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Dr. Catherine (Katie) Kaukinen
ROC Program Director
Principal Investigator

Dr. Catherine (Katie) Kaukinen currently holds a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) that has worked to establish a Violence Education and Prevention Program on the UCCS campus.  This grant funds the activities of ROC.

Katie is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is the Director of Academic Programs in Criminal Justice. Catherine received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2001 from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, risk and protective factors for violent victimization, and the relationship between family structure and adolescent development. She is currently conducting a National Institute of Justice sponsored project examining the effect of intensive enforcement of no-contact orders in cases of misdemeanor criminal domestic violence on victim well-being and offender recidivism. Her research has appeared in Criminology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence and Victims, and Health and Social Care in the Community, among other outlets.  
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Carrie Finkill, LPC, NCC
Violence Education and Victim Services Coordinator

Carrie holds master's degrees in both Professional Counseling and School Counseling, as well as a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is a licensed counselor and licensed school counselor with years of experience with individuals, couples, families, and children. Carrie was the OVW Campus Grant Coordinator for Pikes Peak Community College before becoming the Violence Education and Victim Services Coordinator at UCCS.

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Ethan Wade
Peer Educator

Program of Study: Bachelors of Arts in Women's & Ethnic Studies as well as Organizational & Strategic Communication

Ethan is a sophomore at UCCS, and this is his second year working as a Peer Educator at ROC. Ethan is the Vice-President of the Students Against Violence Everywhere Club, the Secretary for SPECTRUM (LGBTQIA and ally club), and volunteers for the Human Rights Campaign. After finishing his undergraduate work, Ethan plans to attend graduate school for either Women's/Gender Studies or Sexuality Studies. Ethan ultimately hopes to work in the non-profit realm for LGBTQIA related causes, or to become a college professor and teach about gender and sexuality.

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Natalie Hamilton

Program of Study: Bachelors of Arts in Criminal JusticeNatalie  Hamilton is a senior at UCCS and is interning at ROC.  For several years Natalie worked with the Army as a Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader, along with retail and customer relations work.  Natalie relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado from El Paso, Texas in 2011 to pursue her undergraduate study and contribute to her husband's unit on Fort Carson as an FRG Leader and Family Adviser.  She has one son, along with two stepsons, Jahsiiyah 10, Andres 8 and Micah 19 months. 

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Deidre Fudge

Program of Study: Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice

Deidre is a Senior at UCCS and is Interning at ROC. Deidre is a member of the Students Against Violence Everywhere club and is an avid worker on Campus. After she Graduates she plans to go to Law School to help give a voice to those who don't have one. This is her first year as an intern and she hopes to make a difference on Campus through her work with ROC.