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Meet Our Staff

Karla Aguilar, M.S.W. Interim Director & CARE Advocate
Karla Aguilar, M.S.W.
Director & CARE Advocate
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-5669, karla.aguilar@ucr.edu

Karla’s passion for empowering students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual and relationship violence has led her to develop and implement several higher-education efforts aimed at responding and preventing violence through an intersectional framework. She has served as a community case manager, sexual violence support program manager and campus prevention education specialist in the greater Los Angeles area, she is a certified sexual assault/domestic violence counselor advocate and is now in her current role at UC Riverside. Karla is a UC Riverside alumna having graduated in Anthropology/Ethnic Studies and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California concentrating in Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA).

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Being outdoors, weightlifting and bachata/salsa dancing
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Too many to choose from!
  • A Unique Accomplishment: I am a proud first-generation college graduate
  • Recommended Reading: Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies by Renee Linklater

 

Nikki Hutchinson
Omonike (Nikki) Hutchinson, M.S.W.
Assistant Director of Advocacy & CARE Advocate
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-2783, omonike.hutchinson@ucr.edu

Omonike graduated with her Masters in Social Work from California State University of Long Beach and has been working in the social services field for over 10 years. She has served as a community crisis counselor, behavioral interventionist, mentor and community liaison in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area, she is a certified sexual assault/domestic violence counselor advocate. Additionally, she has provided subject matter expertise on human trafficking for statewide victim advocates training and has served on the Orange County’s Crisis Response Team for incident of mass violence. During her undergraduate studies, Omonike worked at the Cross-Cultural Centers for the University Student Union at California State University of Los Angeles. There she encouraged student learning as well as fostered an inclusive campus environment promoting diversity and cross-cultural awareness. Omonike is looking forward to continuing her passion of advocacy and holistic approaches to healing.

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Traveling and camping
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Criminal Minds
  • A Unique Accomplishment: 2008 NCAA DII Track & Field National Champion and West Regional Athlete of the Year (Cal State LA)
  • I Recommend: Learning how to play an instrument - music is powerful!

 

Rosanna Cacace Zakhir
Rosanna Cacace-Zakhir, M.A.
Assistant Director of Prevention Education
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-4841, rosanna.cacacezakhir@ucr.edu

Rosanna graduated with her M.A. in English Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. She has a long history working in prevention education. Rosanna spent 9 years as the Senior Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV). Since 2009, Rosanna developed a variety of comprehensive sex education programs and founded PPPSGV’s peer advocate program. After departing from Planned Parenthood, Rosanna worked as the Violence Prevention Coordinator for the University of California, Irvine’s Campus Assault Resources and Education Office (CARE) where she implemented violence prevention education for students, faculty and staff and spearheaded a campus wide initiative to engage male-identified youth in violence prevention education. Her dedication and passion for social justice motivates her to provide an all-inclusive and intersectional framework to higher learning.

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Cooking and writing
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Book - My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante; TV Show - Grey's Anatomy
  • A Unique Accomplishment: Wrote and performed a one woman show
  • I Recommend: Seeing a play as often as you can!
Karla Aguilar, M.S.W. Interim Director & CARE Advocate
Lisa Chu, M.S.
Violence Prevention Coordinator
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-4841, lisa.chu@ucr.edu

Lisa has worked with sexual assault survivors and sexual violence prevention for more than 10 years. After graduating from UC Riverside, Lisa worked at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center as a staff sexual assault counselor for seven years. During this time, she received her Master's in counseling in marriage and family therapy. She currently oversees efforts on the campus to integrate sexual violence and interpersonal violence prevention and education. She also advises the Sexual Assault & Violence Education (SAVE) peer education program, which trains students to educate other students about sexual violence and relationship violence issues and resources.

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Baking & cooking, road trips, and historic architecture
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: One of my favorite movies is Elf
  • A Unique Accomplishment: Recently stood on the Four Corners of four states at the same time: Colorado, Utah, Arizona & New Mexico
  • I Recommend: taking a break during the day at the botanic garden on campus for lunch or a picnic

 

Anna Espinosa
Anna Espinosa
Intake & Project Coordinator
She/Her/Hers
(951) 827-6099, anna.espinosa@ucr.edu

Anna graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and has been working in the victim services field for seven years. Prior to working for UC Riverside she was the coordinator for California’s Statewide Victim Advocate Training Program, offering a variety of educational courses for all of our state’s district attorney based victim advocates. Additionally, she was part of the subject matter expert team responsible for developing a regional response protocol and training for incidents of mass violence throughout the state. She has also served on Orange County’s Crisis Response Team and spent several years working as an advocate with the multidisciplinary Child Abuse Services Team in Orange County.

