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Women's Center Staff

Barbara Rinto

Barbara Rinto

Barb Rinto is resigning after 16.5 years of dedicated service to UC. She began her career with the College of Medicine where she worked to develop a Women's Health Program. After almost five years in that role, Rinto transitioned to the Director of the Women's Center where she has served for the past twelve years. 

Barb's leadership has been evidenced in many university-wide initiatives including her service as co-chair of the UC Diversity Planning committee, leading the Women's Initiative Network/Women's Institute in Leadership Development, her work and advocacy on behalf of student-parents, and her support in launching the stand-alone LGBTQ Center. Barb's passion for equity and inclusion has made a lasting impression on our campus community. 

On behalf of the Women's Center, we hope that you will join us in celebrating Barb's achievements and will wish her well in her new adventures! 

Amy Howton

Amy Howton

Interim Director
UC E-mail: amy.howton@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-0173

"I love working on a college campus with students excited about making a difference and getting involved. The Women’s Center is such a great place to work and I feel so lucky to work with such fabulous women!"

"I’m always looking for ways to strengthen our feminist leadership and activism development program as well as our campus response to sexual and gender-based violence. I would love to hear about any opportunities to do this through collaborative programming, training, or direct service provision."

Amy is a licensed mental health counselor and has a MA in Women's Studies and a doctorate in Counselor Education, focusing on organizational change and action research. 

Ashley Rouster

Ashley Rouster

Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate
UC E-mail: Ashley.Rouster@uc.edu 
Phone: 513-556-4328

“I believe that everyone deserves to live a life free of violence and have dedicated my life to creating safe spaces in our world and supporting survivors, loved ones and community members who have experienced gender-based violence. I look forward to empowering students to engage our campus in creating the world we want to see and to do so in creative, dynamic and inspiring ways."

"I believe in the power of individuals coming together and using their talents, passion and strengths to create change. I am always looking for ways to build community and collaborate and love to meet new people, so stop by, say hello and let’s get you plugged in here at the Women’s Center!”

Ashley holds a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Kentucky, is a certified provider of Batterer’s Intervention programs and a trainer for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.

Brandy Turnbow

Brandy Turnbow

Program Coordinator for Communications and Outreach
UC E-mail: Brandy.Turnbow@uc.edu

"I enjoy connecting students to information, issues and resources they may not be aware of. Every day is different and at every moment there exists potential for positive change … if you know where to start!"

"Students, staff and faculty are welcome to forward information to me for posting in our center communications and web areas."

Brandy holds a BS in African American History, with a minor in Biology, from Florida A&M University. She is currently pursuing graduate programs in business.

Ann Brown

Ann Brown

Administrative Coordinator
UC E-mail: browam@uc.edu

"Although I have worked at UC for over 20 years, it wasn’t until I worked for the Women’s Center that I felt that I had the opportunity to make a difference. Viewing the contagious energy and enthusiasm of our students as they grow is a great benefit of my job."

"Feel free to drop by and say 'Hello!' or use our comfy couch for down time!"

Ann holds a BS in liberal arts with concentrations in psychology, social work and criminal justice, and a minor in business. Currently, she is completing a post baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies.

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Mercedes Katis

Program Facilitator, Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL)
UC E-mail: 

"As the Graduate Assistant for the WILL program, I seek to help students develop their leadership skills in the context of a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment of other student leaders. WILL is brand new to UC, and I am lucky to be involved in the development of a program that will impact the university for years to come!"

Mercedes holds a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland and an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include sexuality studies, discourses about virginity in the queer community, women’s leadership development, and social change. 


Kalilah Montgomery

Student Worker, Social Media
UC Email: montgok8@mail.uc.edu

“The Women’s Center has helped me articulate my ideas about social equality and equitability in a space that embraces intersectionality, which I feel is most important when advocating for marginalized communities. Working here has given me an opportunity to provide support to people of various backgrounds within a feminist framework.”

Kalilah is a third year student at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). She currently serves as the President of GenderBloc and Vice President of Colors of Pride. She is also a Campus Organizer for Advocates for Youth and a member of the Queer Student Panel. Her favorite activities include discussing complex social issues and advocating for marginalized communities.