Meet The Staff

October Allen, Executive Director

(218) 341-7699,

What do you do as the Executive Director?

As Executive Director I oversee and provide support for all areas of our Long-Term Homeless Housing program. I strive to ensure quality of service and create meaningful experiences for the women who live in our homes. I also connect with community members and providers to enhance the lives of our participants.

What inspired you to do the work that you do?

There is a saying, "Be who you needed when you were younger."  I want to be that for the ladies in Grace Place. I want to be who I needed when I was in their shoes.

Some fun facts about you.

  • I am the first person ever in the history of my family to graduate college.
  • The girls in my family are named after the month they are born in.
  • My German Shepard's name is Shane. 
  • I love sushi.
  • I feel peace when I am on a prayer walk with my husband.

Emily Mack, LSW, Social Work Team Lead

(715) 919-0748,

What do you do?

Hi I am Emily Mack! As the social worker on staff, it is my job to help run our nine homes. I connect the women in our program to resources, help get them involved in the community, and connect them to needed supports. I also help write grants for Grace Place, provide support for our interns, and lead our program development. I love building connections and helping people reach their goals.

What inspired you to do the work you do?

I have been working in the aging and disability field since 2014. I have my bachelor’s degree in social work and am currently pursing my master’s degree. The disability field has always held a special place in my heart, but my inspiration to work at Grace Place came from volunteering. I originally volunteered at Grace Place when Grace Place one opened in 2018. Everyone I have met has been amazing and I am excited to be surrounded by resilient and strong women.

Some fun facts about you

  • I'm a first-generation college student.
  • My first job was at Culver's.
  • My favorite TV show to binge watch (currently) is Stranger Things and the Office.
  • I love to travel.
  • I love to spend time with my husband and my dog.



    Cam Abernathy, LADC, Housing and Addiction Specialist


    What do you do?

    I help the women at Grace Place achieve their short- and long-term recovery goals and provide addiction education and life skills coaching to all locations. I also conduct house focus groups, assess needs, and provide assistance to utilize community resources/make referrals as needed. Most importantly, I just listen.

    What inspired you to do the work you do?

    Besides my own personal journey in recovery, I believe addiction forces us to address life’s deepest questions with no stone left unturned. I find it profoundly meaningful to help others navigate through that process.

    Some fun facts about you

    • I grew up in New York. 
    • I lived in Asia for two years. 
    • I got married at Lutsen resort.
    • I hiked the Himalayas with Sherpas.
    • I was a finalist in major screenplay competition. 
    • My favorite movie is Lord of the Rings. 
    • I have been sober for a decade. 


    Looking for an internship with Grace Place? Contact Emily Mack

    (715) 919-0748,