Our Staff

  • Jennifer Jones Markiewicz

    Position: Executive Director

    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

    Position: Director of Client Services

    Chelsea grew up here in Fort Collins and has made this her home with her family.  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, is an EMDR Level II Practitioner, and is trained in play therapy.   She has been working and volunteering in the human service field for over 25 years.  She first came to SAVA during graduate school in 2002, developed and implemented the Therapy Program in 2004, and has been astounded at SAVA’s growth since then.  Chelsea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her pets, watching football and soccer, reading, and being outside to watch beautiful sunrises.
  • 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.
  • Kelly Stuerke

    Position: Weld County Therapist

    Although a native of Texas, Kelly spent most of her early years in Littleton, Colorado.  She later moved up north to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, attaining her BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Sociology and Women's Studies.  After spending a few years working in the Thompson Valley School District, Kelly decided to pursue her Master's in Social Work with an emphasis in clinical counseling.  Kelly has realized her passion of working with trauma survivors and specializes in EMDR.  Kelly is trained in play therapy and loves working with children.  Outside of the therapy room, Kelly enjoys making music, photography, boating, skiing, traveling and spending time with her family and two dogs.
  • 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.  
  • Katie Abeyta

    Position: Larimer County Volunteer and Direct Service Coordinator

    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.
  • 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.
  • Vania Kacir

    Position: Weld County Bilingual Victim Services Coordinator

    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.
  • Julia Luciano

    Position: Prevention Education Manager

    A recent graduate from Colorado State University, Julia earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. While attending CSU, Julia volunteered at the GLBT Office on campus with Visible Voice, a program where students have the opportunity to speak with their peers in a classroom setting about being an ally to the GLBT community. During her Senior Spring semester Julia was a SAVA Center intern in the Prevention Department with the SART Peers Program and was excited to have the opportunity to join SAVA's team in June 2013. Julia’s initial interest in sexual violence prevention and victim advocacy began during her semester in India where she worked with women and children from the slums who were victims of sexual violence. Having grown up in Steamboat Springs Julia has a passion for all things snow and outdoor related. If she could ski and snowboard everyday she would.
  • 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.
  • Sarah James

    Position: SART Peers Coordinator

    Sarah was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. She received a B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University. After college, she worked for a non-profit organization in Phoenix, but soon moved to Colorado for graduate school in 2013. During her master’s program at Colorado State University she committed herself to studying sexual assault, which prompted her to seek a volunteer position with SAVA. Upon receiving her M.A. in Communication, Sarah joined SAVA's staff in August 2015. She is very excited to be in the classroom working with high school students on prevention education. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, bird watching, playing Scrabble, and spending time with pets and loved ones.

 

 

Headshots courtesy of Lynsey Mattingly and ZebraJellyfish Photography.