Safe Harbor Announces 2013 Board

March 29, 2013

By MONICA KREBER, The Journal (Seneca, SC) – March 29, 2013

With strategic planning and a group of hard-working board members, Elisabeth Gadd hopes Safe Harbor can accomplish a lot.
 
Gadd, president of Safe Harbor’s 2013 Board, said the organization has been focusing on creating a five-year plan that will best serve the area (Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties). In this first year of the five-year plan, Safe Harbor hopes to focus on the Oconee County campaign and reach out to the community through counseling, shelter care, post-shelter care, advocacy and education – all meant to promote the mission of serving victims of domestic violence and their children.
 
“I think it’s very exciting,” Gadd said. “We’re working hard to move forward and I think we’ve made big strides.”
 
The organization has announced its 2013 board of directors and Gadd said the members are all “committed and dedicated” to the cause.
 
“I think it’s a great board,” she said. “It’s a hard-working board.”
 
The 2013 Board of Directors is as follows:
 
Executive members:
 
Elisabeth Gadd, Tri-County Technical College, president
 
Paul Ledford, Glen Raven Custum Fabrics, vice president
 
Julia Hoyle, The Arts Company, secretary
 
Deb Merrill, Delta Apparel, treasurer
 
Andrea Hopkins, Rosenfeld Einstein Insurance, 2014 president-elect
 
Hillary Andren-Wise, MacMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, 2012 past president
 
Becky Callaham, Safe Harbor, executive director
 
At-Large Members:
 
Ann Bible Batson, Josef and Stephen Salon & Day Spa
 
Lori Coon, Integrated Media Publishing
 
Renee Dunlap, NAI Earle Furman
 
Brian Hobbs, Tectronic Industries
 
Stacy Kuper, Acumen IT
 
Stephanie Page, House & Home, Seneca
 
Monica Rockwell, Cox, Cauley & Rockwell, PA
 
Ryan Rosenfeld
 
Tara Trantham, World Acceptance Corporation
 
Sherry Watts, Fabri-Kal Corp.
 
Vanessa Woods, TD Bank, Seneca

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


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I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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