Meet the Staff

Dixie Sevison - Director -  801-422-4455 

Dixie Sevison is the Director of Women’s Services & Resources at Brigham Young University.  She was born in the beautiful state of Washington, did most of her growing-up in Boise, Idaho and continues to complete her growing-up in the great state of Utah.  Dixie earned a bachelor’s degree from BYU in Family Living and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Servant-Leadership from Gonzaga University. 

Prior to working at BYU, Dixie worked for Utah Valley University for 20 years. The majority of her time was spent working in the Center for Personal and Career Development/Turning Point where she served as the assistant director and then the director. 

Dixie is passionate about helping others to create success for themselves.  She has taught classes in personal development, career development, marriage preparation, and divorce adjustment.  In addition to these classes she also presents on co-parenting and leadership. When left to her own devices, you will find Dixie with her nose in a good book, at the movie theater, or out on a walk enjoying nature.


Shalene Matthews - Office Manager - 801-422-4877

Shalene Matthews was born in New Mexico, but because of her father’s military service, lived on both U.S. coasts before she was four years old. The rest of her life has been spent in Virginia and Utah, her current home. Shalene earned an honors associates degree from Utah Valley University (UVU) in 2004.

Previous to working at BYU, Shalene worked at UVU for 14 years, mostly in the Center for Personal and Career Development/Turning Point. Shalene loves traveling, being at the beach or in the mountains, eating good food, watching sports, and going to movies—all done in the company of good friends or family. Her varied life experiences and love of people make being in Women’s Services & Resources a great fit.​


Kyrie Papenfuss - Events Coordinator - 801-422-6222

Half-Japanese, and growing up in Texas, Utah, California, Massachusetts, and Japan, Kyrie has a strong love for different cultures. Reconnecting with her roots, Kyrie served a mission in Tokyo South, Japan, leading her to minor in Japanese. In her free time, Kyrie can be found creating art, playing piano, running, or in the outdoors.


Melinda Morco - Wellness Specialist - 801-422-4877


Melinda Morco began her college career as a passionate news reporter and co-anchor. Noticing that she was magnetized to any story related to food, Melinda happily took a turn to where she is now – a senior studying Dietetics, with a minor in Family Life. She has an AA in Family Consumer Sciences and is a USDA MyPlate Campus Ambassador.

Melinda has counseled MTC missionaries through weight loss, gluten/lactose intolerance, and more. Knowing students are short on time and energy, Melinda’s joy is to help them discover how to eat deliciously healthy on a budget. Growing up in poverty as an immigrant and struggling with basic nutrition and shelter has inspired her to lift that burden from others. Melinda’s spare time is spent with her fingers dancing on the piano while singing aloud or filling the kitchen with savory aroma, cooking up something delicious. Life is best when she is home in Northern California, her head on her father’s shoulders, listening to her mother sing karaoke and laughing with her brothers.


Tori Hamilton - Designer - 801-422-4877

Northern California’ #1 fan, Tori Hamilton, was born and raised in the Sacramento area. She spent a few glorious years in Rexburg, ID while attending BYU-I and served full-time in the great Italy Rome Mission. 

Currently her sights are set on a Public Relations degree with an Italian minor. She digs acai bowls, relatable memes, and Adele. 

Tori is a woman. She loves to serve. She is resourceful, sometimes. Working at WSR might just be her calling in life. 


Julia Tebbs - Campaign Specialist - 801-422-4877

Julia Tebbs grew up in Houston, TX and Las Vegas, NV. She is currently in her junior year of the Experience Design & Management major at BYU. She loves organizing, planning, and events! She has loved her experiences teaching English in the Dominican Republic, working outside on BYU Grounds, and planning campus activities within BYUSA. Julia enjoys baking, running, hiking, and longboarding down the canyon with her hubby. She is passionate about helping women receive the resources and help they need and is excited to be part of the staff!


Carson Clark - Girls Empowered Coordinator - 801-422-4877

Carson Clark grew up in Salt Lake City, with three brothers and one sister. She is obsessed with all things that have to do with the sun: Arizona, summer, sunflowers, and studying next to BIG windows. To keep up with her brothers, Carson would run, play lacrosse, ski during the cold months, and mountain bike during the warm ones. Carson served a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Rome, Italy and now teaches Italian at the Missionary Training Center. Throughout her life, Carson saw many friends and family struggle with eating disorders. This led her to major in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies at BYU with the goal of getting a masters in Abnormal Psych and become an Eating Disorder Psychologist.