Board of Directors

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Taneesa Congdon

Chair, SW Regional Representative

Domestic violence and sexual violence is found in every community regardless of age, race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. It can be one of the hardest obstacles to navigate alone.


Many people feel isolated and are unsure what may happen next. Rooted deeply within me are values of Social Work that includes: service, social justice, dignity and worth of every person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. My goal is to let people know they are not alone, there is help, and healing is possible.

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Carla Thurin

Vice Chair, Program Representative

Director, Laramie County Safehouse Services, Inc. 

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Sydney Allred

Secretary, NW Regional Representative

I have spent my life as a proud Wyomingite who deeply loves this state and the people living within it; serving the people I love is my life's work and passion. While there is so much beauty surrounding us, it is important to recognize that domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, trafficking, and suffering also exist within our communities and families.


Darkness thrives in silence and having an honest conversation about these issues is necessary, but it takes radical courage and faith in each other to open that door. As an advocate and survivor I know how powerful one person can be, how we each have the power to change the life of another. Empowering individuals and communities to believe a better, safer tomorrow exists through collective courage and action is a mountain worth climbing.

“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard....”
~ Malala Yousafzai


Clayton Melinkovich

Treasurer, SE Regional Representative

Deputy Attorney, Sublette County

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Susan Bridge

General Public Representative

Chief of Police, Upton, WY

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Stacie Hoxie

Program Representative

Director, Weston County FOCUS

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Sabrina Kruse

Treasurer, SE Regional Representative

I came to Wyoming from California to end the abuse in my life. When I decided to get help through the Helpmate Crisis Center I truly decided I wanted to help make differences in others' lives who were suffering from Domestic Violence. I have made it my goal to assist others who also needed a way out of their abusive situations. NO one deserves to suffer from this horrible crime. With education and assistance I feel that one day we may be able to put an end to Domestic Violence. In the meantime with the assistance from the WCADVSA and all the Programs throughout Wyoming we can educate and assist victims to end their abuse and become a survivor, so that their stories can educate others.

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Sandy Stevens

NE Regional Representatiave

Every person deserves the right to live and love without fear. No one in an abusive situation needs to feel isolated, alone or judged. With awareness and education, we can learn how to help our friends or loved ones in need and ensure they are never alone in ending the violence in their lives. My mission and passion is to help as many people as I can, and to stop the cycle of abuse.

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