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.

 Kaysey Aguilar, Health Promotion, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. As a Health Promotion Specialist, my main focus is alcohol and other drugs (AOD). I prepare workshops, presentations, research, and events to support primary and secondary prevention for AOD issues.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? Interpersonal violence has so many consequences that affect one’s health; by working to prevent it, I am able to promote health for the student body.

What superpower would you most like to have? Being able to heal any illness

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.

Jen Bloom, 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!

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, Trafficking and Exploitation Action Network (T.E.A.N.)

Describe your role on campus. T.E.A.N. is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to collaborate with the Brazos Valley community to increase awareness, maximize advocacy efforts, and empower survivors of human trafficking and exploitation. We have a vision to promote a safe and healing community free from human trafficking and exploitation through education, outreach, our Human Trafficking Coalition (the first in the Brazos Valley), and our multidisciplinary team approach to working with survivors.

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!

Esmerelda Casas, Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)

Describe your role on campus. As an Education and Outreach Specialist with SARC, a TAMU off-campus community member, I help provide presentations, training, and awareness of our services for sexual assault survivors.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? As a former TAMU student and now a staff member with SARC, I wanted to help keep campus safe and diminish or prevent power based personal violence. I think it’s important to create a campus culture where abusive behavior is not tolerated.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would love to be able to teleport!

Kalee Castanon, Enrollment Services

Describe your role on campus. I help run the Appelt Aggieland Visitor Center, supervising students and ensuring that every guest has a positive experience at Texas A&M.

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? I would love the ability to teleport so that I could travel anywhere and experience different cultures and viewpoints.

Kalyn Cavazos, Student Activities

Describe your role on campus. I am one of the Student Government Association advisors on-campus. I work with our SGA committees, our SGA freshman leadership organization, and am the primary advisor to Student Senate.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I became a Green Dot Facilitator because I want to educate our community about bystander intervention techniques. I feel that it’s important and as Aggies we have the responsibility to make our campus welcoming and safe!

What superpower would you most like to have? The ability to teleport — hands down.

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.

Mia Conrad, Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

Describe your role on campus. I am an Administrative Coordinator II | TRAIN PD @ TCALL Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning | Texas A&M University

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I am passionate about my possible role I could play, empowering more individuals with the a variety of tools they can choose from. Working alongside an amazing team. Power based violence has personally affected myself, along with countless others I have meet in life. I am thrilled that these tools do offer a practical ways for many that just need help.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would love to teleport. This would allow me to do all of the amazing things that life has to offer. Time would not be an issue. That would be awesome!!!

Varselles (Var) Cummings, Department of Multicultural Services 

Describe your role on campus. I currently serves as a Program Advisor in the Department of Multicultural Services where the motto is developing leaders for a multicultural world. In my role I advise three student groups: the Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC), the Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC), and the Southwest Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC).

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I became a Green Dot Facilitator to be apart of the solution in reducing power based personal violence not just here in Aggieland, but everywhere I go.

What superpower would you most like to have? Telepathy, Telekinesis, and Teleportation

Bonnie Davila, LAUNCH: Learning Communities 

Describe your role on campus. I am a Program Coordinator in LAUNCH that works with Freshman Learning Communities.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I believe that is important to take responsibility to help make this campus and the world a more safe environment. By being a Green Dot Facilitator I can help educate others to follow my lead.

What superpower would you most like to have? To be able to fly anywhere I want in an instant.

Sade A. Dawson, Department of Student Activities 

Describe your role on campus. I work in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life within the Department of Student Activities as the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Advisor and Leadership Development Specialist.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I want to educate students on how they can make campus a safer place as an individual.

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

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

Describe your role on campus.  My role as Assistant Director for Health Promotion 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!

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!

Josh Gardner, Student Business Services

Describe your role on campus. process student sponsorships from the government and military.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? To help facilitate a societal change.

What superpower would you most like to have? Instantaneous exchange of information.

Lydell Graham, Memorial Student Center

Describe your role on campus. I am a Program Advisor in the MSC Student Programs Office. I advise the MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee and the MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT). Both organizations provide exciting, educational and enriching campus wide programs.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? My mother always taught me, “what you allow is what will continue”. I am committed to providing tools, language and strategies for students, faculty and staff to change the narrative concerning violence on and off our campus.

What superpower would you most like to have? Time Manipulation. I would love to freely move through the past and the future.

Rebecca Hapes, Entomology Department

Describe your role on campus. I am an academic advisor and my role on campus is to work with both undergraduate and graduate students from entrance to graduation, celebrating all of the milestones between with them.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? Culture and tradition is huge in Aggieland, I want the campus I love and adore to have a culture that encourages bystander action.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would love to be able to fly…that would be AMAZING!

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.

Amanda Hernandez, Center for Student-Athlete Services

Describe your role on campus. I serve as the Director of Student-Athlete Engagement and my team prepares our Aggie student-athletes for life after graduation through career development programs, diversity & inclusion initiatives, selfless service, and leadership development. I also am a member of the Sexual Assault Survivors Services committee on campus.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator?To help empower students, staff, and faculty to act when they suspect a potentially harmful situation is happening or could happen, and to help foster a culture of respect on our campus that doesn’t stand for power-based personal violence.

