Lee Lindsay, Executive Director | email@example.com
Lee has a background in nursing and retired from Milliken Chemical in Spartanburg where she worked as chemist and project manager.
Lee moved to Columbus in 1999 to be near her mother at Tryon Estates She has a son, Adam, and a daughter, Kate. Formerly a horse-back riding enthusiast, her free time is now spent with her church, church choir, and the Community Chorus. She loves to sing and play the hand-bells whenever she gets the opportunity.
Sandra Halford, Director of Client Services/Case Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra served Polk County as an EMT-Paramedic, with 14 of those years as the Emergency Services Director. She served on the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell Health District Board for 9 years, Rutherford-Polk-McDowell Mental Health Board for 4 years, and the NC EMS Advisory Board for 2 years.
As Director of Client Services and Case Manager, Sandra works directly with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and with authorities and other involved agencies. She helps victims file appropriate paperwork, secure housing and other needs, and accompanies clients to court when their cases are being heard or when orders are issued. Her responsibilities also include management of our shelter and shelter staff.
A native of Michigan, she has lived in Polk County since 1983, currently residing in Mill Spring. She has a daughter, Calan, and two sons, Byron and Eric, both of whom are US Army veterans. Sandra also has four fantastic grandchildren, Elliott, Austin, Ava, and Jonas. When not spending time with her them, she can be found at the gym, hiking, reading, or writing.
Jessica Cashwell, Outreach Program Coordinator | email@example.com
Jessica holds a degree from North Greenville University in Interdisciplinary Studies with Business and Psychology. She began her career at Steps to HOPE as a shelter aide in August 2013 and moved to the administrative staff in May of 2014. Since January 2017, she has been the Outreach Program Coordinator. Jessica is now responsible for working within our local communities to promote Steps to HOPE and our mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault. She keeps and reports domestic violence and sexual assault statistics and works with other agencies involved with perpetrators. Jessica also oversees the Batterer Intervention Program (BIP), a 26-week course that educates abusers (men's and women's classes offered) about healthy family relationships. She coordinates the Adopt-A-Family program at Steps to HOPE and keeps records for the Adolescent Skill-building and Karate (ASK) Program. She works closely with Public Relations and Publicity to hold outreach events and together they are responsible for the bulletin board program currently enjoyed by Polk County High School, Polk County Middle School, and Landrum Middle School.
She is a member of The Polk County Child Fatality Prevention and Protection Team, the Juvenile Crime Prevention Counsel, is on the planning committee for the Polk County Toy Run, and serves on the Board of Directors for Synergy in Action, a not-for-profit company that provides group homes and support to mentally and physically challenged adults in Polk and Rutherford Counties.
Recently married, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, Austin, relaxing with a good book, or binge watching a Netflix series. She also loves to travel and explore new places.
Connie Orr, Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Orr came to Steps to HOPE in January 2007 as a receptionist and administrative assistant. She moved into accounting 2008 in and acquired more responsibilities as time went on. She is now Office Manager and Volunteer Services Coordinator. In addition to her accounting and payroll responsibilities, Connie is responsible for the preparation of grant reports and financial analysis of income and expense, and handles volunteers for both Steps to HOPE and Second Chance Thrift Store.
Connie lives in Mill Spring with her husband, Robert, and is the proud parent of two, Jeremy and Amanda. She has two adorable granddaughters, Alice and Minda, and one grandson, Elliott. Connie is very active in her husband's church and works tirelessly with Operation Christmas Child. In her free time, she spends as much time as possible with her family and loves to travel.
Paula Ravan, Publicity/Public Relations & Events Coordinator | email@example.com
Paula is lifelong resident of Polk County and Landrum. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Marketing/Management from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC.
As Publicity/Public Relations & Events Coordinator, Paula is responsible for marketing, advertising, and event planning for Steps to HOPE. She handles press, website maintenance, works with our marketing and planning committee, and coordinates our annual golf tournament and other fundraising events. She works very closely with the Outreach Program Coordinator to bring awareness about Steps to HOPE and our mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault to the community.
Outside of Steps to HOPE, Paula serves as Board President for Synergy in Action, a non-profit company that provides group homes, services, and support to mentally and physically challenged adults in Polk and Rutherford Counties. She and her daughter regularly volunteer at Synergy events and have for over 8 years. Paula and her husband own and operate Ravan Earthworks where she does administrate duty and she is currently working as campaign manager for a local political candidate.
Paula's loves include her new husband, Jason, her daughter, Rachel, her stepson, Skyler, and their black lab, Scout. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is a foodie and loves cooking, crafting, and road trips to anywhere.
Cindy Wicklund is our Client Services and Administrative Assistant. Before coming to Steps to HOPE, she was Daytime Deputy at the Polk County Sheriff's Office. With experience in law enforcement and having dealt with both sides of domestic violence cases, Cindy is a perfect fit for Steps to HOPE. She is a lifetime resident of Polk and Rutherford Counties and is bilingual in Spanish and English, which is particularly helpful with Spanish-speaking clientele.
Cindy holds an Associates in Criminal Justice Technology and is Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) certified. She is currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Human Services at Lees-McRae. She is married to Officer Tony Wicklund of the Rutherfordton Police Department and they currently live in Rutherfordton with their 45 adopted cats and their golden retriever, Maggie. In her spare time she enjoys reading, thrift shopping, and being outdoors.