Ingrid Harrald is has been training with the Green Dot Training team since 2013. She is excited to be a part of such a dynamic and enthusiastic group of educators. With a background as a field biologist studying seabirds, this is an exciting new direction for her. When she is not “Doing the Dot” she is working at the Kachemak Bay Campus running their science lab or can be found at her brand new job as a Juvenile Probation Officer. She is currently working on her masters in Social Work from the University of Alaska. She is an avid cyclist, and bird watcher. When I she is not working she is most likely found at the Kevin Bell Arena playing or watching hockey.
I feel like I have been preparing for being a part of Green Dot my whole life. Although mild compared to many peoples experiences I experienced violence or the threat of violence in many ways while growing up near Chicago. After earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Health, I joined the United States Peace Corps. I lived and worked with the people of Chad, Africa for over two years where I experienced many red and green dots. Upon returning to the US I moved to Nome, Alaska where I worked as an Environmental Health Specialist responsible for 27 native villages as well as Kotzebue and Nome. This really immersed me into the cultures and values of Alaska.
My desire to garden and homestead drew me to Homer where I live at 17-mile East End Road with my beloved wife Katie and son Augustus. I worked in the mental health field for many years where I used intervention techniques (similar to the 3 D’s) as an essential part of the job. Presently, I work at Kachemak Bay Family Planning where I feel incredibly lucky to be working at the R.E.C. room and part of the groundbreaking PHAT program. PHAT stands for Promoting Health Among Teens which is a peer to peer sex education program. Working with the youth of Homer continues to be inspiring and gives me hope on a daily basis.
Becoming a part of Green Dot has has allowed me to continue to work towards creating health and happiness in our wonderful community and state. I truly believe that we can change our cultural attitudes toward violence in our community using the Green Dot philosophy and look forward to sharing it with you.
Rachel Romberg loves hats, and wears many of them. At South Peninsula Haven House in Homer, AK she wears the Prevention Coordinator hat which helps her focus on girls empowerment, the engagement of men and boys, and involving the whole community in violence prevention through Green Dot. She wears a Homer Prevention Project hat, too, helping implement five strategies seeking to reduce underage drinking and adult heavy and binge drinking in Homer. Rachel has worn a step-mom hat for the last three years, co-parenting an amazing 11 year old boy and 14 year old girl. Her hats are always covered in the fur of her three cats and one dog. (She really loves dogs.)
Under all the hats she wears is her advocate cap, which she never takes off. Having started as a shelter advocate at Haven House in 2009, the stories of the women and children, men and boys whom she has been honored to serve are always with her, as she works towards building a compassionate community and a violence-free world. Rachel’s interests include hiking, kayaking and backpacking, travel and speaking other languages, drawing with crayons and of course, hats.
Sharon works as a Public Health Nurse, plays on skis and in her kayak, and shares some of her time to create more green dots every day. She believes that Homer area is already turning the tide on violence to use our energy instead, to support all beings living life to their/our fullest.
Tara Schmidt grew up in Nome, Alaska and now lives in Homer, Alaska serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She works in the prevention department of Haven House, a local women’s shelter. Her work is geared towards sexual assault and domestic violence prevention work, and includes school presentations, empowerment programs for children and teens, and a bystander intervention training team–Green Dot! Tara also enjoys writing and visual art, especially ceramics. She’s fascinated with brains, dreams, and root causes of social inequality. She also runs, skis, and coaches in Junior Nordic Ski club. She is happiest being outside, cooking with friends, and trying new adventures.
This is me, Rockin’ Rudy. I am getting involved with Green Dot as it puts down roots in Homer. I have a big family that I care a lot about and a couple years ago my family grew to include my daughter Luca. She is the cutest and most empathetic kid you could imagine. I want her to have every opportunity in life, including the opportunity to live in a safe and supportive community. When I see present or potential acts violence in my community that give me pause, I do something about it because if Luca were in harm’s way and someone else were there watching it unfold, there is nothing I wouldn’t do to have someone step in and save her. Please do your part by letting your friends and family know that you won’t tolerate violence in your community.
What does Green Dot mean to me? It means a safer community. It means I can commit to something I believe in. I am very excited to be a part of Green Dot because I know it will work. It is something we all can do and play a part in making our community safer. It means to me that I am making a difference.
I’m a lifelong Homerite, born and raised, and I love it here! Though I may be the only Alaskan who doesn’t fish, I find lots to do: theater, music, books, parenting, family and friends happily take up my time. During the day I’m the Family Advocate at the Haven House Child Advocacy Center, working with children and families dealing with abuse. I’m also attending a low-residency BA program during my spare hours.
My partner James and I are lucky to be raising our three-year-old son close to his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We want to teach him that all human beings deserve to be safe and to be treated with respect. I desperately hope to keep him safe from harm and to create a world that will nurture and value him — and all children.
I’m so excited to be a part of this movement in Homer. It has been inspiring to be part of this special group of trainers working toward ending violence in our community. I spend time with youth in a variety of capacities such as coach, mental health clinician, Auntie, and friend. They are such a huge part of why I am part of implementing Green Dot in Homer. When I’m not doing green dots, I’m playing hockey, hanging out with my dog, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking or spending time with friends and family.