Jen is a central Ohio native who lives in Athens with her partner and four children. She earned a Ph. D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University and both a Master’s in Communication Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from West Virginia University. Her work is heavily influenced by her personal commitment to activism and social justice- a passion that is easy to carry out in her role at SAOP.
Crystal is the Program Director of the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP). She has been the with the organization since October 2017. She is endorsed by the Counselor, Social Work, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board to practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. She is also a National Certified Counselor. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling and Human Development with an emphasis in Mental Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling and Human Services from Lindsey Wilson College. She is currently working on her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Ohio University. She has worked in rural school-based counseling, community mental health centers in Kentucky and Ohio, college counseling and private practice settings before her position at SAOP. Her interests and expertise include women's issues, the impact of trauma and its treatment, gender, and sexual minority concerns in Appalachia.
Heather Mitchell earned her BSW from Harding University and her Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University. She has been traveling, farming, and raising 3 kids with her husband for the last 6 years. She is committed to making a difference in her community, and being a strong advocate for survivors of sexual violence everywhere
Northern Outreach Coordinator - Hocking, Perry, and Morgan County
Southern Outreach Coordinator - Meigs, Vinton and Gallia County
Community Advocate - Campus & Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail
The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP) is funded by grants including the Rape Crisis Fund grant and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, through the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Victims of federal crimes will be served through SAOP services.