Dr. Ashley Simons-Rudolph

Ashley Simons-Rudolph (Dr. S-R) joined the Women’s Center in August 2011.  She is an NC State Alumna and a graduate of one of the first classes of WGS minors.  She earned her PhD in Gender and Social Policy from The George Washington University in Washington DC.  Dr. S-R has been teaching online in the NCSU Women’s and Gender Studies department since 2003 and most recently taught at the American University in Cairo.  Her research interests include reproductive health, feminist economics, & international women’s issues.  She has over 15 years of experience in research, education, and advocacy related to gender equity.

Jennifer Castillo
Associate Director

Jennifer joined the NCSU Women’s Center in June of 2010 as Assistant Director of Programs. She received her Bachelor's of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and MS in Administrative Leadership (Adult and Continuing Education) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jennifer enjoys learning with and serving her community, and is especially passionate about issues of diversity, gender equity and education as a transformative tool for social change. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her amazing daughter, long walks with her dog (Zion), Starbucks, reading books, riding her scooter and being a part of the Local Hope ministry at Hope Church. Originally from Wisconsin, she and her daughter are proud to be a part of the Wolfpack family and call NC home.

C. Ellen Washington
Assistant Director
Scholar in Residence

Dr. C. Ellen Washington joined the Women's Center staff in August 2013 as the Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Scholar in Residence. In her current role as Assistant Director, she provides leadership for sustainability and growth of the Chancellor’s First Year Leadership Program. Dr. Washington offers significant experience in academic leadership, women in leadership, higher educational learning models, strategic planning, and organizational development.  Previously, she served six years as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Chair of the IRB Committee at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC. C. Ellen is currently enrolled in the OURS Fellowship at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and will receive a Post-Doc Certificate in Academic Leadership.

Otis McGresham
Assistant Director, Interpersonal Violence Services

Otis joined the Women's Center in July 2013. He came from Texas A&M University where he spent 9 years working as a Student Affairs professional in the Department of Residence Life and Dean of Students Office. He has a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M and a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University. Otis is passionate about students growth and development and believes in the transformative potential of the intentional educational environment. His free time is spent cooking, riding his Harley and spending time with family.

Sara Forcella
Rape Prevention Education Coordinator

Sara Forcella joined the Women's Center in August 2014 as the Rape Prevention Education Coordinator. In her role as Coordinator, she will advise The Movement Peer Educators student organization and work collaboratively with community stakeholders to raise awareness about issues of IPV and sexual violence on campus and within the community. Sara offers experience and passion about gender-based violence education and prevention for a number of years. She has acted as an intimate partner violence (IPV) advocate and activist in numerous community-based organizations. Currently, she acts as a contributor for "See The Triumph," a web-based campaign that seeks to end IPV and empower survivors. She received a B.A. in English from Central Connecticut State University in 2011, and most recently attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Kimberly Zugay
University Programs Associate

Kimberly Zugay joined the Women’s Center as the University Program Associate in March 2013. Originally from Rutherfordton, NC and Williamsburg, VA, Kimberly graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in Sociology. Kimberly’s organization skills and eye for details helps her make large programs run smoothly. Kimberly’s 13 years at the university has given her a talent for developing student leaders. Her organizational skills combined with her supportive nature allows students to see the big picture and enjoy the process as a learning experience.
In Kimberly’s free time she loves being a mother and wife. She enjoys the challenge of organizing yearly family events. She even finds time to volunteer at her son’s school and helps with the KIT (Kids into Thinking) program. The program works with elementary children who are at a higher level of learning and need to be challenged.

Student Workers


Over the course of three years, I have learned countless things and many, in some way, had something to do with the Women’s Center. I found my passion here. Although I do not have it all figured out (my life plans I mean), the Women’s Center has no problem with providing me with support and resources I need in doing so. I grew into the senior that am today through the center and I would not change anything about that. I love being a part of this place. I love how it unmasked my thoughts and inner feelings and equality and social justice while I was not so aware they were there.

Natalie Doan-Dunnum is currently a first year student who is planning to study Business and Communications. She was born and raised in Westminster California, but then she later moved to Durham, North Carolina at age 11. She is passionate about equity, and social justice. She hopes to work in either television or film in the future where she can bring more diversity and social awareness onto the screen. In her free time, she likes to read books, and watch movies. 

Mitchell Moravec is currently a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Material Science & Engineering. He was born and raised in Aurora, Ohio, but decided to come to NC State for a change of pace and a great education. During his time at State, he has actively pursued many opportunities that promote diversity, equity, and pushes for social justice. In his free time, Mitchell likes to watch various shows on Netflix and hang out around campus with friends.

Americorps Students

Nikki is a junior studying Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources. She was born in Irvine California but since she is a military brat she have moved a little and settled in Jacksonville North Carolina. In her spare time she likes to play volleyball, go kayaking, and go on adventures. This summer she worked at camp and learned a lot of skills to help the Read to Lead program. She loved working with kids and is excited about what the future brings!

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