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Our Staff

M.E. Kobes : Executive Director

M.E. Kobes

Executive Director

Webster University                                                                                                                                           Masters in Counseling

I work at BRCC because I truly believe that small community based non-profit organizations like ours has such a huge impact on the areas we serve.  Community based services is what helps residents acquire the assistance they need whether it is prevention/awareness, advocacy or support services.   It is my goal to provide a safe and compassionate environment where a survivor can work towards their road to recovery.  I also believe if we all work as a community together we can be the impact that eradicates all sexually violence.  A comprehensive change can happen as long as we work strategies together, change will come.



Leeann Hayslett : Director of Clinical Services

Leeann Hayslett

Director of Clinical Services

I work at BRCC because I love knowing that I get to be a part of an amazing team of people who are collectively building opportunities for prevention work, personal advocacy, and creating a safe place for survivors to navigate the challenges of healing.



Theresa Fitzpatrick-Barkley, MSSW, LCSW : Therapist

Theresa Fitzpatrick-Barkley, MSSW, LCSW

Therapist

I work at BRCC because I believe healing can happen and BRCC is a safe place where survivors are supported in their healing journeys.



Angela Gibbs-Scanlon, LCSW : Therapist

Angela Gibbs-Scanlon, LCSW

Therapist

MSW, University of Kentucky                                                                                                                   B.A. Psychology, Wichita State University

Why do you work at the BRCC? I work at BRCC in hopes of supporting survivor’s through their journey of healing and for the opportunity to speak, to anyone who listens, about sexual violence and what we all can do to eradicate sexual violence in our world.



Cindy Reed : Part-time Therapist

Cindy Reed

Part-time Therapist

LCSW, MSW, University of Kentucky

Why do you work at BRCC? I work at BRCC because I believe in the mission, I believe in our clients AND I am lucky to get to work with amazing, inspiring women dedicated to eradicating sexual violence and supporting survivors.



Jennifer Johnson : Director of Advocacy

Jennifer Johnson

Director of Advocacy

M.A. Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati
B.A. Government/French, Morehead State University

Why do you work at BRCC? I work at the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center because I believe in the power of our collective action to create a world where people can live free from violence and oppression. Why not work at an agency that gives you daily opportunities to be awed by the brilliance and resilience of people in your agency and your community?!



Leigh Koetsch : Group Coordinator

Leigh Koetsch

Group Coordinator

B.A. Psychology

Why do you work at the BRCC? I work here because it matters to me that people are getting hurt. I work here because you don’t have to be a victim of sexual violence to know that sexual violence is wrong and that it shouldn’t happen. I work here because I believe that we can end violence and transform our community.



Caitlin Bentley : Volunteer Coordinator

Caitlin Bentley

Volunteer Coordinator

LSW, University of Kentucky

Why do you work at the BRCC? Lisa Simpson was my hero and role model as a kid. It’s my goal to help folks affect positive change, and hopefully touch someone’s life. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

Caitlin.Bentley@bluegrassrapecrisis.org

Taryn Henning : Director of Community Engagement

Taryn Henning

Director of Community Engagement

Why do you work at the BRCC? Sexual violence and harassment is everyone’s issue, but it’s the youths who really have the power to change our culture around the acceptability of these things in our society.  So at BRCC, I work with young people, primarily middle school through college, to educate them on these issues and to help them see that not only is this violence not okay but that they also have the power to do something about it.  Being able to engage and empower young people is my passion, and to have the opportunity to do that around such an important issue is something I really enjoy.



Heather Darby : Director of Development

Heather Darby

Director of Development

MPA, University of Kentucky

B.A. Linguistics, University of Kentucky

Why do you work at the BRCC? My role here allows me to help align the needs of the Bluegrass, the services offered by BRCC, and support from the community. I love working with a group of people who are so dedicated to and passionate about serving our area.

heather.darby@bluegrassrapecrisis.org

Emily Watson : Director of Finance and Human Resources

Emily Watson

Director of Finance and Human Resources

Bachelor's of Business Administration, Eastern Kentucky University

Why do you work at the BRCC?  Working at the BRCC enables me to be a part of a team that is passionate about and committed to ending sexual violence. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to utilize my business skills to provide support to an organization that is transforming our community.



