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Safe Havens Staff
Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter
Executive Director and Founder
Anne Marie Hunter is an ordained United Methodist pastor. She received her Master of Divinity from Harvard University in 1986 and a PhD in Religion and Society from Drew University in 1991. While attending Harvard and Drew, Anne Marie worked for domestic violence service providers in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She also served for six years as pastor of East Saugus United Methodist Church in MA. In 1991, Anne Marie linked her pastoral, seminary, and domestic violence services experience and founded Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence.
A national leader on faith community responses to elder abuse and domestic violence, Anne Marie has testified at national legislative hearings on the Violence Against Women Act and attended White House events on domestic violence. Anne Marie has taught at Drew University and Tufts University and published locally and nationally on both domestic violence and elder abuse. In 2011, Anne Marie was selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroines. She received the Humanitarian Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in 2010 for “furthering interfaith understanding” and “extraordinary efforts to build bridges between different faith communities.” Anne Marie also received the 2002 Heinz Family Foundation R.O.S.E. Award in honor of her innovative efforts and dedication to breaking the silence surrounding domestic violence in communities of faith.
Alyson Morse Katzman
Alyson Morse Katzman earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University. Alyson creates, coordinates, and implements Safe Havens’ local and national outreach, advocacy, and education regarding sexual and domestic violence and elder abuse. Alyson also provides national technical assistance on domestic violence and faith, elder abuse and faith, and domestic and sexual violence and faith in rural communities through Safe Havens’ national Technical Assistance projects, which are funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.
Alyson is actively involved in Greater Boston’s Jewish Domestic Violence Coalition as well as in Jewish Women International’s Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Alyson has worked in public and non-profit management for 26 years and with Safe Havens since 2002.
Catie Oidtman attended the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with Minors in Spanish and Public Leadership. Catie first became interested in mitigating gender-based violence during a semester in Peru, where she conducted a study with survivors of domestic violence to explore correlations between experiences of violence and mental health outcomes. Catie continued to foster her passion to end violence against women during her graduate studies at UMD, where she received her Master of Public Policy, specialized in Health Policy. For her thesis, Catie partnered with the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) to evaluate NVRDC’s process measures to improve outcomes for sexual assault survivors engaging in support services, post-trauma. Catie also worked as a Philanthropy Fellow at the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF), a nonprofit working to mitigate health disparities. Post-graduation, Catie continued to work at HIF in the role of Grants Administrator, where she administered a $3 million annual grant portfolio, evaluating grant proposals, providing technical assistance, and monitoring grantee projects, budgets and outcomes. Catie is excited to continue her journey towards mitigating gender-based violence through her work at Safe Havens.
Life Together Fellow
Corinne is Safe Havens' Life Together fellow, a position that is part of the Boston branch of Episcopal Service Corps. She is a recent graduate of Vassar College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Music Theory. While in college, Corinne conducted psychological research, worked for a peer hotline, and sang in the Vassar choir. She's looking forward to taking what she's learned in the research world— particularly the intellectual excitement and a passion for exploring new things— and applying it to her work at Safe Havens. She feels honored to be a part of Safe Havens’ mission of building a world where all victims of domestic violence and elder abuse receive the support they need and deserve from their communities. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks and hikes, all things music, and playing with her dog.
Boston University School of Theology Intern
Laura Ellis is the new Boston University School of Theology Intern. She is in her third and final year of the Master of Divinity program at BU with a concentration in global and community engagement and a certificate in religion and conflict transformation. Her studies are focused on the biblical and theological expressions of peace and violence as well as feminist and womanist theologies. She is excited to combine these academic interests in practical ways at Safe Havens.
Hailing from west Texas, Laura loves tacos and the sun and is on a constant search for each up here in the Northeast. In her spare time she enjoys writing fiction and watching stand up comedy with her roommates. She is very excited to join the Safe Havens team and advocate for victims of abuse. She looks forward to learning about the ways in which faith and faith communities can either be a barrier or a pathway to safety and healing for people in situations of violence.