Our Staff

Libby Johnson obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Montana State University–Billings, her masters of science in Special Education/Applied Behavior Analysis from Montana State University – Billings, and her masters of science in Educational Leadership from Rocky Mountain College. Libby has extensive experience working as a licensed special education teacher. She 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 to teachers. Libby has worked in in-home settings, public schools, and residential placements for children and adolescents who have social-emotional, cognitive, and behavioral needs.  She believes in creating safe places for all people to express themselves and understands the importance of establishing healthy boundaries in relationships. As DSVS’ Prevention Education Program Director, Libby hopes to improve the current health and vitality of our communities for generations to come. 

Libby Johnson

Prevention Education Program Director

Laura Bailey is a writer and storyteller with a passion for youth and education. A Montana girl through and through, Laura was born in Helena and earned a degree in communications and public relations from Carroll College in 1999. Her love of writing led to a career in journalism, and then to marketing and outreach in the nonprofit sector. She believes that even one small act of kindness has the power to change lives, and she loves collecting stories of how students’ lives are changed by Power Up, Speak Out!, so don’t hesitate to reach out to her and share your favorite Power Up story.

Laura Bailey

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Kelly Heaton has always had a passion for nonprofit work, since her early organizing days in college to teaching people about the wonders and restorative nature of the outdoors, to this work of helping people escape violence and teaching youth about healthy relationships. Kelly firmly believes that teaching youth about what they deserve in a relationship will help them navigate the social world and help stop the cycle of generational violence. She does this work to change the social norms surrounding this violence and to create a better world for not only her son, but youth everywhere.

Kelly Heaton

Executive Director