Emily McKenzie : Richmond Regional Coordinator & Crisis Counselor

Emily McKenzie

Richmond Regional Coordinator & Crisis Counselor

MSW, CSW, University of Kentucky

 



Alyssa McKenzie : Lexington Regional Coordinator and Crisis Counselor

Alyssa McKenzie

Lexington Regional Coordinator and Crisis Counselor

B.A. Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky, 2012                                                                   M.P.A University of Kentucky, 2015

I work at BRCC because it combines my love of the Lexington non-profit sector and social justice. I work at BRCC because I know that we can, as a community, effect change and shift our society’s perspective on sexual violence. I work at BRCC because hopefully, through this organization, people can find safety, healing, and hope.



Natalie O’Hara : Danville Regional Coordinator and Crisis Counselor

Natalie O’Hara

Danville Regional Coordinator and Crisis Counselor

Why do you work at BRCC?  I work at BRCC because I want to become an active member of change in a community I care deeply about.  I work at BRCC because as I was enrolled in college courses that taught me the statistics and the impact sexual violence had on our society, I met friends and family who had been affected by sexual violence at some point in their life.  I work at BRCC because 1 in 5 became more than just a number to me, 1 in 5 became a fellow student, a co- worker, and a family member.  I work at BRCC because I believe that by working together as a team to inspire positive change in our community we can eradicate sexual violence in Kentucky and beyond.



Chelsea Barger Clements : Georgetown Regional Coordinator & Crisis Counselor

Chelsea Barger Clements

Georgetown Regional Coordinator & Crisis Counselor

BA, International Studies, Centre College

Why do you work at BRCC? I work at BRCC because I love my community, and I believe genuinely in the power of a collaborative community. When we are all passionately engaged and invested in wellness and education, huge accomplishments can be made. Sexual violence is a problem in our society that we ALL have a part in preventing and changing. I am proud and honored to be able to do this work with an amazing group of people.



Alexandria Sehon : Administrative Coordinator

Alexandria Sehon

Administrative Coordinator

B.A. Anthropology & Geography, University of Kentucky

Why do you work at BRCC? I work at BRCC because I can’t imagine living in a world without the crucial services we provide. Community members must answer the call to listen to, believe, and advocate with survivors of sexual assault. Supporting the therapists, crisis counselors, and peer educators who work to lessen the impact of sexual violence in Kentucky is an honor.

alexandria.sehon@bluegrassrapecrisis.org

Jordon Tate : Prevention Coordinator

Jordon Tate

Prevention Coordinator

Why do you work at BRCC?  I work at BRCC, because it's important for me to be apart of an agency that makes a difference in the community that we serve. We all have a part in ending sexual violence, no matter how big or small a change may be.



Kellie McClure : Development and Marketing Coordinator

Kellie McClure

Development and Marketing Coordinator

Why do you work at the BRCC? I work at the BRCC because I know that community members can make meaningful impact when they are empowered to support and partner with organizations like ours. I believe that everyone has a responsibility to address sexual assault and violence and that everyone's voice is needed to make change. I'm proud to work for an organization that equips members of the Bluegrass with tools to prevent violence and create a safer Kentucky.

kellie.mcclure@bluegrassrapecrisis.org

Sarah B. Nolan, M.A., L.P.A. : Licensed Psychological Associate/ Regional Therapist

Sarah B. Nolan, M.A., L.P.A.

Licensed Psychological Associate/ Regional Therapist

Why do I work at BRCC? I work at BRCC because I want to empower survivors to learn how to live a prosperous life without interference from their traumatic experiences.