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.

She 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.  

Carrie Baatz (Horner)

Position: Education Specialist

Background: I graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Psychology.

Career Goals: I know I want to serve people living under oppression in some capacity.

Why you chose ROC: I have the privilege of helping people who have been abused and empowering them to reach a healthier life. It doesn’t get better than that.

Favorite Quote:

My life verse:

“…but seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8

Laurie Buchanan

Position: Graduate Violence Prevention Educator

Background: I received my Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and am currently a graduate student in Criminal Justice.

Career Goals: My future goals are to go on to complete a PhD in criminology and become a professor.

Why you chose ROC: The reason I wanted to work with Respect on Campus is that the program is aimed at preventing students from being in abusive relationships by educating them on what is healthy/unhealthy in a relationship and breaking down the myths surrounding intimate partner violence.  The program can also serve as an intervention tool for students who may already be in an abusive relationship, but may not recognize it as such

Favorite Quote:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Ashley Coffey

Position: Peer Educator

Major: Sociology and Communication Leadership with a minor in Criminal Justice

Career Goals: I hope to be a therapist or do social work. I would like to work with TESSA or Planned Parenthood.

Why you chose ROC: I wanted to work with ROC because this cause is close to my heart and being a domestic violence survivor myself.

Favorite Quote: “Never regret. If it’s good it’s great, if it’s bad it’s experience.”


Donald Apelo

Position: Peer Educator

I am a senior at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where I major in Criminal Justice and minor in Military Science.  I am from San Antonio Texas and was in the U.S. Army for about ten years; that is essentially what led me to this job as a peer educator. The reason that I chose Respect on Campus is because of the passion that I have for preventing and stopping relationship violence and everything that encompasses it. The goals that I have in life are quite extensive but range from being an Army helicopter Pilot to working for the FBI (one day). My favorite quote is definitely in the Bible from Psalm 144:1 which says “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.”

Jasmine Caldwell

Major: Psychology

Career Goals: To become a successful therapist and ultimately become an entreprenuer.

Why I chose ROC: The topics that we engage in here at ROC are so imperative not only to our campus, but to our community. I wanted to join this team because I desire to continually contribute to the cause of educating others about sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, especially because these topics are so taboo! Far too often have I seen men and women experience cases of these types of violence without knowledge of coping and dealing with them. The majority of the time, people are not aware that aspects of violence they have encountered or seen others experience is unhealthy; it is exceedingly rewarding and necessary for me to educate others about unhealthy and violent behaviors, how to recognize them, and what to do about them!

Favorite Quote: from the movie, The Notebook, "The best love is the kind that awakens the
soul and makes us reach for more and plants a fire in our hearts and
brings peace to our minds; that's what you've given me, and that's what
I'd hope to give to you forever."