It would be impossible to meet the needs of those impacted by domestic and sexual violence without our incredible, dedicated staff. You can learn more about our individual team members below.
To request services or to speak with an advocate, call 419-373-1730, option 2. We’re available 24/7.
Sierra Gifford, Shelter Advocate
Sierra is one of the two full-time Shelter Advocates who works directly with survivors residing in shelter. Sierra has been with The Cocoon since 2018 when she started as an On-Call Volunteer and Intern in shelter. Sierra started working at The Cocoon full-time in early 2020. Sierra has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and has completed coursework that specifically relates to providing services to survivors of trauma. It is Sierra’s hope that, in working at The Cocoon, she can empower survivors to achieve their goals, heal, and regain their sense of independence!
Contact Info: 419/373-1730, ext. 1016
Arielle Patty, Shelter Manager
Arielle oversees the shelter facility itself, residential programming, and all staff and volunteers who work in shelter. She also is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is a part-time therapist for a local private practice.
Mandy Mathias, Domestic Violence Advocate
Mandy has been working with survivors of DV, SV, and substance abuse for over 10 years. As a community DV advocate, she focuses on safety, resources and empowerment to help survivors heal in a healthy way.
Contact Info: 419/373-1730, ext. 1017
Kayla Evanoff, Domestic Violence Advocate
Kayla is a community outreach Domestic Violence advocate and has been with the Cocoon since October of 2020. Kayla graduated from University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science in May of 2020. Kayla does this work to help empower survivors in the community with resources and support, and to assist survivor’s in reclaiming their safety and independence.
Contact Info: 419/373-1730, ext. 1019
Jenny Bickel, Housing Advocate
Jenny is a full-time advocate who began working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence in 2015 in a shelter setting. She now assists survivors in creating sustainable, stable housing plans
Contact Info: 419/373-1730, ext. 1015
Jessi Cole, Domestic Violence Program Manager
Jessi has been working with survivors of domestic and sexual Violence since 2007. She began as a volunteer advocate in Bowling Green, Ohio. In 2009, she focused her advocacy on children who witness violence. She then moved into a role of working with families in an emergency shelter setting, providing support and resources to help break the cycle of violence. She is currently in the role of Domestic Violence Program Manager, supervising an amazing team to provide that same support and resources in the community.
Miranda Foster, Sexual Violence Advocate
Miranda is a full-time sexual violence advocate who works with Survivors of Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking.
Contact Info: 419/373-1730, ext. 1004
Elle Fullenkamp, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Elle does this work because she believes access to education on domestic and sexual violence makes for safer, more supportive, and more empowered communities.
Annie Miner, Prevention Specialist
Annie began her career in advocacy during college when she interned with the Toledo YWCA Hope Rape Crisis Center. She continued to be a Hospital Outreach Advocate for the Hope Center throughout college. Annie plans on attending law school and hopes to be able to continue working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence as a legal advocate. She believes that everyone has a place in the efforts to end domestic and sexual violence in our community.
Noemi Carrizales-Fouty, Sexual Violence Advocacy and Prevention Program Manager
Noemi believes domestic and sexual violence education, prevention, and advocacy are key components for safer, more empathetic, more empowered communities.
Ellysia Price, AmeriCorps Youth Advocate
Ellysia Price is The Cocoon’s Youth Advocate and has been working with The Cocoon since May of 2020. Ellysia graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, while also minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She plans on later pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work. Ellysia does this work to empower survivors in the community and to help end the cycle of violence survivors experience.
Contact Info: 419/373-1730
Mary Karafa, Office Manager
Mary has 35 years of Accounting/Business Management and Emergency Communications experience. As the Office Manager, she is able to use her skills with maintaining the daily operations of the office; answering and directing crisis line calls for service, accepting and acknowledging donations, reporting of income via spreadsheets and logs, assist with meeting preparation, ordering of supplies and monitoring security cameras and visitor entry to ensure the safety of survivors and staff.
Robin Guidera, Director of Development and Communications
Robin began her career in development 30 years ago. As Development and Communications Director for The Cocoon, she is responsible for creating and stewarding donor relationships through fundraising events and communications.
Kathy Mull, Executive Director
Kathy is a licensed social worker and received her Master’s in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University. She has worked with domestic and sexual violence survivors for over 17 years and has been with The Cocoon since May 2012, stepping into the role of Executive Director in 2017. Kathy believes in the power of community and knows we can change the lives of one survivor at a time if we all come together.