Staff & Leadership

Karen Parker, President & Chief Executive Officer 

Karen Parker is the President & CEO of Safe Alliance, an organization that provides sexual assault and domestic violence services to over 8,000 people annually throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

For the past 30 years, Karen has served with governmental and social justice organizations in North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. In 2009, Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed her to chair the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission. Karen is also a past board co-chair of the North Carolina Coalition against Domestic Violence. Currently she serves as Chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Family Justice Center Steering Committee. In 2017, Karen was awarded the Peter Gilcrest Lifetime Achievement award from the Crime Victim's Coalition. Two years later, she was honored for her equity and diversity work when she was recognized by Leading on Opportunity as an Inaugural Opportunity Champion and by the Charlotte Association of Fundraising Professionals as Outstanding Champion of Diversity.


   Laura Lawrence
  Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel 


 Cori Goldstein, LCSW
  Deputy Chief Operating Officer



​​​​​​Suzanne Canali
     Director of Legal Advocacy   


Jamie Sellers
   Director of Victim Assistance Court Program & Hotline

Tim Williams 
  Director of Shelter Services   


    Sydney Hammond
       Deputy Chief Development Officer


     Sarah-Kate Pease
Director of Corporate & Community Engagement



LeeAnne Thompson-Forte
  Director of STRC/Lake Norman Services 

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     Irene Massey
  Survivor Resource Center Manager 

In an emergency please dial 911

Call the Greater Charlotte Hope Line 24/7 for info on parenting, domestic violence and sexual assault 980.771.4673.

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