Meet our Facilitators

Our Green Dot Facilitators fill many roles on campus.  We asked them a few questions in order for you to get to know them.

 Carol Binzer, Department of Residence Life

Describe your role on campus.  I work in Residence Life as the Director of Administrative & Support Services.  I am the department champion for diversity and sustainability, among other things like marketing, fundraising and assessment.  I serve as the department liaison to the Sexual Assault Survivor Services task force.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator?  I have worked as an advocate for students for 30+ years in student affairs.  I have seen too many college experiences hijacked and students’ spirits broken by power based personal violence.  I work to raise awareness, convince others to join me as an active bystander because if sexual violence were to happen to someone whom you or I love, I want us to know we have done our part to help.

What superpower would you most like to have? My mantra has been that,  “every day I am a force for good.”  So, the superpower that I would most like to have is STRENGTH of body, mind and spirit.

 Kristen Brunson, University Police Department

Describe your role on campus. I am the Victim’s Advocate for the University Police Department. I assist students, staff, and faculty who need help navigating the legal system once a crime is reported as well as assist in finding other resources available.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I believe if we all do our part to end power based personal violence we can make a difference. Green Dot assist in giving students, staff and faculty the tools to stop violence before it happens!

What superpower would you most like to have? The ability to fly so I could travel to different places faster/easier!

Tracey Calanog, Bryan-College Station Community Member

Describe your role on campus. I am the former Program Director for the Sexual Assault Resource Center, a TAMU Off-Campus Community Partner, that works with survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, trafficking, and dating/domestic violence. SARC provides advocates 24/7 on their hotline and at hospital, law enforcement and court accompaniments.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I became a Green Dot Facilitator to help educate the community about the importance of being a bystander, and speaking up about what we can do to reduce violence in our own community.

What superpower would you most like to have? Hmmm…I would definitely have to say the ability to fly pretty fast! My family is in NJ and WV, so having the ability to fly would help out a lot so I can visit them more often!

 Kalee Castanon, Division of Marketing and Communications

Describe your role on campus. I am a communications specialist with ASCA, an organization that facilitates best practices of student conduct administration on college and university campuses.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I believe that bystander intervention is our greatest weapon in the fight against sexual assault and other power based personal violence. Coming from Texas A&M, a tight-knit community, I am passionate about keeping others safe and believe that everyone can make a difference.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would love the ability to teleport so that I could travel anywhere and experience different cultures and viewpoints.

Craig Coates, Entomology Department

Describe your role on campus. Associate Professor of Entomology

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I want to help ensure that this is a campus community that we can all be proud of.

What superpower would you most like to have? Ability to Fly.

Greg Deitz, IT for Academic Services

Describe your role on campus. On campus, I oversee the Open Access Labs on West Campus. I work with a large group of student workers to support the computers in several building across West Campus as well as many remote printers. Our team works closely with the libraries and other groups in West Campus.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I chose to become a facilitator because I believe that change has to start somewhere. I believe in taking responsibility for the change we want to see in our culture and world. We have to be a part of that. I also believe that my children need to see me wanting to be a part of that change.

What superpower would you most like to have? Batman is my favorite superhero, so I am going to go with great ability as a detective which probably means great attention to detail as well.

Lauren DeLuca, Athletics

Describe your role on campus. I work as a Scholastic Supervisor in the Athletic Department.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? To spread awareness on bystander intervention and help every person identify a method for intervening they are comfortable with.

What superpower would you most like to have? Ability to fly!

Dee Donovan, University Police Department

Describe your role on campus.  My role on campus is a Police Officer and Crime Prevention educator.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator?  Green Dot is a great way to reach other’s about bystander programs and reduce the levels of power based personal violence found in our community.  Green Dot supports the power each of and how we can effect change in our social environments.

What superpower would you most like to have?  The superpower I would most like to have would be the capability of making myself invisible.

Lauren Dorsett, Health Promotion, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus.  My role as a Health Promotion Coordinator is to provide oversight and guidance for Health Promotion. We offer a variety of health and wellness related services and programming for the students of Texas A&M.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator?  I am committed to supporting the programming efforts of my colleagues, such as Green Dot, as well as using my training as a health educator to provide facilitate training on this topic.

