• Women's Center: Violence is learned so is respect.

Women's Center

Engage. Educate. Empower. Heal.


The mission of the Women's Center is to advocate, educate, empower, and provide a safe environment for ALL students. The Women's Center Provides: campus and community-wide programming and education on gender equality, students with access to resources, a safe place to voice concerns/questions/ideas, counseling by a licensed mental health counselor, referrals to community and campus resources, and a central point of contact for victims of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, or domestic abuse.


The Women's Center is part of the Counseling and Health Care Department. The Center has direct and confidential access to such professional personnel as RNs, nurse practitioners, licensed mental health practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed addictions counselors. The Center's staff receives crisis intervention specialty training through the SAFE Center--Kearney's relationship violence and domestic abuse shelter. Additionally, Women and Gender Studies work collaboratively with the Center to provide resources and support.

Wendy Schardt, CPM, LMHP, Director, Counseling & Health Care

Wendy Schardt, the newest member of the Counseling and Health Care family, serving as Director, arrived on Nebraska soil in September of 2014. Trading the DC beltway for Nebraska’s “good life,” she is enjoying what initially seemed like pretty intimidating life changes. Wendy spent the last 12 years living in Northern Virginia and working in the District of Columbia in a variety of professional capacities. She recently moved to Grand Island, Nebraska to join her husband, Brian and enjoys the blessing of 2 beautiful children, Jonathan and Lauren. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, Wendy began her professional career working with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence in an outpatient clinic in Baltimore city and eventually transitioned into school based mental health through a community based program managed by Johns Hopkins hospital. Several years later, Wendy was drawn to the energy of the DC metropolitan area where she continued her interest in school mental health and eventually juvenile justice and change management.

Wendy holds a Master of Science Degree in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School and is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska, with a certification in Professional Counseling. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a Registered Art therapist, Board Certified. Most recently, Wendy extended her education in Wellington, New Zealand, as a specialized trainer in Family Group Conferencing, a family engagement system in Child welfare that was adapted by the District of Columbia’s Juvenile Justice Agency in 2010. In addition to her clinical background, she is a Certified Public Manager and holds a Greenbelt certification in Six Sigma from George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. She has held several executive leadership positions in her career, most recently as Director of Behavioral Health Programs for an acute care facility in Washington DC, focused on the treatment of severe and acute mental illnesses in an inner urban population.

Throughout her career, she has demonstrated several areas of expertise, including but not limited to: art psychotherapy, co-occurring disorders, leadership, management, hospital systems, juvenile justice evidence-based practices, civil forensic matters (e.g. civil commitment legal proceedings), and healthcare finance.

On a personal note, Wendy took great delight in serving as a mentor for a faith-based after school program in the District of Columbia for several years and was a participant in an AIDs education mission trip to Zambia, Africa in 2007. She enjoys globetrotting when she is not working and has traveled to England, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Istanbul, Dubai, Spain, Portugal to name a few. She is an artist who tries to find time to write, paint and sketch when she is not studying road maps of Nebraska or spending time with her family.

Trish Holen, BSW, PLMHP - Counselor and Assistant Director, Women's Center

Trish Holen is the Assistant Director of UNK's Women's Center and a licensed mental health counselor. She has her undergraduate degree in social work (Missouri State University) and her master's degree in community counseling (University of Nebraska at Kearney).

Trish has a strong background in mental health related fields. In respect to education experience, she has served as Director of the Social Services Department in a large care facility which included family counseling. She has experience in crisis on call for a county community health center. She held the position of graduate assistant to the Women's Center when working to complete her master's degree. Her position with the Women's Center allows her to serve the UNK community especially in the areas of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. She does this through on-campus and off-campus programming, educational presentations, coordinating with campus organizations and departments, and working with students individually in the counseling setting.

Cammie Schwartz BSIT, Art/Graphic Design - Design and Communications Associate, Women's Center

Cammie Schwartz is the Design and Communications Associate of UNK's Women's Center. She has her undergraduate degree in Information Systems and Art with emphasis in Graphic Design from Doane College. Ms. Schwartz previously served as an intern at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering Marketing Department, a tutor for the Information Science Technology Department at Doane, and a photography instructor.

Tenille Stoeger, Women's Center/Office of Multicultural Affairs - Graduate Assistant

Tenille received her undergraduate degree at the Concordia University Chicago in Communications with a minor in Biblical Languages and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As the graduate assistant for the UNK Women's Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, she is passionate about issues concerning diversity and individuality and is excited about investing in UNK students and helping develop them through education, awareness, and one on one mentoring.

Emily Fierstein, Women's Center - Graduate Assistant

Emily received her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Family Studies with a minor in Gerontology and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As the graduate assistant for the UNK Women's Center, she is excited to educate and empower students on various women's and men's issues through programming and educational presentations.

Contact the UNK Women's Center

Hours & Contact

Academic Year: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (308) 865.8279
Email: womenscenter@unk.edu


UNK Women's Center
Memorial Student Affairs Building, Suite #158
2510 11th Avenue, Kearney, NE 68849