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.

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


Sha'Quiel Alston is currently a sophomore Textile Technology major at NC State with a concentration in design. She is from Scotland Neck, NC and has lived in North Carolina her whole life. The Women's Center interested her because she was looking for a job/group that she could be a part of that represented something great and positive, and that would allow her to get involved in other activities around campus. With no hesitation to get going, she is now the Women's Center representative for the Student Center's Board, which has helped her to become more responsible and also build leadership skills. During her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends, and doing absolutely nothing at all.

Americorps Students

Dani is a graduating senior with a major in Psychology and a minor in French. My family is originally from Liberia, West Africa, but I was raised in Charlotte, NC. Upon graduation, I plan to enroll in a School Psychology doctoral program. I have a passion for equity especially in our public school system. In my spare time, I love to play with children and my dog. I also love to paint, read, swim, jog (occassionally), and goof off with my friends. I'm very excited to be working with Literacy Corps and the Read to L.E.A.D. program, and I can't wait to see all the good things that come this school year.


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!

My name is Latayvia Taylor. I am i junior studying Nutrition Science and plan on minoring in Biological Science. Once graduated, my goal is to become a Physician Assistant with a specialty in pediatrics.I was born in Long Beach, California but after plenty of moving I ended up in Kinston, NC. My joy is being around children. I love reading, outdoor activities, and being around family and friends. I look forward to working with the others in the Women Center and to the opportunities the Read to LEAD program will bring me!