As the director of the RSVP Center, Kim is a confidential resource devoted to addressing the needs of those who have been victimized and providing education and active opportunities. Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her career started in psychiatric rehabilitation with adults with axis I diagnosis and multiple co-morbidities, many of whom were forensic clients. This work piqued her interest in understanding trauma and the prevalence and culture of sexual violence, particularly within vulnerable communities. As part of her journey to further understand trauma, she worked in Rwanda with survivors of the genocide, where she also taught in Kigali and at the University of Butare. Later, she pursued her LPC to increase her ability to support individuals.
She has spent over 27 years working with folks who have experienced trauma related to relationship and sexual violence. Her focus is on trauma informed systems of care, with an emphasis on the intersections of interpersonal violence. As the director of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, she is committed to ensuring crisis services, wrap around care and support, and prevention education for all students, as well as raising awareness of these huge public health issues, promoting community engagement, and fostering a trauma informed campus. The center utilizes trauma informed practices, response, and prevention education to address the systemic issues of relationship and sexual violence. On the national level, she serves on the board of directors for the American College Health Association (ACHA) and has served this organization in several capacities. She co-authored a toolkit for college campuses entitled Addressing Relationship and Sexual Violence: A Trauma Informed Approach and continues to seek ways to optimize change.