Meet Our Staff
“It is a privilege to work alongside of others to provide a safe place and refuge for those suffering from domestic violence – with our eye on the goal of eliminating it altogether.”
Brene always says it best. "When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending". I'm honored to do my part helping those who've experienced domestic violence write brave new endings.
Emily began at Family Safety Network in April 2015. After graduating from Calvin College, Emily met and married her husband Karlin while studying at Princeton Theological Seminary. The next decade of her life, she served in a variety of nonprofit organizations and ministries, including East End Cooperative Ministry - a Hunger & Housing organization in Pittsburgh, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska. After living in 10 homes in 10 years in 4 different states, Emily is grateful to have settled in Teton Valley in 2012 with her family. When not fly fishing with Karlin, exploring a new hiking trail or attempting (unsuccessfully) to keep up with her kids at Targhee, Emily most enjoys trying new recipes and opening up her home to old and new friends alike!
Alyson began serving with Family Safety Network as a volunteer hotline advocate in 2016 and transitioned to a staff victim advocate in January 2019. Alyson graduated from Messiah College studying Human Development and Family Science and later also earned a certification in therapeutic massage. Her on and off again love affair with the mountain west finally ended by moving to Teton Valley from Pennsylvania with her husband Andy in 2014. They have since designed and built their own house and adopted a furry, four-legged companion. When they're not working on house projects, they enjoy romping around the Tetons, road-tripping to the coast, and being surrounded by great friends and good food.
Bilingual Victim Advocate Consejera de Victimas Bilingue
Monica joined the Family Safety Network staff in July 2015 as our Bilingual Victim Advocate. She was previously serving our agency as a volunteer hotline advocate, and has been active in our outreach events with the Latino community. Monica has lived in Teton Valley for nearly 14 years. She came to the Jackson area from Mexico as a child, then moved to the Idaho side where she graduated from Teton High School. Now married with two children, Monica is excited to be able to serve her community in this expanded capacity. Already active with the Hispanic Resources Center, she has volunteered coordinating English classes and translating for teachers. Monica sees her work at FSN as an opportunity to provide services for those who need it, but have not been able to easily access it due to language barriers.
Cheiska (chess-ka) joined Family Safety Network in November 2017. Originally from Oregon, she discovered Teton Valley through her now-husband, Jake. The two met through their combined interest in the outdoors and photography. Drawn to the wildlife and vast nature, Cheiska knew the valley was where she wanted to call home. After the two relocated several times for work, the mountains called them back in September of 2017. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Kaidence, in early February 2018 and have been teaching her all about jumping in muddy puddles, hiking, fishing, animals, guitar and skiing!
Mónica se unió al personal de Family Safety Network en julio de 2015 como nuestro Consejera de Víctimas Bilingue. Ella estaba sirviendo previamente a nuestra agencia como voluntaria en nuestra línea directa, y ha participado activamente en nuestros eventos de extensión con la comunidad latina. Mónica ha vivido en Teton Valley durante casi 14 anos. Ella llegó a la zona de Jackson de México siendo una adolecente, luego se trasladó a la parte de Idaho, donde se graduó de la Escuela Secundaria de Teton. Ahora casada y con dos hijos, Monica está emocionada de ser capaz de servir a su comunidad en esta capacidad. Ya activa con el Centro de Recursos Hispanos, ha ayudado a la coordinación de las clases de inglés y la traducción de los maestros. Monica ve su trabajo en FSN como una oportunidad para proveer servicios a los que lo necesitan, pero que no han podido acceder fácilmente a ello debido a las barreras del idioma.
Director of Development
Jen has lived in Teton Valley for nearly 12 years. She was born and raised outside Syracuse, New York, attended the University of New Hampshire and lived for a number of years around Boston and then Berkshire County, Massachusetts before making the big jump West. She has worked as a corporate trainer for a chain of day spas on the east coast, had her own business doing facial treatments, worked for a plastic surgery practice, ran her own spa consulting business and served as a Director of Development for a non-profit in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Jen is enthusiastic about bringing her talents to Family Safety Network. Jen loves hiking, paddle boarding, reading, cooking and can usually be found around Teton Valley with her two big dogs in tow.