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

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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

I have worked in diverse types of advocacy, for over 25 years.  I obtained my Master Degree to continue to speak for those who do not have a voice or cannot put their trauma into words.  As of today, there are so many different views of what domestic violence or sexual assault is.  I am spreading the word on domestic violence and sexual assault, plus the different types of abuse.

 

Each instance is different and that is why it is so important that we start by believing the victims.  I want victims to know that there is hope, people who genuinely care about what happens to them, their families, avenues to assist them, and a plan of action to keep them safe.

 

I have lived in Wyoming since 1982, which has been a blessing.  I feel that my sources of strength come from family, friends, and the knowledge that there is hope to change the perspective people have. 

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