Meet Our Staff

  • Naomi Chu

    Naomi Chu, CARE Director

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    Naomi serves as the campus community advocate, manager, prevention coordinator, and content specialist on interpersonal and sexual violence. She is committed to approaching both prevention and advocacy work from an intersectional and community-based approach.

    Naomi comes to us from California State University, Chico where she served as the Safe Place administrator overseeing advocacy services and prevention programming. Prior to Safe Place, Naomi served as the advocacy coordinator at Cal Poly Pomona. She provided direct services and oversaw a student prevention team. Previously, she worked at Safe Horizon, housed in the Family and Domestic Violence Supreme Court in Kings County, New York, working with families impacted by Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. She was also a weekend Therapeutic Supervised Visitation Clinician for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC). Naomi is a first-generation immigrant who received her Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University, New York, and received a bachelor’s here at UCSC.

     

  • Jazmin Jauregui

    Jazmin Jauregui, CARE Advocate

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    In her time at UC Santa Cruz, as a first generation, Latinx student, Jazmin was a resident assistant (OAKESSS!), SHOP intern and CARE volunteer. In 2017, she graduated with a degree in Human Biology B.S. from UCSC and completed her sexual and domestic violence certification with Monarch Services. Jazmin rejoined the CARE team in May 2019 as an advocate. She is committed to supporting and empowering survivors of all backgrounds in their journeys after trauma. 

    Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially the babies, learning how to do new things, and watching mystery documentaries and cooking competitions. You can usually find her with a Yerba Mate in hand ready for the day ahead.


     

  • Carolyn Sohn

    Carolyn Sohn, CARE Advocate

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    As an advocate, Carolyn works directly with survivors of interpersonal violence, and the people who care for survivors in their own communities. She considers advocacy as a commitment to the resilience, strengths, and self-determination of survivors, and a responsibility to educate the wider community on the realities of interpersonal violence.

    Before arriving at the UCSC campus in September 2019, Carolyn was a CARE advocate and intake specialist at UC Santa Barbara. She received her advocate training at Standing Together to End Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Solutions, based in Santa Barbara. She's proud of her journey as a first generation college student and second generation Korean-American, and is thrilled to join the UCSC community.

  • Sage Swiatek

    Sage Swiatek, CARE Advocate

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    As an advocate, Sage works directly with individuals impacted by interpersonal violence. Sage's intention is to work with survivors and their communities in ways that uplift an individual's right to self-determination in their survivorship journey. She believes in the unique inherent power each individual possesses and strives towards cultivating a practice embedded with compassion, mindfulness, and radical self-love. 
     
    Sage graduated from UCSC with a Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies and is currently working towards a Master of Social Work from University of Denver. In her free-time, Sage loves exploring tide pools in search of nudibranchs, connecting with community, and snuggling up with her three dogs. 
  • Yesenia Melgoza-Fernandez

    Yesenia Melgoza-Fernandez, Prevention Education Coordinator

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    Yesenia is a first generation Mexican-American college grad from Watsonville, CA. She received her B. A. in Sociology and Chicanx Studies from UCLA. She has 5+ years of experience providing domestic and sexual violence education and advocacy in underserved communities in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz County. Yesenia is most looking forward to becoming one with the UCSC community!
     
    Outside of work, she is a coach for the non-profit, Watsonville Starlings Volleyball Club where she trains girls ages 10-18 in underserved communities in Watsonville the sport of volleyball. Yesenia also enjoys hanging out with her dog, Ginger, taking care of her plants, & is an avid makeup enthusiast.

  • Anne Margaret Capcap

    Anne Margaret Capcap, CARE Prevention Education Coordinator

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    As an advocate, Anne helps survivors of domestic violence and assault find their footing again by empowering their next steps, whether that means seeking justice or seeking healing. They believe that in doing this work, they can help their generation center healing in their own communities so that empathy can be prioritized in all intimate and communal decisions.
     
    Anne is a proud Filipino immigrant and loves to spend time with their big pamilya. They grew up in Sacramento and is very excited to give back to their alma mater here at UCSC. They graduated with BAs in Philosophy and Anthropology in hopes to serve their community in a conscientious and culturally-responsible way. In addition to CARE, Anne is a residential counselor at a youth shelter in Santa Clara and volunteers as a board member for SAYS, an education non-profit back home in Sacramento. 
     
    Outside of work, Anne loves to take care of their plant babies (who have taken over both their life and their room), try new recipes, moisturize, buy cute stationary, watch anime, read, and play video games with their partner (who is much better at winning). 

  • Sherry Tran

    Sherry Tran, Intake Coordinator

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    As the Intake Coordinator, Sherry is the first point of contact for UCSC community members looking to connect with a CARE advocate.
     
    Sherry is a first generation Vietnamese-American college graduate from San Diego, CA. She graduated with a B.A. in Art & Design: Games and Playable Media (go Crown!!), but has had a passion for advocacy and social work since her intern days at CARE. She hopes to support survivors and lower barriers to resources by creating a warm, welcoming, and safe space for all community members, and is excited to give back to her campus community!
     
    Outside of work, Sherry volunteers for a local church group on campus and spends a lot of time hanging out with her church family. She enjoys hiking, reading, video-editing, and immensely loves Popeyes chicken (especially on Tuesdays).

  • Zoe Wynne

    Zoe Wynne, Prevention Education Intern

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    I joined CARE in order to educate my fellow UCSC community members on all the support services we offer as well as educating society on the issue of interpersonal violence.
    A few fun facts about me, I have two bunnies named Millie and Boo, I love to run, and go to the mountains! 

  • Lauryn Holmes

    Lauryn Holmes, Prevention Education Intern

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    I first joined CARE as a volunteer and loved the work that they are doing so much that I
    applied to be an intern. I was so inspired by a former intern’s sunny personality and
    compassion that I decided that this was an organization I wanted to be more involved in.
    Through this internship, I hope to grow into a student that is equipped to support their
    community.
    A fun fact about me is that I am an Aquarius and I like to listen to true crime podcasts in
    my free time!


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