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Meet the Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSCs)

Holly Lovern, she/her, M.Ed.

Holly joined Carolina as a GVSC in August 2016. She graduated from the University of Lynchburg (2014) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and earned a Master’s of Education from the University of South Carolina (2016) in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. At UofSC, Holly provided confidential support and advocacy for members of the campus community impacted by gender-based violence and harassment. She also worked on prevention efforts and developed programming, outreach, and trainings on topics including healthy relationships and consent, supporting victims/survivors, and bystander intervention. Holly has student affairs experience in new student orientation, first-year experience, fraternity and sorority life, and academic coaching and advising, including in the community college system. 

For self-care, Holly enjoys reading, listening to country music, and snacking on her favorite snack combo: M&M’s and Dr. Pepper.

UNC-CH trainings completed: HAVEN, Safe Zone, Safe Zone: Gender Identity & Gender Expression, Mental Health First Aid, Embody, Green Zone, and UndocuCarolina.

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.