What superpower would you most like to have? The ability to teleport anywhere at any time would be very convenient!

Chris Emmerson, Office of the Commandant

Describe your role on campus.  Asst. Commandant for Discipline for Corps of Cadets – Create and enforce good order and disciplined life style for students, groups, and organizations

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? More tools in the tool kit

What superpower would you most like to have? Time travel

Caitlin Farr, Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships (CLEAR)

, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I am the Program Coordinator for the Office of CLEAR. CLEAR’s job is to provide education and training to students on how to prevent acts of power-based personal violence here at Texas A&M. If you need education on how to stop sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, than I’m one of the people you can call!

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I am passionate about providing students with the knowledge and resources to make informed personal health and wellness decisions. I believe that with knowledge and support, we can reduce power-based personal violence in our community through bystander intervention. Most importantly, I believe that if any community can do this, Aggieland can.

What superpower would you most like to have? Teleportation…so I can visit my family on Cape Cod whenever I want to!

Sara Fehr, Department of Health and Kinesiology

Describe your role on campus. I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I have worked with, an known, individuals impacted by power-based personal violence. It is critical that TAMU students, faculty and staff know appropriate ways to prevent violence and intervene when they see violence occur. No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.

What superpower would you most like to have? Time travel!

Mary Gutierrez, Office of the Vice President of Student Services

Describe your role on campus. I am a Business Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. I work with multiple departments as there HR Liaison and account for all the accounting within there departments.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? This is a great why to help people on campus and in the community. I want to make a difference.

What superpower would you most like to have? Fly!

Kristen Harrell, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I am an Associate Director in the offices of the Dean of Student Life. I work extensively with issues of power-based violence from prevention to response.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I believe it is important for all of us to do our part to assist with creating a positive climate, and this is one way to do that.

What superpower would you most like to have? Ability to transport through time and space.

Joe Hartsoe, Disability Services

Describe your role on campus. I facilitate academic accommodations for students with disabilities through advocacy, education, and open dialogue. I work to assist the department in meeting its mission of making Texas A&M University accessible to all students!

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I’m passionate about ending power based personal violence through empowering others to act. I once failed to act in a situation where someone was clearly in danger and I want to give everyone I can the 30 seconds of raw courage to do something, even if it’s the simplest act to make the situation better.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would have the ability to heal others in pain.

Megan Higginbotham, Student Assistance Services, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I am a Case Manager in Student Assistance Services. I help students in need by providing resources and support through personal or academic concerns.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I believe everyone has a responsibility to make our world a better place and I am so excited to talk to students about the ways we can make positive change at Texas A&M.

What superpower would you most like to have? To fly–traffic in College Station is no fun!

Kristi HoseaUniversity Police Department

Describe your role on campus.  As a member of the Crime Prevention Unit I promote awareness through education and the development of public partnerships.  I am responsible for providing crime prevention programs and services to the Texas A&M University community.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator?  To promote and educate on how to be an active bystander in order to change the culture on campus in the fight against power based personal violence.

What superpower would you most like to have? Superwoman

Angela Jackson, Department of Multicultural Services

Describe your role on campus. I work as a Diversity Education Specialist in the Department of Multicultural Services. I currently co-teach the C.L.U.E.S course, facilitate diversity education workshops, oversee Cultural Explorations Trips, Community of Respect, and CommUnity Conversations.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I am very passionate about people and want to make sure that everyone feels safe. Being a facilitator allows me to educate our Aggies so that they can continue to make Aggieland safe and welcoming to all!

What superpower would you most like to have? Instantaneous travel. I would love to think of a place, snap my fingers, and be somewhere else, maybe a sandy beach in Fiji or on top of a mountain in Switzerland!

 Ryan Jackson, Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships (CLEAR), Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I work in the Office of CLEAR. Basically, it is my job to provide education and training to students on how to prevent acts of power-based personal violence here at Texas A&M. If you need education on how to stop sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, than I’m one of the people you can call!

