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.  

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.

Amy Bunn

Position: Graduate Peer Educator

 Program of Study: Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice

Amy is a graduate student at UCCS, and also completed her undergrad at UCCS as well, as a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Amy is the Graduate Associate Director at the Communication Center, and the President of the Students Against Violence Everywhere club. Originally from Monument, Colorado, and began college at the University of Northern Colorado. Once she transferred to UCCS she realized that she had been through many abusive relationships and experiences. After getting the necessary help, she began working for ROC and for those involved in abusive relationships. Amy's passions and research areas include interpersonal violence and mental illness/mental health. Amy hopes to one day work with those suffering from mental illness and work towards the eradication of the stigma surrounding it.

Ethan Wade

Position: 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 Senate Speaker Pro-Tem for the UCCS Student Government Association, 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.


Natalie Hamilton

Position: Intern

Program of Study: Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice

Natalie  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 mos.