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We’re glad to have you visit our site and learn more about the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA! We are here to develop strong women leaders and those who work beside them to bring social justice, especially gender and racial justice, to our world.

We at the Women’s Center are all stewards of something larger than any one of us:  a sustained commitment to the well-being of all UVA students in all stages of their lives that supporters of the Women’s Center have fostered over the decades. Throughout its history, students’ voices have had a significant impact on the growth and development of the Women’s Center. We count our work with students among the most meaningful work we do. I am proud to say that in their time with us, our students develop their skills and passions, and they leave us prepared to put them to use in service of the public good.

I encourage you to get to know us better through the programs and events we offer in the Women’s Center and across Grounds. We look forward to meeting you!

Abby Palko, 



Abby Palko, Director

Abby Palko



Counseling Staff

Margaret Edwards Trauma Counselor

Margaret Edwards, LPC

Program Director for Counseling and Wellness Services

Cathy Erickson Trauma Counselor

Cathy Erickson, LPC

Trauma Counselor

Poe, Women's Center Service Dog

Poe Erickson, PSD

Therapy Dog / Good Boy

Aisha Saeed

Aisha Saeed, LCSW

Trauma Counselor and Body Positive Coordinator

Uriel Santiago

Uriel Santiago, NCC

Resident in Counseling

Amelia Walton

Amelia Walton, MA, EdS

Resident in Counseling

Janie Williams

Janie Williams, LCSW

Trauma Counselor

Programs Faculty & Staff

Outreach Coordinator

Genevieve Brackins

Education and Outreach Specialist, MLP

Mary Esselman Iris Editor

Mary Esselman

Iris Editor
Sarah Jenkins, YWLP Mentoring Coordinator

Sarah Jenkins

Education and Outreach Specialist, YWLP

Jaronda Miller-Bryant

Jaronda Miller-Bryant

Assistant Director for Engaged Scholarship

Taylor Nichols

Education and Outreach Specialist, GVSC & DEI


Diadra Bendixen



Leigh Ann Carver

Leigh Ann Carver

Program Director of Communications & Advancement

Carol Gilbert Advancement Coordinator

Carol Gilbert

Business Manager

Graduate Assistant & Fellows

Ivana Brancaccio

Greer Fellow


Alyssa Candelmo

Casscells Fellow

Rachel Davies

Casscells Fellow