I Care Committees

Coordinated Community Response Team

The Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) is a core group of individuals who meet twice a month to address the goals and actions of the grant and fulfill these obligations strategically. The CCRT is made up of people from various campus departments and programs, as well as the Vermillion community.

Members:

Kimberly Grieve, Ph.D.  Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, USD
Bridget Diamond-Welch, Ph.D.  Grant Program Director/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, USD
Marisa Cummings Project Coordinator, USD
Laura Brady  Victim's Advocate, Domestic Violence Safe Options Services
Michele Turner Prevention Coordinator and Counselor, USD
David Herbster Athletic Director, USD
Lamont Sellers Associate Vice President for Diversity, USD
Khara Iverson Director of Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator, USD
Deborah Dodge Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, USD
Lt. Crystal Brady Vermillion Police Department
Elizabeth Rakness Law Enforcement Officer, USD Police Department

Law Enforcement Committee

The Vermillion Police Department and the University Police Department each have an employee sit on the CCRT. The committee focuses on:

  • Training
  • Collaboration
  • Developing internal policy and protocol
  • Department evaluation and feedback in order to effectively respond to sexual assaults

Members:

Mathew Betzen Chief of Police, Vermillion Police Department
Lt. Crystal Brady Vermillion Police Department
Elizabeth Rakness Law Enforcement Officer, USD Police Department
Alexis Tracy Clay County State's Attorney, South Dakota
Phillip Terwilliger Deputy State's Attorney, Clay County, South Dakota
Marisa Cummings Project Coordinator, USD

Advocacy Committee

The advocacy committee works to:

  • Strengthen the partnership among Domestic Violence/Safe Options Services, the university and law enforcement
  • Develop a referral process and campus response protocols
  • Ensure 24-hour accessibility to confidential victim services

Members:

Bridget Diamond-Welch, Ph.D. Grant Program Director/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, USD
Jean Caraway, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology, USD
Laura Brady Rural Advocate/Campus Liaison, Domestic Violence Safe Option Services
Constance Birgen, L.P.C., A.C.S., Q.M.H.P., L.A.C Staff Counselor, USD Student Counseling Center
Cindy Benzel Ancillary/Student Health Manager, Sanford Vermillion Medical Center
Jeff Berens, M.S., B.S.N. Director of Nursing, Sanford Vermillion Medical Center
Krista Heeren-Graber Executive Director, South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
Cynthia Tobin Sexual Violence Project Specialist, South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
Ernetta L. Fox Director of Disability Services, USD
Robin Svendsen, M.A., N.C.C, L.P.C.-M.H., Q.M.H.P. Clinical Counselor, Lewis and Clark Behavioral Services
Maribeth Jorgensen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology in Education, USD
Chelsey Van Ness Clinical Psychology Trainee Graduate Student, USD
Azra Osmancevic Clinical Psychology Trainee Graduate Student, USD

Policy and Conduct Committee

This committee reviews policy and how it is used on campus in relation to sexual assault cases. It also:

  • Helps develop and revise procedures for handling sexual assault cases
  • Ensures that a reporting and response protocol is in place, communicated and understood by community members
  • Creates a comprehensive training curriculum for administrators and panel members responsible for deciding cases

Members:

Kimberly Grieve, Ph.D. Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, USD
Deborah Dodge Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, USD
Khara Iverson Director of Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator, USD
Marisa Cummings Project Coordinator, USD

Prevention and Education Committee

The Prevention and Education Committee is:

  • Creating a sexual assault prevention and education program for all incoming students
  • Offering student-specific prevention training and strategies to engage men in preventing sexual assault
  • Designing a bystander intervention program offered to all students

Members:

Michele Turner Prevention Coordinator and Counselor, USD
Bridget Diamond-Welch, Ph.D. Grant Program Director/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, USD
Marisa Cummings Project Coordinator, USD
Bridget Ihnen Senior Secretary, Center for Teaching and Learning

Programming Subcommittee

The programming committee plans and provides community-based, culturally competent sexual assault prevention and education programs across campus.

Members:

Michele Turner Prevention Coordinator and Counselor, USD
Marisa Cummings Project Coordinator, USD
Lamont Sellers  Assistant Vice President for Diversity, USD
Laura Anderton Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life, USD
Sara Lampert, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History/Program Coordinator of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, USD
Ashley Hartnett Assistant Director of Housing, USD
Cara Olson Coordinator of Programming and Activities, USD
Alexa Moeller Law Student, USD
Paige Petersen Law Student, USD
Alyssa Fothergill Undergraduate Student/President of PAVE, USD
Josh Sorbe President, Student Government Association, USD

Assessment Subcommittee

The assessment subcommittee is charged with:

  • Assessing effective and ineffective elements of current prevention programs
  • Ensuring that USD complies with the Clery Act
  • Developing and implementing a plan for corrective action
  • Developing and administering a sexual assault campus climate survey

Members:

Kimberly Grieve, Ph.D. Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, USD
John Howe, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Students, USD
Bridget Diamond-Welch, Ph.D. Grant Program Director/Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, USD
Marisa Cummings Program Coordinator, USD