Support Within Reach Team Members
Katy Carpenter – Executive Director
I am originally from a suburb just south of Minneapolis. About seven years ago, my husband and I moved to Grand Rapids with our four children. I started working at Support Within Reach at the end of 2015 as the Itasca County Sexual Assault Interagency Council Coordinator and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator. Shortly after, I also became the Lead Advocate at the Grand Rapids Office. I left my position at the end of 2017 but decided to come back in 2019 as the Criminal Court Advocate and Sexually Exploited Youth Coordinator after realizing my passion was still advocacy.
Ashley Berg – County Supervisor for Aitkin, Cass, and Itasca.
Beth Wilson – Program Coordinator, Court and SEY (Itasca County)
Beth has been with Support Within Reach since March 2022. Beth moved back to Grand Rapids after spending 15 years in the twin cities. She is very happy to be back in nature! Beth has over 10 years of experience teaching Special Education ranging from birth to high school. She loves advocating and helping others. Beth’s greatest passions lie in outreach and working to help those who have been sex trafficked and exploited.
Fun Facts: Beth loves to sing karaoke, spend time with her fur babies, and hang out in nature.
Emily Daube – County Supervisor for Beltrami, Clearwater, and Hubbard.
Emily has been with Support Within Reach since November 2022. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Nonprofit Leadership minor from the University of North Dakota and is currently working on her master’s degree in Human Rights and Social Justice from Arizona State University. Emily is originally from Fargo, North Dakota but recently moved back up north from Illinois with her husband, two children, and Australian Cattle dog, Meeko. Her passion in life is to do whatever she can to aid in ending human trafficking and is thrilled to be a part of the Support Within Reach team serving the Beltrami, Clearwater, and Hubbard counties.
Sky Halbert – BSMART Coordinator/Court Advocate/Support Systems Coordinator
Sky has been with Support Within Reach since the end of February, 2022. Sky has past experience working with nonprofit agencies and is currently going to school for her Masters Degree in Business Administration. Sky just graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Human Services and is very excited to continue on with her education. Sky works as the Support Systems Coordinator helping with technology questions, coordinating with our IT department, and helps our Executive Director with behind-the-scenes duties.
Fun fact: Sky loves to go fishing with her husband and two children!
Kathy Gordon – Program Coordinator, Court and SEY (Beltrami County)
Marcy Webber – Cass County Coordinator; Advocate
Marcy has been with Support within Reach since May of 2017. She works in the Walker Office and is the Cass County Sexual Violence Services Coordinator. As in all outlying offices, Marcy does all client services in Cass County, which includes peer counseling and medical, law enforcement and prosecution advocacy. Marcy chairs a multidisciplinary team to help ensure victim centered responses in Cass County and she also gives presentations to schools and other community members.
Fun Fact: Marcy graduated from the University of Minnesota- St Paul and she has four grown children and three grandsons.
Angie Ness-Byer – Hubbard County Coordinator; Advocate
Ms. Angela Ness-Byer has been a long-time resident of the Park Rapids area and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1990. She has diplomas in Sales and Management and Community Health, and several certifications related to the care and well-being of people. She came to Support Within Reach in December 2020 with significant experience in personal health coordination and domestic abuse advocacy. She has work history in domestic violence and her outreach experience is now being put to use in her role as a Sexual Violence Advocate and Coordinator for Hubbard County.
Fun Fact: She loves pets as evidenced by her 3 Shih Tzu Dogs, an adopted rescue dog from the Dominican named Bravery, a recently adopted cat named Tigs, and the weekend babysitting of several of her Kids pets better known as “Gram’s Day Camp”.
Marian Barcus– Board Chair
My interest in and dedication to Support Within Reach has deep roots. When I was a young woman, coordinating the listening and crisis
service that eventually became First Call for Help, I collaborated with a group of Grand Rapids area women to create advocacy programs for
survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. While I continued my social work education in graduate school and pursued a career in mental
health and social services, these two advocacy programs matured into robust nonprofit agencies, Advocates for Family Peace and… wait for it… Support Within Reach! Now in retirement, I officially returned to close the loop as a Support Within Reach board member in 2016.
Jim Hodgson serves at Oak Hills Fellowship as their Director of Church & Community Relations (www.oakhills.edu/church-ministries), helping ministry & community leaders to network in Northern MN. He’s one of the founding members of SWR’s HAASTE task force (Headwaters Alliance Against Sex Trafficking & Exploitation
Chelsea Brown graduated with her BA in Applied Psychology from Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji. She has over 19 years experience as a crisis youth counselor. Chelsea is a Native American from Canada. She has travelled to over 56 different Reservations/ Reserves as a volunteer. She joined the Support Within Reach Board to be a listening ear and advocate for survivors.
Fun fact: Chelsea has lived in Canada, Alaska, the Hopi Reservation in Arizona and now Minnesota. She loves to travel with her husband and children.
- Staci Jergenson
- Paul Meyer
- Sara Collins
- Seraphia Gravelle
- Ally Gould