Who We Are

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Kimberly Rouse, Ph.D., LISW-S
Lindley Hall 038
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Dr. Kimberly (Castor) Rouse became Director of the Survivor Advocacy Program in 2016. A three-time Ohio University graduate, Rouse received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work with a minor in psychology, her  master’s  degree in  social  work, and her Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs. She is licensed with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a supervision credential and has a wide range of experience in counseling, mental health, advocacy and trauma informed care. 

As SAP director,  Rouse is charged with providing clinical and administrative leadership and expertise in the areas of interpersonal violence response including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as well as resource coordination for student survivors.  

Outside of work, you can find  Rouse spending time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors. She is the proud aunt of nine beautiful nieces and nephews and the (dog) mother of a golden doodle named Chester and a boxer rescue named Roscoe. 

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Yejin Sohn, LISW
Survivor Advocate
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Yejin Sohn started in her role as a survivor advocate and case manager in January 2020. Yejin is a licensed social worker both in the state of Ohio and in her home country, Korea. She received her Bachelor of Arts in social work with a minor in psychology and her master’s in social work in Korea. She received a further master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Yejin has had a lot of experiences working with survivors of interpersonal violence. She worked as a counselor for survivors of sexual violence in Korea. During her high school and college years, Yejin managed a student group for preventing sexual violence and helping survivors. After coming to the United States, she worked with international students at Washington University’s Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center. Yejin also worked with domestic and sexual violence survivors at the YWCA Metro St. Louis.

Yejin provides trauma-informed care and empowerment in her advocacy work with Ohio University students who have experienced sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and relationship violence. She is available to provide support services and link student survivors and their family and friends to their available resources.

Outside of work, Yejin enjoys exploring new and great restaurants in Athens and the Ohio area, especially Asian foods. She has a beautiful cat named Star here in Ohio and has a family dog, a black poodle named Moon, with her family in Korea, who she misses.

To schedule an appointment with Yejin, visit our bookings page.

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Kaitlyn Urbaniak, MSW, LSW
Survivor Advocate
Lindley Hall 041A
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Kaitlyn received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology as well as a a Master of Social Work degree all from Ohio University. Kaitlyn recently completed a 9 month field placement with the Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program before being hired as a survivor advocate. She is a licensed social worker through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Kaitlyn previously worked with children in a school-based setting, providing case management services. Kaitlyn is available to provide confidential support to survivors and co-survivors in a welcoming and inclusive environment. While not at work or in classes, she enjoys staying active, reading, and exploring different coffee shops. Kaitlyn is pleased to serve in this role and provide support to student survivors and give back to her alma mater.

To schedule an appointment with Kaitlyn, visit our bookings page.

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Taylor Ebert, BSW, LSW
Graduate Assistant
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Taylor is a recent graduate from Ohio University where she received her Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in Psychology. Taylor is working towards her Master of Social Work at Ohio University and is a licensed social worker through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Taylor has previously worked with individuals at a non-profit mental health organization providing support and linkage to resources. Taylor is looking forward to providing trauma-informed care and advocating for survivors as well as expanding her knowledge in the social work field. Outside of work and class, Taylor enjoys spending time with her dog, Carter, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

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Lexi Jones, SWT
Lindley Hall 037
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Lexi received her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies from Ohio University in 2021. She was most recently employed as a Community Justice Advocate with the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office before deciding to pursue her master’s in social work. She is a licensed social worker trainee through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage, and Family Therapist Board. 

Lexi is an experienced, tireless advocate and passionate survivor who excels in providing confidential supportive services and linkage to resources for survivors and co-survivors through a trauma-informed lens. Outside of the office and classroom, Lexi enjoys staying active, exploring the outdoors, spending time with loved ones, and nurturing meaningful relationships within the Athens community. Lexi is delighted to serve in this capacity and to have the opportunity to give back to the community that so graciously gave to her.

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