The administrative team at Safe Harbor is comprised of Human Resources, Finance, and Administration. They are the backbone of our organization and if you will, the oil that keeps the machine running. While the Safe Harbor you know as our readers and supporters, focuses on serving clients and reducing domestic violence, our administrative team makes sure we can do all of that by working hard behind the scenes!
From the Finance side of things, their primary role is to keep the agency financially sound by monitoring income flows and operational/programmatic expenses. They serve as a supporting role, assisting all areas of the agency including leadership, programs, operations, fund development and the board of directors with financial information and other general office needs. And on the HR and admin side, they are responsible for managing the employee life cycle, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, and termination.
We would love for you to meet our admin team and read a bit about their roles, and who they are! Join us in thanking them for their service and support!
Stacy Fischer is the Director of Finance has almost 11 years of service with Safe Harbor! Her favorite Safe Harbor memory is attending REP presentations and watching the kids engage.
Her primary duties are:
- Grant application budgets, grant financial compliance, and grant reimbursements, to receive monies for programs/operations and maximize funding by analyzing grant sources and requirements
- Restricted fund monitoring, for appropriate and timely spending according to donor guidelines
- Annual budget preparation and Board approval, to be used as a guideline for annual spending and funding applications
- Internal control and fraud prevention policy development, to maintain strong confident levels that Safe Harbor is good steward of funding received
- Financial statement preparation, including year-to-date actual income/expense and projected income/expense, to monitor our financial progress against goals and determine areas of concern
- Annual outside audit and tax form coordination, for an external confirmation of our financial status; also used for funding opportunities
India Underwood is the Director of Human Resources and Administration. Her primary role at Safe Harbor is administering employee benefits, maintaining compliance, and providing support to all staff. She is a newer addition to our staff and has been with us for 7 months.
India loves to read and travel. She’s very family oriented and enjoys the many gatherings her family has! Fun fact: India and her siblings are all named after places. She carried on the tradition with her son’s name, Cairo, which means victorious.
Terese Watson, Business Manager has been with Safe Harbor for over 10 years. Terese is responsible for processing and recording incoming and outgoing funds. This includes donations (checks and online giving platforms), grant funds, resale store sales. I pay bills and record all credit card transactions and process payroll.
Her favorite memory at Safe Harbor is seeing clients receive gifts and food from our Holiday Program! When she’s not working at her desk, you can find her on the beach with a good book or watching/listening to musicals. Her favorite is Les Misérables!
Kristin Brady is the Administrative Coordinator for Safe Harbor and has been on staff for 4 years. Some of the responsibilities of the Admin Coordinator include organizing meetings, posting job opportunities for Safe Harbor, onboarding new hires, being the liaison between Safe Harbor and our landlords and various vendors we use. Kristin writes, “my job is not one of the most trying and difficult jobs in the company, however, I am honored to support those in our organization who are on the front lines doing the hard work.”
Kristin favorite memory working at Safe Harbor has been getting to know some of our Counseling clients. She had the opportunity to meet several of them pre-COVID, as she was the first face they would see upon entering our Programs Services office. She observed, “it was touching to see so many of them go from someone who was scared and shy to a person who gained confidence and felt a purpose and direction in their lives again. What they may not have known about me was I was in the background cheering them on!”
Kristin is a bit of a homebody, but she does enjoy going out to meet with friends. She especially loves going to the lake! Fun fact: When Kristin was about 4 years old, her family lived in Indiana and she was on the local broadcast of "Romper Room"!