Offering SHELTER and HOPE amidst the storm

Our Staff

Gina, Executive Director

Gina is our Executive Director and has been with Safe Harbor since December 2009. She is a graduate of Northern State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. Gina is very excited about the new direction Safe Harbor is taking and hopes that we can make a big impact in all the communities we serve. Gina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, cooking and baking.

LaVonne, Office Manager

LaVonne is our Office Manager and has been with Safe Harbor since November of 2009. She and her husband moved here from Ashley, ND. She has 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. LaVonne also enjoys motorcycling, camping, waterskiing, and cooking.

Kanaly, Shelter Coordinator

Kanaly first joined Safe Harbor’s Kids Konnection team in September 2015 and became the Shelter Coordinator full time in November 2016. She started her journey in Boston, MA where she earned a Biological Psychology degree from The University of Massachusetts and started a family. In 2005 she relocated her family to New York City where she was employed as a coordinator for Delta Airlines in the JFK airport tower. She returned to Aberdeen in 2010 prior to the arrival of her 4th child to be close to family and take a well-deserved break from city life.

MJ, Rural Advocate

MJ joined the Safe Harbor team as the Rural Advocate in November 2016. She graduated from Northern State University in December 2016 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. As the Rural Advocate MJ helps clients in Brown County, while also serving our surrounding counties; Day, Edmunds, Marshall, McPherson, and Potter. MJ says it’s amazing being able to work somewhere that assists victims and believes education is a crucial part of prevention. In her spare time she enjoys catching up on her Marvel Heroes addiction and working out.  Her motto is to remember that beauty comes from strength!

Megan, Receptionist & Visitation Monitor

Megan joined the Safe Harbor team in July 2016 as the front office receptionist and part time visitation monitor with Kids Konnection. Hailing from Nashville, TN and having lived abroad with a Bachelor’s in Global Studies, she recently relocated to Aberdeen to be closer to family. While living in Aberdeen, Megan wanted to get involved in and give back to the local community, thus joining Safe Harbor in hopes of making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Debbie,  Kids Konnection Coordinator

Debbie is our Kids Konnection Coordinator and has been employed with Safe Harbor since November of 2002. She finds the position to be a very exciting one and needed one. Debbie advocates for children and their parents to be part of each others’ lives while one parent or both are working on adult issues through the Department of Social Services and/or through the Legal System. She is currently the President of the SD Chapter for the SVN, also currently the Secretary of The Aberdeen Area Child Protection Team and The Multidisciplinary Team Member of which both advocate for Children’s Safety and well being.

Maggie, Visitation Monitor

Maggie joined the Kids Konnection team as a part time Visitation Monitor in December 2016. Maggie holds a Master’s degree in Educational Science from Northern State University and has experience in both Early Childhood and Special education. She is a full time Behavior Therapist working with individuals with intellectual and developmental abilities. Maggie enjoys reading, shopping and doing various outdoor activities with her son.