Meet The Team


Josie Ashton is a victim advocate and an activist in the South Florida community since 1994. As a survivor of domestic violence, she uses her experience and her education in criminal justice to help victims navigate the system and use it in a positive way to help families restore their lives. Josie is also known as the creator of The Bride's March, a 1300 miles journey in a wedding gown to raise awareness about domestic violence. Contact Josie at


Allison Brimmer teaches writing and cultural studies as an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Nova Southeastern University. She earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of South Florida and an M.A. in English literature at Iowa State University. She conducts research in whiteness studies, feminist theory, and anti-racist pedagogy and is interested in studying identity and power dynamics, especially in terms of the academy and community service collaborations. She is an active member of the South Florida Diversity Alliance and the Nova Southeastern University branch of the American Association of University Women. Dr. Brimmer is a co-coordinator of a curricular and co-curricular collaboration with NSU-AAUW, the university’s joint community use Alvin Sherman library, and the PACE Center for Girls.


Kelly Concannon Mannise, Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Humanities Concannon Mannise received her doctoral degree in composition and rhetoric from Syracuse University in 2008. Her scholarship is inextricably linked to her pedagogy and practice, as she examines how to utilize classroom spaces to produce powerful and complex conditions for teaching and learning. Concannon Mannise encourages global awareness and responsibility, which she situates as central to various literacy practices. She is also an active member of NSU's AAUW Branch, and the South Florida Diversity Alliance.


Laura Finley is Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology at Barry University. She is the author or co-author of 13 books as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. In addition, Dr. Finley serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of No More Tears, which assists victims of domestic violence, and serves on the boards of the Humanity Project, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the Peace and Justice Studies Association. She is also co-chair of the South Florida Diversity Alliance.


Fredrique Frage Associate Director, Student Involvement and Leadership Broward Campuses Ms. Frédérique Fragé is currently the Associate Director of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Broward Campuses. Ms. Fragé received a Bachelor’s Degree in History at the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Fragé has worked in the field of Student Affairs since 2006. Prior to her current position she served in the FAU Offices of Multicultural Affairs and International Students and Scholar Services as the Designated School Official (DSO). In addition to her duties with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, she is the primary liaison to the Broward Campuses for the Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service, and supervises the coordination of activities and programs for the students of the FAU Broward Campuses. GO OWLS!


Alison Morris is a licensed marriage and family therapist with Delta Psychological Group, Aventura, Florida. While working at Barry University, she co-chaired the Programming Committee within the Division of Student Affairs. The Committee established annual Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month campaigns in response to the growing number of students sharing their stories of domestic violence. In collaboration with local academic institutions and agencies, educational and preventative activities were established to heighten awareness of domestic violence in the community. Alison continues her focus on supporting clients in creating healthy relationships through her private practice and pre marital and marital workshops. Alison is committed to supporting her clients in creating the life and relationships that they will find ultimately fulfilling. Contact Alison Morris at (754) 246-4363 or email


Gary Santos Mendoza is the Coordinator of Campus Life. Mr. Mendoza received his B.S. in Information Technology with a Graphic Design Concentration from St. John’s University, and his M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. Born and Raised in New York City, His “Empire State of Mind” motivates his drive to provide a holistic approach with his students and create emerging student leaders. Before becoming Coordinator of Campus Life for FAU Broward Campuses, Gary served as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Campus Life at Florida International University’s partner campus, Biscayne Bay Campus. His previous capacities includes Summer Conferences Coordinator at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Information Technology Coordinator at St. John’s University in New York City and a practicum student in the Office of LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Ally) Initiatives at Florida International University in Miami. Gary is involved with various organizations including Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American College Professionals Association (ACPA), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).