Executive Director

Judy Kile, MEd

Judy was born and raised in Rolla. She and her twin were the youngest of 4 children to parents who were teachers, her father at the University of Missouri at Rolla, and her mother in the public schools as an elementary music teacher.
She is married to Mike Kile and between them they have 3 married children and 7 grandchildren. She holds a current teaching certificate in the state of Missouri and has her Master’s in Education. While living in Ozark she taught 3rd and 4th grade.
She has traveled extensively including touring Europe three times, singing with the Messiah Project out of Springfield, MO.
Judy became the PAVE teacher for COPE in August of 2013 and the Executive Director of COPE in August of 2014.
 
“I have loved making new friends in the community and working hard with staff and the Board of Directors to make COPE all it can be in our community. This last year has been a year full of firsts, but mostly a heartfelt fulfillment of doing something that matters, that is important and needed for people facing the crisis of domestic or dating violence. I am honored to have the opportunity to be the Executive Director of COPE.”

 

President of the Board of Directors

Helen Brackett

I have spent most of my life in this community surrounded family and friends.  My professional life has been quite diverse including several years in real estate development and home design, followed by practicing as a Registered Nurse in the field of Hospice, and finally in Galleria Fine Jewelry with my husband, Ed.

All of these endeavors have given me the opportunity for continued education.  In the construction field it was computer design programs, then my nursing career required a four-year degree.  I have continued my education in the field of gemstones with a Graduate Diamond degree.  Traveling extensively to other countries to visit gemstone and diamond mines has furthered my education in this area. 

As a COPE board member for the past three and a half years, I am just beginning to scratch the surface of the possibilities of service the center offers to those affected by domestic violence.  Thus, my education continues as I delve into the realm of abuse and all the ramifications to family members.  I am humbled to have the opportunity to be of assistance to those who have experienced the type of heartache to which I was never exposed.  It is only with the support of the entire COPE team including the Board of Directors, Executive Director, Staff and Volunteers that we endeavor to stop the cycle of abuse.

 

Maria T. Gonzalez Collis

Education Specialist

Maria T. Gonzalez Collis was born in Tokyo, Japan on January 1st 1976 and raised in the Canary Islands in Spain. In 1987 she moved with her family to the United States, where they resided in the state of California until her high school graduation in 1994. In 1996 she moved to Eugene, Oregon and in 2001 she moved to Missouri where she currently resides.  She graduated with a bachelor from Drury University in May 2006 and in 2009 completed her Master’s in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood.  From 2004 to 2014 Gonzalez Collis worked for MOCA Head Start as a Disability Director, Transportation/Facility Director, and Diversity Specialist. In 2014 Gonzalez Collis sought opportunity at COPE as an Education Specialist to contribute in a school based program. This educational program is for preventing abuse and violence by educating students in lessons on developing healthy relationships that emphasizes focus on self-awareness, planning for their future, maturity development, and peer pressure before moving into a romantic relationship.  

 “I am honored and privileged to have worked for COPE in the last 2 years. I believe that in order to end violence against any individual, youth must understand the varying forms of oppression people experience, which can be intricately woven into domestic violence.  My goal is to stop the cycle of violence before any student gets involved in it, by teaching students to develop critical thinking skills in how they view relationships within social norms, and learn tools to create healthy relationships.