Each academic year, SAPA advocates elect an executive board to oversee the day-to-day tasks, as well as the long-term goals of Sexual Assault Peer Advocates. This is a group of advocates who have distinguished themselves in their service, passion, and commitment to the Emory community and its survivors. Each one strives to create a survivor-friendly campus, educate the community in order to prevent sexual assault, and promote a healthy environment for survivors; they work on a daily basis to achieve these goals. Not only are they empowered advocates and student leaders, they’re a close group of friends who care deeply about one another and making a positive, lasting impression on the Emory community.
Co-President: Jocelyn Hong
Jocelyn Hong is a Pittsburgh-born senior studying Sociology and Philosophy. Outside of SAPA she serves on the Emory University Senate Committee for the Prevention of Sexual Violence, Praxis Student Advisory Board, research assistant to Dr. Erika Hall, and as the RA for PEACE Themed Hall. When she is out of the classroom she enjoys jogging, checking out various food festivals, and soaking up every last beautiful moment of her senior year with friends in the vivacious city of Atlanta.
Co-President: Emma Kern
Emma Kern is a senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan who is studying International Relations and French. Outside of SAPA, she does research for the Emory MESAS department, dances for AHANA, has a radio show on campus, and loves being outdoors: running, swimming, soccer, anything. Additionally, she is a newly proud owner of a fish named Pu!
Training Coordinator: Robert Spigler
Robert Spigler is a junior transfer student from Tulane University who is majoring in Psychology. Robert is now the Training Coordinator with SAPA and is grateful to be part of such a passionate group and to have the opportunity to train future advocates. Outside of Emory, Robert is a counselor with Crisis Text Line, a non-profit that provides 24/7 free crisis intervention via text. After college, he hopes to pursue continued research into psychedelic therapies, which he believes will be a much needed paradigm shift in the treatment of mental illnesses.
Member Manager: Aanchal Gulati
Aanchal Gulati is a senior from New York studying International Studies and Economics. Outside of SAPA, she is working for a tech start up, editor-in-chief of Alloy Literary Magazine and hosts a weekly radio show. She can be found on the quest for the perfect donut, thrifting for oversized sweaters and sifting through her Spotify Discovery playlist.
CEM Coordinator: Katherine Gabay
Katherine is a junior from the suburbs of Philadelphia who is studying Quantitative Social Sciences and Sociology. Apart from SAPA, she is a Pure Barre instructor. In her free time you can find Katherine watching HGTV, FaceTiming with her dogs, or filling up online shopping carts and chickening out 95% of the time.
Public Relations & Marketing: Theo O’Leary
Theo is a junior from Concord, New Hampshire. She is majoring in Biology and is interested in the health sciences. Theo is on the Club Field Hockey team and enjoys spending time with her teammates. She also volunteers at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta and is a member of Best Buddies. In her free time, Theo likes to read and write and hang out with friends.
Events Coordinator: Sonia Ghura
Sonia is a junior from Washington, DC studying English and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. In her free time, she loves reading, swimming, and making jewelry as well as pottery. She also loves traveling, and has been to over 20 different countries so far!
Oxford Liaison: Alicia Brown
Alicia is an Atlanta-raised junior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a minor in English. Outside of SAPA, she is a writer for the Emory Undergraduate Medical Review and a lab assistant at the Emory Children’s Center to Dr. Hyacinth. She also enjoys volunteering in the Neuroimaging Lab at the Marcus Autism Center. In her free time, Alicia likes reading, watching movies, and exploring the city with her friends.
Treasurer: Dennis Kamara
Dennis is a Texas-born (Go Cowboys!) senior studying Biology and Philosophy. Outside of working in SAPA, Dennis has enjoyed working as a a research assistant in the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, helping first year students as a resident advisor in Raoul Hall, dancing to hip hop music as a member of TrickaNomeTry, and serving as the Vice President of Student Affairs in College Council.
Secretary: Madeline Maday
Madeline is a sophomore from Clarkston, Michigan. She is majoring in Political Science with a concentration in American politics on the Pre-Law track, and is minoring in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Madeline was recruited by Emory to be a pitcher on Emory’s varsity softball team and spends a lot of my time on the field. Outside of SAPA, she is a member of the Student Athletic Council, Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, SAFE Greeks, and is a Sorority Network Liaison. She is also a current employee of the WoodPEC and Kaldi’s coffee and in her free time enjoys coaching and teaching pithing lessons. Madeline is most excited to be a part of SAPA because she believes that sexual assault is an issue that needs to be at the forefront of conversation on college campuses and she believes that SAPA helps bring us closer to that.