Kate Schutz is a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo and a certified Self Defense instructor. She began training in Taekwondo in 1996, received her 1st Dan in 1999, and was promoted to 3rd Dan in 2006. She was the Head Instructor of Graceville Taekwondo (MN) and Browns Valley Taekwondo (MN) from 1999 to 2005 and main Assistant Instructor to Grand Master Greenquist for the Circle of Nations Taekwondo program. Kate, along with her husband, 5th Dan Master Nathan Schutz, opened Strongheart Martial Arts Academy in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 2006, and now oversee 8 Strongheart Martial Arts Academy locations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Kate is also a School and Family Mental Health Counselor and has been working in the field of children, family, and vulnerable adult mental health for 12 years
I have been a police officer for 15 years. The majority of my time is spent working with the youth in the community. I am a Forensic Interviewer and have been CornerHouse Trained. Within this position, I help investigate child abuse and sexual assault cases for the department and assist other agencies in the community. Additionally, I serve as the school Liaison Officer. Within the school district I serve as the DARE Instructor and assist in teaching radKIDS, a youth, adolescent, and adult self-defense class.
I serve with this organization as a board member and volunteer in an attempt to help the victim/survivors of violence. Within my line of work, I see child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse. Often this abuse is cyclical and help is never recieved. My hope is that this organization and others like it can encourage individuals to speak up and get help. If a victim is unable to speak up and ask for help or have someone else speak up on their behalf, they may never recieve the help they so desperately need.
This organization can help give the public (bystanders) and victims, a voice. This organization has the ability to give a voice to those that may not have one or be able to use theirs, by bringing awareness to cultural and societal violence.
Hello, my name is Chelsey Klingbeil. I am a senior attending college at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM). Majoring in biology with a double minor in chemistry and psychology with an emphasis in nursing. I plan to obtain a career as a Nurse Practitioner, with a specialization in family practice or pediatrics. My end dream career would be one day to further my education by becoming a Pediatrician, MD. I have always had a personality that’s nurturing, caring, passionate and determined to help anyone and everyone anyway I can whether its children, adolescences, adults, or elders! I care about EVERYONE! We together, can reach out to those who may not have a voice or know how to take back their lives. When you don’t find me working my two jobs, volunteering, or in the books studying for school, I’m usually doing some sort of activity/hobbies. I really enjoy activities such as hockey, kayaking, rock climbing, running, working out, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, biking, rollerblading, hunting, fishing, playing softball, soccer and much more! But I will ALWAYS find time and will go out of my way to connect with anyone, so don’t let my crazy busy schedule scare you. I connected with Unspoken Voices through being a Community Program Assistant through Center for Small Towns at UMM. I am honored and privileged to be associated with this amazing organization. I believe personally the org and I have the same mission with empowering and influencing survivors of domestic violence through education, advocacy and especially through giving a voice to everyone, while encouraging everyone to be an active bystander. Be the change, start today, it’s NEVER to late!
KiloMarie holds a Bachelor's degree in Arts in Counseling. She received her Master's degree in Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation. She is currently a doctoral student working towards a degree in social work specializing in forensic criminology and advocacy.
Through her career, educationally and professionally as a Violence Prevention and Response Program Coordinator, advocate, and professional speaker, KiloMarie Granda has seen the damage caused in lives of many due to interpersonal violence. As a result of this and her own experience as a survivor of childhood abuse and rape, she realized that far too many individuals' voices, including her own, often remain unspoken. KiloMarie believes that if the work that Unspoken Voices does affects even one life in a positive manner, than it gives meaning to her experiences.
For far too long, victim/survivors, bystanders, and our society has remained silent on the issues of personal power-based violence. The silence must be shattered. We must be willing to raise our own voices and declare that violence is not okay, not tolerable, and should never be encouraged. To this end, KiloMarie and Unspoken Voices offer a variety of awareness, educational, and training events, regionally and nationally.
KiloMarie has recently been honored by RAINN in their survivor spotlight", has interviewed for several national web and radiocasts, and has been chosen as one of the Top 1,000 Agents of Hope.
Please feel free to reach out to this organization or another on behalf of yourself, your friend, your neighbor, or the person that you pass on the street. Violence is occurring at epidemic proportions, and only when we use our voices against it, do we have a real opportunity to create a positive and lasting cultural change.
A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris (with degrees in philosophy and gender studies), Michael describes themselves as a “huge nerd” about issues of equity, diversity, and sexuality. Their passion for inclusion led them to work with Unspoken Voices as their Operations Coordinator. Their work mostly involves assisting with the running of the day to day operations of the organization. Their main projects include: grant writing, inclusion and community engagement, and program development. When not volunteering or working their other nonprofit position, Michael enjoys reading Bitch magazine and spending time with friends and family.
