Meet Our Team!
Ashley Carpenter is the Executive Director of the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center, Inc. (SAHC). After spending nearly a decade working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma, Ashley finally found her home at SAHC. She has dedicated the last 5 years to raising awareness about sexual violence and human trafficking, assisting survivors as an advocate, and has focused her efforts on building a sustainable rape crisis center for years to come.
After high school, Ashley enlisted in the United State Navy where she experienced firsthand knowledge about Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and rape culture. With this experience, she transitioned to working with at-risk youth at a level 3 residential facility where she worked with many children who experienced sexual violence and human trafficking. Throughout her work experience she has gained empathy and compassion for survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking.
Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
She now lives in Bethesda, Ohio with her husband, autistic son, and two fur babies, Koda and Devina.
Kaylee is our Adult Advocate in our Wheeling office. She graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. Kaylee joined SAHC in 2020 and has always worked in the mental health and addiction fields. She finds her passion in helping others.
Kaylee was born and raised in the Ohio Valley. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and family, being outdoors, helping animals, and embracing the country life. Her greatest accomplishment in life is becoming a mom to both of her beautiful children.
New Martinsville Outreach Advocate
Mariah Hamilton is the Wetzel County Victim Advocate. Mariah completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and her master's degree in Psychology from Tiffin University. She has completed research on the effects of trauma on the brain, which she applies in her work to assist survivors of sexual assault in their healing journey. Mariah grew up in a rural area of Ohio and continues her work in the most rural county of our 5 county service area; she enjoys this culture and learning how to make an impact where resources are limited. Mariah enjoys riding her side by side, being on the lake, and reading a good book.
Advocate & Prevention Specialist
SART Coordinator & Prevention Specialist
Kevin Kalany is the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator for our 5 county service area, and also a prevention educator. As SART Coordinator he collaborates with other advocates, medical staff, law enforcement, and prosecutors to lessen harm to survivors and ensure that offenders are held accountable. He works to prevent sexual violence locally by changing social norms, teaching skills to prevent violence, and increasing the safety of our communities.
Kevin grew up in the Ohio Valley and received his bachelor’s from West Liberty University. He’s an active musician who also enjoys running, board games, and spending time with family and friends.
Haley Kleinedler is a Victim Advocate and Prevention Specialist at the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center in the Marshall County Outreach office. Haley earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 2017 from West Liberty University. She went on to offer addictions counseling services for those living with opiate use disorder in rural West Virginia. Haley recently found her place at SAHC in February 2022 and is eager to continue growing and offering supportive counseling and community education as well as promoting change in attitudes surrounding sexual violence in our society.
In her free time, Haley enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and young son. She is currently working toward her master’s in clinical Mental Health Counseling online through Grand Canyon University and is excited for opportunities this will bring.
Janet is our Child Victim Specialist and has been with SAHC for almost 10 years. She has been working in the field of counseling for over 30 years after receiving her undergraduate degree at West Liberty University in Education, followed by her Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from NOVA University in Florida.
Janet resides in Wheeling with her husband and dog, Daisy. She enjoys spending her time with her 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Janet Kowalski, MS, NCC (Ret)
Child Victim Specialist
Jillian is the Support Services and Hotline Coordinator. She joined SAHC in May 2018 as a Victim Advocate and Hotline Coordinator, then transitioned to her new role in 2021. Jillian earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Slippery Rock University in 2014, where she continued on to work in the non-profit world with at-risk youth.
Jillian grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, but moved to the Ohio Valley in 2017. She currently resides in Bridgeport, Ohio with her husband, 2 cats (Kitty and Murphy) and 2 dogs (Remy and Ellie). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing with her pups, enjoying a game night with friends, reading, and baking.
Services & Hotline Coordinator
Weirton Outreach Advocate
Art Therapy Intern
Art Therapy Intern
My name is Manuela, I’m a full time student at West Liberty University. I am studying creative art therapy. I love art and and nature. Currently I am working on putting together workshops that will focus on self-care and creative expression. Taking care of myself will always allow me to better help others. That is something I learned as I raised my children and further discovered as a student. I hope the workshops will allow others to take time to care for themselves and meet their own needs so the function better in their daily life.
Bio coming soon!
Ashley Williams has been our Brooke & Hancock County Outreach Advocate since March 2019. She graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.
With a passion for helping other, she strives to honor and preserve the dignity, respect, and self-worth of individuals and communities.
Lindsay is currently a senior Creative arts therapy major with a minor in social work at West Liberty University. She is set to graduate in May 2022, then will continue her education in the Art therapy and Counselling graduate program also at West Liberty. In her free time, Lindsay loves to paint and bake all different kinds of cookies.