Center for SRVSS Staff

Jennifer O'Connell, Director

Jennifer O'Connell

Position:

Serving as the Director for the Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services is not only an honor for Jennie but also a passion. In her role, Jennie provides oversight for the universities prevention education, awareness and advocacy support around power-based personal violence. As the director, Jennie is not only is responsible for the supervision and budget of SRVSS, but she also develops the strategic goals of SRVSS as well as manages the multiple grants that assist in funding the work at Kent State. Finally, Jennie serves on several university level initiatives including the Kent State of Wellness and the Great Place Initiative leading efforts related to safety and climate change around unwanted sexual experiences. Jennie also holds a certification as an educator for the Green Dot Bystander movement.

Experience:

Originally from Stow, Ohio, Jennie spent 12 years in New England working with college students and the community. As a coalition coordinator for an alcohol and drug prevention in a city of 30,000 and as the Coordinator of Education and Outreach with A Safe Place, a domestic abuse support services organization, Jennie was instrumental in educating the community and youth about substance abuse, domestic abuse and teen dating violence. Prior to working the community, Jennie worked in the university setting serving as a Residence Hall Director at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She took the time to get to know her residents and to assist them in being successful in college.

Contact Information:

E: joconne5@kent.edu

P: (330) 672-8016

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Yvette Roberts, Support Services Coordinator
Position:Yvette Roberts

I serve as the Support Services Coordinator for the Center for of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services. I am responsible for assisting with educating students, faculty and staff about personal safety and violence prevention, empowering them to build healthy relationships and helping to prevent power-based personal violence, and responding to those in need.   

Experience:

Prior to coming to Kent, I worked for Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. for fifteen years as a Project Coordinator for their Foster Grandparent Program and Family Support Specialist in their Head Start Program. I also work part-time for the Battered Women Shelter of Summit and Medina County as a Crisis Intervention Specialist.    

Contact Information:

E: yroberts@kent.edu

P: (330) 672-1031

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Julius Payne, Program Coordinator
Julius PaynePosition:

I am the Program Coordinator for the Center for SRVSS.  I will be facilitating Green Dot discussions throughout campus and community.  I will serve on the CCRT as well.  I will be involved in discussions and collaborations promoting positive/healthy masculinity. 

Experience:

I have spent the last five years at the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties.  I originally started out as the tina project specialist,  going into middle and high schools holding discussions surrounding healthy relationships.  I then moved on to become an outreach and education advocate on campus at the University of Akron.   I again, was tasked with discussions surrounding bystander intervention, consent as well as responding to disclosure. 

The final two years at RCC I was the Campus and Education manager.  In this position I oversaw all presentation creation as well as all of our education and outreach advocates.  Both in the community and on campus.   I was tasked with overseeing campus and community collaborations surrounding these discussions as well. 

Contact Information:

E: jpayne31@kent.edu

P: (330) 672-9230

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