Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner

Development Director

  • Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety and healthy relationships and the first woman in the US to speak out nationally and publicly as the victim of campus “date” rape at age 18.
  • Appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine on June 3, 1991.
  • Featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and over 200 other national television programs.
  • Subject of an HBO movie.
  • Has lectured at over 5000 schools and organizations in North America and around the world. Her audiences have included the incoming classes at MIT, Brown University, West Point, the US Naval Academy, Amherst College, Williams College, the top 200 officers of the Department of Defense, and the American Association of School Administrators.
  • Katie is the architect of a sexual misconduct response system, model school sexual misconduct policies and the Respect My Red campaign.
  • Katie’s energy and enthusiasm spur audiences from age 8 to 80 to positive action around the globe.
Tierra Barber

Tierra Barber

Membership Coordinator

  • Graduate from Baylor University and holds a Master’s in Exercise Physiology.
  • Has over 15 years of experience in collegiate athletics and currently oversees the Student-Athlete Development department at Baylor University.
  • Serves as a Green Dot Coordinator at Baylor University.
  • Served on the board for the National Association of Academic Athletic Advisors.
  • Served as the Director of the Baylor Leadership Academy.
  • 2011 graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute.
  • Facilitated the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, Leadership Forum, and NFL Prep 100.
Amanda Blaugher

Amanda Blaugher

Curriculum Director

  • Graduate from Mount St. Mary’s University and holds a Master’s of Science from Shippensburg University.
  • Formed a Women’s Empowerment program at Mount St. Mary’s University and was awarded the Third Century Scholar Award in 2009.
  • Serves as the Program Director for the Take Back The Night Foundation, overseeing national campaigns and assisting event holders to organize walks, runs, vigils and other programming components.
  • Served as the Conference Coordinator for The International Summit to End Sexual Violence in 2016.
  • Awarded a Certificate of Advocacy from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs in 2016.
Gordon Braxton

Gordon Braxton

Director of Men’s Involvement

  • Graduate from University of Virginia and holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard.
  • Began work in sexual violence prevention as a peer educator at UVA, and was awarded the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award from UVA
  • Identified by Ebony Magazine as “super man” because of commitment to activism focused on fighting intimate violence.
  • Served as a Prevention Specialist at Harvard and helped to implement the University’s violence prevention policies.
  • Work has been featured in Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, and VoiceMale.
  • Recipient of the Men of Vision Award, the 2000 Gilbert J. Sullivan Award, the 2001 Gregory Raven Batipps Scholarship, and the Association of Black Harvard Women’s 2007 “Strivers in the Community” Panel Position.
Catherine Downes

Catherine Downes

Senior Program Director

  • Catherine Downes has worked with numerous educational institutions to provide leadership on addressing sexual misconduct, student safety and wellness and improve policies and procedures.
  • Expertise in implementing climate surveys, analyzing the results and use them to aid institutions in shaping their resources, personnel and policies.
  • Has held leadership positions in student affairs at Roanoke College, Stetson University, Embry Riddle and other universities.
  • Holds a B.S. in Communications and a M.S. in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. She is pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.
  • Senior Program Director at Campus Outreach Services and oversees all Respect My Red Training Institutes.
  • School administrators rave about her ability to quickly turn data into a mindful plan of action to better address risk issues, especially as they relate to gender, sexual misconduct, inclusivity, safety and overall wellness.
Courtney Drew

Courtney Drew

Inclusivity Director

  • Graduate from St. Norbert College and holds a Master of Arts from Stony Brook Univeristy.
  • Started working with and advocating for diverse populations as a graduate student at Stony Brook University.
  • Continues advocacy through being an active member of the National Academic Advising Association and presenting for the National Association of Student Affairs.
  • Awarded “Outstanding Student Organization Advisor of the Year for her work with Colleges Against Cancer at Carthage College.
  • Empowers others to reflect on their leadership styles in terms of their advocacy & allyhood to diverse communities and inspires them to step up and take action.
  • Distinct capacity to create lasting, meaningful connections with wide audiences including students, faculty, staff, and parents.
Dr. Sandra Miles

Dr. Sandra Miles

Event Director

  • Graduate from University of Central Florida and holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University.
  • Research interests include issues of women and minorities in higher education and the 21st century White male experience.
  • National Board Member for NSAPA Center for women; serves on Board of Directors for the United Way of Bartholomew County; is the Immediate Past National Director of the Black Females Development Circle, Inc; and is an active member of the Louisville (KY) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Currently is the Dean of Student and Director of Student Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University-Columbus (IUPUC) and serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Chief Diversity Officer.
Nyk Robertson

Nyk Robertson

Events Coordinator

  • Nyk Robertson grew up in Kansas as a young queer person struggling to reconcile family, religion, queerness and gender identity in small town America.
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in poetry and a Master’s in Gender Culture Studies.
  • Most recently served as Swarthmore College’s Inclusivity and Diversity Director and is now pursing their Doctorate in Kansas.
  • Expertise in working with educational institutions to assess services and support for Asian American, LatinX, Multiracial, Native American, Queer (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), low-income, and international students.
  • Presents about the ways in which language constructs a subjectivity for gender non-binary folx and helps others understand diverse perspectives on sexual violence and discrimination.
  • Lauded for their sincerity and authenticity as an educator and ability to build networks and continuing dialogue past the program and day of training.

Respect my red because my voice deserves to be heard.

Alina Aslanova

Moscow, Russia

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