Our Staff

  • Jennifer Jones Markiewicz

    Position: Executive Director
    Email: jennifer@savacenter.org

    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
    Email: chelsea@savacenter.org

    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
    Email: katie@savacenter.org

    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.
  • Kelley Dyer

    Position: Larimer County Therapist
    Email: kelley@savacenter.org

    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.
  • Pamela O’Grady

    Position: Larimer County Therapist
    Email: pamela@savacenter.org

    Pamela moved to Colorado to be closer to family in 2002, arriving in Fort Collins after living on the east coast for 17 years.  She has a B.S. in Business Administration from Ithaca College in New York state and a M. Ed. In Counseling and Career Development from Colorado State University.  In 2008, she worked at SAVA in support of the organization's mission and purpose and realized her passion to work with sexual assault trauma victims.  In November of 2015, Pamela joined SAVA as a full-time therapist.  Pamela enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, her two girls (that would be her two golden retrievers!), cycling, skiing, reading, being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of Colorado.
  • Kelly Stuerke

    Position: Weld County Therapist
    Email: kelly@savacenter.org

    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: Volunteer and Direct Service Coordinator
    Email: kabeyta@savacenter.org

    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 Cagle

    Position: Weld County Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
    Email: jen@savacenter.org

    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.
  • Paulina Pestridge

    Position: Bilingual Advocate and Development Director
    Email: paulina@savacenter.org

    Paulina was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. During college, 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 loves the Colorado mountains and any opportunity to go camping, hiking, or backpacking.
  • Vania Kacir

    Position: Weld County Bilingual Service Coordinator
    Email: vania@savacenter.org

    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: Young Women's Prevention Education Coordinator
    Email: julia@savacenter.org

    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 & outdoor related. If she could ski and snowboard everyday she would.
  • Dylan Wray

    Position: Young Men's Prevention Education Coordinator
    Email: dylan@savacenter.org

    Dylan grew up in Fort Collins and received his Bachelors in Communication Studies at Colorado State University. During his time at CSU, Dylan discovered his interest in victim advocacy and male involvement in gender violence at the Women and Gender Advocacy Center.  He went on to add a concentration in Women’s Studies.  During his senior year, Dylan acted as an advocate for the WGAC's Victim Assistance Team where he worked on call for a 24/7 sexual assault crisis hotline. In October 2014 he joined SAVA's team as the Male Prevention Coordinator, and is thrilled to run prevention education programs and outreach efforts. In his free time, Dylan loves recording vocals and sound effects for small independent video games, and eating sushi and hot wings (not at the same time) with his partner.
  • Sarah James

    Position: SART Peers Coordinator
    Email: sajames@psdschools.org

    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.