Committee Against Domestic Violence hires new executive director, Longtime director retires after 30 years with organization

ELKO – The Committee Against Domestic Violence board announces the retirement of Yvette Waters as the executive director and the hiring of Marianne McKown to fill the position.

For 33 years, Waters has counseled victims of domestic violence beginning in Wyoming and then Elko and the surrounding communities with CADV.

CADV began in 1980 and covers Elko, Eureka and White Pine counties. Waters volunteered as a counselor with the organization after her family moved to Elko in 1987.

In 1990, Waters, along with other board members, helped to plan a permanent shelter.

“The community stepped up and supported Harbor House,” said Waters of Elko’s contributions that came from many organizations and entities including Newmont Mining Corp., the City of Elko, Elko County, and Barrick Gold Corp. After seven years, $838,139 was raised for the shelter,”

During the past 30 years, Waters has been a volunteer, board member, and staff member at CADV. Waters has been the executive director of CADV since 1996, and due to health reasons she decided to retire. “Providing victims and their children safety and options has been my life’s work. For me, my time at CADV has been more than a job, it has been my passion. I am filled with so many emotions as I leave the organization. My last ask of the community as the executive director is to continue to support CADV and Harbor House as you have in the past, the victims and children need you.”

“I have known Yvette for over 15 years and she is one of the most energetic and driven people I have met. Her commitment to CADV and its mission has been unparalleled and she will be sorely missed,” said David Stanton, president of the CADV board.

The CADV board hired Marianne McKown to take Waters’ place.