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Meet the Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSCs)

Kayla Zollinger, she/her, MSW

Kayla joined Carolina as a GVSC in January 2020. She graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas (2012) with a Bachelor of Business Administration and earned a Master’s of Social Work from Baylor University (2015). After earning her MSW, Kayla continued serving with a local organization as a case manager for women working in the commercial sex industry where she connected them with resources and provided emotional support. Most recently, Kayla worked with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in Tacoma, Washington as a Crime Victim Advocate where she provided advocacy and education regarding the legal process and in-court accompaniment and support for individuals impacted by relationship violence. 

For self-care, Kayla enjoys officiating basketball, baking for friends, and drinking cold press coffee.

UNC-CH trainings completed: Safe Zone, Green Zone, and UndocuCarolina.


Cassidy Johnson, she/her, MA, LMFT

Cassidy re-joined the GVSC team in November 2020 as the part-time GVSC Case Manager, after proudly serving as the University’s first GVSC for 5 years from 2014-2019. Cassidy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2007) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies, and earned a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego (2011). Prior to joining the GVSC team in 2014, Cassidy worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and volunteered at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center as a Companion and Support Group Facilitator.

For self-care, Cassidy likes to watch ridiculous dating shows (Love is Blind!), take walks while listening to podcasts, and try out new ice cream shops around the Triangle.