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Teresa stafford
CEO OF BATTERED WOMEN’S SHELTER & RAPE CRISIS CENTER

Teresa assumed the responsibility of CEO in March of 2022. She is a strategic leader and visionary thinker. She embraces our mission and has deep experience running non-profits and building reciprocal relationships in the community with the criminal justice system, as well as social services and community-based programs.

Teresa joins the team after more than a decade with Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, most recently serving as their Chief Program Officer. Teresa has over 25 years of experience providing programmatic oversight and direct service to offenders and survivors, specializing in sexual violence, domestic violence, human trafficking, and families of homicide victims. Teresa advocates for the systemic change needed to create a trauma-informed and culturally responsive climate for all survivors and staff.  

 

Teresa’s passion and dedication for surviving survivors and leading systemic change have been recognized across Ohio and nationally. She is the recipient of the Ohio Attorney General’s Robert Denton Special Achievement Award and Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resources Center. 

Stephannie Garrett
CFO OF BWS & RCC

Stephannie joined the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center in December 2020. She has been an active member of the Akron community since 2004. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Stephannie has a Master’s of Science in Accountancy. Stephannie has extensive accounting experience both in For-Profit and Non-Profit working as Controller for Klein’s Pharmacy and Vocational Guidance Services. She has served as Treasurer and past Treasurer for Caring for Kids and the Weathervane Playhouse respectively and is currently serving as Vice Chair for the Gay Community Endowment Fund.

Favorite quote:
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -Mother Teresa

Melissa Hamlin
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT OF BWS & RCC

Melissa joined the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center in April 2014. She has over 25 years of experience in fund development and marketing for non-profit organizations. As Director of Advancement, Melissa and the Advancement Team are responsible for designing all of the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center’s fundraising initiatives in order to assist in the success of both organizations meeting their immediate and long-range financial goals. Melissa and her team maintain a close relationship with all external organizations, friends, volunteers, and the many individuals interested in the future of the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center.

Melissa is a member of Great Akron Chamber, KNOW, Fairlawn Chamber of Congress, AFPNEO, WITAN, Women’s Network, and Athena. She is a graduate of the University of Akron with a BSBA degree. She has two sons, and enjoys yoga, traveling, hiking, and golfing.

Marya Simmons
Director of Battered Women’s Shelter

We would like to welcome, Marya Simmons, the NEW BWS Director of Services. Marya previously worked in residential treatment where she empowered women towards self-sufficiency, healing, and resiliency. Ms. Simmons is a Registered Advocate with Senior Standing with the State of Ohio and she also worked within the criminal justice system where she supported victims of sexual assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, and families of homicide victims. Marya looks forward to working with BSW to create a trauma-informed environment for clients and staff. Marya is adept at working with diverse populations, providing crisis intervention, and supporting individuals who are diagnosed with chemical/alcohol dependency and mental health illnesses.

Ashley Kline
Director of Rape Crisis Center

Ashley joined the Rape Crisis Center in December 2016. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) and earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Ashley is a trained EMDR clinician and specializes in the treatment of PTSD and trauma due to experiences of sexual violence and relationship violence. In her current role, Ashley supervises the trauma therapy program, as well as oversees the operations of the Rape Crisis Center. Ashley is passionate about providing accessible trauma-informed services to survivors and working towards the goal of ending sexual violence within our community.

“Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about the hard things.” – Brené Brown