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? Unfortunately, I know too many people who are survivors of power-based personal violence. No one stepped in to stop those instances of violence, but my hope is that by training as any people as possible, I can keep others from going through that same trauma.

What superpower would you most like to have? Telekinesis for sure. I wanna be able to move things with my mind!

Sarah Jaks, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I work in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life as an Assistant Director. I oversee the offices of Off-Campus Student Services and Consensual Language, Education, Awareness and Relationships.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I believe that we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place, which entails speaking up when we see something amiss and helping out another human being. Too often we assume it’s “not my problem” or that someone else will step up, but ultimately, we are each responsible for our own actions and for taking the steps to end power-based personal violence in our community.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would like to be able to teleport…and fly. That way if my teleportation system is out of whack, I can still get where I need to go!

Ben Kalscheur, Office of Sustainability

Describe your role on campus. I serve as the Sustainability Assistant Manager in the TAMU Office of Sustainability. I am a strong advocate for the importance of incorporating social justice into sustainability and strive to build diverse, dynamic teams that are built on the foundations of inclusion, respect, and passion.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I want to be part of the solution to make our campus safer for all. No one should have to experience power-based personal violence.

What superpower would you most like to have? Instant Transmission

Jeanea Karlin, Mechanical Engineering

Describe your role on campus. I am the Program Assistant in the Mechanical Engineering UG Advising office. I work with the Academic Advising team to assist in student affairs as well as work with our Program Director, Dr. Jacobs, in assisting faculty with their textbook needs, student evaluations and classroom needs. I am able to be involved in some level with our staff, faculty and student body which is one of the things that I truly enjoy about my role.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I know first hand what happens when bystanders feel powerless when they witness power-based personal aggression. I know that if people have the training on how to spot such acts and the knowledge of how to address different situations, they are no longer powerless – they have the tools necessary to help end a situation before it becomes an event.

What superpower would you most like to have? Invisibility! – I don’t mind being the center of attention when it comes to my friends and family, but I would LOVE to be able to fade into the background when I’m surrounded by people I don’t know.

Deanna Lormand, Department of Statistics

Describe your role on campus. Assistant to the Department Head

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I believe that bystanders play a powerful role in preventing power based personal violence and want to be a part of educating others so they know this too.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would like to be able to teletransport so I could travel to distant locations in an instant.

Chad Mandala, GLBT Resource Center, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. Program Coordinator for the GLBT Resource Center. Lord of the Fish Pond. Khaleesi of Kyle Field. Mother of Reveille.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I appreciate the way the Green Dot program helps empower folks to use their voices to make an impact. Helping folks discover the courage to make a positive, sustainable change in the world around them, especially when it comes to power based personal violence is definitely a cause I am committed to and believe in.

What superpower would you most like to have? Being able to control the weather seems like it would be pretty cool. #TexasTooHot

Beth McNeillDepartment of Health and Kinesiology

Describe your role on campus. Clinical Associate Professor-Health and Kinesiology. My role is to help future community and school health educators understand human behaviors in order to promote healthy choices.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? Health is a complex interaction between the mental, emotional, spiritual physical and social dimensions. When any of these areas is compromised, as is in the case of power based personal violence, it has a negative effect on every aspect of a person’s well being. My desire is to help individuals experience a better quality of life through health behavior choices. Incidences of power based personal violence are preventable, thus NO ONE should have to experience violence or sexual assault. I think it is my responsibility to get the word out that power based violence is unacceptable and that we must all do our part to change a societal norm of indifference or acceptance.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would desire to have the superpower of WISDOM. I would use my wisdom to help others make choices that will allow them to live life to its fullest and to find the joy life has to offer.

Jan PfannstielUniversity Libraries

Describe your role on campus. I am the Human Resources Manager for the University Libraries.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I became a Green Dot facilitator because I believe we can reduce power-based personal violence on our campus.  Green Dot provides a way to help others become empowered (safely) to be an active bystander.  I know I can make a difference and hope to teach others that they can make a difference too.

What superpower would you most like to have? Super Speed.  I certainly don’t move as fast as I used to.  I never seem to have enough time in the day to do what I have planned.

