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Victim Services Team


The purpose of the UNI Victim Services Team is to provide a coordinated community response to UNI students affected by sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment. 

Guiding Principles: 

We are guided in our work by:

  • Interdisciplinary and open communication
  • Clear processes to assist students
  • Best practices for victims and campus safety
  • Awareness of compliance and legal obligations
  • Mindful of diverse and at-risk populations
  • Understanding of different roles
  • Providing a safe environment for the group
  • A collaborative spirit


Leslie Williams, Dean of Students, Co-Chair

Joan Thompson, Health Educator and Victim Services Advocate, Co-Chair

Leah Gutknecht, Assistant to the President for Compliance and Equity Management

Martha Ochoa, Medical Director, Student Health Clinic

Kari Rea, Cedar Falls Police Department

Kayla Frana, Covenant SANE Nurse

Allyson Rafanello, Assistant Dean of Students

Alicia Smiley, Riverview Center Advocate

Erica Eischen, Assistant Director Residence Life

David Towle, Director, Counseling Center

Tara Beck, Director Waypoint Services

Lisa Ambrose, AMANI Community Services


Riverview Center (Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Services Community Agency)

Waypoint Services (Relationship Violence Crisis and Support Services Community Agency)

*The Victim Services Team works in collaboration with the Campus Violence Prevention Team