Haven Leadership Team

Executive Director Sara Kobylenski has been leading the organization since March 2009. Sara came to the Haven from her role as a Field Services Director for the Vermont Agency of Human Services. Before that she served for 20 years as the Vermont Division Director for Casey Family Services and 15 years as a supervisor and direct practice social worker with other child and family services organization. She earned her BA from Simmons College and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board member of the NH Center for Nonprofits, Steering Committee member of ReThink Health Upper Connecticut River Valley, and a Director of Mascoma Savings Bank. She also participates in local and state level groups addressing poverty, housing and homelessness. Occasionally she teaches a course for Community College of Vermont.

Director of Community Services & Operations Jennifer Fontaine joined the Haven in 2008 after twelve years in the for-profit business sector. Jennifer earned her BA in Social Work from Bridgewater State University and holds an MS in Human Services with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Capella University. She is the co-chair of the Hunger Council of the Upper Valley, a steering committee member of Upper Valley Strong, and works with the Hartford Community Coalition on their food programs. Jennifer is also a 2017 graduate of Leadership Upper Valley.

Director of Development & Communications Laura Gillespie joined the Haven in 2016 after ten years in development at The Aloha Foundation. Laura is a graduate of Dartmouth College with an MS in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College. Laura is on the board of Hartford-Norwich Holiday Basket Helpers, volunteers with Hartford Dismas House and coaches high school rowing with Upper Valley Rowing Foundation.

Director of Volunteer Services Amber Johnston

Director of Shelter & Clinical Services Renee Weeks