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Staff Directory

Please call (618) 549-4807 Monday - Friday, 8am to 4pm


Executive Director:
Stephenie Teague,
ext. 231
Assistant Director:
Susan Hicks,
ext. 235
email: assistantdirector@empoweringsurvivors.org
Development Specialist:
Meghan Cole,
ext. 228
email: development@empoweringsurvivors.org
Executive Assistant 
(Outreach and Vol. Manager):
Laura Van Abbema,
ext. 223
email: execassistant@empoweringsurvivors.org
Human Resources Specialist:
Donna Eckerty
ext. 229
email: humanresources@empoweringsurvivors.org
Fiscal Manager:
Sha Luo,
ext. 222
email: fiscal@empoweringsurvivors.org
Debbie Roberts,
ext. 291
email: maintenance@empoweringsurvivors.org

Domestic Violence Program

Domestic Violence Program Coordinator: Anna Margrum, ext. 227 email: dv@empoweringsurvivors.org
Domestic Violence Follow Up Advocate: VACANT
Transitional Housing Case Manager:  VACANT
Domestic Violence Residential Service Manager: Sarah Settles, ext. 258 email: residentialmanager@empoweringsurvivors.org
Domestic Violence Case Manager: Abby Cullum, ext. 240 email: dvcasemanager1@empoweringsurvivors.org
Domestic Violence Assistant Case Manager: VACANT
Child Counselor/Advocate: Julian Wells, ext. 257 email: dvchildcounselorcdale@empoweringsurvivors.org
Child Counselor/Advocate: Wendy McDaniel, ext .256 email: dvchildcounselor@empoweringsurvivors.org
Child Advocate: Maria Herrera, ext. 233 email: dvchildadvocate@empoweringsurvivors.org
Adult Counselor: Abby Odior, ext. 263 email: dvcounselorcdale@empoweringsurvivors.org
Residential Aide: VACANT
Domestic Violence Overnight Worker: Alaina LaFuria, ext. 221 email: crisis@empoweringsurvivors.org
Domestic Violence Overnight Worker: April Robinson, ext. 221 email: crisis@empoweringsurvivors.org
Crisis Workers:  Atlantis King-Green, Jasmine Berry, Cody Roberts, Annie Ramirez, Alexis Murray, Jeramesha Nelson, Mikayla Walker, ext. 221 email: crisis@empoweringsurvivors.org
Data Administrator: Brockton Tonkinson, ext. 224 email: data@empoweringsurvivors.org
Medical/Legal Advocate: Mercedes Rutledge , ext. 255 email: dvadvocatecdale@empoweringsurvivors.org
Legal Advocate Marion Office: VACANT
Shelter Attendant: Obsitu Keno, ext.234 email: food@empoweringsurvivors.org

Franklin County Legal Advocate: VACANT
Legal Advocate Harrisburg Office: Diane Taborn, (618) 294-8641 ext. 222 email: advadvocatehburg@empoweringsurvivors.org
Adult Counselor Harrisburg Office: April Scales, (618) 294-8641 ext. 223 email: dvcounselorhburg@empoweringsurvivors.org
Children's Advocate/Counselor Harrisburg Office: VACANT

Rape Crisis Services

Program Coordinator:  Jennifer Short, ext. 250 email: rcs@empoweringsurvivors.org
Adolescent Counselor: Shania Williams, ext. 262 email: rcsadolescentcounselor@empoweringsurvivors.org
Adult Counselor (Jackson, Union & Perry counties): Jelisa Gaston, ext. 237 email: rcscounselorcdale@empoweringsurvivors.org
Adult Counselor (Williamson, Franklin, Johnson & Saline counties): Jennifer Rapacz (618) 993-0803, ext. 23 email: rcscounselormarion@empoweringsurvivors.org
Prevention Educator: Lakota Myers, ext. 249 email: preventioneducator@empoweringsurvivors.org
Child & Adolescent Counselor: Oyin Sowunmi, ext. 251 email: rcschildcounselor@empoweringsurvivors.org
Legal & Medical Advocate (Jackson, Union & Perry counties): VACANT
RCS Advocate Marion Office: Amanda Stahlhut, (618) 993-0803 ext. 24 email: rcsadvocatemarion@empoweringsurvivors.org
RCS Advocate Harrisburg Office: Alyssa Chruszyck, (618) 294-8641 ext. 224 email: rcsadvocatehburg@empoweringsurvivors.org
RCS Lead Advocate: Heather Odum, ext. 264 email: rcsadvocatecdale@empoweringsurvivors.org
RCS Clinical Supervisor: Jo Kirch Benz, ext. 225 email: rcssupervision@empoweringsurvivors.org

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