Staff & Volunteers

TBTNF is comprised of 100% volunteers.

Meet some of our team members who have donated their time and expertise!

Katie Koestner (she/her)

Katie Koestner (she/her)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Katie is the first woman in the United States to speak out nationally and publicly as the victim of campus “date” rape at age 18. Katie has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC Talk Live, CNN, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Later Today, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight and other national television programs. Katie is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured for over 5000 schools and organizations in North America and around the world.

Riti Bora (she/her)

Riti Bora (she/her)

SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR

Riti has a passion for women’s rights, ensuring that they are safe from abuse in any form. She has spent a decade in managing Wholesale business portfolios for Luxury European fashion brands. She has a Masters from University of the Arts, London and an Undergraduate Degree in Business and Marketing from Christ University, India. She is a mother to 2 young children and practices upcycling, sustainable and green practices as much as possible.

Amy Petras (she/her)

Amy Petras (she/her)

TECHNICAL LEAD

Amy serves as a Technical Lead for TBTNF. Her memories of attending Take Back the Night events as a student at the University of Albany in the late 80s drew her to volunteer with TBTNF. Amy now lives in Denver and has been in the IT field for 15 years. She is grateful for the opportunity to apply her technical skills to supporting the systems which support the important work of TBTNF.

Grace Brandon (she/her)

Grace Brandon (she/her)

TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR

Being in the events world brought TBTNF to Grace’s attention; however, it is the foundation’s mission and goals that drove her desire to volunteer and start advocating for this community. One of her favorite quotes is: “Great leadership isn’t about control. It’s about empowering people” (Brigette Hyacinth), and Grace believes it is applicable to every aspect of TBTN foundation. The empowerment TBTN gives to others is unmatched and something Grace wanted to be a part of.

Renata Gloeden (she/her)

Renata Gloeden (she/her)

VOLUNTEER

Renata has a degree in Data Processing but likes to work with people. She has experience in auditing and security information. She works in a large bank in Brazil to educate employees and society about fraud prevention, social media risks, and private information exposure. She devotes her time and experience to helping people in this great cause to end sexual violence. She is Brazilian, lives in NY, is married and has two wonderful kids.

Kellianne Hickey (she/her)

Kellianne Hickey (she/her)

VOLUNTEER

Kellianne is a 2016 graduate of Loyola University Maryland. She double-majored in Global Studies and Political Science with a minor in Spanish and studied abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain her junior year. For her senior seminar project, she worked with administrators to spread awareness of Title IX rights on campus, through programming events, a new website, and a short video. An active member of TBTNF at Loyola, Kellianne hopes to pursue a career in law advocating for survivors of sexual violence. She worked as a Project Manager with Campus Outreach Services.

Amanda Blaugher (she/her)

Amanda Blaugher (she/her)

LEGAL COORDINATOR

Amanda serves as the Program Director for TBTNF and is the A.D. of Residence Life at Penn State Harrisburg. She oversees campaigns such as 10 Points of Light and Respect My Red. Amanda works tirelessly to assist event holders with planning and organizing their walks, runs, vigils and educational programs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University and created a Women’s Empowerment Program. She has presented to over 200,000 students and professionals across the country.

Amy Tilton (she/her)

Amy Tilton (she/her)

CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

Amy serves as the Client Services Director for TBTNF. Amy coordinates the biannual TBTNF Global Virtual Event and manages the TBTNF Gear Shop. She provides technical direction to participants and volunteers for national TBTNF projects and events, such as the Shine Your Light Yoga Festival. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and professional experience in the e-commerce and medical fields, Amy brings business acumen and a passion for health and wellness to TBTNF.

Hope Delaney (she/her)

Hope Delaney (she/her)

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Hope is a junior currently attending Radnor High School and is a member of The National Honor Society. In college, she plans to compete in division 1 field hockey attending an Ivy League University. Hope feels passionate about contributing to the team with her graphic design abilities and creative writing skills. Outside of academics, she enjoys baking and photography.

