About Us

What is an Advocate?

An advocate with the USF Center for Victim Advocacy is a professional who is trained to respond with compassion and expertise to the victims of crime, violence and abuse. This includes crisis intervention, advocacy and accompaniment, safety planning, academic and housing assistance, and nonjudgmental support to victims to help them get through the experience and regain control of their lives.

Makenzie Schiemann, Director

Rachel Preston, Senior Victim Advocate

Jessica Pinto, Victim Advocate

Megan Deremiah, Victim Advocate

Valnick Touloute, Administrative Coordinator

Angela Candela, Graduate Assistant