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To request a training, email the PEAR team at pearoffice@umich.edu.

PEAR Staff

Kaaren Williamsen

Kaaren Williamsen

PEAR Director

Kaaren Williamsen is the Director of the Prevention, Education, Assistance and Resources (PEAR) unit at ECRT. She served as the director of U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center from 2017-2022. She came to U-M from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where she was the Title IX coordinator. Earlier in her career she spent 15 years directing the Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College. As the founding director, she developed innovative sexual violence prevention programming and created institutional support services for LGBTQ students. Kaaren earned her doctorate in organizational leadership, policy and development at the University of Minnesota. She has a Master of Science degree in women’s studies and a Master of Arts degree in counseling and student personnel psychology.

Anne-Sophie Walters (she/her)
PEAR Assistant Director

Sophie Walters

Sophie serves as the Assistant Director at the Prevention, Education, Assistance & Resources (PEAR) unit at ECRT. Born and raised in France, she went to law school in Paris and moved to New York City for her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Previously, Sophie worked at the Prevention, Outreach and Education Department (POE) at Michigan State University and at the Crime Victims Assistance Unit (CVAU) at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office where she gained her expertise in sexual and gender-based misconduct. She is passionate about developing and facilitating prevention programming for faculty and staff on the Title IX regulations, university misconduct policies, and supporting resources in order to build an inclusive, trauma-informed, and violence-free environment for all.

Heather Colohan (she/her)
PEAR Specialist

Heather Colohan, LMSW, is a Specialist at Prevention Education, Assistance and Resources (PEAR) within the ECRT Office at the University of Michigan. Heather has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Heather strives to center the identities of community members within her work, ensuring programming goals are determined by the specific experiences and expressed needs of a given community.

Previous to Heather’s current position at PEAR, she worked at U-M Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC) for ten years providing tailored workshops for various U-M communities and departments, restorative healing circles, consultations, advocacy, and created SAPAC’s Raise the Bar bar bystander program. Previous to her work at the SAPAC, she developed, promoted, and implemented the YWCA Sexual Assault Advocacy Services program in Detroit, MI.

Pedro Coracides (he/him)
PEAR Specialist

Pedro Coracides is a Specialist in the PEAR (Prevention Education, Assistance & Resources) unit in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX (ECRT) office at the University of Michigan. Pedro’s professional experience spans across the aviation, tech, healthcare, non-profit, and higher education industries, ranging from operations, training, and product development. Most recently, Pedro spent five years at University of Michigan Health in the Office of Patient Experience leading health system wide work focused on creating an affirming environment for all patients and families including our LGBTQ+ community. Pedro’s passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community extends beyond the workplace as a board member for the Jim Toy Center in Ann Arbor and a crisis counselor for a national LGBTQ+ youth outreach organization. Pedro received his Bachelor of Science from Saint Louis University, his Master of Social Work from Wayne State University, and is a limited license social worker in the state of Michigan.

Rachel Roth Sawatzky (she/her)
PEAR Specialist

Rachel Roth Sawatzky, EdD is a Specialist with PEAR (Prevention Education, Assistance and Resources) in the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a university Title IX Coordinator and has held a variety of student affairs roles including Director of Student Programs and Orientation and Associate Dean of Students. Rachel holds a masters degree from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) where she studied sociology of religion and an EdD in higher education administration from Northeastern University (Boston, MA). Her dissertation considered how organizations respond to campus sexual misconduct, and how institutional response mechanisms might be augmented to better meet the needs that result. She offers a personal approach to consultation, support, and community care.

Carrie Landrum (she/they)
Adaptable Resolution & Restorative Practices Lead

Carrie Landrum supports faculty, staff, and students when harm has impacted an individual or the campus community by facilitating restorative, adaptable resolution for campus concerns related to discrimination, harassment, sexual and gender-based misconduct, and other forms of harm. Carries also assists with community care and support in a holistic approach in responding to sexual and gender-based misconduct. Carrie has been forging pathways to peace and facilitating healing justice using restorative practices at UM since 2007. Carrie’s background includes studies and training in international studies (Emory University); conflict transformation (Wayne State University); and peacebuilding, trauma healing, and restorative practices (Eastern Mennonite University).

Christopher Jones (he/him)
Senior Administrative Assistant

Christopher is the Senior Administrative Assistant for PEAR (Prevention Education, Awareness & Resources). Christopher received his BA and MA in Communication from UM-Flint. He also worked in Student Accounts and Undergraduate Admissions at UM-Flint for seven years. In his current role, he supports the directors and specialist by managing calendars and providing meeting and event support, among other administrative duties. In his spare time Christopher enjoys running, hiking, and dining out.