SAVA Center Team

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer has volunteered and worked in the field of victim services since 2004. She began as a volunteer sexual assault victim advocate on the Colorado State University Victim Assistance Team and domestic violence victim advocate intern at Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins. She has been professionally employed as a program and development director in domestic violence and sexual assault agencies since 2005. Jennifer joined SAVA as Director of Development in August 2011 and became Executive Director of SAVA in August 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. Jennifer is a fan of the Detroit Lions, the Colorado Rockies, and will cheer for any other team that is the least likely to win. She enjoys fishing with her son, mountain biking with her partner, and road trips to New Mexico.

Chelsea Wilson

Chelsea grew up in Fort Collins and has made this her home with her husband. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Psychology and from Colorado State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Chelsea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is an EMDR Level II Practitioner. She has been working and volunteering in the human service field for over 20 years. She first came to SAVA during graduate school in 2002, developed and implemented the therapy program in 2004, and has appreciated seeing SAVA’s growth since then. She fell in love with this work and has been committed to increasing available services to this community. Chelsea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her pets, sports, reading, and being outside to watch beautiful sunrises.

Anne Kirkner

After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Penn State, Anne moved to Colorado in 2009 to pursue her Masters in Sociology and Women’s Studies from CSU. She began working at SAVA as a graduate intern and volunteer advocate in 2010. After her internship with SAVA, Anne continued with the agency as the Community Outreach Coordinator. In fall 2012, Anne accepted the position of Prevention Education and Outreach Director. Anne believes whole-heartedly in SAVA’s mission and its role as a place for survivors to receive unconditional support. When she’s not in the office, Anne enjoys hiking with her dog, Ira, and playing never-ending games of Frisbee with him.

Lizzy Slatt

Lizzy Slatt, LCSW and Trained EMDR Level II Practitioner received her Bachelor’s in Arts with a degree in Psychology from Macalester College in 1998 and her Masters degree in Social Work from Colorado State University in 2005. Her first job on a ropes course in 1997 put her commitment to individual and group support work into action. Since then, she has found creative ways to combine her passions for social justice, healing and experiential learning including guiding rock-climbing and backpacking courses for girls and women, and serving as SAVA’s Prevention Education Director from 2007 to 2012, before transitioning into the role of full-time SAVA Center clinician. Lizzy is able to provide solution-focused individual and group therapy services and also incorporates experiential activities that engage different styles of healing with physical, body-centered, mindfulness, artistic and outdoor nature-based activities. When out of the office, you might find her among friends on a mountain trail, camping in the desert and enjoying good food (because she thinks it tastes better outside), or learning to play the ukulele.

Angela Spradlin

Born and raised in Wyoming, Angela studied at the Univeristy of Wyoming, graduating with a BA in Psychology. Angela began her career as a Child Protection and Adult Protection case worker for the State of Wyoming with a focus on Juvenile Probation during a portion of her tenure. Angela moved to Colorado to pursue her MSW. She graduated from CSU in 2009 and received her LCSW in 2012. She is also trained EMDR practitioner. Angela has been an integral part of SAVA since 2009. Co-workers often laud Angela on her commitment to her clients. Her current project seeks to expand SAVA’s services to male survivors by facilitating more diverse support groups. When not in session, Angela enjoys spending time with her dogs Freckles and Angel, continuing the research and study of her practice, and creating delicious disasters in her kitchen.

Diana Dunbar

Diana has volunteered and worked in the field of victim services since 2005. She started as an advocate for the Victim’s Assistance Team at CSU as well as a hotline advocate for SAVA. She then became the Bilingual Advocacy Coordinator in 2008 at SAVA for two years until returning to grad school. Diana has a BA from CSU in International Studies, Spanish, and French as well as an MSW. Diana re-joined the SAVA team in 2013 as the Bilingual Therapist in Greeley. Diana is excited about being able to offer therapy services for Spanish speaking clients. On her own time she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She also enjoys salsa dancing, movies, shopping, reading, and hiking.

Erin Hadlow

Erin Hadlow has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado. Since graduating, Erin has spent the last 15 years dedicating herself to human services. Erin has spent most of her career as a caseworker for various agencies. She worked for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services for 4 years. Before coming to SAVA, Erin was a Unit Director for the Boys and Girls Club. Erin has been with SAVA as the Volunteer and Direct Service Manager since April 2011. She spends many hours ensuring that SAVA’s 24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline is well-staffed and running efficiently. Outside of SAVA, Erin enjoys participating in her book club and spending time with her two rambunctious sons.

