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.
  • Katie Ashby

    Position: Prevention Education and Outreach Director

    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, she volunteered with and acted as Programming and Training Coordinator for Safe Space, a campus advocacy group providing support and resources for sexual assault survivors. Katie also pursued her passion surrounding community-based health through a senior honors thesis investigating the institutional regulation of women’s access to reproductive health services in Ecuador. She came to SAVA in May 2013 as the Young Women's Prevention Education Coordinator, and moved into her current position in June 2014. Katie loves hiking and biking in the mountains, and has been known to totally lose track of time while reading a good book.
  • 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.
  • Kelley Dyer

    Position: Larimer County Therapist

    Kelley was born in Colorado, has lived here all her life, and cannot imagine living anywhere else. She has a B.A. in Psychology and History from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. Kelley is an EMDR Level II Practitioner and first began her career in the field of social work as an acute care Continuing Care Coordinator in 2008. Her area of interest and research while pursuing her Master’s degree was victim services. She completed an internship with the Larimer County District Attorney’s office Victim/Witness division and later a clinical internship with the SAVA Center. Kelley enjoys running, being outside, reading, painting, spending time with loved ones, all kinds of puzzles and any combination of the aforementioned activities.
  • 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.
  • 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 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

    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.