Executive Director Tova Hairston is interviewed by 106.5 WSFL
Thank you to 106.5 WSFL, who recently interviewed Executive Director Tova Hairston about the services provided by Coastal Women's Shelter. Listen here.
CWS welcomes new staff members
Kimberly Drew, former Craven County Advocate, will now serve as our Education and Prevention Coordinator. A graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in public health, she joined Coastal Women's Shelter in March 2019 and has provided dedicated advocacy to more than 300 Craven County residents seeking safety from violence and abuse. In this capacity, she completed certification as Victim Service Practitioner through the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network. Ms. Drew is eager to build on her foundation of advocacy experiences as she transitions into this new role that focuses on advocating for survivors as they move forward from abuse.
Sarah Jackson is the new Craven County advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from San Diego Christian College and is currently completing a master's degree in licensed clinical mental health counseling from Liberty University. Ms. Jackson has a wide scope of experience in human service capacities, including having worked three years for the County of San Diego in Child Welfare Services. She is thrilled to draw on these experiences to serve Craven County residents who live with domestic abuse. In addition, she sees her strengths as being Caring, loving, understanding, and patient. Said Ms. Jackson, “I am passionate about helping these women find their voice and themselves again, and I am willing to take the extra mile in order to do so. Working at Coastal Women’s Shelter gives me the much-desired purpose that I need and require.”
Johanna Schaefer is our new Fund Development Coordinator. Johanna moved to New Bern a year ago from Connecticut, wanting to retreat from the harsh winter weather and live in a city that provides history, arts, culture, and music – while being close to the shoreline. She found all of this in New Bern and a charming house near the Ghent area. Johanna has held positions of Director of Marketing and Public Relations in industries that span healthcare IT, financial, military quality of life programs as well as not-for-profit organizations. Johanna holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development. She is passionate about social justice and helping people. She has volunteered and was a board member of United Action Connecticut, an inter-faith organization working on civil rights for immigrants, healthcare access, mental health, and domestic worker’s rights. In New Bern, Johanna volunteers at Tryon Palace, Religious Action Center, Faith Connection, and the New Bern Civic Theater although because of the COVID 19 pandemic these activities have been halted temporarily. In her free time, Johanna likes to go to beach, go to motorcycle events, and visit the beautiful yarn shop in Swansboro for new knitting projects. “I am so pleased to join the Coastal Women’s Shelter and the opportunities to contribute to building donor relationships and expanding donor engagement as well as working in the community to increase awareness for Coastal Women’s Shelter,” said Johanna.
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