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Meet the Staff

Jenny Erazo

Master of Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (therapist)

I worked at SAAVI as an intern while getting my degree in social work, and I’ve been the program manager since September 2013. I oversee the advocates, as well as provide advocacy and therapy to survivors of interpersonal violence. I also do outreach events and education for groups on campus.

Keisha Nicole Richardson

Bachelor’s in psychology and criminal justice, currently a graduate student in social work

I’m currently a graduate student in the MSW program here on campus. I am hoping to do clinical work after I graduate, with a focus on anxiety and other mental health problems. I’ve been with SAAVI since August 2016 as my practicum placement. As a graduate student, I provide counseling services to students through the USU Health and Wellness Center. I work with my fellow interns to plan and organize events, raise awareness and create presentations.

SAAVI Advocates: Advocates meet with clients when they come in for their first time and inform them of the services that SAAVI offers. They can also contact work supervisors and religious leaders as instructed by clients. In addition, they provide outreach to the campus community and give presentations about SAAVI’s services to student groups.

Deanna Lee Smith

Current student majoring in social work

After graduating from USU, I plan to go on to get my Master of Social Work from the University of Utah. I’m particularly interested in working with women who suffer from eating disorders and body dysmorphia in a clinical setting. I’ve worked with SAAVI since August 2016 as an advocate.

Felicia Marie Gallegos

Current student majoring in social work

After graduation, I hope to work in a non-profit setting and eventually as a manager. I’ve been with SAAVI since August 2016 as an advocate.




How we Help

Confidential Counseling

We can help you decide the right path for moving forward based on your comfort level and desired outcome. Our office provides confidential guidance for persons that have experienced interpersonal violence and need assistance understanding their options.

When you report an incident to the SAAVI office, it is considered confidential (section II-3-B-III for definition of confidentiality). The SAAVI office will not share information about the complaint. These conversations DO NOT trigger a university action and/or investigation.

Coordination of USU Support Services

We can help navigate the numerous options available at USU for persons that have experienced interpersonal violence including counseling, support and health services.