About Our Mission and Staff

Our Mission Statement

Avenues advocates for the rights of all to live free of domestic and sexual abuse and assault by providing free confidential, non-judgmental services to victims and survivors.

Our Goals

  • Strive to improve the physical and emotional welfare of individuals and their children in Northeast Missouri.
  • Is a social change organization that focuses on domestic and sexual violence.
  • Provides crisis intervention and support to the needs of individual survivors and significant others.
  • Strives to eliminate domestic and sexual violence by addressing the roots of violence which include issues of inequality and oppression between genders, races, and socioeconomic groups.

Diversity Statement

AVENUES does not discriminate and does not permit discrimination including - without limitation - bullying, abuse, or harassment on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; or based on association with another person on account of that person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

AVENUES appreciates the diversity of human beings.

Racism has no place here.

staff members

Our Staff

Tamitha Ague, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tamitha R. Ague, ACSW, CSWM, LBSW-IP, BSBA, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Abuse Victims Education Network Unified for Northeast Missouri, Inc (AVENUES for Northeast Missouri, Inc.) and the current past Executive Director for 2 years with Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials in Quincy, IL and formerly the Executive Director for over 22 years with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – Missouri Chapter and three years concurrently with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – Alaska Chapter. NASW is the largest professional social work organization serving over 160,000 members nationwide and internationally.

During her career, Ms. Ague has gained valuable knowledge and practice skills to serve in the Executive Director’s capacity for the association and social service organizations. Her previous professional experience includes direct service to a variety of populations from the elderly to children while serving in numerous capacities including Social Service Director for a nursing center and Client Services Director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis.

Ms. Ague has acquired undergraduate teaching experience as an adjunct faculty for Missouri Western State College where she instructed Philosophy and Policy for the social work program, Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, Missouri instructing the Introduction to Human Services for the four-year Human Services and Organizational Behavior for the Business Administration degrees and Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri instructing Social Welfare Policy and Human Service Administration for their undergraduate Human Services program. She is a registered lobbyist with the state of Missouri and has successfully advocated for the passage of numerous bills affecting the social work profession and social service issues statewide. She was selected by her peers as the 2008 Outstanding Executive Director for the Year for the National Association of Social Workers. In 2009, she was awarded the Mark Moses Distinguished Management Award from the National Network of Social Work Managers Association and the Outstanding Alumni Award from Saint Louis University, School of Social Work.

She holds bachelor's degrees in social work and business administration from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and a master’s in social work from Saint Louis University School of Social Service in St. Louis. In 2018, she completed her certification as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Missouri.

Cara Miller, Shelter Operations Director

Cara E. Miller is the Shelter Operations Director for Abuse Victims Education Network Unified to Ensure Safety for Northeast MO, Inc (AVENUES for Northeast MO, Inc). Cara has an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Management from Moberly Area Community College, obtained in Spring 2013.

Cara started her career with AVENUES for Northeast Mo, Inc as a part-time Crisis Intervention Advocate in March 2013. During her time working at the shelter, she gained valuable knowledge in assisting clients in the aftermath of a domestic or sexual violence situation.

Cara was promoted to full-time Shelter Advocate in January 2015 and continued to gain knowledge in working with survivors of all types of abuse. Cara participated in creating programs for the shelter and helped several clients obtain permanent stable housing. In October 2018, Cara became the Marion County Victim Advocate and started working outside of the shelter. She gained professional relationships with community partners and continued her work with the Missouri Balance of State Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry Systems, which has provided local homeless individuals with permanent stable housing.

In May 2020, Cara was promoted to Shelter Operations Director and now supervises Shelter Advocates I and II. Cara continues to work toward AVENUES’ mission of providing excellent services to clients who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. Cara currently serves as the Secretary on the Missouri Balance of State Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry Region 2 committee.

Stephanie Black, Administrative Grant Coordinator (AGC)

Stephanie N. Black is the Administrative Grant Coordinator (AGC) for Abuse Victims Education Network Unified for Northeast Missouri, Inc. (AVENUES for Northeast Missouri, Inc.). She has been with AVENUES for Northeast Missouri, Inc. for over ten (10) years. Mrs. Black started her career at AVENUES for Northeast Missouri, Inc. as a part-time Shelter Advocate I while attending Moberly Area Community College to obtain her Associate's Degree in General Education.

Upon graduating, Mrs. Black became the Domestic Violence Advocate for Ralls and Pike counties through the agency’s Outreach Program. After serving in the Outreach Program for over six (6) years, Mrs. Black made a short three (3) month lateral move to Shelter Advocate II before being promoted to serve as the Shelter Operations Director. Mrs. Black served as the Shelter Operations Director for a year and two months before once again being promoted to her current position in May 2020. Her goals and passion are to continue working with the agency in order to assist AVENUES for Northeast Missouri, Inc. as it continues to expand in both services offered as well as counties served.

During Mrs. Black’s career and working with the clients and providing support, she has gained valuable knowledge during her time working for AVENUES for Northeast Missouri, Inc. She has worked with local agencies, courthouse officials, law enforcement agencies, and The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) to provide service to clients. Services she has provided are crisis intervention, case management, civil and criminal justice court advocacy, medical advocacy, and shelter placement to name a few.

With her understanding of the services provided by AVENUES for Northeast Missouri, Inc. Mrs. Black has gained a solid background to assist her in the grant writing process, in order to acquire grants that will continue to support the clients served in the shelter and outreach counties.

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