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Jen has been with SDS since 2013 and shares positions of both Program Manager and SDS Accountant. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Southern Oregon University and Peer Support Certification through both Project ABLE and Intentional Peer Support (IPS) through Folk Time. Her lived experience is having severe anxiety since childhood, being a survivor of domestic abuse, and dealing with an immense amount of loss and grief throughout her life, including recently losing a very close friend to suicide. She has a strong compassion for others, an empathetic soul, and enjoys connecting with and supporting peers. Jen loves the outdoors, including camping and fishing, and sings in a classic rock band. She adores her daughter and husband, as well as her dog Winston and her two cats Lulu and Lily.
Jennifer Gantner | Program Manager & Accountant
Katy started with SDS in December of 2019 and is our Wellness Resource Broker. She is newer to Peer Support on a professional level but has been a mentor to many of her close friends and family throughout her life. Her passion in life is to help people create a healthy lifestyle and community so they can succeed and find joy. Katy is thrilled and honored to work at SDS to encourage others to gain their independence and find their voice. Speaking of voice, Katy has been singing since she was little and finds happiness in all types of music. She looks forward to learning lots and getting to know everyone around her.
Katy Assad | Wellness Resource Broker
Olivia joined SDS in August of 2021 as our Sustainable Housing Resource Broker. Though she has a degree in theater and once planned to become a costume designer, Olivia’s desire to combat the stigma around mental illness and connect with her peers inspired her to pursue Peer Support. She is trained as a Peer Wellness Specialist through Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon, and is excited to bring together her training and her lived experiences here at SDS. Olivia loves to sketch and paint, sit under a tree with a good book, and spend time with her cats Misha and Astrid.
Olivia Johansson | Sustainable Housing Resource Broker
Emma started with SDS in August of 2021 and is our Program Coordinator. She graduated from PSU and OHSU in 2020 with a degree in Public Health and Community Health Education and Promotion. Having experienced ongoing mental health struggles and a great deal of loss and grief throughout her life, she is invested in becoming a source of support for other folks. Supporting others has always been her passion and she enjoys volunteering and participating in mutual aid efforts in her community. She likes to spend most of her free time out in nature; going for walks and hikes, roller skating to some fun music, organizing picnics with friends, camping, and much more. She also loves cooking, thrift shopping, making arts and crafts, and meeting new people!
Emma Miksch | Program Coordinator