VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE Staff
Angela Chapman-McDavid (She/her/hers)
Executive Director | Angel@vavmv.org
Angela Michelle Chapman-McDavid, known to most as “Angel,” recently relocated from her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to Twin Falls, Idaho to serve the Magic Valley Community, as Executive Director of Voices Against Violence.
Angel’s academic credentials include a law degree from Florida A&M University – College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from North Carolina A&T State University, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Angel came to Voices Against Violence to help lead, grow, and serve the organization, while being of maximum service to the various communities within the Magic Valley. On a personal note, Angel is a published author and happily married to Kenneth McDavid. She has five adult children and a host of amazing grandchildren.
KRISTEN MARR (She/her/hers)
Director of HR & Administration | KRISTEN@vavmv.org | 208-613-9113
Kristen Marr was born in Pocatello, ID and is currently attending Arizona State University, working towards a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Kristen has a passion to help empower survivors and contribute to building a program and supporting staff to help survivors heal and grow.
She has two children who are her world and loves to read all things glitter and Beyonce.
noemi juarez (She/her/hers)
Community & Client Director | email@example.com | 208-613-6339
Noemi Juarez is from Twin Falls, ID and holds a B.S. in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Idaho. She grew up in a traditional Mexican household and witnessed and experienced many oppressions within and outside of the culture. She says, “It made me aware of the stance that I needed to take for women within the culture but also the people and culture itself.”
She is proud that VAV has always provided support to survivors of violence, no matter how young. Because of this, she knew that being a part of this work would allow her to play a crucial role within her community to break generational traumas through personal advocacy, compassion and education.
Noemi has a beautiful family of four boys, a loving partner, three goofy dogs and a circle full of close friends and family. She loves taking time for herself and listening to music and journaling.
Joseph Simonson (he/him/his)
Director of Grants & Finance | Joseph@vavmv.org | 208-613-6336
Joseph grew up in Twin Falls, where he got an Associate degree in Anthropology from CSI. He 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. A fun fact about Joseph - His name is on the plaque next to the Huntington Canyon Mammoth at CSI’s Herrett Center for the work he did on it while at CSI.
aNGIE sOTO (She/her/hers)
Client Care Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie is a University of Idaho alum, where 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.
Angie’s goal in life is to make a difference and empower others. In addition to providing case management in English and Spanish, she facilitates a women’s domestic violence group in Spanish.
Angie is very passionate about the work she does and has a passion for traveling and seeing new things. She lives to make a difference, whether it be big or small, and her goal is to make sure others smile and stay motivated. She wants them to know that she believes in them and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Amy Chambers (She/her/hers)
Resource Manager | aMY@vavmv.org
Amy came to VAV to care for survivors of violence in our community. She strives to make all survivors feel Valued and respected.
She says, “One of my greatest joys is providing clients with the things they didn’t know they wanted and making sure that they understand that they deserve to be cared for and respected.
She has worked at VAV for over X years. And provided clients with the love, support and resources they need.
Amy recently got married, and loves spending time with her loving family and friends.
Samantha McHan (She/her/hers)
Shelter Intake Specialist | Samantha@vavmv.org
Samantha is originally from Salmon, ID and has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. She loves helping people and has always made that an important part of her employment. After working in Criminal Justice, she wanted to challenge herself to a different line of work, which brought her to VAV.
She loves working for Voices Against Violence and the opportunity to meet new people and support clients through their journey. She says, “I love helping clients gain the stability they have needed for so long in their life.”
Sam loves spending time with her family and dogs, creating memories.
Maria Juarez (She/her/hers)
Lead Case Manager | Maria@vavmv.org
Maria was born and raised in Idaho and graduated from Boise State University with my Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and graduated with four Associate's degrees from the College of Southern Idaho in 2014. She has been with VAV since November of 2021 and is one of our bilingual (English/Spanish) case managers.
Maria chose this career because her mission in life is to make this world a better place for future generations, and that happens one day at a time. Maria loves what she does because every small gain is a victory for her and she loves her co-workers.
When not working, Maria enjoys spending time with family and friends.
AngELICA Vega-Rangel (She/her/hers)
Case Manager | Angelicavega@vavmv.org
Angelica has been working with Voices Against Violence since April of 2019. During that time, she have been able to mold herself into a better friend, advocate, coworker and supporter day by day. Working with VAV has given and continues to give Angelica the proper guidance to encourage others. She says, “I admire growth in the survivors I work with, so being able to offer them first-hand support to grow and blossom into the best version of themselves lets me know I am doing what I love most: helping.”
seth simonson (they/TheM/theirs)
administrative assistant | email@example.com
Seth was born and raised in Twin Falls and has loved to see Twin Falls grow around them. Seth received an Associate's Degree from CSI and continued to work there for almost 5 years before working at VAV. Helping people has been Seth's favorite part of every job, so they were more than happy to find a place where that's the central pillar of their efforts.
In Seth's spare time, they paint miniatures and like to practice photography or videography. When Seth is not at work, you can expect to find them playing at Black Dragon Games or at LGBT+ Pride events around town.
Makayla chappell (She/her/hers)
case manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Makayla Chappell was born in Colorado and moved to Idaho in 2019. Her nonprofit journey began in Sun Valley, ID at the local animal shelter where she worked as a Marketing Outreach Coordinator.
When she relocated to Twin Falls, she felt passionate to continue working in the nonprofit sector. She found Voices Against Violence at one of their many events, resonated with their mission, and applied to be part of their team. She says, “To me, being in an advocate role is a way of helping to be another ray of the collective light that VAV is for so many at the end of a dark tunnel.” Makayla is such a valued member of our team. Outside of work she enjoys photography, road trips with friends, and anything involving coffee or tacos.
Rynca Essokodimba (She/her/hers)
refugee advocate | email@example.com
Andrea Tapia (She/her/hers)
outreach advocate | firstname.lastname@example.org