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Meet the Staff

Kayce Matthews, Interim Director

Kayce Matthews has served as the Associate Director for the Women’s Center for the past two years. She joined Vanderbilt after three years as the Director of Education & Training for Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee. Prior to her director position, Kayce spent three years as the coordinator of the PG-13 Players, dedicating her time to a peer education theatre troupe that focuses on empowering youth to educate their peers around issues of sexuality and sexual health. In addition to her role as a sexuality educator and trainer, Kayce has served as an advocate for victim/survivors of domestic and sexual violence with the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance program in Nashua, NH, and completed her practicum with the Domestic Violence Unit of the Metro Nashville Police Department. On a personal note, Kayce is the proud mother of two sons, Logan and James. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, theatre, reading, and running. Kayce holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Trevecca University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College.

To contact Kayce, email: kayce.matthews@vanderbilt.edu

Bridget Copes, Program Coordinator

Bridget Copes joins the Women’s Center from St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned her Master of Social Work in Health & Organizational Development from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and Public Health. During her time in the Show-Me State, Bridget completed practica in medical social work with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and in sexual violence prevention evaluation with WashU’s office of Student Involvement and Leadership. Prior to graduate school, Bridget served with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at a daytime drop-in shelter for adults experiencing homelessness in Tacoma, WA. She later moved to Washington, D.C. to work on the development team of Women’s Campaign Fund, a non-profit and affiliated political action committee committed to increasing women’s political representation. While in D.C., she joined fem*ex, a community-based organization dedicated to women’s sexual empowerment. Her experiences with fem*ex inspired her to continue spreading the personal and public health benefits of sex-positive sexual health education. Bridget holds a BA in English from Georgetown University. She loves cheering on Hoya basketball, playing trumpet, and exploring cities by bike.

To contact Bridget, email bridget.copes@vanderbilt.edu

Wanda Swan, Program Coordinator

Portrait of Wanda Swan

Wanda Swan hails from the “Hospitality State” of Mississippi and joins the Center after working as a program coordinator, prevention trainer, and grant writer for Mississippi State University’s Department of Relationship Violence and Outreach. An alum of the university, she received her Undergraduate degree in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Theatre and Graduate degree in Teaching English as a Second Language with a minor in Gender Studies. Wanda finds herself right at home with a Center dedicated to the personal safety of others and has been embedded in the Violence Prevention Movement in Higher Education for over five years. She takes special interest in topics related to the intersections of social media with race, gender, and culture and is excited by the opportunity to serve the Vanderbilt community.

To contact Wanda, email wanda.swan@vanderbilt.edu

Terrie Barrow, Administrative Assistant

Terrie Barrow, our administrative assistant, comes to the Women’s Center from the Dean of Students Office at Vanderbilt, where she was the receptionist. She has had many fascinating careers, including professional ballroom dance teacher, process technician at a chemical plant, and a professional baker and cook. Terrie is most proud of being a stay-at-home mom for ten years to her two sons, Ethan, 16, and Noah,14. She is also an active member and volunteer for Gilda’s Club Nashville. Terrie enjoys being at home with her husband Richard, kids, cats, and chickens; she and her family are interested in urban farming and living sustainably.

To contact Terrie, email: theresa.o.barrow@vanderbilt.edu


Alexandra Hollifield, Graduate Student Worker

The Women’s Center is excited to welcome Alexandra (“Alex”) Hollifield as our Graduate Assistant for this academic calendar. Alex is a recent graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science.  During her time at Wake Forest, she held several leadership positions on campus, including Vice President of Amnesty International, Campus Ambassador for Half the Sky, Committee Chair for Student Government, Head Coach for Girls on the Run, and Resident Adviser for first-year students.  In the summer of 2011, she studied abroad and taught third grade English in Arusha, Tanzania.  Alex has presented her research on topics related to transnational feminisms at national conferences including the Associated Colleges of the South Women’s Studies Conference and the National Women’s Studies Association Conference.  She is currently working toward her Masters in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College.  As a former resident of North Carolina, Alex is currently serving on North Carolina Chapter Board for UN Women.  She loves daisies, drinking sweet tea out of mason jars, backpacking, and bluegrass.

To contact Alex, email: alexandra.l.hollifield@vanderbilt.edu

Malina Halman, Kitchen Table Series Intern

Malina Halman is a senior in the College of Arts & Science. She is double majoring in medicine, health, and society and women and gender studies. She is on the Vanderbilt CARES Executive Board, a member of Vanderbilt University Theatre, and the choreographer for Vanderbilt Off-Broadway. Her research interests include Black feminism, men’s health, mental health, LGBTQI* studies, HIV/AIDS, and sex workers around the world.  Having spent most of her life in Middle Tennessee and around the Nashville/Vanderbilt area, Malina loves her city and anything Black and Gold!