Haven House Staff

Kara Nelson : Director

Kara Nelson


Kara Nelson is a lifelong resident of Southeast Alaska and the Program Director of Haven House.  Kara is a woman in long-term recovery. She has become devoted to reentry efforts and 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  advanced leadership training for formerly incarcerated persons, who are 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 lifelong 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.


Haven House Board of Directors

June Degnan : Emeritus President (served 2010-2018)

June Degnan

Emeritus President (served 2010-2018)

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 : President

Mary Alice McKeen


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 is now retired from work as a regulation writer for fisheries regulations for National Marine Fisheries Service.

Christina Love : Vice President

Christina Love

Vice President

Christina has been an active volunteer at Haven House since it opened and joined the Haven House Board in 2017.  Christina is a member of the Certified Association for Addiction Professionals (NADAAC). She is also a coach-trainer-speaker, recovery coach and advocate, peer support specialist, and reentry coach. Christina is an Alaskan Native woman who is open about her lived experiences of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual assault as a minor, homelessness, suicide, and the connection that the violence she survived has between her substance use disorders, mental health illnesses, homelessness, suicide, and incarceration. This experience informs and strengthens her work on systemic issues.

Christina is currently a specialty trainer for Alaska’s Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault State Coalition with the focus on the intersectionality of oppressed populations. She has served in a number of positions as an advocate, case manager, and coordinator for Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape (AWARE). During her tenure with AWARE she coordinated Juneau’s Disability Abuse Response Team (DART) with the emphasis on hidden disabilities and disparities.  Christina has worked closely with the State of Alaska on a number of boards, committees, and task forces; most recently the 2017 Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force and the 2017 State of Alaska Policy Academy that focuses on recovery oriented systems of care.

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.

Tyler Emerson : Board Treasurer

Tyler Emerson

Board Treasurer

Tyler Emerson, a lifelong Alaskan, joined the Haven House Board in 2017 as our Treasurer.  Tyler is a staff accountant with Elgee Rehfeld Mertz LLC. Tyler escapes his indoor job every summer when he spends the entire summer outdoors fishing in Cross Sound.  Fortunately, for us, he returns in the fall.

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

Rachael Coady is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently works as a mental health clinician with the Department of Corrections.  Rachael joined the Board in 2016 and has been an invaluable member of the Program Committee of the Board.   As a member of the Program Committee, Rachael participates in the development of policies and procedures for Haven House and also helps Haven House staff resolve individual issues that arise as women with a history of imprisonment and other personal traumas learn to live together in a family-style residence. 

Talia Eames : Board Member

Talia Eames

Board Member

Talia Eames is Sitka Kaagwaantaan of the Wolf House of the lineage of Anaaxoots.  Her Tlingit name is Ghaayéitli.  Talia received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Science from Chapman University College in 2012. After 10 years of service in the United States Air Force, Talia returned to her home in Southeast Alaska with the desire to effect social and community change. She was hired as the coordinator of the Second Chance Reentry Program with Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and continues to work in reentry program development. She is also an active member of the Juneau Reentry Coalition steering team as the Alaska Native Work Group chair.