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, Assistant Executive Director


LaVonne is our “Jack of All Trades” doing everything from Office Manager, Business Manager, and sometimes even plumber! She has been with Safe Harbor since November of 2009. She and her husband moved here from Ashley, ND. She has two grown children and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. LaVonne also enjoys motorcycling, camping, water skiing, and cooking.

Hannah, Kids Konnection Coordinator

Hannah has been with Safe Harbor since September 2019, as both an intern and a supervised visitation monitor. She is grateful to be able to assist families along their healing journey, and enjoys every second of working in Kids Konnection. Hannah is attending Northern State University and double majoring in Sociology & Criminal Justice. She loves to spend time with her loved ones (including the dogs of course), reading, drinking iced coffee, and spending time outside in the sunshine.

Kara, Shelter Coordinator

Kara is the Shelter Coordinator and has been with Safe Harbor since August 2020.  She has a passion for empowering victims of domestic violence and helping them navigate through traumatic times in their lives and helping them achieve independent living in a safe, healthy environment. Kara enjoys spending time with her family including her two French Bulldogs, Stella and Chip!

Tori, Outreach Coordinator

Tori started at Safe Harbor in December 2022, she graduated from Northern State with a bachelor’s degree in business and was a part of the soccer and track team. Tori has a business degree but has the passion for helping others and making an impact on people’s life. She loves soccer, reading and working out in her free time.

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Kendra, Resource Advocate

Kendra has been a resource advocate with us since April 2024. She’s an NSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is interested in pursuing her master’s in Forensic Counseling. Kendra loves to read, spend time outdoors with her two pups Oakley and Nanook, and listen to true crime podcasts. She has a passion for helping others and is always willing to listen, offer advice, and be an advocate for survivors of domestic violence.

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Kids Konnection Monitors


Kansas joined our team in June of 2023 as a supervised visitation monitor. She has worked in childcare for many years and loves being able to watch the children and families grow together. She loves spending time with her daughter, doing photography and drinking iced coffee.

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Jayda is from Vivian, South Dakota and recently graduated from Northern State University with her bachelor's degree in psychology. Jayda will be continuing her education at Northern State University with graduate school in the fall for clinical counseling. Jayda has worked with children since she was young, creating a passion for working closely with children and families. Outside of work, Jayda loves spending time with her family and friends, including her dog Marge and cat Sabrina, reading, and doing hot yoga.

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On Call Advocates


Sarah joined our team in 2015 and is best known for being a great listener. She also has a strong passion for helping our community and helping clients find success and happiness. She says, “Often when I meet someone, they are at their ultimate low. They have been abused and pushed down so low that they have lost all self confidence. Seeing these people rise up and become strong members of our community makes it all worthwhile.”

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Ashley has been with Safe Harbor since February 2022.  She was born and raised in Aberdeen, has a son and two cats.  Her favorite hobbies are drawing, painting and hiking.  She is a great listener, loves working with people and helping them grow.


Amelia was born in California but raised in Aberdeen since she was 9 years old. She loves video games and spending time with her friends and family. She’s passionate about animal rescue and would start her own kitten rescue if she could have her way! Working at Safe Harbor and helping the men and women that come through its doors has been one of the highlights of her life.