Glynn Community Crisis Center
December 2021 Issue
Part of Paisley's "Making a Difference: 4 Women Who Care" Special Section
Photography by Mike Force Photography
Occupation: Executive Director at Glynn Community Crisis Center/Amity House, Brunswick, GA
Hometown: Augusta, GA
My volunteer and community work interests center around women’s empowerment, health and well-being; animal welfare; and our church home in Michigan. (I took a 30-year detour in Battle Creek, where I met the love of my life.)
Tell us about your career:
Fairly early in my career I learned I needed to feel my work made a difference and was a meaningful contribution to my community. I started in the for-profit sector, working in human resources for a life insurance company. Before long, I moved into the non-profit world, working for the Humane Society of South-Central Michigan, The Woman’s Co-op, and several other Michigan non-profits. When we moved to St. Simons Island in 2009, I worked briefly in for-profit again, but had to get back to my difference-making journey. Serving as Executive Director of Glynn Community Crisis Center for the past five years has enriched this journey in so many ways. In spring of 2022, Amity House will become a pet-friendly domestic violence shelter, fulfilling one of my dreams!
Have you had a calling in life?
I don’t know if it is a calling, but I’ve always felt the need to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. When women first come to Amity House, they are in survival mode. It is gratifying to see their resilience and determination as they develop their skills and confidence.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Be fearless and fair, and to remember it is not necessary to be perfect all the time.
Who has been a mentor to you?
My Mom was my greatest mentor, followed closely by my Dad. They were both strong leaders in the community and our family. They taught me to look, listen and never judge. As role models, they inspired me to incorporate the qualities of strong work ethics, determination and compassion into my leadership style.
Helping others can be hard work.
How do you get through the difficult days?
Remembering why we do what we do gives me the strength to get through the difficult days. And, taking a moment to center, remembering that one cannot pour from an empty vessel.
What advice would you give to
those who want to make a difference?
Get involved with something that is close to their heart. If you want to make a difference in the lives of those dealing with intimate partner or family violence, visit www.amityhouse.org for information on volunteer opportunities. If you or someone you love is experiencing domestic violence, visit the www.amityhouse-gccc.com, or call the 24-hour crisis hotline for immediate assistance: 912-264-HELP (4357).
Support Glynn Community Crisis Center by attending the
Premier Culinary Event in the Golden Isles!
A Taste of Glynn will be Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort
Enjoy tastings from the area’s best chefs. There will be live music and a silent auction.
Tickets are $45 in advance (atasteofglynn.com) and $60 at the door.
All proceeds support Amity House, Glynn Community Crisis Center’s safe and
confidential shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.