OUR STORY

In 1981, members of the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office began to discuss the need for services for survivors of sexual assault. From these conversations, three individuals, Justice of the Peace Carolyn Hensarling, District Attorney Travis B. Bryan, III, and Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Ruffino, founded the Brazos County Rape Crisis Center, Inc., a non-profit, private corporation.

 

In 1982, the Center began to train volunteers and officially opened the doors for services in October of 1983. Since that time, the Center has trained over 1,000 volunteers, established strong community partnerships, conducted training and educational workshops, and assisted thousands of survivors with crisis intervention services.

 

In 2008, the organization rebranded to the Sexual Assault Resource Center or SARC and began serving the entire Brazos Valley region including Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington Counties.

SARC continues to expand its services and access for survivors of sexual violence and works to end sexual violence in our seven-county region through our education and prevention work.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP

Directors

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Executive Director

Lindsey LeBlanc, MBA

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Director of Clinical Services 

Debbie Okrina, LCSW

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Director of

Communications & Outreach

Kayla Duncan, M.S.

Team

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Operations Manager

Jamie Wangler, M. Ed. 

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​Volunteer
Manager

Caroline Adams

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Client Services Coordinator

Christina Neugebauer

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Staff
Counselor

Paula Thorn, LPC, LCDC

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Bilingual Staff Counselor

Kathie Dalum, LPC Associate

Supervised by Leigh Rainwater, LPC-S

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Staff
Counselor

Gabri'Ella Bonner, LMSW

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Bilingual Staff Counselor

Alexia Gonzalez, LPC Associate

Supervised by Alison Pourteau, LPC-S 

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Bilingual Outreach Coordinator

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Staff Counselor

Shelby Blackstock, LPC Associate

Supervised by Donna Hilbig, LPC-S

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Outreach Coordinator

VACANT

Maria Duran

 

Our Board of Directors

Pamela Smits

Board President

  

Lieutenant Kathryn Reiter

Treasurer

 Mike Reilly 

Vice President

 

Chief Eric Buske

Secretary

Anne McBroom Balke

 

Laurie Charles

 

James Edge

Tara Emerson

 

Chief Deputy Paul Martinez

 

Katherine Moore

District Attorney Jarvis Parsons

Kyndra Reed Shackelford

 

Assistant Chief Kary Shaffer

 

Karla Castillo Stumpf

Impacts and Reports

In 2021, the Sexual Assault Resource Center served 387 survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. Our volunteers and staff accompanied 105 survivors to the hospital, police station and courthouse. Those same volunteers donated 9,255 hours in 2021 to answer crisis calls and support survivors. SARC provided a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on, a place to heal. Our work in advocacy, counseling, and crisis intervention is vital to the healing journey for survivors.

Thank you for being a part of the change!  

Lindsey LeBlanc,

Executive Director

Served

387 

Survivors & Their Loved Ones

Answered over

1,129

Crisis Calls

Volunteers accompanied

105

Survivors to the Hospital

Provided

125

Survivors Legal Advocacy

Volunteers donated

9,255

Hours in 2021

Provided

2,789

Hours of Counseling 

 

Employment Opportunities

Open positions are posted regularly on Indeed.

 

Internship Program

Internships are available to undergraduate students who are studying Psychology, Social Work, Education, Public Health, Business, Marketing/Communications, Political Science, or affiliated degree. We offer internships to graduate students in Social Work or Counseling. SARC only accepts students who are currently involved in school. We offer internships for all semesters. 

 

All interns must complete a 40-hour training for Sexual Assault Advocates through the Office of the Attorney General provided by the Sexual Assault Resource Center.

How to Apply: 

​Interested students must submit a volunteer application and their resume along with any requirements of your program.

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