Center for Gender Equity Staff

Kathleen Converse
Director of the Center for Gender Equity & Advocacy Network Coordinator
503-352-2273

Kathleen (she/her/hers) has her Masters in Social Work, with a focus on Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about intersectional feminism, and working to end systems of oppression and interpersonal violence.​ When she’s not fighting the white hetero-patriarchy she enjoys spending time with her partner, energetic toddler, and rambunctious basset hound labrador pup, reading, running, or eating copious amount of chocolate.

Kaira Bird
Co-Chair, Center for Gender Equity

While majoring in Psychology and minoring in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Kaira (she/her/hers) first joined CGE in Fall 2016 as a GSS student, then as a Projects Coordinator. Kaira is a strong advocate for positive, comprehensive sex education and would like to work to make more inclusive sexual health and body positivity resources available to others.

Killian Lynch
Co-Chair, Center for Gender Equity

Killian Lynch (she/her/hers):

"This work has allowed me to combine my passion for intersectional feminism with my love for the community in which I've grown up. Having the opportunity to create real progress in my hometown has allowed me to both honor the women and people who've inspired my passion, and gain experience for what I hope is a lifetime of working towards radical change."

Sienna Brown
Social Media Coordinator, Center for Gender Equity

Sienna Brown (she/her):

"Working with CGE is important to me because I believe it is paramount to bring communities together. As well, this center strives for equity both on and off campus, and this ongoing goal is very personal to me."

Jaye Adams
LGBTQ+ Coordinator, Center for Gender Equity

Jaye Adams (he/him/his) is a Senior English Literature major with a Creative Writing and Philosophy double minor.

"Activism is something that I can't imagine my life without. Not only is it deeply personal, but it has been fulfilling in a way that nothing else has been."

Dana McCarthy
Projects Coordinator, Center for Gender Equity

Dana (Cal) McCarthy (They/Them):

"I'm excited to be part of CGE for a second year. My gender identity is a huge part of my daily existence so I'm passionate about helping other people to feel accepted and informed, as well as educating myself about issues that others face."

Bob Sagers
Healthy Masculinities Coordinator, Center for Gender Equity

Bob Sagers (He/him/his) is a junior in special education and learning.

"It is no secret that society puts pressure on men to act in ways that are not always true to themselves and, in turn, promotes behavioral patterns that are toxic for everyone. I want to play a role in naming these patterns for what they are, and to offer support in redefining what it means to be "masculine" in a healthy way."

Calista Kountz
Women’s Empowerment Coordinator, Center for Gender Equity

Calista Kountz (She/her/hers):

"Hello! My name is Calista Kountz and I am a senior studying public health at Pacific University! I care about CGE because I can see the results of the work we do in real time. I witness misconceptions changing and acceptance growing on Pacific’s campus and it is so unbelievably rewarding to be apart of this team!!"

Kat Casaubon
Body Politics Coordinator, Center for Gender Equity

This is Kaitlin (she/her/hers), but most people call her Kat. She is going to be a sophomore and this is her second year at CGE. She is a psychology and criminal justice double major and a gender and sexuality studies minor. Kat enjoys arts, music, and making friends. CGE has taught to love herself for who she is. She is excited to be working alongside Kathleen and the rest of the CGE staff as the body politics coordinator.

Emily DeYoung
(Center for Gender Equity)

Emily DeYoung (she/her/hers):

"I'm Emily DeYoung! I'm a junior at Pacific with a major in history and a minor in philosophy and gender and sexuality studies. The Center for Gender Equity is important to me because of the way that it celebrates and advocates for people of all different genders, sexualities, and backgrounds with a staff full of wonderful, dedicated souls. The positive impact that we have made since the establishment of the center and the impact that we still have the potential to make both on our campus and in our community make me more excited than ever to be part of this group!"

GSS 341 Student, Center for Gender Equity

Megan (she/her they/them) is a junior in computer science with a gender & sexuality studies minor.

"I wanted to work with CGE because gender and sexuality impact our lives in different ways and promoting education and advocacy around these topics is important in this community! I want to especially focus on Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights within the STEM field."

Julio Montelongo
GSS 341 Student, Center for Gender Equity

Julio (He/Him/His/Them/They) is a senior in media arts.

"Why I care about this work: Whether in the classroom, lunch hall or among friends, everyone deserves to enjoy their time in academia. If I am able to help make that time just a bit more enjoyable, in any which way possible, it is a pleasure to be of service to my fellow peers."

Micaela Frick
(Center for Gender Equity)

Micaela (she/her) is a senior in public health.

"I care about this work because sexual violence severely impacts lives and has a high prevalence rate in our community. By passionately speaking out about this issue and creating awareness, I am showing my support to victims and doing my part to end rape culture."

Sofie Dobberfuhl
Projects Coordinator, Center for Gender Equity

Sofie (she/hers) is a sophomore in education.

"I care deeply about intersectional gender issues within both the Pacific community and larger world. I hope that in working with CGE, I can help influence other students to be advocates for one another. "

Dylan Wacker
(Center for Gender Equity)

Dylan Wacker (he/him) is a senior double majoring in Media Arts and Business Administration: Marketing.

"I create posters and graphics for our organization. I see it as the perfect opportunity to combine my passion for creation with my desire to shape the world for the better. CGE’s mission is very important to me, and it is a privilege to further it through art."