Our Staff

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Gina, Executive Director

ginak@safeharborsd.org

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.

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LaVonne, Assistant Executive Director

lavonnew@safeharborsd.org

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.

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Brianna, Kids Konnection Coordinator

briannan@safeharborsd.org

Brianna started volunteering with Safe Harbor in 2011 and officially joined the team in 2017. She loves being a refuge for children and being able to witness special moments between families. Brianna has her degree in Human services along with multiple certifications from the Network of Supervised Visitation. She enjoys gardening and spending time outside, baking, spending time with her kids, and anything Christmas related.

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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!

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Skye, Youth Outreach Coordinator

Skye has been with us since January 2022 and recently graduated from Presentation College with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She has a passion of working with kids and being someone they can trust and helping them understand the world. Skye loves to do outdoor activities such as water skiing and snowboarding. She also loves to spend time with her fur baby Hank and playing video games. You will usually find her watching softball or lifting in the gym!

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Jordan, Outreach Coordinator

Jordan has been at Safe Harbor since April of 2022.  She graduated from Presentation College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services. Jordan is super excited to meet new people and be an advocate for those going through a difficult time. Jordan loves spending time with friends, working out, spending time outdoors, and watching just about any sporting event.

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Kids Konnection Monitors

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Hannah

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.

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Noel

Noel is our Assistant Coordinator at Kids Konnection. She has been with Safe Harbor since December 2021. Noel loves helping families reconnect and be a part of the reunification process. Noel values time with her family and friends. She enjoys camping, hiking, and going for walks.

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Charity

Charity has worked at Kids Konnection since January 2022. She was a foster child herself and has chosen to use her past experiences to help others. She is attending Northern State University and majoring in sociology and minoring in pre-law. She really enjoys watching families heal through their visits. Charity enjoys reading, watching true crime shows, and cooking in her free time.

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Samantha

Samantha has been with Safe Harbor since May 2022 as an intern and a supervised visitation monitor. She is getting her degree in Sociology and minor in Social Work from Northern State University in December of 2022. She enjoys watching the special bonds with families at work the most. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and family, having coffee, and spending time at sporting events for her little cousins.

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On Call Advocates

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Sarah

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 B

Ashley has been with Safe Harbor since January 2022 as an intern and shelter advocate. Ashley is most passionate about supporting clients to success in their lives. She is attending Northern State University and double majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice. In her free time, Ashley loves to spend time with family and friends, reading, hiking, kayaking or anything outdoors.

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Ashly D

Ashly 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.

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Heather

Heather is studying for her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. She has one child and in her spare time, she rides her horse Huapanga, a WB eventer. Heather lived in Europe and can speak German.