Meet the Staff

Ellen Reed, MPPA, Interim Director


Cara, Shelter Operations Director

Cara 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.

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Stephanie, Administrative Grant Coordinator (AGC)

Stephanie 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. Stephanie 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, Stephanie 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, she made a short three (3) month lateral move to Shelter Advocate II before being promoted to serve as the Shelter Operations Director. Stephanie 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 her 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.

Her understanding of the services provided by AVENUES for Northeast Missouri, Inc. she 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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staff members

Domestic Violence Advocates:

Belenda-Outreach Advocate - Adair, Schuyler, & Scotland Counties
Rachel-Outreach Advocate - Pike/Ralls Counties
Cathy-Outreach Advocate - Clark, Lewis, & Part of Knox Counties
Tamara-Outreach Advocate - Marion County
Rebecca-Outreach Advocate - Monroe, Shelby & Part of Knox Counties

Sexual Violence Advocates:

Bobbie - Outreach Advocate-Adair, Schuyler, & Scotland Counties
Toni-Ann - Outreach Advocate-Clark, Lewis, Knox, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls & Shelby Counties

Shelter Service Program

Hannah -Shelter Children's Program Director/Victim Advocate
Renee - Victim Advocate
Tina - Victim Advocate
Elisabeth - Victim Advocate
Hope - Victim Advocate
Samantha - Victim Advocate
Nicole - Victim Advocate
Lexius  - Victim Advocate

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