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Women's Center Staff

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Barbara Rinto

Barbara Rinto

Director, Women’s Center
UC E-mail: Barbara.Rinto@uc.edu

"The Women's Center is a place to explore your beliefs and values about the world and your place in it.  We support students on their path to graduation and to becoming thoughtful, engaged citizens. Our programs help you build a community, acquire important skills, expand your experience and extend your influence.  I hope you will stop by our Steger office and read through our website to find out more about us. Join us."

Barb has a master’s degree in public administration and a background in public policy and non-profit health care management. She runs UC's Women's Leadership Development program (WILD) for women staff and faculty, serves on the President’s Cabinet, and is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  

Amy Howton

Amy Howton

Associate 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. 

Brandy Turnbow

Brandy Turnbow

Program Coordinator for Marketing and Communications
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.

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.

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

Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL) Graduate Assistant
UC E-mail: katismm@mail.uc.edu 

"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 is currently working towards her MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include sexuality studies, discourses about virginity in the queer community, women’s leadership development, and social change. 

Michelle Burstion-Young   

Women's Initiatives Network (WIN)/ UC Women's Insititute for Leadership Development (WILD) Graduate Assistant

“Working at the Women’s Center is an incredible opportunity. The energy here is very warm and supportive.  Women’s leadership is higher education is one of our greatest under -utilized resources.  The UC Women’s Center is at the forefront of providing safe spaces, educational, and leadership opportunities for all women. I feel lucky to be a part of it.”

Michelle holds a BA in Sociology and Dramatic Arts from Centre College and a MA in Sociology from UC. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Sociology. Her research interests include race, gender, and group identity formation in schools.


Kyanna Perry

Student Worker, UCWC Programs
UC Email: perryk3@mail.uc.edu

“I started working at the Women’s Center as a sophomore and I’ve been in love ever since. There are so many different perspectives in one space and I feel like I’m always learning something new!”

“The Women’s Center is a place I feel like I can be myself without judgment. They treat me like family and I honestly feel like we can talk about anything here. It is truly the definition of a safe-place.”

Kyanna is a 4th year Psychology Major, with a minor in Africana Studies. She is also studying for a certificate in substance abuse counseling, and plans to graduate this spring.  After graduation, Kyanna would like to continue her education in graduate school so that she may one day educate others. Her passions include education, equal rights, and working with the youth. 


Corinne Patterson

Student Worker, Social Media and WILL Progam
Email: pattercc@gmail.com

“My continued involvement with the Women’s Center has provided me with a strong network of mentors and peers committed to social justice as well as opportunities across campus to develop my leadership skills and strengthen my ties to the UC community.”

Corinne graduated from UC with a BA in English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and returned this year to complete her 4+1 MA in WGSS. She has been involved with several leadership development programs during her time at UC, including Women in Leadership and Learning and UC’s Racial Awareness Program. Corinne is applying for several AmeriCorps programs for next year and plans to continue with a career in Student Affairs. Her interests include community building, conflict resolution, and program development. 


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.