This month we will say ‘see you later’ to Kelsiann Helsley, our violence prevention educator. Kelsiann has been with Power Up, Speak Out! for almost two years. In that time, Kelsiann has presented Power Up, Speak Out! to educators across Montana as well as Washington State, and taught the basics of healthy relationships to students K-12. She also had the pleasure of teaching lessons to adults with disabilities at Beartooth Industries. 

In early 2019, Kelsiann and Kelly Heaton, DSVS executive director, traveled to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to start the process of launching an evidence based evaluation of Power Up, Speak Out, which is now underway. Kelsiann is leaving DSVS to be closer to her fiancé in Wyoming and pursue new opportunities.

While we are saddened to announce Kelsiann’s departure, we’re excited to introduce Prevention Education Program Director Libby Johnson and welcome her to the Power Up, Speak Out! Team.

We’re very excited to welcome Libby to our team as our new Prevention Education Program Director. Libby will oversee Power Up, Speak Out! operations and provide strategic direction in marketing, outreach, and sales.

Libby has extensive experience working as a licensed special education teacher. She’s worked in Red Lodge Public Schools and as a behavior consultant for the Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Yellowstone-West Carbon County Special Services Cooperative. She routinely presents at statewide conferences and provides professional development training for educators. Libby has worked in in-home settings, public schools, and residential placements for children and adolescents who have social-emotional, cognitive, and behavioral needs. Libby is looking forward to supporting communities and schools in developing healthy relationships and ending generational violence.

Welcome Libby!