The McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention is staffed by a director, program coordinator, and undergraduate scholars. Click each photo to learn more about our staff members.
Chris Linder, associate professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and Special Assistant to the President for Violence Prevention and Education, serves as the Center's inaugural director. Linder’s research interests focus on relationship and sexual violence on college campuses and student activism. Prior to becoming faculty, Linder worked as a campus victim advocate for 10 years. Linder’s most recent scholarship on relationship and sexual violence includes the book "Sexual Violence on Campus: Power-Conscious Approaches to Awareness, Prevention, and Response," published in 2018. Additionally, she co-edited the book, "Intersections of Identity and Sexual Violence on Campus," published in 2017. In her spare time, Chris enjoys cooking and running mountains.
Ashley Yong, the inaugural Program Coordinator of the MCVP, received her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. She is passionate about centering her values of social justice and equity in relationship and sexual violence work. Yong previously worked in social justice engagement at the OSU Multicultural Center and has served as a hospital and helpline advocate at the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio. Ashley loves playing the ukulele, watercolor painting, and traveling.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT STAFF
Blessing Heelis is an undergraduate student majoring in anthropology with an emphasis in archaeological science. When she’s not studying, Blessing likes to hike in her favorite place — Provo Canyon. She is so excited to be among the inaugural staff of the MCVP and feels honored to be a part of something that will make a great, positive impact on the community.
Caroline is a third-year student and is majoring in social work while working toward a certificate in social justice advocacy. She is passionate about stopping sexual violence on campus, supporting victims/survivors of sexual violence, disability and LGBTQ+ rights. Caroline enjoys spending time with their family and her animals.
Allie Moore is an undergraduate student studying writing and rhetorical studies with a double major in gender studies. She is passionate about social justice advocacy and learning. In her free time, she loves to snowboard, see waterfalls and go on road trips.
Sierra Skindzelewski is a graduate student in her second year of the Educational Leadership & Policy program. Sierra is excited to join MCVP staff as the Graduate Intern and was first inspired to contribute to relationship and sexual violence prevention from her involvement with It’s On Us and leadership in Sorority Life. She’s excited to contribute to MCVP efforts and deepen connections from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life where she also serves as a Graduate Assistant. Outside the world of academia, Sierra enjoys photography, attempting to cook, thrifting new treasures, and spending time with her cats, Archie and Foxy.