Staff

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KRISTEN MARR

Interim Director    |    KRISTEN@vavmv.org     |      208-613-9113

I was born in Pocatello, ID, but moved to Twin Falls when I was 15. I have bounced back and forth between Twin Falls and Boise for about 15 years. I am currently enrolled at Arizona State University earning a bachelor's degree in sociology. I started with VAV in April of 2021 and my favorite part of the job is the amazing people that work here and who make things happen everyday. I have two amazing kids whom I devote most of my time to when I'm not working or doing schoolwork.

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noemi juarez

Community and Client Director   |    noemi@vavmv.org  |   208-613-6339

I was born in Twin Falls, Idaho but grew up in Rogerson, Idaho and went to school in Hollister and Filer. I grew up less than 10 minutes from the Salmon Dam Reservoir. I always loved being in the country where there is plenty of open space and the air is always fresh! When I graduated HS, I attended the University of Idaho, where I obtained my BS in Child Development and Family Relations.

 

My parents were immigrants and were self- taught when they arrived to this country. Having them as my guide, they created my passion for connection. My bilingual skills are what drove me to work with marginalized communities and their families. I have an amazing partner and four strong boys, who have blessed me with many life lessons. My family has also been a contributing factor to the work I do. Of course, I can't forget our small rollie pollie farm and our two crazy dogs, Pepper and Max.

 

I came to VAV to continue being an advocate for the many voices who are silenced. I love meeting new people and learning people's life journey. My favorite part of the job is knowing that the smallest amount of support can be life changing for many individuals, no matter the age, and baked goodies at work are always a treat!​

Joseph Simonson

Grants Manager   |    Joseph@vavmv.org  |   208-613-6336

Joseph Simonson grew up in Twin Falls, where he got an associate degree in anthropology, then left for a few years and got a bachelor's degree in family studies and a master's degree in public administration. He started working at Voices Against Violence in 2021 and loves helping people with their work, whether it's building bookshelves or writing grants to support work with survivors. His claim to fame is that when you go to the Herrett Center at CSI, you'll find his name on the plaque next to the Huntington Canyon Mammoth for the work he did on it back in the day.

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LEAD Case Manager/Housing Director    |    angelica@vavmv.org

Angie, a University of Idaho alum, is our Housing Coordinator. Angie's study for her Bachelor's degree in Psychology allowed her to learn abroad at the Universidad de Alicante in Spain. Born in Los Angeles, Angie has lived in Idaho most of her life.

 

Her goal in life is to make a difference and empower others.  In addition to providing case management in English and Spanish, Angie facilitates a women’s DV group in Spanish.

 

She is very passionate about the work she does and has a passion for traveling and seeing new things. “I live to make a difference, whether it be big or small, my goal is to make sure I get others to smile and stay motivated. I want them to know that I believe in them and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Amy Chambers

Resource Manager/Children's Advocate    |    aMY@vavmv.org

I grew up in the Burley/Rupert area and moved to Twin Falls in 1995 to attend CSI. I spent several years at CSI as a Theatre/Education major. I have three amazing children and five stepchildren. I started with Voices Against Violence in January of 2018 and have grown with the organization and am now the Resource Manager of the Community Center. My favorite part of the job is providing fun little extras like self care items to our clients. A fun fact about myself is that I am a major theatre nerd. I participate in community theatre as often as I can and have been on the stage more times than I can count. I also love, love, love TV.

Emmy Guadarrama

Case Manager    |    emmy@vavmv.org

Maria Juarez

Case Manager    |    Maria@vavmv.org

Ang Vega

Case Manager    |    Angelicavega@vavmv.org

Samantha White

Case Manager    |    Samantha@vavmv.org

My name is Samantha White, and I grew up in a small town named Salmon, Idaho. I graduated high school there and then moved to Twin Falls to attend CSI. I graduated CSI with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. I started with VAV on July 12, 2019. My favorite part of working for VAV is helping someone "come full circle". I enjoy answering the hotline, to meeting a client, entering them into shelter, and watching clients succeed in life. Fun fact about me is that I always have a witty comeback to anything that someone says. :)

Madison Wilde

Case Manager    |    Madison@vavmv.org

Hello, my name is Madison! I've been a Case Manager with VAV as of April 2021. I grew up in San Diego, California, where I taught preschool for 6 years. I received my AS in Early Childhood Education in 2014. I love working at VAV because I feel fulfilled when I help people! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, photography, animals, and hanging out with my husband at the funeral home (he's a mortician)! I also never turn down a good joke; life's too short not to laugh!