Our Staff

  • Laura Larson

    Position: Executive Director

    Laura has spent most of her life in Northern Colorado, earning her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from CU Boulder, and directing human service organizations in Larimer County for over 15 years. She earned her Master’s in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and was a professor of Human Services for seven years before returning home to Fort Collins in 2016. She joined the SAVA team in February, 2017, and is thrilled to be working with SAVA’s dedicated staff and volunteers to end sexual violence and support survivors in Northern Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, cross-country skiing, hiking and spending time with her dog, Jasper.
  • Courtney Carrick

    Position: Director of Operations

    Courtney is native to Colorado having grown up on the Western Slope and has made Fort Collins her home after attending Colorado State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and certificates in Leadership Communication and Human Resources. During her time at CSU she interned with the United Way of Larimer County on the Resource Development team and fell in love with the non-profit world and wanted to find any excuse to help people. Courtney is very excited to join the SAVA Team to help make a difference. In her free time you will find her laughing with family and friends or out enjoying everything Colorado has to offer.
  • Katie Abeyta

    Position: Director of Victim Advocacy and Outreach / It’s On Us-Fort Collins Project Director

    Katie was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a minor in Spanish. She has been working with survivors of domestic violence for several years, and has a passion for working with people who have experienced interpersonal violence.  Katie loves reading, anything to do with animals, playing and watching sports, and spending time with loved ones. She is also looking forward to working with volunteers, who she thinks are superheroes for this cause and this community.
  • Amy Butler

    Position: Larimer and Weld County Therapist

    Amy moved to Colorado from the east coast nine years ago, and hasn’t looked back!  She loves all that Colorado has to offer, and takes advantage of its beautiful scenery and great weather every chance she gets.  Shortly after arriving in northern Colorado, Amy became involved with SAVA as a hotline advocate.  She got to know the ins and outs of the organization, and she found her passion for working with survivors.  As she grew near to completing her graduate degree in counseling, she sought a clinical internship at SAVA, and then joined the team as a Therapist in 2016.  When she’s not in the office, you can find Amy soaking up the Colorado sunshine, listening to live music, hitting golf balls at the driving range, chatting on the phone with family back east, or relaxing in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Kody Roper

    Position: Larimer County Therapist

    Kody grew up in New Castle, Colorado, and has lived in several places throughout the state including: the western slope, southwestern Colorado, and now the front range. He graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a BA in Psychology. He later graduated from Colorado State University with a Master of Education and Human Resource Studies, specializing in Counseling and Career Development. He has worked in helping professions for more than seven years, and realized his passion for working with trauma survivors during his time with the Colorado State University Health Network. Kody is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. Outside of the therapy room, Kody enjoys spending time with his partner Ashley, their dog Finnegan, mountain biking, hiking and reading.  
  • Vania Kacir

    Position: Bilingual Therapist

    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.
  • Hope Cornelis

    Position: Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) Peers Program Coordinator
    Email: hope@savacenter.org

    Position: Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) Peers Program Coordinator Hope Cornelis grew up in Illinois and has been living in Colorado for the past few years. Hope attended DePaul University in Chicago where she studied Psychology with a concentration in Human Services.  She fell in love with Colorado while visiting on a cross-country road trip in 2013, and resolved to move here for graduate school. Hope received a master’s degree from Colorado State University in Human Development & Family Studies with a specialization in Prevention Science, focusing her studies on the prevention of sexual assault. She worked closely with SAVA’s prevention team for her thesis project, and became a trained SAVA volunteer as a graduate student. Hope is incredibly passionate about sexual assault prevention with youth, and is thrilled to be part of the SAVA and Poudre School District collaborative teams. In her free time, Hope enjoys hiking, bicycling, doing yoga, camping, and spending time with friends and family.
  • Abbey Tiell

    Position: Prevention Education Coordinator

    Abbey grew up in Littleton, CO and recently moved to Fort Collins to complete her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Education at the Colorado School of Public Health. She earned her BA in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Hastings College in Nebraska. While attending Hastings College, Abbey found her passion in educating her peers and the community about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Abbey is excited to join the SAVA Prevention Team and continue to change opinions and culture surrounding sexual assault. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, playing board games, hiking, biking, and traveling.
  • Jen Gaskill

    Position: Weld County Volunteer and Direct Service Coordinator

    Jen grew up in Alabama but moved to Colorado to be near her family. She earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Jacksonville State University. She joined the SAVA team in 2013, but has been part of the movement to end violence against women for many years. When she’s not at work, she stays busy with family and friends.
  • Joana Gomez

    Position: Weld County Bilingual Victim Services Coordinator

    Joana grew up in Greeley, and calls it home. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. After being a volunteer hotline advocate with SAVA, she became the Bilingual Victim Service Coordinator. She truly enjoys working with diverse groups of people, and she is very passionate about helping others. She believes that we can make the world a more caring, loving, and safe place to live in, one step at a time. Outside of work, she likes to enjoy time with her family and friends. She loves reading, and she also loves to travel and experience new adventures.
  • Stephanie Torres

    Position: Larimer County Bilingual Victim Services Coordinator

    Stephanie is a native to Colorado. She grew up mostly in Aurora but also lived in Chihuahua, Mexico for two years. Stephanie graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a Bachelors degree in Social Work and an additional major in Human Development and Family Studies. While in college, Stephanie discovered her passion for social justice issues and wanted to do more to help her community. She joined SAVA as an intern in the fall of 2015 and became our Bilingual Victim Services Coordinator in the Spring of 2016. Since then Stephanie has developed a great passion for working with sexual assault survivors and creating more awareness about this issue within the Latinx community. When she is not working she enjoys watching movies, reading books, painting and dancing.
  • Susannah Fulling

    Position: Director of Prevention Education & Outreach

    Susannah is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and recently moved to Northern Colorado from Atlanta Georgia. She earned a BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College where she discovered her passion for health and social justice. After attending Emory University and earning a Master of Public Health degree, Susannah worked for 4 years with the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy as a Project Coordinator overseeing and supporting research and treatment for victims of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Susannah is excited to join the SAVA Prevention Team and work with youth to change the culture around sexual violence and oppression.  When not working, you can find Susannah most often being a couch potato catching up on her latest TV shows. When she is trying to be more active and enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather and scenery you may find her hiking, biking or playing tennis.
  • David Kruger

    Position: Prevention Education Coordinator

    David is a native to Colorado, and could not imagine living anywhere else. He moved to Fort Collins with his wife 4 years ago and knew it was a community they wanted to call home. He started volunteering with SAVA as a advocate on their rape crisis hotline in 2015. David has always been interested in education and takes his role as a male advocate very seriously; he was very excited to join the SAVA staff in 2016 as their Prevention Education Coordinator. When he’s not working he enjoys everything Colorado, including camping, hiking, biking, snowboarding, and playing with his two cats and dog.

 

 

Headshots courtesy of Lynsey Mattingly and ZebraJellyfish Photography.