Staff

Learn more about the staff here at BeLEAF Survivors.
Executive Director
Karen Fetherston

Program Supervisor
Samantha Sustachek
Rural Services Coordinator and Therapist 
Vicki Biehn
Bilingual Therapist
Kari Wilder


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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As Sexual Assault Services’ Program Supervisor, 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.

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Program Supervisor

Samantha Sustachek

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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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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 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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BeLEAF Survivors, Inc.

Bilingual Therapist

Kari Wilder

MA, LPC, EMDR Trained