Haven House Staff

Kara Nelson : Director

Kara Nelson


Kara Nelson is a lifelong resident of Southeast Alaska and the Director of Haven House.

Kara is a woman in long-term recovery. She has become devoted to reentry efforts & transitions, Transitional housing, faith community reentry services, criminal justice reform, long term recovery supports, recovery orientated systems of care within behavioral health/criminal justice and creating community peer support networks. As such, she serves on multiple boards and coalitions, most notably on the Juneau Reentry Coalition (JREC), She has certification in recovery coaching/training and is a 2013 graduate from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Kara is a 2016 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA. Leading with Conviction (LwC) is an advanced leadership training for formerly incarcerated, mid-senior level leaders with a specific and proven track record in advocacy and community organizing.
Julee Douglas : House Manager

Julee Douglas

House Manager

Julee Douglas is a life long Alaskan, growing up in Ketchikan and settling in Juneau in 1998. Julee has a passion to serve women and utilize her skills to guide them through their recovery process. She is inspired by the courage and tenacity of the ladies that she mentors. Julee found her life's passion when hired in August of 2015 as House Manager for Haven House Juneau. It is an extension of the work she had already been doing and as a recovery coach. Julee loves spending time with her family and her beloved dogs.

Jackie Bryant : Resident Manager

Jackie Bryant

Resident Manager

Jackie lives at Haven House and provides a confident and comforting presence throughout the night and at other times. At the suggestion of a cousin who was living in Juneau, Jackie moved to Juneau from Freeport Maine in 2015 in order to live and volunteer at Haven House. Jackie has two grown children and a background in customer service including, you guessed it, working at L.L. Bean! Jackie believes she is doing the Lord’s work at Haven House and is happy to be of service.

Haven House Board of Directors

June Degnan : President

June Degnan


June Degnan has a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science with Phi Kappa Phi Honors from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology cum laude. She has held professional positions as land manager, planner, teacher, archivist, librarian, and historian. She co-founded a women's shelter in Florida and worked with healthy relationships/violence prevention and youth activities for AWARE.

Mary Alice McKeen : Vice President

Mary Alice McKeen

Vice President

Mary Alice McKeen has lived in Juneau, Alaska, since 1978, which is a long way from Brooklyn New York where she was born. She went to college in Washington D.C. and then law school at Stanford before that area was even called Silicon Valley. Mary Alice worked for Alaska Legal Services, had her own private practice, and recently retired from work as a regulation writer for fisheries regulations for National Marine Fisheries Service.

Larry Talley : Secretary

Larry Talley


Larry Talley is a software developer for National Marine Fisheries Service. Due to his early childhood in a floating logging camp near Ketchikan, Larry feels more at home on the water than on land. His non-profit experience includes serving as board president and fundraising committee member for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church during reconstruction after its total loss to fire in 2006.

Talitha Lukshin : Treasurer

Talitha Lukshin


Talitha Lukshin has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and worked for a number of years for the State of Alaska as a Labor Economist. She left that work over ten years ago to be a full-time mother of three daughters. In recent years, she has found great enjoyment encouraging discouraged readers as a part-time employee with the Juneau School District. She has participated in a Christian volunteer ministry at Gastineau Human Services for over ten years. Meeting women in that ministry has lead her to see the desperate need of women transitioning back to the community from prison.

Michael C. Grubbs : Board Member

Michael C. Grubbs

Board Member

Michael Grubbs is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving six years and receiving an Honorable Discharge. Michael earned a B.A. from San Jose State University, a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from San Diego State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College Of Law. Michael enjoyed successful careers in law and education, culminating in twenty years in education administration at the principal and superintendent levels. He is currently a postulant for the diaconate of the Episcopal Church.
Michael is happily married to Dee Ellen (Anglemyer) Grubbs. They have two sons: Lucas, an Episcopal priest, in Denver, Colorado and Daniel, a college student, recently relocated to Juneau.
Michael enjoys in all things outdoors, music, geology, reading, hiking, weight-lifting, cartography, singing, and cooking. He willingly volunteers when needed and called. Most enjoyably he occasionally reconnects with the schools by substituting wherever needed.

Emma-Lily Larsen : Board Member

Emma-Lily Larsen

Board Member

Emma-Lily Larsen grew up in Juneau, Alaska before attending Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, where she studied Psychology and completed her degree requirements. While a student at Trinity Western, Emma-Lily volunteered at Rahab Ministry, whose purpose was to provide support to a local ministry's outreach to sex workers in the Lower Eastside section of Vancouver. Emma-Lily began working for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) Inc. in 2009 and for the last three years as the lead facilitator the Juneau Choice & Accountability Program (JCAP is a state certified batterer intervention program whose primary goal is increase victim safety by holding offenders of domestic violence accountable for their actions and the impact their violence has on their victim, community and themselves; this program is offered both in the community and in Lemon Creek Correctional Center.) Emma-Lily has been a member of AWARE’s sexual assault response team; in her role as SART member she’s advocated for victims of sexual assault as they navigate the legal system. Emma-Lily’s other interests include volunteering for both the WORD and ACTS retreats. Emma Lily is the daughter of Richard Schmitz and Brian and Linda Sylvester.

Rachael Coady : Board Member

Rachael Coady

Board Member