Staff

Katie Eichele, Director, M.S.

Katie Eichele is responsible for the day-to-day operations of The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education, development of policy and protocols relating to sexual assault. relationship violence and stalking, partnering with faculty, staff and students in the development of outreach and educational initiatives, development of innovative programs to enhance the safety and well-being of students, and the overall coordination of services with other campus and community organizations.

Additionally, she provides direct services to clients, addresses parent concerns, provides consultations for the greater university campus and surrounding community, supervises the TAC staff, and oversees Aurora's fiscal accountability.

Katie has worked at the University of Minnesota, TC since 2004. Her background/experience stems from university student conduct, student development, social justice, and crisis management.

Email: eiche035@umn.edu
Direct line: (612) 626-9977
Office: 117 Appleby Hall


Sara Benning, Assistant Director, MLS

Sara is responsible for grant-related issues, program development and evaluation, conducting professional workshops around violence prevention and intervention, strategizing campus awareness and response, training volunteers and interns, statistical data collecting and reporting, and marketing.

Sara has a background in family sciences and policy. She's also a proud Aurora alumni, having served as both an intern and Violence Prevention Educator (VPE) at The Aurora Center.

Email:sbenning@umn.edu
Direct Line: (612) 626-9988
Office: 117 Appleby Hall


Becky Redetzke Field, Legal Advocacy Coordinator

Becky is responsible for coordinating the legal advocacy services provided by The Aurora Center. This includes legal advocacy, academic advocacy, and systems advocacy as well as meeting one to one with clients and responding to phone calls on the 24 hour helpline.

If you have a question about the services we provide to survivors, legal questions, or to schedule an appointment to meet with an advocate, contact Becky. If you are a professor and you have a received communication from our office on behalf of a student, you may contact her directly with any questions or concerns. She is also the person to connect with if you are a former client seeking assistance or would like to obtain a copy of your records.

Email: rede0026@umn.edu
Direct Line: (612) 626-6404
Office: 117 Appleby Hall


Megan Close, Direct Services Coordinator

Megan is responsible for coordinating and providing direct services at The Aurora Center.  This includes, one-to-one crisis counseling, answering the 24 hour helpline, providing academic advocacy, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, and systems advocacy.  Additionally, she currently co-facilitates our support groups, provides supervision for our direct service volunteers and interns, and coordinates our tabling events.  

If you would like more information or have questions regarding our support groups, direct services, or tabling, please contact Megan at:

Email:close036@umn.edu
Direct Line: (612) 624-0630
Office: 117 Appleby Hall


Jerie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, M.A. equivalent

Jerie is responsible for overseeing volunteer involvement and the general care and nurture through on-going training and supervision of volunteer advocates. She is responsible for ensuring that advocates have the skills necessary to do direct work with clients.

She is also the staff coordinator for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) events and provides leadership to the student SAAM and DVAM Coordinators.

Contact Jerie if you are curious about what it would mean to be a volunteer, would like to join the student group or want any general information about Aurora and what it offers.

Email:smith449@umn.edu
Direct Line: (612) 626-3433
Office: 117 Appleby Hall


Traci Thomas-Card, Prevention Program Coordinator, MA

Traci is responsible for coordinating and scheduling presentations and workshops provided by The Aurora Center and Boynton Health Service. This includes bystander intervention training, consent workshops, and general issues surrounding sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking prevention. This position oversees the Violence Prevention Education Volunteers, students who facilitate peer education.

Please contact Traci If you need to schedule a presentation or have questions about the services provided by Aurora.

Email:thom3995@umn.edu
Direct Line: (612) 626-9122
Office: 117 Appleby Hall