Leadership

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. She also enjoys gardening and cooking and loves Star Wars, Avengers and Wonder Woman.


Prevention, Education, & Training Staff

Jordan

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.

Elizabeth

Victim Advocate & Educator

Elizabeth serves as an educator with JCADA’s AWARE program and a victim advocate, combining her passions for direct service with community outreach and education. Elizabeth graduated in May 2019 with a BA in Psychology from Elon University in North Carolina. As a student, Elizabeth conducted undergraduate research on sexual assault disclosure and the responses on campus. During school her passion for helping survivors of power-based violence grew through education and activism. Elizabeth is currently also a volunteer for RAINN’s Online Sexual Assault Hotline and loves to spend her free time exploring DC.