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Kimberly Castor

Kimberly Castor

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Division of Student Affairs names Survivor Advocacy Program director, survivor advocate

Ohio University’s Division of Student Affairs today announced that Kimberly Castor and Kristin Waltz have been appointed to Ohio University’s Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP). Castor has been named SAP director; Waltz will serve as the program’s survivor advocate/case manager. 

Jason Pina, OHIO’s vice president for student affairs, expressed confidence in Castor and Waltz’s ability to provide direction and oversight for the program, which was moved to the division this spring.   

“The past academic year has given Ohio University an opportunity to comprehensively assess and reposition the Survivor Advocacy Program in order to better serve our students, and I have every confidence that our newly appointed leadership will strengthen the program’s impact and reach,” Pina said. “Kimberly and Kristin bring depth of experience, professionalism, compassion and expertise to their respective roles. Their guidance and advocacy will be instrumental in advancing crisis intervention and student advocacy at OHIO.” 

Kimberly Castor

As SAP director, Castor will have full programmatic responsibility in addressing campus-wide interpersonal violence. In addition to providing support and information to student survivors, Castor will oversee office staff and collaborations with prevention education efforts on campus. 

Castor is an independently licensed social worker with broad experience in the fields of social work and psychology. Her appointment with SAP became effective June 27. 

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as SAP's director and I am looking forward to serving the students of Ohio University in this capacity,” Castor said. “The need for confidential support services for survivors of sexual assault, dating and relationship violence, and stalking on college campuses is unremitting. I am very elated to play a role in this imperative program and eager to provide Ohio University's student survivors with confidential and caring support and advocacy services." 

Kristin Waltz

As survivor advocate, Waltz will provide crisis intervention and advocacy services to students who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Her purview includes case management, direct victim services, crisis intervention and emergency response. 

Waltz comes to OHIO from Athens County Children Services, where she served as supervisor of the school outreach team. She is a licensed independent social worker with nearly 25 years of experience in the field. Waltz’s appointment is effective July 18. 

“I welcome the opportunity to provide confidential, survivor-sensitive, trauma informed services for the students of Ohio University. I strive to provide access to resources and empower survivors as they begin their journey of healing,” Waltz said.

SAP History

SAP was launched in 2010 through grant funding secured by the Ohio University Women’s Center. The program recently moved to OHIO’s Division of Student Affairs, as part of a comprehensive plan designed to increase support services for survivors of sexual assault, stalking and dating/relationship violence. Under the new model, SAP reports to Associate Dean of Students Patti McSteen in the Office of the Dean of Students. 

Pina extended special thanks to the committee that led the national search for SAP’s new leadership: Patti McSteen, Office of the Dean of Students; Char Kopchick, Campus Involvement Center; Kathryn Conaway, Counseling and Psychological Services; Geneva Murray, Women's Center; Rick Sargent, Ohio University Police Department; Nick Oleksy, Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance; Landen Lama, Ohio University Student Senate; and Ohio University student Julia LaComb.  

“I am thrilled that our committee was able to identify two very qualified and passionate professionals to lead the Survivor Advocacy Program. I am confident in their skills and commitment to this program,” McSteen said.