Lower Level of Frazee Hall, next to the student center facing Administration Drive.
University of Kentucky
Violence Intervention and Prevention Center
406 Administration Drive
Frazee Hall, Lower Level
Lexington, KY 40506-0031
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Interview Requests (Media/Class) The VIP Center is happy to participate in interviews for media outlets and class assignments. However, due to the nature of the services we provide and because we represent the University of Kentucky, there is a process that must be completed before we can participate. Please note that this process may take several business days, so we suggest you submit requests with as much lead time as possible.
Email, Rhonda Henry to request an interview. Please include the nature of your request (class, television, radio, newspaper, etc.), as well as the topic and questions you plan to ask, so that we may be prepared.
Rhonda Henry will then contact UK Public Relations (UKPR) to request permission to participate. UKPR may follow up with you before granting permission. Once permission is granted, Rhonda Henry will coordinate scheduling available staff to participate in the interview as soon as possible.
Rhonda is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Social work and happy to return to the campus world. During college, she became passionate about helping those impacted by interpersonal violence. She worked for many years as an advocate for domestic violence survivors at the Fayette County Attorney's office. In 1998, she joined the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, most recently serving as the Executive Director. She finds all forms of advocacy exciting, challenging and life-changing- for clients and advocates alike. In addition to her passion for ending power based personal violence, here is what you should know about Rhonda to strike up a conversation:
Girl Scouts, golden retrievers, Foo Fighters, air conditioning, Diet Coke, being creative, reality TV, being from Kentucky, basketball, politics and Mexican food.
Humidity, judgmental people, mosquitoes and roller coasters.
Iced tea and the mittens versus gloves debate.
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. - Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler
In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer. - Albert Camus
Ashley is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in English and Women’s Studies. With a decade of advocacy and activism work in the field of sexual and gender-based violence response, intervention and prevention she has been privileged to serve survivors and advocate for change in many different spaces in lots of different ways. She has found her home in working for change on a college campus, and is most fulfilled when empowering others to create the world we want to see. Being able to return to her Wildcat roots and practice the work she loves in the community she loves is a dream realized. She believes that every single person deserves to live a life free of violence and knows that we are the solution and the revolution starts now.
being in community with others - friends and family, the incredible scale of natural wonders, indie video gaming, dragon*con, the life and adventures of whales, UK basketball, feminism, the smell of campfires in the fall, animals wearing people clothes, celebrating anything and everything.
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Indie Game, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Herb & Dorothy, Undefeated, Exit Through the Gift Shop
For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed? - bell hooks
When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. - Pema Chödrön
Own your greatness. - Janet Mock
Laura completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Eastern Kentucky University. She received her Bachelor's in Communication Studies and a Master's in Human Services. Prior to joining the VIP Center, Laura worked in Res Life, where she focused on student involvement and engagement. Laura joined the VIP Center, eager to be a part of a group who works tirelessly to end interpersonal violence. Laura is without a doubt an extrovert, and gains her energy from being around others. Whenever you are bored and need someone to talk to, swing by the VIP Center, she would love to talk and get to know you!
Malones, Chedders, Dominos, Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
I LOVE Reality TV... The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Dance Moms, Hardcore Pawn, Real World/Road Rules Challenges, Big Brother, Amazing Race, Shipping Wars and The Real Housewives.
Catch Me if You Can, Crazy Stupid Love, Wedding Crashers, The Notebook, Bridesmaids and Just Go With It.
Carol A. Taylor, MSW comes to the VIP Center from the world of child welfare after surviving it for nearly 20 years. Taking all that she's learned from working with families, children, communities and agencies she's ready to spend the next 20 years working to end power based violence. "This is my dream job" is a phrase you'll hear from her over and over again for the forseeable future or until someone drops of one of those gigantic checks for millions of dollars.
SportsCenter, Top Chef, Any NFL or NBA Game, Any and all judge shows (Judge Judy is the best!), Kitchen Nightmares, and Real Housewives of Atlanta.
My mission in life is not merely to survive...but to thrive; and to do so with some passion...some compassion...some humor...and some style. - Maya Angelou
Everybody should take an interest in his own future, since he has to live with it for the rest of his life. - Mark Twain
Catherine hails from the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor's in Psychology and Master's in Social Work. While at U-M, she was heavily involved in Student Affairs and first developed her enthusiasm for working with students and striving to end interpersonal violence. Catherine is a big proponent of following your passion and using that to make positive change in the world. She is proud to be a part of the positive change being made at the VIP Center and happy to return to working with students- the change makers of the future!
The Poisonwood Bible, any of the Harry Potter books, The Stranger, Cat's Cradle, To Kill A Mockingbird
Les Misérables, Wicked, In the Heights, The Pee-Wee Herman Show (seriously one of the best things EVER)
Lilies, Daffodils, Orchids, Fire-and-Ice Roses and Tulips, Peonies (though she's pretty sure she's allergic to at least one of these)
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. - Henry David Thoreau
Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. - Ayn Rand
Alex is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Social Work here at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. Prior to arriving in Lexington, Alex earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Central Florida (Go, Knights!). Since arriving in Kentucky, Alex has worked for the Office of Housing & Residence Life, and as a Crisis Counselor at GreenHouse17 (formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program). Upon joining the team at VIP, Alex is most excited about combining her passions for working with university students and bringing an end to intimate partner and power based personal violence. Upon graduating in May 2015, Alex’s goal is to become a superhero - if this doesn’t pan out, she will pursue a career in the field of Student Affairs.
Purple, pink, turquoise
My twin sister, Samantha. My parents. Brene Brown. My colleagues at the VIP Center. The amazing clients and students who allow me the honor of serving them - past, present, and future.
Not all those who wander are lost. -JRR Tolkien
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. -Louisa May Alcott
Blackbird singing in the dead of night / Take these broken wings and learn to fly / All your life / You were only waiting for this moment to arise. - The Beatles
Leah is a proud graduate from the University of Kentucky a degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Gender and Women's Studies. With a passion for art and all things creative, she is happy to put her graphic design skills to work towards the mission of the VIP Center. Through her designs and outreach materials, Leah brings visibility to the issue of interpersonal violence.
Outdoorsy things, puns, the color green, peach pie, Kentucky, reading, CSNY and printmaking.
Fluorescent lighting and too much buttercream icing.
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am. I am. I am. -Sylvia Plath
Well done is better than well said. -Benjamin Franklin