Operations & Logistics Department
Hi! My name is Ashlee Bednar and I am a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris studying elementary education. When I am not studying or volunteering at the local elementary school, I enjoy theatre, movies, the culture and language of France, reading, and dance. I am also very interested in photography and videography.
After graduating, I hope to teach in France for a year or two, and then return to the U.S. to teach and make educational and entertaining films and documentaries. I joined Unspoken Voices because I believe that if I can help just one person, the passion and time that I put into this work will have been worth it.
Currently, I serve as the Co-Chair for our Unspoken Voices Student Organization, based on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. In addition to chairing this wonderful student org, I also enjoy and assist with choreography and stage-make up.
My name is Andrew Riestenberg. I am a recent alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. I graduated with a degree in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. While at Morris, I was involved with a student based volunteer organization that helped me discover my passion for helping people. After I graduated, I joined a division of AmeriCorps, Minnesota Math Corps, to help students, who struggle in math, get back on a path to success. I enjoy working with students very much and working with the Math Corps program allows me to make a significant difference in each of my students' lives. My passion for helping others drew me to this organization so that I could help people indirectly, by working on the data analysis and logistics side of the organization. This work will allow the organization to have a more significant impact within the community.
Hi! My name is Rani. I am a Junior at the University of Minnesota, Morris. I am a Political Science major, with a minor in Sport Management. Once I graduate from Morris, I plan to attend Law School, or work towards my Ph. D in Sport Management to pursue a job in Sports Law.
I decided to be a part of Unspoken Voices because I have friends and family who were once victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. I want to empower others, and show them that they are not alone and anything is achievable. I will end this bio with one of my favorite quotes, "Let my soul smile through my heart & my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts."
Social Justice Arts Troupe
Hello there! My name is Eric Dymit. I am currently a fourth year student at U of M, Morris, where I am pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts with a minor in English. Theatre has been one of the biggest passions in my life for the past ten years, and I am thrilled to be working with Unspoken Voices in order to spread their wonderful message through theatre and the arts in general. My focus in theatre is acting, although I have a budding interest in directing as well. I have performed in close to twenty plays, the most recent five of which have been right here at UMM. I have also been an active member of the Morris improv community for the past three years, and am a returning member of the Breakfast for Dinner improve troupe this current year. Off the stage, I have also appeared in a number of films written, directed, and produced by the Killer Wingfield Theatre Company, which was started by two friends of mine who have also been a contributing force to Unspoken Voices.
Outside of the acting realm, I am irresistibly drawn to the outdoors. I love everything to do with animals and nature, from scrounging in the dirt for bugs to wading in lakes with my dog to climbing every tree and rock face I come across. Over the spring semester, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Scotland, where I was able to study more theatre and art and also explore the natural environments ‘across the pond’. I am an avid book reader and film watcher, and thoroughly enjoy discussing both.
I am very excited to be able to collaborate with Unspoken Voices. I believe that the issues this organization deals with are important for everyone to ponder and discuss, and Unspoken Voices provides a platform from which this discussion can be derived.
Hello Everyone!! My name is Katerina, a young woman with a severe passion for art, literature, and traveling. I was that 10 year old girl who would always spout off her dreams of traveling the world and creating a life of adventure to anyone that would listen. 11 years later I still say the same thing; however, I am traveling the world and creating a life that I enjoy and love. Currently, I am a third year student attending the beautiful University of Minnesota Morris. After graduating, I hope to do a little more traveling before stepping into the adult world where I hope to pursue a career in Travel Magazines as an editor or publisher. I want to be able to show the world that there is beauty in everything that we see and do even if it seems that dark clouds always get in our way.
Hello hello! My name is Jonas Newhouse, I have been working in music and theatre for the past 7 years, and am currently finishing up his B.A. In Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota, Morris. My work in music has included organizing and playing in a number of concerts throughout the state, as well as recording and releasing a 12-track album of original music with my band, 8 Bit Johnson. In theatre, my focus is directing, which has brought me to direct 1 full-length play and 1 staged reading for the UMM Meiningens. I also have a few years of improv experience, and am a co-founder of the Killler Wingfield Theatre and Film Company, for which I have written and directed 2 plays, and worked on writing, production, and acting for 9 short films. I will be directing UMM children's show, Pinocchio Commedia in the spring of 2016, and following graduation will be moving to California to pursue theatre and music in all forms possible.
I find it very important to bridge social justice and the arts. Expression is a great form of empowerment, and creativity is a gateway to learning. By creating pieces of art that not only express a vision, but also carry the weight of a powerful message, we have an accessible path to understanding what other human beings are going through, and can perhaps find a way that we as individuals can make the world a better place.
