Board of Directors
In 2009, SAFER reorganized as a volunteer-run collective. Our Board of Directors is responsible for all aspects of organizational operations and programming, while also working full time or attending school. We value diversity, and strive to maintain a Board that represents the wide range of student experiences in order to better serve our college audience. For information on how to join SAFER's Board, please contact us.
Board of Directors
Anya Glowa-Kollisch joined SAFER's Board in 2013 as the Co-Development Coordinator. Anya earned her B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in Sociology, with a minor in Progressive American Social Movements. While in Hartford she worked with a number of local non-profit groups as a community organizer. Each group was dedicated to bringing the voice of the disenfranchised to those in power, though each had different policy goals, ranging from increased access to medical care for undocumented immigrants, to equalizing the racist and classist sentencing discrepancy between crack and powder cocaine. She taught at a university in Hangzhou, China for two years before returning home to be an organizer, trainer, and fundraiser for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), where she had the pleasure of working side-by-side with fellow board member, Sarah Moeller. She is currently an Aptitude Consultant at the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation, where she administers aptitude tests and provides educational and professional guidance. She loves to cook, and has a serious case of wanderlust.
Zoë Ginsburg is the Board-Development Coordinator, and joined SAFER's board in March 2012. She has worked in peer education programs for almost a decade, as a peer educator, a trainer, and in program management, and is excited to bring that experience to SAFER's anti-violence work. She received her B.A. from NYU, and wrote her senior thesis on the use of medicalized notions of deviance to substantiate the US prison system and sex offender registry. She has, at various times in life's twisty-windy road, also been involved in grassroots, consensus-based organizing with homeless folks, for comprehensive sexuality education, and for reproductive justice. Zoë is also a doula, chemistry dork, and organic gardener. She is in medical school, and has dreams of providing comprehensive, affordable, non-hierarchical health care.
Renée Heininger began working with SAFER as an intern in June 2009 and joined the Board in October 2009, where she currently serves as the Activist Resource Center (ARC) Coordinator. She currently works as an administrator at the University of Rochester. Renée graduated from New York University with her B.S. in Media, Culture and Communication in January 2010 where she spent her senior year writing an honors thesis on the intersections of street harassment and new media. While she misses NYC, Renée is back in her hometown of Rochester, NY, where she is in school for graphic design at Monroe Community College. She also serves as the Development Coordinator for Girls Rock! Rochester.
Jenise Jenkins, M.A., invested in the fight to end violence against women, joined SAFER's Board in October, 2009. In 2008 Jenise received her MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She dedicated her studies to researching the effects of intimate partner violence on college students. Jenise completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Fisk University. While a student at Fisk University, she helped to organize and lead the Clothesline Project in collaboration with Vanderbilt University's Women's Center. The Project successfully united college communities in Nashville to raise awareness of violence against women, in an effort to give a voice to survivors, victims, and victims loved ones. Currently, Jenise works as an advocate for victims of domestic violence at the NYC Family Justice Center in Brooklyn, and serves as SAFER's Treasurer.
Jessica Ladd MPH joined SAFER in February 2014 as the organization's Website Coordinator. Jessica is the Founder and Executive Director of Sexual Health Innovations, a non-profit dedicated to improving sexual health and wellbeing in the United States through human-centered design and technology. She has been honored as a Fearless Changemaker by the Case Foundation and as the Civic Hacker of the Year by Baltimore Innovation Week, and has been asked to speak at events such as TEDxMidAtlantic, Health 2.0, and TEDxUChicago. Jess has worked in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, as a Public Policy Associate at The AIDS Institute, and as a sexual health educator and researcher for a variety of organizations. Jess also founded the The Social Innovation Lab in Baltimore and a chapter of FemSex at Pomona College. She received her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins and her BA in Public Policy/Human Sexuality at Pomona College.
Megan McKendry, M.P.H., is SAFER's Policy and Research Coordinator. In this role, she oversees SAFER and V-Day's Campus Accountability Project (CAP) database and is developing a report about the state of college sexual assault policies across the U.S. Outside of SAFER, Megan designs, delivers, and evaluates sexual and relationship violence prevention programming at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Megan earned her Master of Public Health from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sarah Moeller joined SAFER’s Board in 2012 as Co-Development Coordinator. She serves as Events Manager at Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide for all loving and committed couples. Previously she worked at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) both on college campuses training and empowering students to implement local and state-wide campaigns on issues like campaign finance reform and environmental protection; and running field campaigns from Westchester through Suffolk County, New York. Sarah received a Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Women’s Studies from Towson University. She is also an avid reader, pop culture junkie, and craft beer enthusiast.
Marybeth Seitz-Brown joined the board in August 2014 as Communications Coordinator, and she is a product of SAFER's own activist training program as a teach-in participant in February 2014. She earned her BA in Linguistics from Columbia University, where she was an organizer with No Red Tape Columbia. Her passions include destigmatizing nonstandard language varieties, challenging punitive/retributive systems, and collectivizing healing. Marybeth currently works for the Roosevelt Institute and is transitioning into reimagining alumni activism against campus sexual violence. She enjoys running through New York's amazing parks, trying new recipes, and TV marathons.
Eliza Straim joined SAFER’s Board in September of 2013 and is the Trainings Co-Coordinator. She is dedicated to empowering students to end rape culture and sexual violence on America’s college campuses. In 2011, she received her B.A. in American Studies from Skidmore College. She devoted her honor’s thesis to researching and recommending policies regarding sexual assault on her own campus as well as a broader overview of college sexual assault policies nationwide. Eliza is the Social Media Specialist and Field Organizer at the ACLU of New Jersey and is currently fighting the good fight to bring marriage equality to the state of New Jersey. She also enjoys biking around Brooklyn and escaping the city to go on (short) adventures.
Jessica Torres joined the SAFER board in 2013 as a Trainings Co-Coordinator. After graduating from Williams College in 2012 with a B.A. in History, and concentration in Africana Studies, she moved back to NYC and is currently working at the Southern District of New York's United State's Attorney's Office. While at Williams, she started the Women of Color Resource Center which is a group devoted to creating safe spaces for challenging dialogues within the women of color community and beyond. During her senior year of college, she studied abroad in Tbilisi, Georgia and conducted independent research with local women's NGOs at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies. Jessica enjoys ambitious eating sessions, and wandering through her wonderful neighborhood of Astoria.
Tracey E. Vitchers joined SAFER’s Board in November of 2012 as Communications Coordinator. Tracey serves as the Director of Development and Operations for Sexual Health Innovations, a national sexual health and wellbeing nonprofit. Tracey is co-founder and former Project Director of The 9/12 Generation Project, a national youth service-learning initiative that empowers youth to transform disaster-affected communities through service projects. Tracey received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and English Literature from Williams College and holds a M.A. in Comparative Women’s Studies from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. While living in The Netherlands, Tracey interned with the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) and indulged in her love of traveling.