Meet Our Staff


Emily T. Lowery – Director

DSC_1695Emily  projects the calm assurance of someone who has dealt with greater adversity than today is likely to bring. She speaks reflectively about the path that brought her through a period of darkness that included homelessness to a successful career, an invitation to join The Haven Board, and now a calling to serve on its staff.

She joined our staff in January 2012. Starting in administration, her job has evolved into case management and being the intake coordinator of our ESG program (Emergency Solutions Grant). This grant helps homeless folks of Transylvania County to pay deposits that are moving into permanent affordable housing.

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Robin Dean – Assistant Director

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Robin joined our team in August of 2017. Her experience in other non-profits and domestic violence shelters have been helpful to both our staff and our residents.


Kai Schwandes – Operations and Outreach Coordinator

KaiKai started at The Haven in May of 2014. He is using his vast experiences towards new strategies of fundraising and outreach to the community. Kai serves as The Haven’s volunteer coordinator. This position not only schedules the daily volunteers for duties at The Haven, but additionally signs up churches, groups, and individuals who wish to prepare meals for The Haven residents on the weekends. If you would like to volunteer or prepare a meal, please email Kai below.

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Sean Gevedon

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Sean joined our staff in December 2018. As a previous resident, he has come “full circle”. His expertise is invaluable as he knows The Haven from the inside outside out. He is able to give insight that nobody else can.

Amanda Snipes – Mental Health Counselor

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Amanda joined our staff in January 2019, however, she has been an intern for many years as she worked towards her college goals at Gardner Webb University. She is a great addition to staff as she is tasked with assisting residents with mental, social, emotional, and environmental aspects surrounding individuals or families who are experiencing homelessness through individual counseling.

Group therapy sessions that are in process are:

psycho educational groups to enhance resident’s knowledge of diet and nutrition, coping skills, finding meaningfulness and developing a personal spirituality, and emotional regulation.

Patricia Avery – Office Administrator

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Patricia is SCSEP employee through the Land of Sky. Her office assistance is provided during office hours.