Staff

Interested in joining the HAVEN team? Please check out the left side of our home page for any openings. Thank you for your interest!

Erica Aytes Coyle, Executive Director

Erica joined the staff of HAVEN as the development coordinator in June 2012 after working in development at the Museum of the Rockies and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County. She graduated from MSU with her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Spanish, and her Master’s in Public Administration. In June 2014, Erica started as the Co-Executive Director, overseeing HAVEN’s external relations and became the sole Executive Director in 2016. She enjoys all the outdoor pursuits Bozeman has to offer, and loves hiking and skiing with her husband and their son. She is always open to discussing the effects of domestic violence on communities, and hopes the Gallatin Valley will continue to come together to support victims of domestic violence.

Aja Shada, Program Director

Aja joined HAVEN in October 2017 as the Program Director and brings 17 years of non-profit experience. She graduated from Hartford Art School in 2005 with a B.F.A. in Sculpture and from University of Montana in Missoula, MT 2011 with a M.A. in Intercultural Youth and Family Development.  She has been working with youth and families in various capacities since 2000.  Of note is her work with Partnership for Children in Missoula as an Attachment Counselor, anti-gang work in East Palo Alto, CA with the Department of Justice and local law enforcement, and as Executive Director of Shift Empowerment Programs in Livingston, MT. She loves to sing, make art, and spend time with the people she loves.  Aja is excited to join the professional community of Bozeman and hopes to make connections here that propel HAVEN’s mission forward with love and integrity.

Sofie Garcelon

Sofie joined the staff of HAVEN in January 2018 as the Development Director and brings extensive fundraising and non-profit experience to the team.  She got her start in fundraising in New York City working for the Billion Oyster Project, an organization working to restore a sustainable oyster population and to foster awareness, affinity, and understanding of New York Harbor by engaging New Yorkers directly in the restoration work. Sofie moved to Bozeman in 2013 to join the fundraising team at the Montana State University Alumni Foundation where she worked to ensure that access to higher education was available to all Montanans and not based on family finances. She graduated from St. Lawrence University where she completed a BA in History with minors in Caribbean and Latin American Studies and Sociology with a focus on Gender Studies. In 2014 Sofie completed a Public Relations program at New York University. She grew up on an oyster farm on Fishers Island, NY. When she’s not working, Sofie spends her time with friends and family. Sofie is excited to join the HAVEN team and work closely with the Bozeman community to further their mission.

 

Caitlin Brandl, Lead Advocate

Caitlin believes in empowering people with positive, nonjudgmental support, knowledge, resources, and confidence to overcome trauma and adversity and live full, healthy lives. She joined HAVEN in January 2016 after providing career counseling services to diverse populations including veterans, military service members, and their families at Bozeman Job Service (State of Montana). Caitlin grew up in MN and graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT in 2010 with a B.S. degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences, with a focus in Physical Oceanography and Marine Biology. After graduation, she followed her passion for helping people, humanitarian missions, and adventure by serving for over 3.5 years as a Coast Guard Deck Watch Officer on various afloat cutters and units on the west coast. Caitlin is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Trauma and Crisis Counseling, from Walden University. She looks forward to learning more about people, connection, and resilience while advocating for positive social changes in our community. Caitlin loves spending time in the outdoors with her husband and black lab floating the rivers, snowboarding/skiing, enjoying the peace the mountains bring, and mentoring and empowering women.

Kareena Morgan, Survivor Advocate

From a young age, Kareena was passionate about and wanted to dedicate her life to helping others. During her last semester, Kareena interned with HAVEN for about six months. In May 2016, she obtained her BS of Psychology from Montana State University, and about a month later became a full time Survivor Advocate for HAVEN. Additionally, Kareena is truly in love with Bozeman and is thankful for the opportunity to serve and better her community. In her down time, Kareena enjoys reading, hiking, floating the rivers, and riding her bike. She hopes that her time with HAVEN will prepare her for a long career as a therapist and is excited to expand her knowledge and skills.

Genesea Meha

Genesea has been interning with Haven since January 2017. She moved to Bozeman to finish her BA in Social Work online through University of Montana. Genesea was drawn to Haven because she is passionate about working in this field. She wants to be able help empower participants and raise awareness of domestic violence. Ultimate Frisbee takes up any of her time outside of work as she plays with a traveling club team in Bozeman. If she is not playing frisbee she enjoys being outside, climbing, playing Foosball, and in the winter, knitting. She is excited to be a Survivor Advocate for Haven. Genesea is looking forward to the experiences she will gain while working with Haven staff and participants.

