SARC Team

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On-call number (24/7, 365): 484-343-6028, sarc@villanova.edu


The Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator (SARC) team is a group of Villanova staff and faculty members, who care deeply about the issue of sexual violence and who have completed extensive training on how to support survivors of sexual violence at Villanova. A member of the SARC team is on call 24/7, 365 days a year for a Villanova student who needs support following an incident of sexual violence. Whether the incident occurred recently or days, weeks, months, even years ago, a Villanova student can always seek the support of a SARC. 

Even though "sexual assault" is in our name, a SARC can review the options available to a survivor of any form of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, retaliation, incest, and statutory rape. A SARC can connect a student to a variety of resources, (medical care, reporting, counseling), and can accompany a student to campus and/or community services to ensure that he/she receives appropriate care and follow up information in the wake of sexual violence.  

If someone isn’t sure whom to talk to, calling the on-call SARC or reaching out to a familiar SARC team member is a good place to start. For students with questions about someone who has been alleged to have committed an act of sexual violence, please click here

Patty Abdalla

Patty Abdalla

Driscoll Hall Room 324, College of Nursing
patty.abdalla@villanova.edu

Patty is the Student Resource Advisor in the College of Nursing.  She has been at Villanova University for over 17 years, helping students achieve success.  Student retention and success has been her professional mission and she loves the work she gets to do every day!  She attended Penn State University for her undergraduate degree and earned a Masters of Education in College Student Personnel at Penn State, as well.  She feels honored to serve on the SARC Team, as she hopes to offer support and advocacy to students in need.  Outside of the work she enjoys at Villanova, Patty is an avid sports fan, enjoys reading and spending quality time with family.
   

Stacy Andes

Laura Altimari

Jake Nevin Field House
laura.altimari@villanova.edu

Laura Altimari has been the Compliance Coordinator in the athletics department at Villanova since October 2013, after serving as an intern in the compliance office the summer of 2013.  Laura is a member of the VU Seniors Committee and also enjoys serving as a Challenge Course Facilitator on campus.  In 2010, Laura earned her B.S. in English Secondary Education from Temple University, while competing four years as a student-athlete on Temple’s Women’s Rowing Team.  Laura also earned her M.S. in Higher Education Administration in 2012 from Temple University.  Before working in Athletic Compliance, Laura was the Graduate Assistant Women’s Rowing Coach at Temple University from 2010-2012.  Laura grew up locally, in King of Prussia, PA.  She looks forward to serving as a member of the SARC team to support more of the student population beyond athletics at Villanova.  Laura wants to be a part of helping ensure all students have a healthy and enjoyable experience during their years as Villanova students.  When not at work, Laura can be found with her toes in the sand, in a pair of running shoes, or enjoying time spent with family and friends.             

Stacy Andes

Stacy Andes

Health Services Building, First Floor
stacy.andes@villanova.edu

Stacy is the Director of Health Promotion at Villanova University, and she currently heads up the SARC team at Villanova. As a back-up team member and SARC team trainer, Stacy believes that the team approach to providing support to students who have experienced sexual violence is a direct expression of Villanova’s commitment to caritas. She believes that all students should be treated with dignity, respect and compassion and hopes that the SARC team approach will let students know that we believe preventing and responding to sexual violence is a community responsibility, one that transcends our formal positions, roles and responsibilities at the University. As a military brat, Stacy grew up traveling and living in the United States and Germany and attributes much of her personal and professional success today to her experiences as a child in a career military family. Stacy is a passionate New England sports fan, a self-proclaimed foodie and is an avid reader and traveler.
      

Kathy Byrnes

Kathy Byrnes

Dougherty Hall Room 202
kathleen.byrnes@villanova.edu

Kathy is the Associate Vice President for Student Life, a Title IX Deputy, and the sexual harassment complaint officer for the University. Kathy has been at Villanova for many years in a variety of roles.  Kathy attended Villanova herself as an undergrad and remembers her college years as a time that shaped her spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.  Now, Kathy works closely with the first-year learning communities and with the Gay-Straight Coalition, among other things. She also helps administer the Safe Zone program, creating safe spaces and a message of welcoming throughout campus. Kathy is honored to be part of the SARC team, to serve as a resource for students and to help educate the Villanova community about sexual violence.  Her office is in 202 Dougherty.  When not at Villanova, Kathy enjoys taking long walks with her husband and little white dog. She also sees many plays, loves to read, and spends time with family and friends. 
     

Martin Garcia

Martin Garcia

Middleton Hall 2nd floor, Office of Education Abroad
martin.garcia@villanova.edu

Martin works in the Office of Education Abroad at Villanova University. Originally from California, Martin left La Puente to attend Villanova’s School of Business. After earning his degree and doing 2 years of post-graduate service, he is back at Villanova as a member of the Student Involvement Staff, a Service Learning Community Advisor, a Challenge Course Facilitator, and now a member of the SARC Team. He is also a current graduate student working on his Master’s of Public Administration. Martin is a Lakers fan and loves basketball. He can be found playing basketball with the Men’s Club Basketball Team on Monday and Wednesday nights. Martin strives to be supportive and compassionate for others and is hoping to help students during a really formational time, their college years.

