Staff Directory

Katie O’Brien

Katie O’Brien

Executive Director (she, her, hers)

The strength and resilience of the women and children we serve continuously inspires me.

Nora Blumenstein, MSW

Nora Blumenstein, MSW

Advocacy & Operations Director (she, her, hers)

My work at Rose Haven is guided by this quote from artist, activist, and academic Lilla Watson: “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Liz Starke

Liz Starke

Development Director (she, her, hers)

To truly practice feminism, we must build up those in our community who are struggling the most.

Heather Hilligoss

Heather Hilligoss

Program Director (she, her, hers)

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’” Brene Brown

Jessica Almroth

Jessica Almroth

Volunteer & Academic Program Manager (she, her, hers)

Rose Haven has given me the incredible opportunity to connect our volunteers with ways to serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community. I truly believe in our model of radical acceptance, and that everyone who is here, belongs here.

Phoebe O’Meara, BSW

Phoebe O’Meara, BSW

Advocacy Manager (she, her, hers)

“Access for the sake of access or inclusion is not necessarily liberatory, but access done in the service of love, justice, connection and community is liberatory and has the power to transform.” – Mia Mingus

Jaye Stone

Jaye Stone

Wellness Coordinator (she, her, hers)

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” – Rosa Parks

Valerie Vozza

Valerie Vozza

Guest Services & Facility Coordinator (she, her, hers / they, them, theirs)

In my work at Rose Haven, I strive to always make sure our guests feel seen and heard. I am grateful to be part of a community that uplifts and celebrates one another.

Tracy Lowman

Tracy Lowman

Hospitality Coordinator (she, her, hers)

My work at Rose Haven offers a daily opportunity to meaningfully engage with our community and uplift those in need. Nourishing food, a hot cup of coffee and  a friendly understanding face can make all the difference in someone’s day.

Marie Ellsworth, MIA

Marie Ellsworth, MIA

Program Donations & Events Coordinator (she, her, hers)

My work at Rose Haven is focused on building dignity for our guests and valuing their individual choices.

Megan Owen

Megan Owen

Development & Marketing Coordinator (she, her, hers)

I focus on bringing equity and advocacy through communications. I can only do this work by being in community with our guests and I’m so lucky to do that with my neighbors at Rose Haven. Always here to learn!

Angela Christenson

Angela Christenson

Program Associate (she, her, hers)

My role at Rose Haven has given me the opportunity to see my world through a brand new lens. I am learning that there is healing in connections and kinship, and mutual growth in community.

Bellen Drake

Bellen Drake

Advocate (she, her, hers)

“Compassion provides us the breathing room we need to keep on keeping on. It also allows us to evolve: When we lack compassion, we become significantly stifled in our ability to connect with ourselves, with others, and with our lives.” – Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Michelle Sorensen

Michelle Sorensen

Program Associate (she, her, hers)

When someone feels like life has become too hard, that their joy is lost, I want Rose Haven to be their reason to smile and hope again.

Maddy Hildebrand

Maddy Hildebrand

Advocate (she, her, hers)

 I feel so blessed that every day I get to see some of the most resilient women accomplish their goals, and find their own empowerment in their lives every day.

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” —Michelle Obama

Austin Nelson

Austin Nelson

Program Associate (she, her, hers)

“No voice is too soft when that voice speaks for others.”- Janna Cachola

Amelia Sommer

Amelia Sommer

Development & Database Administrator (she, her, hers)

“Kindness and helping others will return to you when you least expect it, and maybe when you need it.” – Catherine Pulsifer

  • Thanks to Kelli Pennington

    Many thanks go to Kelli Pennington for the staff portraits.