Staff


Executive Director
Karen Fetherston
Program Director
Samantha Sustachek

Rural Services Coordinator and Therapist 
Vicki Biehn
Bilingual Therapist
Kari Wilder
Bilingual Outreach Advocate
Annabell Bustillos
Family Support Advocate
Christa Dasher
Volunteer and Community Awareness Specialist
Scarlette Kinderman

Prevention Educator
Luna Dodge
Prevention Educator
Gayle Letsch

BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Executive Director

Karen Fetherston

Karen Fetherston is the Executive Director of Sexual Assault Services.  Karen brings decades of experience to her role in the nonprofit sector.  Her focus is representing the organization in the community and for the overall coordination and implementation of agency operations, including planning, budgeting, policy creation, and resource development. 

In 1989, Karen received a B.S. in Psychology from UW-Parkside.  She started her career at Stop Child Abuse & Neglect in 2000.  SCAN has often been referred to as SAS’s “sister program” because they shared overlapping missions as well as physical office space and cooperated on initiatives pertaining to the prevention of sexual abuse.  She served in many positions at SCAN over the next 20 years culminating in her role of SAS Executive Director in 2020.

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BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Program Director

Samantha Sustachek

As Sexual Assault Services’ Program Director , Samantha Sustachek tends to administrative duties and the day to day running of the program and provides support to program staff.

 In 2003, Samantha received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from UW-Parkside.  She joined Sexual Assault Services in 2005 as the Volunteer and Community Education Coordinator, took on the role of Family Support Advocate in 2009, and transitioned into the position of Program Supervisor in 2015 then Program Director in 2021.

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SAS, a program of
BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Rural Services Coordinator and Therapist 

Vicki Biehn

MA, LPC, EMDR Trained

Vicki Biehn is the Rural Services Coordinator and Therapist at Sexual Assault Services (SAS).  Vicki has worked with SAS since November of 2003.  She provides direct services to survivors and their support people in Racine County; including therapy, legal and medical advocacy.  Vicki also provides presentations on sexual assault and sexual harassment to a variety of Racine County residents.

Vicki’s belief is that all people intuitively know what is best for them – what is necessary for their own healing – and that the body and brain have the capacity to heal.  Vicki sees her role as similar to that of a gardener and the client is the seed with everything they need to grow and be the person that they want to be already inside them.  She believes it is the role of the therapist to help facilitate the healing process and wants to work as a team with the individual to create the change they seek in their life.  Vicki believes that change is possible when the individual is in a safe, compassionate and caring space with their therapist.

Vicki has worked with survivors of sexual assault for over 20 years.  She also has experience working with sexual assault survivors’ significant others (parents, partners, siblings).  She works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couples, family and group sessions.

Vicki is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western State College and a Masters in Counseling from Appalachian State University.

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SAS, a program of
BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Bilingual Therapist

Kari Wilder

MS, LPC

Kari Wilder is the Bilingual Therapist for SAS. She provides counseling for sexual assault survivors and their support people. Kari believes that the client/therapist relationship is essential to the healing process and believes in creating a safe and supportive environment for her clients.

Kari has a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University and a master’s degree in Community Psychology from Alverno College. While at Alverno she completed her internship at Benedict Center, a mental health facility that specializes in alcohol and drug treatment for women who are involved in the criminal justice system. She has been working at SAS since July of 2016.

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SAS, a program of
BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Bilingual Outreach

Annabell Bustillos

Annabell Bustillos is the Bilingual Outreach Advocate (BOA). She became employed with Sexual Assault Services in July of 2013. As the BOA, Annabell provides direct services to Spanish speaking survivors and their support people. Services include personal, legal and medical advocacy. Annabell also provides community outreach for the Hispanic/Spanish speaking community in Racine County.

Annabell Bustillos es la Bilingual Outreach Advocate (BOA-trabajadora bilingüe asesora a las víctimas) Ella empezó trabajando por Servicios de Asalto Sexual en julio del 2013. Como la BOA, Annabell provee servicios a los sobrevivientes y sus personas de apoyo que hablen español.  Los servicios incluyen, apoyo personal, legal y médico.  Annabell también provee información a la comunidad hispana para crear conciencia en el condado de Racine.

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SAS, a program of
BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Family Support Advocate

Christa Dasher

Christa Dasher is the Family Support Advocate.  She started volunteering with Sexual Assault Services in 2010 and accepted the position of Family Support Advocate in November of 2015.  She provides support and information to the families that are seen at the Racine County Child Advocacy Center.

Christa has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UW-Parkside and a Bachelor’s in Nursing from UW-Milwaukee.

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SAS, a program of
BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Volunteer & Community Awareness Specialist

Scarlette Kinderman

Scarlette Kinderman is the Volunteer & Community Awareness Specialist. She started working with Sexual Assault Services in December of 2019. If you stop by the office, you can see her working with the BeLEAF volunteers and clients and providing outreach to the community.

Scarlette has a background in the non-profit sector, including a term of service in AmeriCorps NCCC, where she served mainly on the east coast. Locally, she has volunteered with the Racine Literacy Council, the Racine Theatre Guild, and the Rhode Center for the Arts.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Direction and Management.  She has also been awarded the Bronze Congressional Award and the Silver President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work in the non-profit sector.

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SCAN, a Program of BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Prevention Educator

Luna Dodge

Luna Dodge is a SCAN Prevention Educator. She started working with the Stop Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN) program in 2021. She teaches child abuse prevention lessons in the Racine Unified School District, western Racine County school districts, Racine private and parochial schools, and the Kenosha Unified School District. Luna is placed to serving as a fellow with SCAN through Public Allies Racine Kenosha (PARK) program. PARK is a branch of Americorps and focuses on non-profit leadership and building a just and equitable society.

Luna earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside (UW-P) in 2019. She has done multiple terms of service through Public Allies. Luna has also earned a technical diploma in Practical Nursing from Gateway Technical College in 2007. She has a diverse work background, and she is a life-long learner.

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SCAN, a Program of BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Prevention Educator

Gayle Letsch

Gayle Letsch is the SCAN Prevention Educator.  She started working with the Stop Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN) program in 2006. She teaches child abuse prevention lessons in the Racine Unified School District, western Racine County school districts, Racine private and parochial schools, and the Kenosha Unified School District.

Gayle has an Associates Degree from the Medical Assistant Program at Gateway from 1988.  She worked for 3 years for an OB-GYN before becoming a stay-at-home mom.  Four sons later, when her youngest was 6, she got back into the work force.  Her experiences as a mom and her love of children drive her to want to empower children and teach them how to be safe.

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