Our Staff

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie. 

Support Within Reach Team Members

Evett Ellis – Executive Director

Born and Raised in Arizona, Evett graduated from Arizona State University. Joined Support Within Reach Team January 2021.

Oversees the entire organization which spans across 6 different counties within Northwestern Minnesota ( Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, and Itasca) also servicing ( Leech Lake, Bois Forte Band, Red lake, White Earth, and Mille Lacs) Tribal Communities.

My goal: Continue to bring awareness and Prevention Education while building partnerships and support that will help to reduce the impact and harm of sexual violence in the communities we serve.

Contact me Directly @ e.ellis@supportwithinreach.org for an opportunity to find ways you can make a difference.

Katy Carpenter – Aitkin, Cass, & Itasca County Supervisor

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. After almost five years of working at Support Within Reach, I am very excited to accept the County Supervisor position for Itasca, Aitkin, and Cass Counties.

Fun Fact: I like to hunt and spend time with my children.

Sky Halbert – Beltrami County

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!

Dominique Jeter – Beltrami County

Development Outreach & Victim Services Coordinator/BSU-NTC-Oak Hills Advocate

Dominique has been with Support Within Reach since June of 2022. She is originally from the Chicagoland area (Maywood, IL) , approximately fifteen minutes outside the city and not a far suburb thirty minutes plus outside of the city. She also recently graduated from Loras College this May with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with minors in Racial Justice and Gender Studies.

She has a passion for helping others in need and advocating for their rights as individuals. Prior to coming to Support Within Reach, Dominique worked for a nonprofit, where she supported and served individuals with disabilities for about four years.

Fun Fact: I am a fur mom to two cats. I also enjoy reading in my free time or embrace nature by going on walks or hikes.

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”.

Beth Wilson – Itasca County Outreach and Prevention Coordinator

Beth has been with Support Within Reach since she felt the calling for advocacy in March 2022. Beth has over 10 years of working in special education ranging from birth to high school. She is excited to head back to college in the fall to work towards a degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.  

Fun fact: Beth has 3 major loves in life: singing karaoke, her cats, and spending time in nature. 

Ashley Berg -ICSAIC and SANE Coordinator

Amanda Anderson – Afterhours Advocate

Board Members

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

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

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

Volunteers – We thank you for you time and dedication!