Loyola University Maryland

Women's Center

Who We Are

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Dr. Margaret Musgrove, Director
Dr. Musgrove came to Loyola in 1991 to teach in the writing and media department. Before coming to Loyola, she taught at community colleges in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maryland.  Writing children's literature was her favorite course. She was tenured in 1996 and had a Fulbright Research Grant to study in Ghana, West Africa in 1997-98. Her children's book, The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth, was published in 2001 by Scholastic. Her picture book, Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, was the 1977 Caldecott Award Winner. She came to the Women's Center in January 2000. She enjoys the opportunity to create programs in the Center that support and empower women here at the University and in the surrounding community. She has especially enjoyed bringing international women speakers like the Women from Jerusalem, the first women to serve in parliament in Uganda, and the women from El Salvador to Loyola.

Dr. Musgrove is located in the Women's Center: 4504A-3 Seton Court; mmusgrove@loyola.edu.

Melissa Lees, 
Sexual Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Coordinator
Melissa Lees is the new Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response Coordinator at Loyola University Maryland. She is a confidential resource for ANY student who experiences any form of sexual or dating violence. Melissa can provide resources both on and off-campus.  She is available to walk with students through both the campus disciplinary process and the city’s criminal process. Obtaining peace and protective orders, getting a S.A.F.E. (sexual assault forensic exam) exam at Mercy hospital and navigating the criminal system are a few of the many resources she can provide. Melissa is Green Dot trained and is an Escalation Workshop facilitator. Faculty and staff can reach out to Melissa to meet with student clubs, organizations, classes and meetings to do trainings on a variety of topics related to sexual violence.

Melissa Lees earned her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Marywood University in Scranton, PA and her Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton in Ohio. For the past six year Melissa worked at Notre Dame of Maryland University as the Director of Campus Ministry and Service as well as serving as their Title IX Resource Coordinator. In addition, she has been a senior advocate with TurnAround, Baltimore’s rape crisis and domestic violence agency for the past four years. In her role as senior advocate, she serves on call 2 weeks a month answering the 24 helpline which provides crisis response as well as responding to Mercy hospital for afterhours sexual assault and domestic violence situations. Recently, Melissa’s work within the community was recognized throughout the state. In Dec. 2014, she was named one of Maryland’s 40 Influential Women Under 40 by the Daily Record and in the spring of 2015, she was awarded the Governor’s Service Medal for Civic Engagement. In her free time, she is a die-hard NY Giants fan, loves cooking and spending time with her 2 year old niece.

Melissa is located in the Women’s Center: 4504A-2 Seton Court; mklees@loyola.edu; 410-617-6769.

Kathy Zulty, Administrative Assistant
Kathy Zulty joined Loyola in February 2006 having previously stayed at home to raise her children for the past 11 years. In the past she has worked at The Ohio State University and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She enjoys helping to bring programs of interest to Loyola. In her spare time she enjoys reading, boating and relaxing in Vermont with her family.

Kathy is located in the Women's Center: 4504A Seton Court; kszulty@loyola.edu; 410-617-5844.

Jenn LaFalce, Graduate Assistant 
Jenn LaFalce is a first year graduate student in the counseling psychology program. She is a Loyola alumni, Class of 2015, with a B.A in psychology and a minor in biology. Her goals as graduate assistant for the Women’s Center is to educate the Loyola community on gender issues and bring awareness to the responsibility of both men and women to identify and work to change these issues. Jenn is Green Dot trained and is currently going through Safe Zone training. Jenn’s long term goals are to serve in the military and practice counseling at the master’s level (LCPC).

Jenn is located in the Women’s Center: 4504A-5 Seton Court; womenscenter@loyola.edu; 410-617-5843.

Chelsey Puzzaghero, Undergraduate Intern 
Chelsey Puzzaghero is a senior here at Loyola, majoring in psychology. Chelsey’s goal before graduating is to increase student awareness about issues of sexual and domestic violence, and college rape-culture. Chelsey works closely with Title IX, Green Dot, Take Back the Night and other related initiatives. After graduation Chelsey plans to take a hiatus from her studies and work in humanitarian aid before pursuing a PhD in psychology with a concentration in forensics or clinical practices. In her free time Chelsey enjoys reading, drawing/painting, going to concerts and hanging out with friends and family.

Chelsey is located in the Women’s Center: 4504A-5 Seton Court; 410-617-5843.     

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