The Center for Empowerment and Education

Meet The Team

Cara Mackler (she/her/hers)
Director of Campus Services

Cara is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she earned her B.A. in both Sociology and Gender Studies. Previously, Cara worked as a Peer Advocate at the Violence Prevention & Advocacy Services at the University of Rhode Island where she provided counseling and advocacy to clients and helped conduct over 150 presentations a year to incoming freshmen, Greek life, athletes, and various clubs on campus.

Cara worked at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Prevention and Communications Intern. She then worked in Florida where she worked with survivors of sex trafficking as a Residential Life Coach and a facilitator for the My Life My Choice prevention program at Selah Freedom.

Cara has been with The Center since 2016, starting out as a Prevention Educator. She then took on the role of Manager of Campus Education, Training & Outreach to meet the high demand for education, training, and programming on campus. Cara now serves as the Director of Campus Services where she oversees all campus counseling, advocacy, crisis intervention, education, training, and outreach. She loves working with the college population and aims to help make campus a safer place for all.

Cara is a lover of all dogs, enjoys playing guitar in her spare time, and loves to travel!


Rachel Krehel (she/her/hers)

Campus Counselor/Advocate

Rachel is a recent graduate of Western Connecticut State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She was involved on campus as the Vice President of the Social Work Club and currently volunteers at Parent Connection in Newtown to provide support to parents, guardians, friends, and family members that are affected by their loved one’s substance use/abuse.

Previously, Rachel worked at Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, Connecticut as an intern. At TCC, she provided case management services, developed a curriculum/co-facilitated the Autism and Anxiety support group, was involved in the young adult programming, food drives, and collected resources to support the LGBTQ+ community.

Rachel is thrilled to be back on campus working with the student population and has a passion for advocating for all individuals who may need assistance in navigating difficult life challenges and experiences. During her free time, Rachel loves to spend time thrifting, hiking, taking care of her pet chickens, swimming in the ocean or reading a great book on the beach.

Our campus staff are certified domestic violence and sexual assault counselors in accordance with CGS 52-146k.


The Center for Empowerment and Education
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