Erin Bickle, M.A., LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has served children, youth, and their families for close to twenty years. Bickle took on the role of Executive Director with Refuge and helped build the program from the ground up.
Through her leadership, Refuge has grown significantly since it was founded in 2014. Erin is passionate about early childhood trauma and brings with her the passionate belief that children are our future. Bickle resides in Wood River with her husband and their family.
Megan Slusser, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker with more than a decade of experience working with both survivors and offenders of intimate partner and sexual violence. In her work with survivors, Megan sees the chaotic toll that trauma in early childhood can have on a person and the damage that can continue through generations.
Megan is passionate about the work of Refuge because she sees that when we start working with hurting children and equipping their families to support them, real healing—in individual lives, in families and in communities—takes place. Megan lives in Wood River with her husband and their two baby girls.
Angie is currently the case worker/parent educator for the Refuge program. She has worked for Refuge since October, 2014. Angie graduated from SIUE in 1990 with an Early Childhood Education and Development degree. She has been an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional since 2009. She is passionate about working with families currently struggling with violence, trauma, and adversity in Madison County. She enjoys facilitating parenting classes offered to the community weekly.
When Angie is not at work, she enjoys being a mother of two and grandmother of one. She enjoys time with family at home along with quality time with cherished friends. She is involved with her church on the praise team and leadership with the youth group.
Megan is currently a child therapist for the Refuge program. She started her work at Refuge as an intern and was hired on upon completion of her graduate work. Since that time, Megan has worked diligently to serve children and families coming into Refuge. Coming from a large family of several adopted and foster care siblings; Megan is passionate about working with children and families and implements that passion daily into her career as a counselor.
Aside from counseling, Megan also enjoys volunteering in programs at her sons school, being actively involved in her church and spending time with her family and friends.
Emileigh Ziebka lives in Glen Carbon, IL with her husband and two beautiful, energetic kids. She is blessed to be home with them while working remotely as an account/office manager for CS Transport, LLC. Her passion for kids, serving the community and desire to meet God where He’s working led me to serve on the board of Refuge. She believes God has big plans for the services Refuge offers and is blessed to be part of it.
Tamara Ammann, CPA, Board Treasurer
Treasurer/Comptroller, Village of Caseyville
Retired LPN, Alton Memorial Hospital
Owner, Minuteman Press
Jason Hasquin, Board Member
Jason Hasquin grew up in Bethalto, Illinois. Jason served in the Army for 3 years and graduated from Greenville College with a degree in organizational leadership. He worked in the pharmacy business for 14 years and over the past few years has Most importantly, Jason is a husband, father and a Christian.
As a licensed foster parent he has been able to see the desperate need for the services that Refuge provides. Jason has been able to see first-hand the results of the trauma that abused and neglected children deal with. As a board member Jason hopes to share his experiences to help in the growth of Refuge.
Homeschooling Mother of Two and Non-Practicing Attorney
Leadership Coach & Human Resources Consultant
Jaynanne Calaway-Habeck, Board Treasurer
Jaynanne lives in Godfrey, IL with her husband and two daughters. She was previously the Vice President of Total Rewards and HR for Panera, LLC. She has attended Illinois Wesleyan University, Oxford University, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jaynanne has lived in the Riverbend area her whole life and has a heart for better the life of children throughout the area. Jaynanne serves on Refuge because she can see the positive impact the program is making on our community.
Assistant Principal, Alton Community Unit School District #11
Jordan Anderson, Board Member
Jordan Anderson has been a Special Education teacher at Alton High School since 2012. Jordan was born and raised in the Alton area and earned her bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and masters degree from University of Missouri.
Jordan has seen the effects of trauma on students firsthand throughout her time in education and believes supporting students with the services Refuge provides can be a key in positively impacting and changing their life. Jordan is a member of Abundant Life Community Church and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pup Indie.
Monica is so excited to be helping to build a refuge for traumatized children. Until her retirement she enjoyed a career of 25 years as a child and family therapist specializing in trauma and grief. The children she worked with would amaze her in their abilities to process the traumatic experiences they had if they had a safe place to do so.
The rewarding part of Monica’s job was in seeing these children regain hope and trust again despite experiencing horrific experiences. Children whose voices are heard and valued can be very resilient. Refuge provides the safety and guidance for those children and their parent(s). Monica is so pleased to be a part of this wonderful service that promotes healing and resiliency for the children in our community who are true survivors.
Case Manager, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
Biomedical Engineer, Laboratory Growth and Productivity
Reda Iskarous, Board Member
Reda is a board member at Refuge, a resident and a business owner in this community. Serving at Refuge is a passion of Reda’s because children exposed to violence statistically repeat a vicious cycle that affects generations to come. The knowledge that Refuge can contribute to breaking this vicious cycle and healing children exposed to violence is an honor and a privilege.