A Little Bit About Me

  • Favorite Hobbies: Running, painting, backpacking, and playing with my dog Griffin
  • Favorite Book, Movie, or TV Show: Anything scifi or having to do with space
  • A Unique Accomplishment: Completed the LA Marathon, 7 half marathons, a 10k, and 4 5ks in the past year 
  • Recommended ListeningCounter/Weight, a season of the tabletop role play game podcast "Friends at the Table"

 

 

CARE Student Assistants

Lani
Lani Bihis
she/her/hers
3rd Year Media and Cultural Studies

Hello everyone! My name is Lani Bihis, I am a third year Media and Cultural Studies major, and I am a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Born and raised in San Diego, California, I spend most of my free time involved in the performing arts such as Polynesian dance, choir, violin, and more. I also enjoy traveling and trying new food. I have four loving dogs at home! Back in my hometown, I am a Day Camp Counselor, working with kids from ages 5 to 13. Although it is my first year as a CARE Student Staff member and the BSAV Coordinator, I have been in BSAV since my freshman year. One of my goals for the year is to change the stereotypes associated with the Fraternity and Sorority community. I also hope to grow both personally and professionally through this experience with CARE.  
 

Andrianna
Andriana Kasapi
she/her/hers
3rd year Political Science and International Affairs

Hello everyone! My name is Andriana Kasapi and I am a 3rd year Political Science and International Affairs major. I’m an international student, born and raised on the island of Cyprus and a student athlete for UCR’s Women’s Basketball team. Although it’s my first year as a CARE student staff, I participated in CARE events and campaigns my first two years. My main role is to collaborate with the Athletics Department. I’m very excited to work with this office and to help promote healthy relationships, consent, and resources across campus. In my free time I love to read, hike, go fishing, and play the electric guitar.

Melanie
Melanie Lopez
she/her/hers
3rd Year, Spanish and Public Policy

Hello! My name is Melanie Lopez. I am a third year Spanish and Public Policy major and I am from San Diego, California. In my free time I enjoy solving puzzles, practicing calligraphy, and rewatching Gilmore Girls. I first joined CARE my second year as a SAVE peer educator and loved the experience. I am excited to now serve CARE as the student staff Outreach Coordinator. This year I am looking forward to bringing new and interactive virtual content for the student population. A focus of mine for this year is to meet the UCR community where they are at and introduce CARE to those who don’t know us yet!  

Sam
Sam Monterroso
she/her/hers
3rd year Public Policy

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha Monterroso, and I am a third year Public Policy major from the San Fernando Valley. I have had the great pleasure to be a part of the CARE office as a SAVE Peer since my second year. Now, I am the SAVE Peer Coordinator for the 2020-21 school year. I am looking forward to being able to work with our SAVE Peers to continue violence prevention education on our campus this year. I am hoping to reach more communities and groups through new virtual spaces, as our work is vital, especially during these unexpected times. I am very excited to see what we come up with this year and hope that anyone is willing  to join us. In  my free time, I love being around nature, listening to music, dancing, and hanging out with friends and family.. 

Derek Wu
Fatima Roldan
She/Her/Hers
Psychology

Hi everyone! My name is Fatima Roldan. I am a 3rd year Psychology major. I am from the North Bay, specifically Santa Rosa, CA. I have had the opportunity to be involved in CARE since my second year as a SAVE peer educator. This year I have the pleasure to coordinate programs and collaborate with Costo Hall, other student orgs. and International Students. Something I want to accomplish this year is to still be able to connect with the resource halls in Costo Hall amidst the pandemic and hold informative and preventative workshops regarding consent, setting boundaries, healthy relationships etc. In my free time I enjoy trying new foods, working out, and spending time with friends and family.
 

CARE Partners

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Isabela Perez  
Social Psychology Doctoral Candidate 
GSA DIAL (Diversity and Inclusion Academic Liaison) 
She/Her/Hers
Email: isabela.perez@email.ucr.edu  

Throughout Isabela’s time in the social psychology doctoral program, she has had the opportunity to work with faculty and students from across disciplines on research initiatives that seek to mitigate social, educational, and health inequities. From these collaborations, Isabela was imparted with valuable lessons about her responsibilities as a social advocate both in her academic work and on campus. In turn, these experiences motivated Isabela to actively seek out roles and programs that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at UC Riverside. Since 2018, Isabela has served as a graduate student representative in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Psychology Department and completed the Chancellor’s “Making Excellence Inclusive” Graduate Division Diversity Certificate Program. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Isabela is enthusiastic to serve as the next GSA DIAL (Diversity and Inclusion Academic Liaison). In this role, Isabela is committed to advocating and addressing graduate student concerns as they relate to discrimination and sexual harassment. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, Isabela will be proactive in developing collaborative partnerships with administrative departments to secure the necessary resources and services for graduate students to feel fully supported throughout the entirety of their program. 

 

CARE Staff