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Meet Our Staff

Fall/Winter 2023 Semester Interns

Hi, it’s nice to meet you!

We are committed to providing you with quality services and dedicated to the fight for justice. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

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Rebecca Kasen

Executive Director

Rebecca Kasen joined the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing as the Executive Director. She brings with her, her passion for and knowledge of, not-for-profit and human services leadership.

She moved to Michigan in 2020 to work as the Director of Advocacy for Disability Rights Michigan. Prior to this, she was the Director of Advocacy for one of the largest human services organizations in the state of New Jersey. In both roles she forged and maintained relationships with community leaders, clients, and other supporters to further the growth and mission of the organizations.

Rebecca holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Politics and Sociology from Ursinus College. She has worked in many areas of human services and social justice throughout her tenure, including managing emergency and temporary housing for people with disabilities.

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clinical Director

Nancy Gussin, LMSW, is the Clinical Director at the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. Nancy received her Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA in 1990 and in addition to currently being licensed in Michigan, has maintained her license in California as well. Her undergraduate degree is in Child Development with an emphasis on Child Mental Health. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2021, Nancy was the Assistant Director of Community Based Services at the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc., (SFVCMHC, Inc.) where she worked for 18 years. Nancy started with SFVCMHC, Inc. as a Clinician/Clinical Supervisor in 2004 and over the next 18 years held the title of Program Coordinator, Program Manager, and ultimately Assistant Director. In 2008, Nancy began providing supervision and oversight for MSW students who were conducting their Field Placement at SFVCMHC, Inc. Nancy has trained extensively in the areas of attachment and trauma theory and utilizes these theories to inform her practice.

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Angie Wooster

communications director

Angie started at the Women’s Center as the Office Coordinator. She brought with her years of experience in administration and marketing.  Now, as Communications Director, you can find her making social media content, organizing events, and coordinating volunteers. When she is not serving others at the Women’s Center, Angie enjoys spending quality time with her husband and children, curling up with a good historical fiction novel, or adventuring in the wild outdoors through hiking, backpacking, and gardening. 

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Desiree' Slaughter

Women’s Economic Empowerment Outreach Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA

Desiree’ “Desi” Slaughter is the Women’s Economic Empowerment Outreach Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA at the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing.

Originally from Detroit, Desi came to the Greater Lansing area in 2008 to attend MSU. She stayed in the area after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Technology.

With over 20 years of professional experience, she has been fortunate to have held various positions across industries, allowing her to cultivate a skill set that makes her adaptable to many opportunities. Throughout her academic and professional career, Desi has gained extensive knowledge in several areas of design, technology, business, and marketing. A passionate, multi-talented creative who never stops learning, Desi wakes up every day with the mission to positively impact the world and inspire others on their journey. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a leadership position in marketing, project management, organizational development, or professional training. 

As the Women’s Economic Empowerment Outreach Coordinator, Desi will play a crucial role in advancing the organization’s mission and raising funding via grants. For her service year, from December 4, 2023, to December 5, 2024, her focus will be enhancing economic opportunities and securing grant funding for women in Greater Lansing.

 
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kaylee resnikoff

office coordinator

Kaylee is the Office Coordinator at the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. She brings years of experience in administration and office management plus a love for helping others through volunteer work. Kaylee, along with her husband and their son, moved to the Lansing area in August of 2023 all the way from The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches in Florida. When she isn’t helping others at the Women’s Center, Kaylee can be found cheering on her son at sporting and robotics events with her husband, traveling as a family, or curling up with a great book in front of the fireplace.  

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Theory grande-cassell

receptionist

Theory is a passionate artist and community organizer, as well a proud member of the queer community. They live to help others, and look forward to having fresh opportunities to do so within their role here! Outside the Women’s Center, Theory also fills the role of President and Co-Founder of Lansing’s Punk Art Collective, which aims to provide free artistic opportunities to underserved communities in the Greater Lansing Area. Theory loves to crochet and you might find some of their cute creations around the Center.  They have a client centered mindset, grown from their experience in administration support and as a direct care worker.

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sam burnett

volunteer coordinator / clinical intern

Samantha is the Volunteer Coordinator and also a clinical intern at WCGL. She started at the Women’s Center in August of 2022 as an undergraduate intern. She got her Bachelor of Social Work degree with a minor in psychology from Saginaw Valley State University. She will graduate with her Master of Social Work degree with a clinical specialization from Western Michigan University in April of 2024.

As an MSW clinical intern, Samantha provides clients with individual counseling and assists with the DV/IPV support groups. In addition, she works with the Michigan Department of Attorney General as an application assistant for the new Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), which provides certain protections for at-risk individuals. As the Volunteer Coordinator, she oversees volunteer activities within the organization.

When she’s not at WCGL, Samantha spends her time teaching preschool in East Lansing, watching movies, reading a good book, or spending time at her cottage with her parents, brothers, and her dog, Millie.

