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.

Agency Leadership

Karen Parker, President & Chief Executive Officer
Caitlin Donley, Chief Advancement & Finance Officer
Laura Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
Cori Goldstein, LCSW, Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Sydney Hammond, Deputy Chief Development Officer
Suzanne Canali, Director of Legal Advocacy
Sarah-Kate Pease, Director of Corporate & Community Engagement
Jamie Sellers, Director of Victim Assistance Court Program & Hotline
LeeAnne Thompson-Forte, Director of STRC/Lake Norman Services
Tim Williams, Director of Shelter Services
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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