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Hope & Healing Leadership

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Terri Heckman
CEO OF BATTERED WOMEN’S SHELTER & RAPE CRISIS CENTER

Terri has led these two organizations since 1995. As CEO, Terri currently oversees 150 employees working to deliver the emergency response needed by victims of intimate personal violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day in Summit and Medina counties.

Her skills, passion and vision for this work has been recognized throughout the State of Ohio. The author of two publications, titled a “Rape Crisis Survivor Manual for Recovery”, and “It Wasn’t Supposed To End This Way”, a comic book format tool used to help discuss these difficult topics with teenagers. Terri’s awards include the Athena Award; The Defender Award from Inside Business Magazine; Liberty Bell Award from the Akron Bar Association; the Women’s Network Founders’ Award giving for Community Progress for Women, the Outrageous Acts of Social Justice Award from the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Outstanding Service to Crime Victims Award from Victims Assistance Inc. of Summit County and the Model of Justice; Advocate Leadership Award given by the Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and is currently servicing on multiple community coalitions

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.

Nathan Chambers
Director of Battered Women’s Shelter

Nathan Chambers joined the Battered Women’s Shelter as Director of Services in July 2017. Having grown up in Northeast Ohio, Nathan has been a trauma related service provider in Akron for over 7 years. In 2014 he received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Akron, and then his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017. Additionally, Nathan passed the NCE exam 2017 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to joining BWS, Nathan worked directly with homeless veterans through a service program that assisted veterans all over Northeast Ohio.

Favorite Quote:
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” –Mary Ann Evans

Sandy Parker
Director of Rape Crisis Center

Sandy Parker joined the Rape Crisis Center as Director of Services in May 2019. An Akron native and North High School graduate, Sandy earned her B.S. in Nursing at Mt. Carmel College of Nursing in 1997 and her M.S. in Forensic Nursing at Cleveland State University in 2015. Prior to joining RCC, Sandy held positions as Court Investigator for Wayne County Probate Court and Coordinator for Wooster Community Hospital’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. She also has experience as a law enforcement officer and medical/surgical nurse. Sandy has served on the Mt. Carmel College of Nursing Alumni Board and as a volunteer advocate in Summit County. Her passion is helping those whose lives have been affected by sexual assault and rape.

Favorite quote:
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”   C.S. Lewis