The SAFE Office

Interpersonal Misconduct Prevention and Support


Picture of SAFE Director, Cathryn CouncillDirector, Cathryn Councill, LCSW

Cathryn Councill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker here at Rice University. She facilitates the LGBTQ Ally Training on campus and acts as the staff advisor for the undergraduate STRIVE Liaison program as well.  She has extensive experience working in the fields of domestic and sexual violence, as well as working with persons living with HIV, those experiencing drug and alcohol addiction, and providing support to the gender and sexual minority community.  Cathryn loves swimming, playing games, and spending time with her wife, family of cats and her dog, Oreo.


Picture of SAFE Associate Director, Janie GuerreroAssociate Director, Janie Guerrero, MSW

Janie Guerrero holds a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has worked in the fields of domestic and sexual violence for the past 11 years supporting survivors through her different roles as Residential Mentor, Hotline Advocate, and Bilingual Counselor at The Houston Area Women’s Center and in her current role as a Associate Director of SAFE here at Rice, providing supportive services to students and facilitating workshops and trainings in the community. Janie is the staff advisor to Graduate STRIVE and is passionate about discussing social justice issues and violence prevention. She enjoys thrifting, watching re-runs of her favorite shows, running, and spending time with her cats, Leo and Rose, as well as her other fur baby, Georgia, the weenie.


Picture of SAFE Resource Navigator, Kalli FosterResource Navigator, Kalli Foster, MACJ

Kalli Foster holds a Master's in Criminal Justice with a Victimology specialization. She completed a Master's Thesis understanding the victimization of loved ones left after a violent death (homicide, suicide, or accident.) She has worked with people experiencing interpersonal violence since 2006, as a case manager of transitional housing, a social worker at CPS, an on-call advocate for forensic exams, and working at a community college supporting students experiencing Title IX victimizations. Kalli is the staff advisor to Sex Week Educational Awareness Team (SWEAT). She is a Pacific Northwest native who loves everything Al-Anon, Horses, Capoeira, Brené Brown, and Hamilton. She is on a journey raising two young girls challenging everything she thought about relationships and herself. And then there are the two dogs, Mr. Gibbs and Abby.


Picture of SAFE Resource Navigator, Nadelyn SmithResource Navigator, Nadelyn Smith, BSPH

Nadelyn Smith received a Bachelors of Science in Public Health and a focus in Sociology. She is in hopes to return to school for a Dual Masters in Public Health and Social Work. She has worked in the field for almost 2 years accompanying and advocating for those effected by domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child/elderly abuse in the Galveston County Area. She has recently moved to Rice University as a Resource Navigator in the desire to help and teach others about her passion of interpersonal violence awareness for the betterment of not only the University but the students beyond the hedges as well! She enjoys working out, reading, trying new things, and relaxing with her cat Kevin Purlone. 


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