About Us

About Safe Harbor

We believe that everyone deserves to be in a healthy, nurturing relationship. We are here to help that happen.

We believe EVERYONE deserves happy, healthy relationships.

We are here to support those who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. Safe Harbor offers comprehensive services for survivors of sexual and/or intimate partner violence including: 24 hour helpline, children/youth services, community education and training, counseling, court advocacy, emergency shelter, and hospital accompaniment. Our team collaborates with survivors to provide support, education and referral information to help survivors meet their goals.

We provide services to anyone who has experienced sexual and domestic violence regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, faith, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and geographic location. Our services are available in both English and Spanish, and all services are offered free of charge to anyone seeking help.

Safe Harbor was founded in April 2000 after a St. Mary’s nurse, frustrated with the lack of safe housing options available to survivors of domestic violence, advocated within Bon Secours Health Systems for increased services and support.

While Henrico County is Safe Harbor’s primary service area, we are proud to collaborate with our community partners to serve the Greater Richmond region.

We are here to create a community filled with happy, healthy relationships. Join us!

Our Staff

Cathy Easter
Executive Director
804-249-9470 x 11
Cheryl Hunt
Director of Safe Houses
Katie Copty, M.S.Ed., NCC,
Resident in Counseling

Director of Counseling & Advocacy
804-249-9470 x 19
Jennifer Miller, M.Ed
Director of Outreach, Education & Community Engagement
804-249-9470 x 15
KimBrundagePhotography_SafeHarbor_RichmondVAMary Margaret Peterson,
MAPC concentration in EAMH

Sexual & Domestic Violence Counselor
804-249-9470, ext. 14
KimBrundagePhotography_SafeHarbor_RichmondVATrenice Morton, MSW
Sexual & Domestic Violence Counselor
804-249-9470, ext. 16
Cindy Capriles
Bilingual Sexual & Domestic Violence Counselor
804-249-9470 x 18
Paz Ochs
Sexual & Domestic Violence Court Advocate
804-501-7696 (Court)
Jane Brinkley, MS, CRC
Safe House Case Manager
804-249-9470 ext. 32
KimBrundagePhotography_SafeHarbor_RichmondVAElena S. Brooks-Perkins, M.S.Ed
Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
804-249-9470, ext. 20
Carolyn Foster
Client Services Advocate
Susan Thweatt
Client Services Advocate
KimBrundagePhotography_SafeHarbor_RichmondVAMcKayla Burnett
Client Services Advocate
KimBrundagePhotography_SafeHarbor_RichmondVALeah Whittle
Client Services Advocate
KimBrundagePhotography_SafeHarbor_RichmondVAShirley Silberman, MSF, MPA
Finance Manager
804-249-9470, ext. 10

Our Board


Elizabeth (Bess) Littlefield, President
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

James Alexander, IV, Treasurer
Chief Compliance Officer and Business Development
Redmond Asset Management, LLC

Jeffrey Fielo, Secretary
Project Manager


Diane Cafritz
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Charles Dyson
Associate Director

Gail Harris
Director, Office of Community and Volunteer Services
Virginia Department of Social Services

Mary Catharine Ginn Kolbert
Post Acute Care Coordinator, Senior Services
Bon Secours Virginia Health System

Ashley Lumpkin
Market Strategy & Insights Manager
Anthem, Inc.

Brendan Paget
Vice President, Sales Strategy and Administration
Allianz Global Assistance

Sharon Taylor
Director of Mission Strategies
Goodwill of Central Virginia

Mindy Telliard
Product Stewardship & Regulatory Manager

Jennifer Winn
Vice President, Client Services
Royall & Company

Laura Wooten
HR Consultant
Fortis Group

If you are interested in governance opportunities at Safe Harbor, please contact Cathy Easter, Executive Director at cathy@safeharborshelter.com, or 804-249-9470 x11.