Safe Berks announced Friday the promotion of two staff members to new senior leadership positions.
Jennifer Sawyer has been chosen to serve as the managing director of client services, and Stacey Jordan has been chosen to serve as the new managing director of community engagement.
Beth Garrigan, CEO of Safe Berks, said in a press release that she is thrilled to welcome these women to their new roles at the nonprofit organization.
“They both bring vast experience in direct service to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the proven ability to build community collaborations to better serve survivors,” she said.
As managing director of client services, Sawyer will oversee several departments in her new role that include legal services, counseling and residential services.
Sawyer holds the distinction of being the longest serving staff member with 23 years of service. She has spent her career in the legal services department where she has coordinated advocacy services, supervised coverage for the Medical Advocacy Partnership Program, provided training to law enforcement and ensured compliance with the state agencies that provide primary support to Safe Berks.
Sawyer is a credentialed advocate with designations of domestic violence and sexual assault intervention specialist through the National Organization for Victim Assistance.
“I strongly believe that Safe Berks saves lives,” said Sawyer. “Our staff are committed to making a difference in the lives of survivors who have experienced inexplicable trauma. Our programs are designed to support and empower survivors, while prioritizing safety and autonomy. I am proud to work alongside so many dedicated individuals who speak up for and advocate on behalf of those whose voices are too often silenced.”
Sawyer said her personal goal is to enhance client services through increased internal collaboration, strengthened relationships with their systems partners and focusing on trauma-informed practices.
As managing director of community engagement, Jordan will oversee several departments in her new role that include education and outreach, development and the Medical Advocacy Partnership Program.
Jordan, who has worked at Safe Berks for more than four years, has provided direct service to clients, educational training to the community and has created and enhanced many collaborative partnerships between Safe Berks and local colleges. She has also provided empowerment counseling services to incarcerated people at Berks County Prison.
“I serve Safe Berks because I believe every human has the fundamental right to feel safe in their own body and environment and I am surrounded by amazing co-workers and colleagues who share this same sentiment,” Jordan said. “Providing support services to survivors and awareness and prevention programming in our community are key in our mission to eradicate all forms of violence and oppression within Berks County.”
Jordan said she hopes to strengthen many of their current partnerships with other community resources as well as build new ones.
Source: Berkshire mont