Hello. My name is William White. I am 23 years old, born and raised in Minnesota, and I am currently in my final semester at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Very shortly, though, I will likely be finding myself in California working as a “struggling actor and writer.” I’ve been heavily involved in theatre my whole life as an actor and within the past few years I have started writing and producing my own films and theatrical productions with my writing partner Jonas Newhouse. He was actually the one who brought me on to work with this wonderful organization. Together we have written and produced just about 10 short films and 4 plays with which we write all original music and scoring for. We also write and perform original music together.
Now, to detach myself just a touch from Jonas, I have been working in video production for close to eight years now (working seriously for about 4 years) and am an experienced video editor and videographer. The hope is to bring these passions and talents to Unspoken Voices in the form of assisting with the Social Justice Theatre Troupe, music production, any digital media ads, videos, photographs, or other needs in that area, and realistically anything else I can figure out how to help with.
I was originally brought on to be an actor for the Social Justice Troupe and not necessarily be a full-out member of the organization, but I quickly became engrossed in the message and work that Unspoken Voices was doing and knew I had to get more involved. Since then I have continued to be on track to act for the troupe but I am now one of the writers and will be beginning my first video project as soon as some time frees up in my schedule. And yes, I will be moving to California sometime in the summer, but I will be continuing my work from there by writing plays and producing videos for advertising, etc...
I'm Levi Carter. I am a Junior at University of Minnesota, Morris, studying theater and music. I have a passion for writing, both novels and scripts, which primarily focus on young adults surviving injustice. As a theater worker, I primarily focus on the technical side, sound and lighting design. I also have a passion for video production and editing. I joined the organization because I know many survivors of violence, and if I can use my talents, skills, and time to help them and other people in need, I will.
Hello. My name is Justin Anderson and I’m studying Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota, Morris. I enjoy doing technical theatre work as a lighting or sound technician. I’ve always had a strong passion for theater and I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work with the Unspoken Voices Performing Arts Troupe to use theater to bring about change in the world.
Hi! My name is Addie and I am a third year college student studying biology and psychology (at the University of Minnesota, Morris). My favorite activities include laughing, dancing, and spending time with loved ones. I enjoy helping others and have compassion for people who are victims or are struggling, in hopes of making the world a better place.
My name is Breanna Flanegan. I am a third year English major/Creative Writing minor student at UMM. I was born and raised in rural Minnesota where the closest neighbor is always a cow farm. Growing up in a small town, I was sheltered from the harsh realities of abuse, bullying and other horrifying things. Once I left my home town and opened my eyes to the world we live in, I decided I wanted to help in any way I possibly could and change this world one baby step at a time. Oh, and my favorite animal is a red panda and I love dancing :-)
Hi! My name is Kia Kolbinger and I am currently in the process of receiving my bachelor's degree in Management with a minor in dance. I believe that everybody has a purpose in life, and I believe mine is sharing my passion for dance with others. I hope to open my own dance studio after college to inspire other students to be able to escape the reality of life. Sometimes it is easy to feel trapped, and for me, dance is my escape and therapy.
I am very involved with this nonprofit because I have had many people close to me become victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. These victims have struggled with PTSD, eating disorders, and being afraid to speak out because of what they have experienced. I am a proud bystander who believes that victims deserve a voice and a way to cope. Whether it is through dance, or just being there for victims, my job as a volunteer is to raise awareness for victims and educate people on bystander awareness and other programs.
My name is Bobby Harjo and I am currently in my Freshman year of college, but I have junior credits thanks to PSEO. I am studying Pre-med Biology in hope of becoming a brain, heart, lung, or a spinal surgeon for the army. Eventually I am interested in serving with the Doctors without Borders program. In my free time I like to draw, read, write, sing, and dabble in video, sound, and digital editing.
Volunteering for a good cause has always been a big part of my life. I have helped out with many organizations and have even started/lead my own service projects. I joined unspoken voices because I have a very strong passion for helping others. If I have the opportunity to help someone in some way, I feel it is my responsibility to do so.
Hello! My name is Ruby and I am a junior at the University of Minnesota, Morris. I am pursuing a major in Political Science with a minor in Biochemistry. I hope to use my knowledge and life experiences to create policy that will lead to a better future for all. That is why I am a part of Unspoken Voices! I believe that this organization has a great message and speaks to important topics that affect everyone in our society. I look forward to working with the people in this great organization and spreading awareness on the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Ruby Mae DeBellis
Joe has been an educator since 2002 and is currently an elementary principal in Morris, MN. He has been awarded several awards including the Michelle T. Riecke Teaching Fellowship, Exxon-Mobile Leadership Academy among others.
Joe has a passion for theatre having been involved in school theatre programs, community theatre and professional theatre (even working on Broadway). Joe's productions have been nominated for awards from Broadway World Regional Awards, Rising Star Awards, Helen Hayes Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Tony Awards.
