Our Staff

Violence Prevention Coordinators (VPCs)

Shelley Gist Kennedy, she/her, MPA

Shelley is a double Tar Heel, having earned both a BS in Psychology (2014) and Master of Public Administration (2020) from UNC. Shelley's professional background has been centered around gender equity and violence prevention in the higher education and nonprofit sectors. This includes previous work at the Carolina Women's Center and Orange County Rape Crisis Center. She was excited to return to UNC in November 2021 as a VPC.

For self-care, Shelley enjoys baking, working in her vegetable garden, taking nature walks, and working through her endless to-read list.

Sloan Thompson, she/her, MFA

Sloan joined Carolina as a VPC in November 2021. She is a proud alumna of UNC, with a BA in Sociology (2013). She earned her MFA in Directing from the University of British Columbia Department of Theatre and Film (2020). Before coming to UNC, Sloan served as the Training and Outreach Specialist and Language Access Coordinator at the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has also worked as a case manager for incarcerated individuals in the federal prison system and as a primary school teacher in Budapest, Hungary. 

In her downtime, Sloan loves trying out new recipes, hanging out with her kittens, or reading a good book!

Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSCs)

Kayla Zollinger, she/her, MSW

Kayla joined Carolina as a GVSC in January 2020. She graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas (2012) with a Bachelor of Business Administration and earned a Master’s of Social Work from Baylor University (2015). After earning her MSW, Kayla continued serving with a local organization as a case manager for women working in the commercial sex industry where she connected them with resources and provided emotional support. Most recently, Kayla worked with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in Tacoma, Washington as a Crime Victim Advocate where she provided advocacy and education regarding the legal process and in-court accompaniment and support for individuals impacted by relationship violence. 

For self-care, Kayla enjoys officiating basketball, baking for friends, and drinking cold press coffee.

UNC-CH trainings completed: Safe Zone, Green Zone, and UndocuCarolina.

GVSC Case Manager

Cassidy Johnson, she/her, MA, LMFT

Cassidy re-joined the GVSC team in November 2020 as the part-time GVSC Case Manager, after proudly serving as the University’s first GVSC for 5 years from 2014-2019. Cassidy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies, and earned a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego (2011). Prior to joining the GVSC team in 2014, Cassidy worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and volunteered at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center as a Companion and Support Group Facilitator.

For self-care, Cassidy likes to watch ridiculous dating shows (Love is Blind!), take walks while listening to podcasts, and try out new ice cream shops around the Triangle.

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