Avaloy Haynes Lanning, MSW
Avaloy Lanning has served as the Executive Director of NewStory Center since March 2015. Avaloy comes to this work with many years experience in human rights advocacy. She has worked throughout her career to promote the welfare and dignity of those who are the most vulnerable. Avaloy has had to opportunity to work in many communities in the US and abroad, including a significant amount of time in Latvia and Belarus. Avaloy has been actively involved in the fight against human trafficking for many years and has a long history of legislative advocacy around this and other social justice issues. Prior to joining NewStory Center, Avaloy was the Senior Director of Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program in New York City. Avaloy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work for Tarleton State University in her home state of Texas and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University in Washington, DC.
Jennifer Yakunovich is the Development Director for NewStory Center and is responsible for fundraising and outreach, grant management and other administrative tasks. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in General Education. Prior to joining RCWNS, she spent 8 years as the Museum Educator at the Manchester Historic Association in Manchester, N.H.
Jessica Ellis is the NewStory Center Program Director. She has lived in Rutland County her whole life. She went to Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where she studied Psychology and Sociology. She has worked in the human services field since she returned in 2009. She loves giving back to her community and is dedicated to showing people there IS still good in the world. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with friends, being outside and watching her boys learn and grow.
Kim Luther is the NewStory Center Housing Equity Advocate. She graduated from the Collage of St Joseph in 1998 with a BS in Human Services and Psychology. She has worked in the Human Services field for over 20 years with several different populations. She loves spending time with adults with special needs. Her interests include reading, scrapbooking, traveling and pet sitting for people. She loves spending time with her two daughters and son in law. She has lived in Vermont the majority of her life and currently resides in Rutland Town.
Monika Ganguly-Kiefner is a Housing Equity Advocate for the NewStory Center. Monika started her BA at Mount Holyoke College and finished it at Green Mountain College. While her degree is in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Studies, she first worked in regional planning before her current role. She joined the staff of the NewStory Center in October of 2016 and has loved supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. In her free time, Monika enjoys reading extensively, hiking, and cooking.