Director and Sexual Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Coordinator
Melissa Lees is the Program Manager for the Women’s Center 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 a Step Up! and Escalation Workshop facilitator. Faculty and staff can reach out to Melissa to meet with student clubs, organizations, classes and meetings to do training's on a variety of topics related to sexual violence.
Melissa 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. Melissa has been a senior advocate with TurnAround, Baltimore’s rape crisis and domestic violence agency for the past nine years and a Domestic Violence Advocate at North West Hospital's DOVE program for three years. In her free time, she is a die-hard NY Giants fan, loves cooking, running and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Lisa Crowell is the Administrative Assistant in the Women’s Center. Lisa worked in a variety of administrative positions in an 11-year career with Carefirst. In 2004, she left to become a full- time mom. In 2010, she started working for Baltimore County Schools. Lisa worked for six years in various positions until her employment here at Loyola University. She is an active volunteer at St. Clare Parish and in the Essex community. Lisa is a compassionate supporter of human rights and environmental issues. She is a proud alumni of The Catholic High School of Baltimore, and has been happily married to her husband, Eric, for 15 years. Lisa and Eric are the proud parents of three wonderful children.
Lisa loves helping others, and her passion to help others includes volunteering at Eastside Homeless Shelter and Baltimore Child Abuse Center. She hopes to inspire others to be good stewards. Lisa' interests include hiking, attending her children's sporting events and just spending time outdoors with nature.