What superpower would you most like to have? Teleportation!

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, Health Promotion, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I work as an Interpersonal Violence Prevention Specialist. 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, Mays Business School

Describe your role on campus. I serve as the Assistant Director for the Full-Time MBA Program.  I oversee the development, administration, and implementation of programs and services to provide a supportive educational environment for students while meeting their needs.

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

Lauren Kelly, Sponsored Research Services

Describe your role on campus. I am a project administrator within Sponsor Research Services.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I chose to become a facilitator because I want to reduce cases of power based personal violence on this campus and this community if possible.

What superpower would you most like to have? If I could have any superpower, it would be luck.

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

Melanie McKoin, Student Assistance Services, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I serve as a Case Manager in Student Assistance Services. My role is to help students through times of crisis and/or concern, providing resources and support.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? To help students realize they can have a voice and make a difference in overcoming violence on our campus.

What superpower would you most like to have? Mind reader!

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.

Rose Mescher, International Student Services

Describe your role on campus. I am the administrative assistant for International Student Services, I supervise students and help ensure that every guest has a positive experience with our office as they embark on this new journey.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I am excited about the possible role that I could play, empowering more people with the a variety of tools they can choose from and sharing my experiences with them. If we can help one person make a difference think of the possibilities and changes that could come of it. With these tools we offer a variety of practical ways for many that just need help.

What superpower would you most like to have? If I could choose any superpower, I would choose to be able to teleport. I would be able to travel and help spread even more green dots!

Marilyn Myers, Marketing and Communications

Describe your role on campus. I provide administrative support for the Division of Marketing & Communications – or as we call ourselves, MarComm.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? have a seen quite a few cultural shifts during my lifetime. Now with #MeToo I think we are on the cusp of another change, and I want to do more than just watch it happen. I think with Green Dot I can be an active participant in this culture change as it happens.

What superpower would you most like to have? Actually, I’m The Librarian for the Superpower Lending Library – and my coworkers are Craftsy instructors in the Superpowers section. We’re a pretty versatile and capable group in Marcomm. But if I have to choose just one – brownie baking.

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 SommersDepartment of Residence Life

Describe your role on campus. I oversee RAs and Graduate Hall Directors while running the day to day operations of a hall on campus.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I am a Green Dot Facilitator because I believe this is an important subject and it is even more important to empower ourselves and others to stand up to power-based violence. Being a facilitator allows me to do just that.

What superpower would you most like to have? Invisibility, sometimes you need to dash out of a situation.

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!

Taylor Tyson, Health Promotion, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. I am an Interpersonal Violence Prevention Specialist in Health Promotion. I facilitate education and training to prevent power-based personal violence. I also work with the peer educators group in the Health Promotion office.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I am passionate about empowering my community to prevent power-based personal violence. I think it’s important to be equipped with the tools and knowledge so we can all make Aggieland a safer place.

What superpower would you most like to have? Fly! So I could go anywhere in the world whenever I wanted.

Melissa Williams-JohnsonDepartment of Student Activities

Describe your role on campus. Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority life, I offer support for all four councils also the Advisor of Order of Omega which is a Greek honor society.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I think power based personal violence is occurring too much in our community and when I learned of this initiative it was something I had to get involved with to share with others because it something we can all have apart in changing the culture.

What superpower would you most like to have?  I would have the power to understand any form of language. I could travel around the world and never have to worry about a language barrier and be able to engage in conversation with anyone!

Suzanne Swierc, Health Promotion, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. As a Health Promotion Specialist, I help coordinate and facilitate wellness-related programming around campus. My personal favorite topic areas are sexual health and nutrition.

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I’ve directly experienced power-based personal violence, and I know too many others who’ve been affected as well. I want to be an agent of change. I enjoy facilitating wellness education, and Green Dot is included in that field. I love helping others realize they have the strength power within themselves to create change in their lives, in the lives of others, and in their communities.

What superpower would you most like to have? I want to flyyyyyyyyy like an eagle…. But really. Flying would be cool.

Jamie Wangler, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Describe your role on campus. Student Conduct Investigator

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator? I became a Green Dot facilitator to help empower others to feel comfortable and confident with taking action as a bystander in spite of any barriers they may face.

What superpower would you most like to have? I would love the ability to function on little to no sleep! There’s always so much to do any not enough time to get it done.

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!)

Ashley Winterrowd, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications

Describe your role on campus. I’m an Academic Advisor!

Why did you become a Green Dot Facilitator?  I love this campus and I want everyone to feel safe here. I believe that change can happen, but only if there are people who are willing to be courageous enough to be agents of change. I think that Green Dot helps empower students, faculty, and staff to be courageous.

What superpower would you most like to have?  TELEPORTATION!! If I could blink myself anywhere at any time instead of driving, flying, etc. I would be all for it.