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 Powell, Outreach Program Coordinator | email@example.com
In May 2013, Jessica graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with Business and Psychology. She came to work for Steps to HOPE as a shelter aide in August 2013 and moved to the administrative staff in May of 2014. In January 2017, she accepted the position of Outreach Program Coordinator. As Outreach Program Coordinator, Jessica is 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 class and women's classes offered) about healthy family relationships, and is responsible for keeping and reporting statistics, and working with other agencies involved with abusers.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys relaxing with a good book or binge watching a Netflix series. When time allows, she loves traveling to and exploring 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 pends as much time as possible with her family and loves to travel.
Paula Childers, 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 planing 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.
Paula lives in Polk County with her daughter, Rachel, and their dog, Toto. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her very large family and her friends. She loves to cook, doing crafts, and traveling.
In March of 2017, Cindy Wicklund was hired to fill the position of Client Services and Administrative Assistant. She came to Steps to HOPE by way of the Polk County Sheriff's Office where she worked as a Daytime Deputy. With experience in law enforcement and dealing with both sides of domestic violence cases, Cindy is a perfect fit. She is also a lifetime resident of Polk and Rutherford Counties and is bilingual in Spanish and English. This asset in particular will help with Spanish-speaking clientele.
Cindy holds an Associates in Criminal Justice Technology and is Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) certified. Cindy is married to Deputy Tony Wicklund of the Polk County Sheriff's Office and they currently live in Rutherfordton with their 45 adopted cats. In her spare time she enjoys reading, thrift shopping, and being outdoors.