Our Team

Great employees make or break a company - particularly a nonprofit. Here at the HER Shelter, we are more than happy to showcase our amazing people without shame! With a staff of more than 20, the HER Shelter continues to grow annually into a more effective and experienced organization. Our core leadership is comprised of a four-person team - Beth, Sharon, Joy, and Olivia - who provide day-to-day guidance while juggling the rest of their duties. The rest of the staff (listed after the leadership team - in alphabetical order), are responsible for a variety of programs while supporting the mission of the organization as a whole. We take an "all hands on deck" approach to most things here at HER, and at the end of the day we're a team through and through. Our clients deserve the best we can offer - and we're better together.

  • Beth - Executive Director*

    Beth is our fearless leader. After an earlier period serving as the volunteer coordinator, she took off to United Way for a brief stint before returning to assume her role as Executive Director. Fiercely passionate about the work of the HER Shelter, she is our greatest advocate, most constructive critic, and is tireless in pursuing excellence. Beth was a recipient of a Top 40 Under 40 Award in Hampton Roads in 2016.

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 101 or beth@hershelter.com

  • Sharon - Chief Operations Manager*

    Sharon worked at BJ's Wholesale Club for 15 years - 12 as Marketing Manager and three as Human Resources Manager. She has been at HER for nearly four years - previously serving as the accountant. A long-time local, she attended Old Dominion University, and on weekends loves the beach, four-wheeling, fishing, boating, and dogs.

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 110 or sharon@hershelter.com

  • joy - Program Director & Case Manager *

    Joy is described by everyone she knows as, "the most caring person you'll ever meet." Dedication is a key descriptor here - a long-time employee of the HER Shelter, she has already put in 11 years and plans on many more. A graduate of Norfolk State, Joy brings wisdom and light to her work on a daily basis.

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 102 or joy@hershelter.com

  • Olivia - Client Services Director & Case Manager*

    Olivia is a go-getter - perfectly equipped to deal with unexpected and new situations that arise on a daily basis. Having been here for 5 and 1/2 years, Olivia has experience in nearly all of the Shelter's programs - lending to her selection to be part of our leadership. A graduate of Old Dominion, she was also the creative mind behind the Shelter's Sweet Haven Bakery program.

    (757) 485-1073 ext: 108 or olivia@hershelter.com

  • Antonette - Housing Specialist

    Antonette is widely regarded by many to be the secret queen of housing in Portsmouth, Virginia. A life-long advocate for the homeless and those in need, she brings years of experience to her position in our Housing Program. In 2013, she received the Virginia Rapid Rehousing Challenge award - because she's da-bomb DOT com.

    (757) 485-1073 ext: 10 or antonette@hershelter.com

  • Katie - Family Case Manager

    Katie is our exceptionally sensitive and dedicated Family Advocate with a strong commitment to empowering survivors of domestic violence and advocating for social justice and equality. She works closely with clients and their families with empathy and professionalism. Katie is a proud graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College where she earned her Bachelor's in Social Work.

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 105 or kcrogers@hershelter.com

  • Mary - Sweet Haven Coordinator

    Mary is a recent but welcome addition to our team! She is a 4-star chef, author, public speaker, and advocate with a background in marketing and entrepreneurship. Her experience and confidence make her a perfect fit for the training and education aspect of Sweet Haven. She will be the first to tell you, "These divine cupcakes are lovingly crafted right here, giving you the opportunity to support some fabulous ladies as they work to transform their lives."

    (757) 485-1073 ext: 103 or mary@hershelter.com

  • Molly - Shelter Services Coordinator

    Molly is excited and passionate about the work she does every day. Another Norfolk State alumnus, she loves movies, coffee, dogs, and reading. And keep an eye out for the occasional thick southern accent!

    (757) 485-1073  ext:103 or molly@hershelter.com

  • Nikki - Client Services outreach & Court Advocacy Specialist

    Nikki attended Catawba College in North Carolina, receiving a degree in history. In 2016, she decided to become a superhero! "What we do at H.E.R. makes leaping tall buildings in a single bound look easy"

    (757) 485-1445 ext:104  or nikki@hershelter.com

  • Phan - Accountant

    Full of energy, and striving after a balanced life, Phan is a joy to be around! A family-oriented individual, she spent years traveling and living around the world due to work and having a spouse in the military. An analytical but flexible person, she loves to ask questions and work with numbers - which is why she was so natural for this position.

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 111 or phan@hershelter.com

  • Rebecca - Stabilization Coordinator

    Rebecca comes to us from ODU most recently - but originally from England (how cool is that!?). In her new role, Rebecca began at HER running the hotline, but has transitioned to this new role of helping our clients continue their journey through and beyond the HER Shelter. She is a self-professed lover of dogs and country music, an avid fan of Mexican food, and is terrified of snakes.

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 106 or rebecca@hershelter.com

  • Shelly - Office & hotline Coordinator

    An avid sports fan, Shelly iss a Peace College graduate currently working on her Masters! Another local yocal, she enjoys the region and is invested in the community. And guess what? Like so many of our staff - she loves pets too!

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 100 or shelly@hershelter.com

  • Steph - Children's Program manager

    Steph has been a lifelong advocate for children, both in volunteer and professional settings - with a particular passion for working with kids coming from crisis situations. She is a graduate of Mid-Atlantic Christian University, where she focused in youth and family ministry. She's a motorcycle mama, can't do mornings without java, is obsessed with The Walking Dead, and loves both snow and the beach (but not together!).

    (757) 485-1073 ext: 110 or stephanie@hershelter.com

  • Symone - Family Case manager

    Symone is so cool! A recent ODU graduate, she plans on continuing to get her Masters in Social Work in the near future. Farther down the road she hopes to start her own nonprofit, and do great work for people! She loves the color red, shopping and eating. Her favorite saying (and sometimes life motto): "When life gave me lemons, I made lemonade."

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 106 or symone@hershelter.com

  • Toni - Grants Compliance Coordinator

    Oh Toni. How to describe this one-of-a-kind soul. She graduated with a BS in Health & Physical Education from West Chester University. After that she did Outward Bound, Youth Conservation Corp, Catering, Food Service at the NJ State Capitol Building, Contract Management, Super Hero, and currently is our compliance specialist. And she thought we'd say nothing about her! Outrageous! :)

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 115 or toni@hershelter.com

  • Wynn - Public Affairs & Volunteer Coordinator

    Wait! What? A dude?? Yup - surprise, Wynn is not the name of woman like many people assume. A graduate of Houghton College, he is happy to be part of such an awesome team. Around the office he is known for his eclectic Pandora channels and fondness of ambience and peaceful settings.

    (757) 485-1445 ext: 107

    (757) 458-1073 ext: 111

    or wynn@hershelter.com

  • Ashley - Lead Mobile Crisis coordinator

    Bio coming soon!

    (757) 485-1073 ext:101 or ashley@hershelter.com

  • Mobile Crisis Services Coordinators

    Our Mobile Team requires special recognition! These amazing folks spend their nights and weekends managing everything from the hotline to the urgent needs of in-shelter clients. We couldn't operate half as smoothly on a daily basis without knowing there's an amazing team who picks up the mantle every day. They are troopers and we're so grateful!