About Safe Harbor

About Us

We work to save, transform, and rebuild lives.

We support those who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, or human trafficking.

In all of our programs, we work from a trauma-informed and empowerment-focused lens. We see each survivor as the expert of their own experiences and strive to create a safe and welcoming space for all. Our goals are to help clients understand and address the impact of trauma and build resilience.

Our services are available in both English and Spanish and are available to anyone who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, or human trafficking regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, immigration status, gender identity or expression, faith, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, and geographic location. Because survivors are often controlled financially by their abuser and cannot pay for services without fear of retribution, all services are offered free of charge to the survivor.

We offer comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking including: individual and group counseling, children/youth services, 24-hour helpline, court advocacy, emergency shelter, hospital accompaniment, and community education and training.

Long term, we are committed to transforming the lives of survivors. By providing shelter, counseling, support, education, and advocacy to survivors, we are helping those who have been impacted by violence and abuse to heal, rebuild, and move forward with their lives.

We were founded in 1998 when representatives of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Henrico County, The Salvation Army, Virginia Commonwealth University Sexual Assault Program, and the YWCA of Richmond met to address the shortage of shelter beds and support services in Henrico County for domestic violence victims. We opened our doors in April 2000 as an emergency shelter to provide safe housing for victims of domestic violence in imminent danger.

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

Safe Harbor Board of Directors:

Angie Dempsey, President – Senior Development Officer, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation

Stephanie Dixon, Vice President – VP, Human Resources, Grafton

Steve D’Ambrosia, Treasurer – Vice President and Controller, Altria Group, Inc.

Kate Kelley, Secretary – AVP and Associate General Counsel, CarMax

Emily Cherry – Senior Manager, Executive Communications, Carmax

Peter Eisenhauer – Business Director, Capital One

Harold McManus – Community Volunteer

Katelyn Turner – Community Relations Manager, St. Andrew’s School

Ann Yauger – AVP, Product Management, CarMax

Lori Belza – Community Volunteer

Baird Beers, Jr – Senior Director, Associate General Counsel, Capital One

Grace Choi – Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Client Services, Wills Financial Group

Leah Dodge  – President, Decorum Interiors

Daniel Sellergren  – Senior Engineer and Technical Lead, Hopin

Megan Shockley – Realtor, Nestiny Realty

Abby Dickson – Acclaim Care

Claudia Guerrero Barrera – Project: HOMES

Tonya S. Hall – Virginia State University

Aleks Whitchurch – Quanta Credit Services, Inc.

Missy Wycinsky – Truist Bank



Leadership Team

Cathy Easter
Executive Director
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Cindy Robertson, LCSW
Clinical Director
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Kailie Smith
Director of Education, Outreach, and Community Engagement
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Mary Maupai
Development Director
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Laureen Mertz

Kat Zarfas
Finance Manager
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Alexandria “Ali” Wall, LPC
Director of Human Trafficking Services
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Katherine Moore
Volunteer & Administrative Manager
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Liz Timmons, LCSW
Assistant Clinical Director
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Jennifer Campbell
Director of Court Advocacy

Victoria Barahona
Shelter and Community Operations Director


Counseling Team

Blanca Barrera, LCSW
Bilingual Senior Therapist

Selena Hicks, ATR, ITR-CTS
Art Therapist

Jeremy Winslow, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work

Taylor Steffan, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work

Anne Lee Dabney, CRC, MS
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CSAC Supervisee

Sonja Paviour, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work
Bilingual Therapist

Raena Graford, MSW

Safe Houses Team

Lily Miller
Case Manager

Raven White
Case Manager

Susan McLaughlin
Shelter Coordinator

Talia Steele
HT Shelter Coordinator

Erin Barclay
HT Shelter Case Manager

Court Advocacy Team
Melina Medina
Bilingual Court Advocate
Outreach and Education

Tyler Wallace
Outreach & Prevention Coordinator