    

Brooke Hunter

Brooke Hunter

SAC Rm 480, English
brooke.hunter@villanova.edu

Brooke Hunter has been an Assistant Professor in the English department at Villanova for three years and is passionate about her research specialty, medieval literature. In addition to teaching courses on medieval romances, Chaucer, and Dante, she is also writing a book about medieval forgery and the philosopher Boethius. As a teacher Brooke is committed to providing students with rigorous learning experiences and a chance to talk through difficult topics in a warm and open classroom setting. Although she is originally from Seattle, WA, Brooke has also lived in Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, and is now happily settled in West Philadelphia with her polydactyl cat Twinkles and the occasional feline rescue foster. Brooke is excited to serve the Villanova community as a SARC team member.   
      

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson

SAC Rm 26, Public Administration
danielle.johnson@villanova.edu

Danielle is an Assistant Professor in Villanova’s Public Administration department. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Public Administration from Villanova University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University. Through her research as a medical sociologist and public administrator, she explores how social factors such as race, socioeconomic status, and neighborhood characteristics influence the efficacy of public policy initiatives. As a professor and active member of the Intergroup Dialogue and Diversity Awareness communities at Villanova, Danielle is excited to additionally serve the University as a member of the SARC team.

     

Brian

Brian McCabe

St. Ritas's Hall, Campus Ministry
brian.mccabe@villanova.edu

Brian has served as the Campus Minister for Outreach and Student Formation since the summer of 2013.  This role has allowed him the opportunity to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff in exploring questions of meaning and belief.  Beyond Villanova his work accompanying people has included supporting and mentoring of Alaskan teens and young adults, street outreach throughout Philadelphia, and mental health and housing case management to folks experiencing chronic homelessness.  Brian has witnessed the deep wisdom of each person to realize their own goals and seek physical, spiritual, and mental wholeness, but also believes we have a responsibility to support one another to that end.  Brian lives with his wife, daughter, and dog who make him laugh and teach him something new each day.

     

Sarah Piff

Sarah Piff

Kennedy Hall, Second Floor
sarah.piff@villanova.edu

As the Assistant Director for Staff Training in the Office for Residence Life, Sarah Piff manages all aspects of the Resident Assistant (RA) program.  Sarah holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work and M.A. in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Passionate about empowering students and enhancing the student experience at Villanova, Sarah is involved with the Sophomore Experience, the Environmental Leadership Community and the Villanova One Book Program. Since joining Villanova in 2005, Sarah has served as a first-responder to students in crisis and is proud to be part of the SARC team as another resource for students. Sarah acknowledges that any student seeking support while on a path towards recovery is taking a brave step, especially survivors of violence, and she strives to be a voice of support and advocacy.

    
Kristy Sillay

Kristy McCarthy

Health Services Building, First Floor
kristy.sillay@villanova.edu
Kristy received her bachelor’s degree in Health Studies from The University of Alabama, as well as a master’s degree in Health Science. During her time at Alabama, Kristy served as a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Health Promotion and Wellness. As a Graduate Assistant, Kristy worked directly with the department’s peer health education program (a student organization of more than 130 interns) to help develop, implement, and coordinate all health programming. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Kristy enjoys southern food, traveling, and College Football (Roll Tide!). Currently, as the Assistant Director of Health Promotion, Kristy oversees MOVE above the influence, campus-wide programming initiatives, in addition to the development and implementation of health programming within the dimensions of physical, social, intellectual, emotional, cultural and spiritual well-being.
    

Nicole Subik

Nicole Subik

Falvey Hall Room 212C
nicole.subik@villanova.edu
Nicole is the Assistant Director of Learning Support Services at Villanova. Originally from upstate New York, Nicole joined the LSS team in 2010. A graduate of Dickinson College, Nicole started her career working at Landmark School in Prides Crossing, MA as a high school theater and tutorial teacher. Later earning a Master’s Degree in Education from Simmons College, Nicole was drawn to higher education because she felt a strong desire to help students with disabilities achieve their goals in college. On campus, Nicole can usually be found meeting with students one-on-one or giving study skills workshops across campus. She is looking forward supporting students as a member of the SARC team.

 

Nicole Subik

Samantha Tatulli

Health Services Building, First Floor
samantha.tatulli@villanova.edu
Samantha (or Sam) obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Health from West Chester University. She currently serves as the Coordinator for Peer Education programs and Community Standards within the Office of Health promotion. In her role, Sam oversees the POWER Peer Education program and coordinates all training, education and programming for nearly 30 peers. As the Community Standards Coordinator, Sam facilitates an alcohol education program focused on decision-making skills, self-protective strategies and coping mechanisms. Sam is very passionate about working with students and ensuring they have the resources to be happy, healthy and well. In her most recent role at Temple University, Sam served as the primary prevention expert in the area of Sexual Health, and her favorite part of her position was meeting with students for wellness consultations. She is very excited to serve as a SARC for Villanova, and is ready to be both a listening ear and advocate for students. While Samantha is originally from Princeton, New Jersey, she loves the city of Philadelphia! Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends, teaching group fitness classes, and exploring new ice cream spots (she will take recommendations). 

 

 

SARC Team