We are staffed by 14 enthusiastic and passionate individuals who are dedicated to serving our community by providing an environment of healing and compassion to those whose quality of life has been compromised by the trauma of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. Not only do we help victims regain strength and confidence by creating a safe and nurturing environment, but we provide support for the family and loved ones of those victimized.
Cindy started with Center of Hope February 2018. As Director, she present formal and informal presentations to individuals, groups, community agencies and partners to educate on domestic and sexual violence as well as inform of available services through COH. Her goal is to raise awareness of the issues of domestic and sexual violence in the 4 counties served, promote safety and violence free lifestyles, engage the communities in active discussion about issues related to victimization and raise awareness of the agency, its programs, services and events.
Brooke has served as Center of Hope’s Associate Director of Operations since April of 2005. As ADO, she is responsible for the overall management and operations of the finance, accounting, and administrative functions of Center of Hope; including planning and budgeting, audit and internal controls, financial report preparation, and general controllership. Though her role within the organization is mostly behind the scenes, she has learned a great deal about human emotion and the true meaning of trauma, advocacy and healing and considers it a great pleasure to know she’s played a small part in one of the biggest steps a victim can take.
Adonis joined Center of Hope in December of 2010 as the Court Advocate, serving clients victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking as they navigated the criminal justice system. As ADP, she oversees the Center’s volunteer program, composes grant submittals, is responsible for supporting the staff and ensuring the clients we serve are receiving the best possible services available to them. She also works diligently to make sure the programs are running smoothly and effectively for clients and staff. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for 10 years, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration. She is credentialed by the National Organization for Victim Advocacy as a comprehensive specialist within the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and program management.
As HNM Case Manager, Shawn works with individuals served by Center of Hope to help them manage their finances and develop an action plan so that they are able to build an independent, successful life beyond the violence and trauma.
Dawn provides a shoulder to lean for victims as she accompanies them to court for both civil and criminal domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking related issues and assists with Orders of Protection. Dawn's goal is to be a liaison between the victim and the system, explaining to the victim the options that are available and making referrals when necessary.
Loretta works diligently to have our shelter facility well maintained and running smoothly, but her primary goal is to ensure the needs of the residents are being met while living in a kind and compassionate environment.
Brandy joined Center of Hope as a full-time staff member in January 2018, taking on the roll of Apartment & Donations Coordinator. She is responsible for making sure our transitional apartments are well maintained as well as assisting our clients in building their organizational, housekeeping and cooking skills. Brandy works closely with both our clients and donors to ensure that all items donated by the community reach our clients.
Julie provides support, raises awareness and advocates for victims of sexual violence. Her goal is to help those experiencing this trauma by providing one-on-one support as well as hospital and court accompaniment.
After her volunteer work with Center of Hope Marianne decided to make her position permanent by accepting the Child Advocate position in January 2018. Her goal is to ensure our children have someone to speak with and advocate on their behalf. She will also work with the parent ensuring the child's needs are met and resources are available.
Melissa started with Center of Hope July 2017. She works with individuals served by Center of Hope to help them manage their finances, develop an action plan, search for employment and housing opportunities so that they are able to build an independent, successful life beyond the violence and trauma.
Ellen started with Center of Hope in August 2017 and will be the first communication for most individuals we serve. Her goal is to provide immediate compassionate support for those who are seeking our services.
Quei started with Center of Hope in November 2017 to ensure all members of the Hispanic community needing our assistance have an advocate and a voice. She will provide shelter advocacy, case management, hospital accompaniment and court advocacy for individuals whose primary language is Spanish.
Catherine has been with Center of Hope since April of 2010. As one of our amazing therapists, she plays one of the most valuable roles within the organization. She has an immense passion for the healing process and truly believes in the process of cultivating change. At Center of Hope her primary goal is to meet our clients where they are in their pain and then help empower them to move forward toward a more fulfilling life.
Jill has been a part of the Hope team since early 2015. A highly experienced therapist, Jill provides therapeutic counseling services for adult victims of domestic violence. Because of the dedication she and the rest of our counseling team exhibits, we are able to offer free, on-site, therapeutic services for those seeking healing from the emotional impact of trauma.
Center of Hope was founded in 1989 shortly after the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence determined that there was a need for emergency shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence in Maury County.
Beginning as a grassroots movement in Columbia, Maury County’s largest city, Center of Hope first came about when the Columbia Business and Professional Women’s Association (BPW) teamed together with the Coalition to bring services to local victims of domestic violence.