Laura, Director of Prevention, Training, & Education
For the past 20 years Laura Kovach has worked in both community and higher education settings as an advocate, educator and faculty member with the goal of ending power-based personal violence. She earned her M.Ed in Higher Education and College Student Affairs from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Before joining JCADA, Laura was the Director of the Women’s Center at Georgetown University and consulted with national organizations and governmental agencies on issues of campus sexual assault, Title IX and power-based violence prevention. Laura continues to teach at Georgetown in an adjunct capacity with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Laura and her husband Ben, are busy parents to two boys Xavier and Ryder, and she enjoys gardening, cooking and loves Star Wars, Avengers and Wonder Woman.
Prevention, Education, & Training Staff
AWARE® Program Manager
Jordan graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a BS in Community Health. As a student in the Behavioral and Community Health Honors program she completed a thesis on High School Sex Education Tone & Content and Rejection of Rape Myths. Through her original research and on-campus advocacy, Jordan has developed a passion for preventing and educating about power-based violence. In 2019, the University of Maryland School of Public Health awarded her the Community Service Award for her work in child advocacy and the Delta Omega Gamma Zeta chapter awarded her with a second place poster award for her undergraduate research. She is hoping to return to school to work towards a graduate degree within the next few years, and her areas of interest include non-profit management, high school sex education policy, and sexual assault prevention research.
Training and Education Manager
Nate oversees JCADA’s Building Better Allies program and is an Instructor and PhD student at the University of Maryland. Nate earned his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to coming to JCADA, Nate worked in various capacities within higher education and nonprofit organizations over the past ten years to reduce and prevent issues of power-based violence. In his doctoral work, Nate studies the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in public schools.