Emily Wang (she/her)

Emily Wang (she/her)

NEWSLETTER COORDINATOR

Emily is currently a senior at the University of Michigan studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, with a minor in Gender and Health. She joined TBTNF in 2020 because of her passion for sexual violence prevention work, and she hopes to bring a trauma-informed perspective to her future career as a medical professional.

Tierra Barber (she/her)

Tierra Barber (she/her)

VOLUNTEER

Tierra strives to help others become the best version of themselves through education and health and wellness. Professionally she serves as an Assistant Director of Admissions for Central Michigan University. Tierra graduated from Baylor University and is a graduate of the 2011 NCAA Leadership Institute. She also completed the Athlete Development Professional Certification Program with The Wharton School. You can find Tierra teaching regular yoga, meditation, and fitness.

Taylor Hendrickson (she/her)

Taylor Hendrickson (she/her)

VOLUNTEER

Taylor Hendrickson graduated from Breck School in Golden Valley, Minnesota in 2016. Passionate about human rights and women’s issues, Taylor became involved in the Summit to End Sexual Violence when she approached Katie Koestner after Ms. Koestner spoke at her school. Taylor plans to study International Relations at university and hopes to work abroad after completing her education.

Sarah Stuparits (she/her)

Sarah Stuparits (she/her)

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Sarah began her work for TBTNF by managing the Shine Your Light Yoga Festival event. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago in International Studies and English. Sarah is currently attending University of Northern Colorado Graduate School, working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and working as a Registered Behavior Technician currently. Sarah aspires to spend her life allowing the voiceless to have a voice. She plans to learn the science behind behavior and apply it to make changes in  the world of social justice.

Lahari Ramagiri (she/her)

Lahari Ramagiri (she/her)

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Lahari is an Honors student at the Virginia Commonwealth University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She is dedicated to supporting victims of sexual violence through her work on the Shine Your Light Yoga team. She is pursuing a career in the medical field, where she hopes to continue to help trauma victims heal.

Petra Jiraskova (she/her)

Petra Jiraskova (she/her)

HISTORIAN

Petra is a volunteer at TBTN as a Historian. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 13 from the Czech Republic. In 2017, Petra returned to Arcadia University, where she completed her M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with concentrations in Social Justice, Advocacy and Activism and NGO management and Social Entrepreneurship with distinguished honors in December 2018. Currently, Petra also does work for the Peace Center as a facilitator in hopes of bringing peace, kindness, support, and empathy to our communities.

Rebecca Freeman (she/her)

Rebecca Freeman (she/her)

WEB COORDINATOR

Rebecca recently graduated with distinction from Western Washington University where she studied history and communications. A lifelong advocate for human rights and social justice, she is passionate about Take Back the Night’s mission to educate and raise awareness for domestic abuse and sexual violence. Being a freelance social media marketing specialist and content writer, she is excited to contribute to TBTN as a volunteer SEO specialist.

Erica Zenn (she/her)

Erica Zenn (she/her)

VOLUNTEER

Erica Zenn is recent graduate of Cornell University where she earned a degree in American Studies. While she is currently volunteering with the Respect My Red campaign, promoting respectful and consented physical contact for all people, in the past she has volunteered at the Association to Benefit Children (ABC) and Reading is Fundamental (RIF). Erica is thrilled about the opportunity to be a part of the International Summit to End Sexual Violence because of the surplus of positive, strong, and committed individuals.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. TBTN has victims' rights attorneys to provide Legal Assistance for survivors. Please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. If you are in need of immediate medical or legal support, please call 911. If you are in need of counseling support, please call (855) 598-4086 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. TBTN has victims' rights attorneys to provide Legal Assistance for survivors. Please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. If you are in need of immediate medical or legal support, please call 911. If you are in need of counseling support, please call (855) 598-4086 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

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