profit counseling center in Boulder. Jessica has worked as a contract therapist at MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault), Boulder's rape crisis center, doing individual therapy and primary and secondary survivor groups. Before that she was MESA's Client Services Coordinator, as well as a counselor and supervisor on MESA's 24-hour hotline. Jessica was a part of the victim advocates for the Boulder Sheriff’s Office for seven years as well. In the Spring of 2014 Jessica was a negotiator for the Department of Education's Federal Rulemaking Committee helping inform new regulations based on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Jessica has a background in a variety of trauma informed therapeutic modalities including, but not limited to, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy . She also has presented locally and nationally on a variety of trauma informed practices. Her career has always focused on crisis and trauma work and she continues to bring her skills of integrated therapy, advocacy, and presenting to support the CU community.
Sarah Williams, LCSW, Assistant Director 303-735-4866
Sarah joined the Office of Victim Assistance in April 2012. She was promoted to Assistant Director in September 2014. She received her BA from Tulane University majoring in sociology and women’s studies. She went on to obtain a masters in social work from Smith College School for Social Work. Both at Tulane and Smith College School for Social Work, Sarah was a leader in providing education and awareness to her peers on sexual assault, intimate partner abuse, and stalking. She has experience providing clinical case management, crisis intervention, and individual and group therapy working with diverse populations in a range of settings including residential foster care, outpatient mental health centers, and universities. Sarah has a background in a variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She is committed to assisting people who have been impacted by trauma on their road to healing through advocacy, counseling, and empowerment.
Tanya Kearns, LPC, RYT, Victim Advocate Counselor 303-492-2235
Tanya joined the Office of Victim Assistance in November 2014. Originally from the mid-west, Tanya graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wartburg College in Iowa where she studied Psychology, Spirituality, and Youth and Family Counseling. After moving to Denver and working as a care manager to women reentering the community from prison/jail, she went on to get her Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University Graduate School of Psychology. Tanya has experience working within a social justice and anti-oppression framework including serving as a therapist and advocate to survivors of sexual assault with The Blue Bench, Denver's Rape Crisis Center, as well as The Empowerment Program, where she provided trauma therapy to people in the Denver County Jail struggling with the impacts of trauma, addiction, and mental health issues. She also lectures on university campuses and throughout the Denver/Boulder community. Tanya encourages holism using an eclectic range of modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Somatic Experiencing, Gestalt techniques, and Existential Psychotherapy. As a yoga teacher, Tanya utilizes mindfulness and yoga practices as tools for healing. Her therapeutic philosophy is greatly informed by understanding power, privilege, and oppression. She emphasizes the mind-body connection, harm reduction and empowerment based models and is committed to health, healing, and justice. Please note Tanya is not in the office in the summers.
Vasudha Daver, MA, Victim Advocate Counselor 303-492-5951
Vasudha joined the Office of Victim Assistance in July 2015. She earned her BA from California State University – Northridge (CSUN) majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. During her time at CSUN, she was a leader in providing peer education regarding mental health to the campus community through groups such as the CSUN crisis helpline, the Blues Project (Depression and Suicide), and J.A.D.E (Joint advocates for disordered eating). Vasudha continued on to receive her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University’s Graduate School of Psychology. As an Intern, she worked at the Asian Pacific Development Center in Aurora, CO providing counseling and group facilitation to the refugee community. Upon graduating from Naropa, she has worked at the Mental Health Center of Denver, Youth Villages-a program in Boston that works with families, and Mental Health Partners of Boulder County providing individual counseling, family therapy, and psychological assessments. Through her extensive work experience, Vasudha has found a passion in providing trauma informed modalities to diverse populations. She believes in holistic counseling which encompasses a wide range of modalities but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Mindfulness. Vasudha is dedicated to supporting individuals affected by trauma and providing culturally relevant counseling. Vasudha is bi-lingual in Hindi and English.
Partners on Gender Violence Prevention and Education - for questions and presentations on gender violence prevention, please contact:
Teresa Wroe, Director of Education and Prevention/Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC), 303-735-7518. Teresa Wroe has been at CU Boulder since 2004 and has worked in violence prevention for over 20 years. She has specialized expertise in prevention education and violence prevention. Teresa develops programs to address discrimination and harassment on campus including gender-based violence and bystander intervention education.
Community Health is the public health division of Wardenburg Health Center. Their program aims to foster a community that promotes students’ health and well-being. Community Health professional and student staff offer programs on sexual health, healthy relationships, and harm reduction related to alcohol and drug use. Community Health is located in the UMC, University Memorial Center, fourth floor, room 411, 303-492-2937.http://www.colorado.edu/health/health-education/community-health
Portions of this project were supported by grant #2004-WA-AX-0005 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, Office of Justice Programs, US Dept of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) Non-discrimination Statement
The Office of Victim Assistance values diversity and inclusion. We support students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The Office of Victim Assistance shall maintain and promote a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status. We acknowledge that culturally relevant trauma services is an ongoing process of learning that begins by looking within ourselves and honoring basic human rights. As individuals and as an agency, we are committed to responding effectively to social-cultural diversity.