Joe is originally from New Jersey and moved to Minnesota in 2014 to be closer to family.
Self-Defense Empowerment Initiative
My name is Amber Compo. I was born and raised near Duluth, MN in a small town. I come from a family of seven. I was like any other typical student at my high school, I was a three sport athlete and an honor student. What set me apart from my peers is that I'm a survivor of child abuse, sexual assault, and at one point I was homeless. I now attend the University of Minnesota, Morris and I am studying Liberal Arts for Human Services as well as Psychology.
My goal, through this organization and future work, is to spread awareness to various communities about domestic abuse, sexual assault, homelessness and how all of these things play a part in all of our lives whether it’s directly or indirectly related to us. If we want our communities to be safe then we need to look out for one another by being active bystaners. Awareness and prevention are the first steps to making any home, school, and/or community safe.
My name is Abby Kalina. I am a graduating senior at the University of Minnesota, Morris and will be majoring in Sport Management and will have a Studio Art minor. I desire to one day become a martial arts/self-defense instructor and hopefully own my own gym. The main reason I chose this occupation is because I wish to help others feel safe while living their daily lives. I know I personally do not enjoy walking around feeling as though I can be jumped at any minute. Though I have never experienced abuse firsthand, I have some friends who have, making the issue personal. Even if it weren't, though, I would still desire to stop abuse and violence because no one deserves to live in pain and fear. Abuse doesn’t just affect the abused individual(s), it affects their friends, their family, their towns, and it doesn't stop. Abuse creates a ripple effect where everyone lives in fear and abusers gain more power. This has to end. If human beings started it, then humans can end it as well. We all need to play our part, and I'm ready to start playing mine.
Additional Supporting Volunteers
Jared Morse became interested in fighting trafficking after learning that slavery was going on just a few blocks from his workplace in San Francisco. On the recommendation of an activist in Japan he visited Thailand in 2002 to investigate sex slavery by posing as a customer. He came back with nightmares. "I think 'sex trafficking' is a misnomer," he says. "'Rape trafficking' would be more accurate." He also objects to the word "seasoning". "It's a horrible euphemism," he adds. It sounds like someone's cooking. 'Traumatization' would be more like it."
Mr. Morse majored in engineering at UC Berkeley and studied economics in graduate school. He was active in NOW in college and after that in clinic defense and reproductive rights. He worked for 25 years as an economist and engineer in renewable energy policy and electricity market reform in California and Japan. He hopes to apply an economist's as well as a human perspective to the challenges we face dealing with sexual assault and rape trafficking.
Hello my name is Dalton. I am a second year student at the University of MN Morris studying in two fields, Communications, Media, Rhetoric (CMR), and Music. I plan to pursue a career in public speaking after college. I enjoy helping others and giving my time to that which strikes a fire in my heart like empowering others who don't have the voice yet to do it themselves. I have not been personally subject to Power Based Violence but that doesn't stop me from fighting for those who have. I will be helping with creating a new Bystander Awareness Program during my time with Unspoken Voices in order to help those like me who have not dealt with the hardships of Power Based Violence to understand that it is a problem that they can help put to an end. I am apart of the Student Org Unspoken Voices, based in the University of MN Morris Campus, serving as the Treasurer. Additionally I serve on the Choir Council for UMM Concert Choir as a Stage Manager.
Hi everyone! My name is Randi Langowski! I grew up nearly all of my life in southeastern Minnesota where I was lucky enough to spend most of my time on the Mississippi River and enjoying the outdoors. I'm currently attending Winona State University to pursue a degree in Social Work with a minor in Child Advocacy. I began my academic career as a Biology major; however, after volunteering at University Of Minnesota, Morris' violence prevention program I experienced many things that led me to creating a new path towards becoming a Social Worker and advocating for kids and people who don’t have their own voice. Unspoken Voices allows individuals the ability for their voices and stories to be heard. Everyone deserves his or her voices to be heard.
In being a part of Unspoken Voices, I hope to be able help victims and survivors know that they are not alone. Every person deserves to know their own worth, and through the organization I hope to show people that they are worthy and loved my many – the abuse was not their fault. Educating individuals about power-based violence is key in stopping the cycles of abuse that surround us. Through organizations like Unspoken Voices and others alike, the goal of eliminating abuse may be possible if we all do our own part in stopping the cycles of abuse.
Hi, my name is Daniel Gilbert. I am a fourth year student at the University of Minnesota-Morris, studying music. Upon graduation I will be attending grad school for Opera Studies, my goal is to study in Italy and build a career from there. In addition, I am writer. I mostly write poetry, one poem is on the website, and short stories, but I am dipping my toes and testing the waters of writing a novel.