Timothy Powers, Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Describe your role on campus. I currently serve as the Director for the Aggie Honor System Office. In this capacity, I am responsible for educating the University community about the Aggie Code of Honor and facilitating the University’s process that address academic misconduct.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? Students, faculty, and staff have a tremendous ability and responsibility to stand-up for themselves and others in many capacities around campus. Green Dot is a fantastic tool to teach some of those skills to individuals in an effort to reduce, stop, and intervene in situations that involve sexual assault and power-based sexual violence.

What superpower would you most like to have? The Power of Elasticity (think Mr. Fantastic).

Meagan ShipleyDepartment of Health and Kinesiology

Describe your role on campus. I am a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. In my role, I teach a variety of courses for students majoring in allied, community, and school health. I love being able to teach and empower the next generation of health education specialists.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? It is my responsibility to do my part in reducing the number of power based personal violence incidents so everyone feels safe and welcome on our campus.

What superpower would you most like to have? Super human endurance! I would love to have the energy to accomplish all of my professional and personal tasks without feeling exhausted at the end of the week!

Jen Smith, Mechanical Engineering

Describe your role on campus. I am an academic advisor in the Mechanical Engineering department. In my role, I work with students one-on-one to help guide them through the degree plan their time at A&M.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I became a Green Dot facilitator because I believe everyone deserves to live in a world free of red dot behaviors. I also want to help empower our students to feel like they can make a difference in such an important issue not just on college campuses, but the world.

What superpower would you most like to have? If I could choose any superpower, I’d love to be able to teleport anywhere at the drop of a hat. I’d do a LOT of traveling!

David Sustaita, Information Technology

Describe your role on campus.  I serve as the Information Security Risk Assessment Coordinator for the University. I work with all levels of staff from IT managers to C-level executives across all colleges and divisions on campus to ensure all information resources are properly assessed against compliance requirements and necessary security controls.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator?  I hold Aggie core values near and dear to my heart. Because of these values, I feel it is my duty to ensure Texas A&M University is a safe community.

What superpower would you most like to have? This is an easy one. Human lie detector!

Doug SweetMemorial Student Center

Describe your role on campus. I am a business manager with the MSC.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? Although my vocational function at TAMU is business oriented, my true passion is studying how we as staff integrate with each other and students. I am an empathetic individual who truly believes that I have a responsibility to those around me to help when I can. Green Dot is one avenue in which I can share my passion and desire to help others and in so doing equip more people to act for the collective good.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would want to be able to fly. High up in the clouds my perspective changes and I realize that the world below me is a complex puzzle of which I form only one piece. While my one piece must link with others who link with others who link with others, the loss of any piece is a loss to all as the puzzle becomes flawed.

Susan Vavra, Student Counseling Services

Describe your role on campus. I coordinate the HelpLine program at the Student Counseling Service (SCS). I have one of the most interesting and rewarding positions on staff and believe our volunteers are invaluable resources that fill a crucial need for our agency and our campus community.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I want to do my part in creating a campus environment that does not tolerate power based personal violence. My career prior to the counseling center was spent at our local sexual assault resource center so I’ve spent most of my life as an advocate for sexual assault survivors.

What superpower would you most like to have? The power to become invisible would be a fascinating superpower I’d like to use at times.

Melissa Williams-JohnsonDepartment of Student Activities

Describe your role on campus.  I work in the Department of Student Activities where I serve as the Collegiate Panhellenic Advisor and the Risk Management Specialist.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I care deeply about violence prevention. It is everyone’s job to help!

What superpower would you most like to have?  I would like the ability to see the future, so I help predict change!!

Angela WinklerStudent Assistance Services, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I am an Assistant Director in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life. I mostly work with students who are in need of guidance, resources or support for a variety of personal and academic matters. I’ve been in this role for almost 2 years, but have previously worked in the Division of Student Affairs at A&M for 10 years.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator?  I believe violence should not be tolerated and we all need to do our part.

What superpower would you most like to have?  Healing and Omnilingualism (to be able to talk to anyone who might need healing!)