Abigail Bodemann

Clinical Intern

Abby is a first-year graduate student at Western Michigan University. She is working towards her Master of Social Work and hopes to one day serve those in the community who struggle with eating and body image disorders. Having graduated in 2021 with her BS in Zoology, Abby has a passion for animals and the environment and would love to find a way to incorporate those values in her future work. In her free time, she loves spending time with her cats, working out, cooking and painting.

D'NAI BOYD

Clinical intern

D’Nai is a first-generation college student who recently graduated from MSU with her bachelor’s degree in social work. She is now working on her master’s degree in clinical social work at MSU, after graduating her goal is to work with sexual assault survivors using the Cognitive Processing Therapy model. In her free time, she likes to watch science fiction movies and spend time with her son. 

Victoria Mims

Clinical intern

Victoria is in her 3rd year at MSU for her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. Victoria graduated from MSU in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Law, Justice, and Public Policy. Since her childhood, she had a passion to help others and serve her community. She always loved to know how the human mind thinks and why we do what we do. During 2020, Victoria served as an AmeriCorps VISTA because she saw the need to help others was more important than staying on the couch all day. Once graduated, she will become a therapist! Her goal is to help others see their resilience to life’s struggles and how they are capable of succeeding. Fun fact, Victoria loves the movie Twister and once wanted to be a storm chaser! 

Delaney reid

clinical intern

Delaney is a second-year graduate student at Michigan State University in the Clinical MSW Program. She received her undergraduate degree from MSU in Spring of 2022 in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After graduation, her goal is to work with young adults and the LGBTQIA+ community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, watching horror movies, and listening to music. 

miranda o'brien

clinical intern

Miranda is a second-year graduate student at Michigan State University in the Clinical MSW Program. She Graduated in the spring of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Youth and Society minor. After graduation, she hopes to work with young adults in the queer community. In her free time Miranda enjoys thrifting, reading, and listening to music

Jasmine Minor

Undergrad intern

Jasmine is a first-generation college student. Currently in her fourth year at Davenport University and a collaborative program at Kuyper College. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s in social work and applied science in integrative professional studies. After graduation, her goal is to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She aspires to advocate for those who may feel silenced and empower them to regain their voice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her two cats, and baking.

Paetyn Bentley

Undergrad intern

Paetyn is a BSW intern from Michigan State University. Along with studying social work, her academic interests are focused on Non-Profit Organizations and Environmental Social Sciences. She hopes to continue her education by pursuing a MSW after graduating before entering the non-profit field. For fun, she enjoys watching movies, reading, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her two cats, Ollie and Lucy.

 

Raymundo Lopez

Volunteer

What gets Raymundo up from bed every morning is knowing that the day will present itself with new opportunities to be kind to folks and just enough time to chow down a carne asada burrito (with an ice-cold horchata por favor!).

As a volunteer at the Women’s Center, he strives to listen, learn and empower women in the fullest capacity! Firmly believing in the impact of community work and political science, Lopez started a YouTube channel in an effort to simplify ideas and political concepts to people of all backgrounds. If political science did not exist, Lopez would probably be ‘bahahahaing’ with babydoll sheep in a beautiful farm living happily ever after.

patsy king

Volunteer - Financial

An Operations Management Professional with a focus on providing first-rate service. On her life’s journey, Patsy has learned to appreciate the value of relationships with customers, peers and friends while fostering employee development and interdepartmental cooperation.

At the Women’s Center, Patsy’s role includes making clients feel welcome, maintaining confidentiality, supporting fundraising events, bookkeeping, budgeting and preparing financial reports for the Board of Directors.

When Patsy is not volunteering her time at the Women’s Center, she enjoys walking, reading and spending time with family and friends including the four-legged ones.

Ellen Fedorowicz

Volunteer - Financial

Ellen Fedorowicz is a volunteer working along with Patsy King to do the finances for the Women’s Center. Ellen is a recent retiree (April 2022) who previously worked at Jackson National in the Financial Reporting/Reinsurance department. Ellen is hoping to help out in other areas of the Center as well, with either some classes or in the clothes closet. 

Katie hermiz

career coach

Katie graduated from Olivet College and has been in Human Resources for ten years. Currently employed at TecoMet, Katie volunteers her time to work individually with clients who want to level up their careers.  Katie enjoys sports, especially college basketball. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and dog. Katie like to stay very active and runs 3 miles a day.

Sara draper

career coach

Sara is a volunteer in the Employment Services area at the Women’s Center as a Career Coach.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior Studies from the University of Michigan.  She has owned and operated her own business in the recruiting industry for over 20 years. Sara has a passion for utilizing her industry knowledge to assist women in resume writing, job search strategy and career development. Helping women navigate barriers to finding optimal employment is of particular importance to Sara.