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Bailey Asberry is the Title IX Coordinator for Case Management and Strategic Planning Assistant at Grinnell College.  Bailey oversees the College’s compliance with Title IX, works closely with the College’s other five Title IX deputies, coordinates Title IX case management,  and trains students, staff and faculty on the College’s responsibilities related to Title IX and the importance of understanding and preventing discrimination in the learning and working environment.  


Asberry earned her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University in business and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. 


Dr. Tama Cathers, D.V.M. has studied martial arts since 2006 and is a Second-Degree Black Belt in ToShin Do, Ninja martial arts.  She has taught and coached self-defense workshops and martial arts classes since 2010. She is a Women In Power graduate, a certified yoga instructor, writer, veterinarian, mother, and a co-owner of the Empowerment Center in SW Michigan.

Dr. Cathers is passionate about her work, especially women’s safety, empowerment, and healthy change for the world. She is excited tobe an Elemental Instructor and looking forward to sharing this scientifically-proven course with others.

Johanna Kohout has studied martial arts for more than ten years. As a third degree black belt in To-Shin Do, Johanna finally found a martial art that not only teaches very practical self-defense, but is an effective path to personal empowerment and the realization of ones own potential in the world.  A martial artist, an artist and art educator, wilderness skills instructor, personal trainer/group fitness instructor, and co-owner of the Cincinnati Quest Center, Johanna’s career has been varied, but the common theme is the role of catalyst for personal growth and self actualization in teenagers and young adults.

Jennifer McAlexander

Jennifer McAlexander is the Coordinator of Compliance for Grinnell College, specializing in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). As a member of the Department of Campus Safety, Jennifer looks forward to contributing to the department’s educational programming on campus. Jennifer is personally interested in helping people gain confidence, and learn valuable skills that can be utilized on campus and beyond.

Mellisa Holtzman is a co-creator and director of Elemental. As a professor of Sociology, a second degree black belt in To-Shin Do, and a subject matter expert on sexual assault prevention, she uses her teaching, research, and martial arts expertise to guide her work with Elemental. She has published work on Elemental in a number of research journals, including Journal of American College Health, Journal of Social Science Research, and Sociological Focus. And she teaches Elemental at Ball State University and in area high schools, while also training other practitioners so that they can offer Elemental on their campuses and in their communities.