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.
Amy graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2000 and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Walla Walla College in 2003. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in this field for 16 years. Amy has been providing counseling to kids and teens at Emma’s House since 2012. She enjoys living in Ravalli County because she can hike, float, ski, and mountain bike ride!
After discovering a passion for the difference Emma’s House makes in the lives of local children, Joni moved from board member to the Development Director in 2017. She is looking forward to reaching out to the community and is motivated to get donations for such a worthy cause. In her other job, Joni is the Executive Assistant for the Bitterroot National Forest. Joni has lived in Montana all her life and loves raising her family in the Bitterroot Valley. She enjoys being creative, singing in the car, fun adventures, and sarcasm.
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.
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She attended both the University of Montana and Walla Walla College and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2003. Jennifer has been working with children, teens and adults for the past 17 years in a variety of settings. She recently joined Emma’s House in December 2017. Jennifer loves the beautiful Bitterroot Valley and enjoys gardening, hiking, and biking.
Office Manager & Prevention Coordinator
Kierstin has worked for Emma’s House since 2012 after working at a local for-profit business, in the native plant restoration and forestry field and local advocacy. A passion for social, economic and environmental justice has led Kierstin to putting that drive towards helping to protect children and teenagers from abuse and neglect. She has developed the child abuse prevention program providing trainings, presentations and resources for the professionals and the public, along with maintaining the geeky administrative tasks or the “wheels on the bus”, as we call it. Kierstin is the proud mother of Josephine, a spirited college student and, in her free time, she enjoys traveling, knitting and most outdoor activities, gardening, hiking, biking, powder skiing and playing on the water.
Pete decided to come out of retirement to join Emma’s House in 2018. He works as a Family Advocate to support victims and their families through the investigation and judicial process. Pete worked for the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years, with an additional 8 years working as an investigator for the County Attorney’s Office. His wealth of experience is a perfect addition to the Emma’s House team, and our clients are lucky to have his support. Pete enjoys hiking, gardening, and participating in Citizen Science projects.
Twyla joined our staff in the spring of 2016 and has made a tremendous impact since her arrival. She was trained at Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa, CA and was selected specifically for our program. Twyla is 4 years old and can provide comfort to our clients in the waiting room, interview room, counseling, and as victims testify against their abusers in the court room.