Meet Our Team

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Steph Trilling, MSW, LCSW


Steph Trilling (she/her/hers) serves as the Director of the Women’s Center at Wake Forest University. Steph serves on the leadership team for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is the co-chair of the Culture of Respect Initiative, and directs the Women’s Center at Wake Forest University. A licensed clinical social worker, she brings a love for working with people and a systems advocacy approach to creating a culture where every single person is welcomed, celebrated, and valued. She is a student of intersectional feminism and wholeheartedly believes that we all have room to grow on the way to being the best version of ourselves.

Hometown: Boston, MA

Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BA) – History, Education; Salem State University (MSW) – Social Work with a concentration in Children and Families

Hobbies: Drinking way too much coffee, hiking all over NC, being a Hufflpuff, and volunteering at North Star LGBTQ+ Community Center

“We must recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.” –  Audre Lorde


Erin Adamson, MA
Assistant Director

Erin Adamson (she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center at Wake Forest University. Erin oversees the day to day operation of the women’s center, including supervising student workers, liaising with the LEAVES student peers, and planning programs around gender equity. Before Wake, she was facilitating dialogues and programming around social issues through a historical lens at the Levine Museum of the New South. She is passionate about using an intersectional feminist lens to promote gender equity on campus. 

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Education: Spelman College (BA) – Spanish; North Carolina State University (MA) – English-Linguistics

Hobbies: Re-watching Gilmore Girls, exploring escape rooms, and pretending to be an exercise person 

“The bridge I must be is the bridge to my own power” – Donna Kate Rushin, This Bridge Called My Back 

Peter smiling in his suit and tie. Peter Rives Social Work Intern

Peter Rives (he/him/his) serves as the WFU Women’s Center Social Work Intern this year. In this role, he is developing programming to help members of the Wake Forest University community explore concepts of masculinity and to support the development of healthier and more mindful masculinities. Peter is no stranger to Wake Forest as he is an alumnus (Class of ’98) and serves as the Assistant Director of Wellbeing – Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention. He is passionate about compassionately supporting people in exploring behavior change in ways that benefit the wellbeing of both the individual and their community.

Hometown: Hanover, NH

Education: Wake Forest Unversity (BA) – Psychology; University of Delaware (Doctoral study) – Social Psychology; University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (MSW candidate)

Hobbies: Wilderness exploration, guitar, gardening, hanging with my amazing family.

“What we know matters but who we are matters more.” -Brené Brown

Student Staff

Imani Butler

Student Program Coordinator

Imani (she/her/hers) is spending her second year with the Women’s Center as one of the program coordinators. She is pursuing a Sociology degree with a minor in Psychology. Imani is passionate about gender equity, especially in regard to uplifting the voices of BIPOC folks. Last year she partnered with the Black Student Alliance to plan Detangling Doubts, an event that united people over discussions about natural hair.

Hometown: Riverdale, GA

Education:  Wake Forest University, B.A. in Sociology

Hobbies: Exploring new artists to listen to, researching places to visit, playing in makeup

“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.” – Ruby Dee


Julia Caravello

Student Communications Coordinator

Julia Caravello (she/her/hers) works as the communications coordinator of the women’s center, including running social media accounts and creating the weekly newsletter. On campus, she is involved in Delta Zeta sorority, Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, and Momentum Hip Hop crew. She is passionate about gender issues and creating equality on campus.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Education: Wake Forest University, School of Business

Hobbies: Watching Rick and Morty, dancing, spending time with friends

“If you’re not the nicest, most hard-working girl in the industry, there’s gonna be someone prettier, nicer, and more hard-working.” -Gigi Hadid


Taryn Douglas

Student Communications Coordinator

Taryn Douglas (she/her/hers)  is the Women’s Center communications coordinator. She helps write our Women’s Center blogs. Taryn is also a member of the women’s center LEAVES program, a peer education group that seeks to promote gender equity on campus through leadership.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Education: Wake Forest, Class of 2023

Hobbies: Painting my nails, watching Youtube, reading, and shopping for unnecessary things

 “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi


Maggie Kuhn

Student Communications Coordinator

Maggie Kuhn (she/her/hers) is beginning her third year as student assistant in the Women’s Center as Communications Coordinator. She is majoring in both Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality studies, with intentions to pursue journalism and law. She also works closely with the OCCE and the WFU Orientation Committee to organize and engage pre-orientation programs for incoming freshmen. Maggie is also passionate about End the Silence WF, an independent blog that features anonymous sexual assault testimonials submitted by members of our own Wake Forest community. 

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Education: Wake Forest University, BA Sociology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Hobbies: taking care of my plants, decorating and redecorating my room, yoga, and long walks while listening to podcasts

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


Kate Pearson

Student Program Coordinator

Kate Pearson (she/her/hers) is a program coordinator who is committed to serving the Women’s Center and its community connections. Among other things, she values intersectional practice, community investment, and all things sweet, in that order. From serving as an intern with the Women’s Center to working in the Winston-Salem community with her service fraternity, Kate Pearson tries to enact positive change and put words to action whenever possible.

Hometown: Mount Holly, NJ

Education: Wake Forest University, History major with minors in American Ethnic Studies and Politics and International Affairs 

Hobbies: Singing, reading historical fiction, and getting into heated debates about non-consequential things.

“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?”—MLK


Mare Salinas

Student Program Coordinator

Mare (she/her/hers)  is one of our program coordinators within the Women’s center. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business and Enterprise Management with minors in Sociology and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies. Mare is starting her third year at the Women’s Center, and is passionate about equality and sharing intersectional feminism on campus. 

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Education: Wake Forest, pursuing B.S. in Business and Enterprise Management 

Hobbies: Yoga, taking care of my plants, and enjoy baking in my free time

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”- Scott Fitzgerald


Kiah Stith

Student Communications Coordinator

Kiah  (she/her/hers) works in the communications department of the Women’s Center, which includes monitoring and overseeing social media accounts and spearheading outreach. As a third-year student, she is currently pursuing a degree in English with a minor in Global Trade and Commerce. She is passionate about engaging students in conversations concerning gender issues and promoting equity on campus. 

Hometown: Durham, NC

Education: Wake Forest University, B.A. in English 

Hobbies: Hammocking with friends, binge watching Bon Appétit test kitchen YouTube videos and attempting to make those dishes. 

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.” -Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon