Who We Are

Stop The Hurt is an educational resource for all people as they seek to develop healthy relationships with peers, partners, family, and themselves. We believe all relationships should be based on mutual respect and equality. Our hope is to create conversations around consent, healthy relationships, peaceful communication, and self-compassion. Together we can #StopTheHurt

A Project of HCWC

StopTheHurt is a project of HCWC, based in Central Texas. The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) is a local non-profit who offers free and confidential services to men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse living in Hays and Caldwell Counties.  Services are available in English and Spanish. Learn more at HCWC.org


Meet the Team

Megan Osborne

Lead Educator

Megan is passionate about prevention education and community. She strongly believes in social justice and ending violence. Megan works as lead educator at HCWC where she uses social media, our podcast, and community presentations to promote gender equality, advocacy, consent, and healthy relationships. She is also passionate about advocating for peace, equality, and youth empowerment. She enjoys research, watching movies, playing roller derby, and spending time at the river with family. 

Favorite Food: Tacos 
Favorite Bands: Death Cab for Cutie, Alanis Morissette, Empire of the Sun 
Advice you would give your younger self: Know your worth and don’t tolerate people who don’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated. Be brave and speak out even if your voice shakes. 
Where to find Megan: At the river with her family or playing roller derby. 

Kiara Nicholson

Prevention Educator

Kiara is a full-time cat lady with a passion for social justice. At HCWC, she is a Prevention Educator – facilitating conversations with adolescents and adults on fostering healthier relationships and ways to make the world a safer, more equitable place. Her passions include social change, youth activism, LGBTQ activism, and crafting. She doesn’t like taking pictures, but she does love Bitmojis.

Favorite Food: It’s too hard to pick one! But it has to be vegan.
Favorite Band: Paramore
Advice you would give your younger self: If your relationship doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, it’s not a relationship you want to be in. Work on the relationships with people who make you feel good! Including the one you have with yourself. Always have your own back.
Where to find Kiara: Taking a nap, doing crafts, hanging out with her twin sister, or with a cat.

Kirsten Brotze

Prevention Educator

Kirsten is a water bug and “lazy adventurer” whose passions include social justice, deep conversations, being outside, and taking naps. She is the Prevention Educator for Hays County at HCWC, where she provides resources and awareness for healthy relationships, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault to adolescents and the community. Kirsten believes we can create safer communities by encouraging empathy and providing education to prevent violence and injustice. Kirsten graduated with her BA from the University of Colorado in Boulder and is hopeful to obtain her master’s in professional counseling in the future. Kirsten spends most of her free time in her garden with her cat and two dogs, listening to audiobooks, swimming, napping, or planning the next camping trip.

Favorite Quote: I quote movies. Anything 90’s Adam Sandler or Zoolander.
Favorite Food: Fries
Favorite Bands: Better question, Favorite Books: Educated, Rising Out of Hatred, The Giver of Stars, Cilka’s Journey, The Nickel Boys, The Hate U Give, I’m Still Here, No Visible Bruises, Yearbook, Braving the Wilderness, and counting…
Advice you would give your younger self: Your relationship with yourself is the most important one you will ever have. How you view and treat others is a reflection of yourself, so do the internal work. Always choose empathy for those around you, while also respecting yourself enough to set healthy boundaries. Relationships should be mutual. You deserve love, and kindness.
Where to find Kirsten: In her backyard, in a body of water, or camping. Sometimes hiking, sometimes napping in a hammock.

Nathan Thompson

Creative Projects Coordinator

Nathan is a graphic designer and digital educator who loves the outdoors, kombucha, and making people happy. He has a BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University and loves designing logos, print materials, and websites. His true passions exist in nature and spending as much time as he can outside — mostly in his kayak at the river.

Favorite Quote: “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Favorite Food: Anything I cook, but mostly venison.
Favorite Band: Elliott Smith
Advice you would give your younger self: Have patience, have faith, live genuinely, and love unconditionally. With those things, you can’t go wrong.
Where to find Nathan: Alone in wild places, typically on some river in Central Texas.

Ely Doyle

Primary Prevention Coordinator

Ely is equal parts goofy, intense, and slightly overcommitting to the bit. As the new Primary Prevention Coordinator at HCWC they are deeply passionate about creating the conditions in which abuse is not tolerated on any level, from intrapersonal to systemic. 

Favorite Quote: “Hope is a discipline” – Mariame Kaba
Favorite Food: Onions, any kind, prepared any way, onions are my first love.
Favorite Card Game: 3’s
Advice you would give your younger self: Developing trust and courage with yourself, to be yourself, will make all the work you are doing to have wonderful healthy relationships with others click better. Self-compassion and community care will transform your life. 
Where to find Ely: Laughing loudly in public, crying loudly at home, and wearing colorful patterns as a personality trait.

Claudia Menchaca

Caldwell County Prevention Educator

Claudia Menchaca is the Caldwell County Prevention Educator at the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. They’ve taught many subjects over the years, but currently focus on healthy relationship skills for teens. They like chickens, snakes, bugs, and aquatic plants. Their hobbies include including visiting the river, reading, hosting movie nights, and being neighborly.