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.


Sharon Kent – Office Assistant

DSC_2268Sharon is a former resident of The Haven. She has been a faithful volunteer at The Haven since her successful placement in permanent housing in 2012. Sharon spent every Tuesday making phone calls to remind scheduled volunteers of their upcoming shifts. Most recently, through the State of Franklin, Sharon is now a paid employee through the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP). This program funds positions for senior citizens in the community helping them build work skills and earn much needed extra income.¬† Sharon’s responsibilities include daily office duties. She is a proud addition to the staff at The Haven since January 2017.

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.