Jen Cagle

Jen grew up in Alabama but has recently moved to Colorado to be near her family. She earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Jacksonville State University. She is new to the SAVA team, but has a background working with survivors of both sexual assault and domestic violence. She also has several years of working with law enforcement as police dispatch. Jen will be serving as Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator in the Weld County office. When she’s not at work, you might catch her on the road or buried in a good book.

Vania Kacir

Vania came to SAVA as an intern in August of 2011 and has been employed by the agency since November of 2011. In addition to working with SAVA, Vania also serves as an interpreter for Weld County courts and Weld County School District 6. She received her BA in Psychology from University of Northern Colorado and she holds her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Aims Community College. Vania devotes a lot of her time doing community outreach, volunteer recruitment, and prevention education for the Hispanic community in Weld County. She is a caring, helpful person looking out for others. During her free time she enjoys being on the dance floor.

Katie Ashby

Katie grew up in Fort Collins, and jetted off to Maine to graduate from Bowdoin College in 2013 with a BA in Anthropology and Chemistry. During her time at Bowdoin, Katie volunteered with and acted as Programming and Training Coordinator for Safe Space, a campus advocacy group providing support and resources for sexual assault survivors. She also worked as a first-year proctor with the Residential Life Staff, living with and supporting students during their transition into college. Katie pursued her passion surrounding community-based and women’s health through a senior honors thesis investigating institutional regulation of women’s access to reproductive health services in Ecuador. She is extremely excited to return to Colorado and work with all of the wonderful individuals at SAVA as the Women’s Youth Prevention Education Facilitator. Katie loves hiking and biking in the mountains, and has been known to totally lose track of time while reading a good book.

Michael Bowser

Michael has been involved with SAVA since December 2000 when he joined the volunteer ensemble of the ACTivism Theatre Program. Over the years he has served in many different capacities including ACTivism Director, hotline advocate, co-director & stage manager for The Vagina Monologues, Outreach Education Coordinator, and most recently the male Youth Prevention Education Coordinator. In addition to his work at SAVA, Michael is heavily involved with the theatre community in northern Colorado, having worked as an actor, director, and technician for companies including OpenStage, Longmont Theatre Company, Fort Collins Children’s Theatre, and Vintage Theatre Productions in Denver. He also enjoys video games, reading (favorite authors include Stephen King, Lynn Flewelling, and Christopher Moore), and being bossed around by his cat, Nienna.

Audrey Swenson

Audrey started working with SAVA while she was still in high school as a SART Peer. She credits her experience as a SART Peer as her inspiration to be a part of her community and to make a difference in the world. So when Audrey went to college in Nebraska the next year, she took the SART materials and presentation with her. During college, Audrey became the Coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center on campus. Through this position, she expanded sexual violence prevention programming on campus; something that had never existed before on campus. After graduating, Audrey mentored with SART Peers for a year and a half before applying for the SART Peers Coordinator position in 2010. Audrey asserts that “It has been such a joy working for SAVA in addition to the Poudre schools. Not only do I believe in the programming we do, I have seen it shape lives and entire communities perceptions and feelings around sexual violence. The power of our programming lies in the lives we change and the advocates for social action these students become. The students I work with me give me hope for the future, restore my faith in humanity, and in the power of love and good to overcome all obstacles.”

Paulina Pestridge

Paulina was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. She moved to Columbia, South Carolina to complete her degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. During college, she was involved in international outreach programs in Mexico, Nicaragua, and India. During her last semester, she became an intern at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, where she discovered her passion and desire to serve victims of sexual assault. In 2012, Paulina moved to Colorado and began volunteering with SAVA in the spring of 2013, helping with the Spanish hotline. In March of 2014 she became part of our team and is very excited to serve our Spanish-speaking community. Paulina enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends—hiking, playing tennis and soccer, camping, backpacking, watching movies, dancing, and shopping.

Lauren O'Hare

Lauren is new to SAVA Center and to Colorado having grown up and went to college in the Midwest. After graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in Spanish and Political Science. She spent much of her undergraduate career working with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center on campus before jetting off internationally for several years. Lauren comes to take over as the AmeriCorps Vista, gaining experience in a nonprofit. While not at work Lauren can be found studying new languages, baking up a storm or outdoors climbing or hiking.