Katelyn Clem,  Legal Advocate

Katelyn joined HAVEN as a Survivor Advocate in June 2016 after interning at HAVEN for the last semester of her undergraduate degree, then moved into the Legal Advocate position in 2017. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Montana State University. During her time as a student, she volunteered with the Help Center and worked as a Family Support Assistant at Youth Dynamics. Originally from California, she fell in love with the wide open spaces and beautiful rivers of Montana. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and biking. Katelyn is extremely passionate about working with survivors of domestic violence and plans to one day pursue a degree in counseling.

Veronika Sieben, Development Coordinator

Veronika joined the staff of HAVEN as the Development Coordinator in June 2016 after working in operations at Adventure Life, an international tour operator.  She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Organizational Communication, and a minor in Nonprofit Administration.  Additionally, Veronika became a Certified Nonprofit Professional in 2014. During her time as a student, Veronika volunteered at the Student Assault Resource Center as both an advocate and an Outreach Coordinator.  When not at the office, she enjoys practicing yoga, camping and hanging out with her life-loving Vizsla, Alfred.

Emily Kempe, Outreach Coordinator

Emily is currently serving as the Outreach Coordinator at Haven. She is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and got her degree from Arizona State University in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. She has worked in Homeless Outreach, with the working poor at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and has participated in many volunteer opportunities including an electrification project for rural Malawi, and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. In recent years, she has been working as the Kids Program Director at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Paradise Valley. Emily enjoys being outdoors, reading, yoga, and anything that allows her to play with dogs! She is in love with southwest Montana and is committed to making it a more beautiful place for all who live there.

Renee Sabo, Office Manager

Renee became involved part-time with HAVEN in 2012 as an independent bookkeeper. In May of 2015 she took on the role of office manager full-time for the organization. She has 20 years of bookkeeping and office management experience and is happy to be working with such a wonderful team of volunteers and dedicated staff. Originally from South Dakota, she has been a Montanan for 25 years. Renee loves spending time with her family hiking, fishing or golfing. Her granddaughters rule her world.

Kathryn Lyle, Americorps VISTA

Kathryn joined HAVEN in July 2017 as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Kathryn is originally from Vermont and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Upstate New York. As a student, she became a Certified Crisis Counselor at Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes and volunteered on the 24-hour hotline. At HAVEN, Kathryn will be improving access to services for survivors struggling with drug addiction and also strengthening HAVEN’s volunteer base. Kathryn hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Reproductive and Sexual Health. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys hiking, drawing, painting, and is slowly beginning to enjoy the art of cooking.

Ania Bartkowiak, Licensed Clinical Counselor and Support Group Facilitator

Ania likes to just sit in the sun and eat a good sandwich more than anything. The only thing that beats that is learning from fellow humans about the human condition, including the unbelievable resilience, positive outlook, sense of humor and immense compassion of those who have survived the trauma of domestic violence. Ania once focused her studies on violence in media and the impact of aesthetisation of violence on young audiences across the world (M. A. in Theory of Literature, 2004; M. A. in Cultural Studies, 2006). HAVEN gave her the opportunity to get out of the strictly scholastic environment and to start connecting with a diverse and fascinating population of DV survivors. Ania has proudly served the Gallatin Valley community since 2008, facilitating Monday evening Support Group meetings, and – after getting a M. S. in Counseling in 2012 -, providing psychotherapy for Haven clients. She is a co-owner of the private practice Feel, PLLC in Bozeman, where the focus is on strengthening families and trauma recovery. For Ania, working at HAVEN with passionate, intelligent and caring people on staff is very energizing as her hope prevails. With such a power team violence doesn’t stand a chance… It’s just a matter of time.

Pamela Roberts – MSW, SWIT, Counseling Intern

After a career as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Roberts joined HAVEN in November 2015 to pursue a license in Clinical Social Work. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Social Work.  At U.S.C., she completed a one-year internship at Five Acres Residential Treatment Center for Emotionally Disturbed Children. Upon graduation, she traveled to S.E. Asia to work with children as a Medical Social Worker in Hmong refugee camps; here she developed an interest in making social issue films. After returning home to Montana, she took a position as Missoula’s Regional Director for International Rescue Committee, a non-sectarian refugee resettlement organization. Soon after, Roberts co-founded Rattlesnake Productions, Inc. to produce and direct documentary films for national and international broadcast and distribution. Returning to social work as a Counseling Intern with the Haven team has allowed her to come full circle – satisfying a life-long desire to work with and for women in the area of trauma and domestic violence.

Brandon Kwasnik, Counseling Intern