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meet our team

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valerie widmer

Executive Director

Val has served as the Director of Emma’s House since its inception in 2006. Val brings more than 20 years experience in the field of child abuse and mental health. Val obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Montana and obtained clinical licensure in 2008, with a focus on trauma treatment and violence against children. In her tenure, Val has conducted more than 1000 forensic interviews of children at Emma’s House. Val enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, skiing, and watching lots of baseball.

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sarah lidstrom

Registered Nurse

Born and raised in Montana, Sarah recievied her bachelor of science in nursing from Montana State University in 2014. She joined the Emma’s House team part-time as an RN medical examiner and spends the rest of her time working at a family practice clinic. Sarah has become very passionate about the work she does at Emma’s House and feels grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something so important. Outside of work, she enjoys all the beautiful hiking and running opportunities the Bitterroot Valley has to offer.

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mary vermillion

Forensic Interviewer

Originally from Rhode Island, Mary Vermillion moved to Montana in 1997 to pursue her education. Mary has been a resident of Hamilton since 2004, where she is currently employed as a Forensic Interviewer/Nurse Examiner at Emma’s House Child Advocacy Center as well as an RN at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. As a mother, health care provider, and community advocate Mary feels strongly that healthy kids are healthy communities.

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twyla

Service Dog

Twyla joined our staff in the spring of 2016. She was trained at Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa, CA and was selected specifically for our program. Since arriving, Twyla has made a tremendous impact providing comfort to our clients whether it be in the waiting room, interview room, during counseling or in the court room. She adores kids, can play fetch for impressive lengths of time and has a special fondness for apples.

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amy rau

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Counselor

Amy received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Walla Walla College in Missoula in 2003 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2007. She has worked in the field of child abuse and trauma since 2001 and has extensive experience working with children and families who have endured trauma. Amy worked at Emma’s House as a trauma counselor from 2012-2018 and then moved to Australia for 2 years. She came back to Montana in 2020 and is lucky enough to be able to continue her work at Emma’s House. Amy enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and cross country skiing.

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stephanie voisine

Family Advocate

Stephanie has been working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the Bitterroot for 13 years and is currently working toward earning her masters in social work from the University of Montana. She is a mother to three grown children and does stand-up comedy as a hobby. Stephanie loves hiking, reading and gardening.

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jennifer murrillo

Forensic Interviewer

Originally from Rhode Island, Mary Vermillion moved to Montana in 1997 to pursue her education. Mary has been a resident of Hamilton since 2004, where she is currently employed as a Forensic Interviewer/Nurse Examiner at Emma’s House Child Advocacy Center as well as an RN at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. As a mother, health care provider, and community advocate Mary feels strongly that healthy kids are healthy communities.

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