Board of Directors

 

S.A.F.E. is lucky to have such an active and committed Board of Directors. Our board works on a volunteer basis, putting together many of our fundraisers and providing oversight to our organization. 
Board meetings are held every other month on the third Tuesday of the month. They take place at SAFE Thrift Store at 5:30PM. The meetings are open to public. Address: 27 Pinebrook Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512

 

Our Board of Directors:

Pam Curley, S.A.F.E. Board President

Pam Curley was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  She attended Monmouth College and received a B.A. degree in Fine Arts and later attended Northwestern University where she received a Master’s Degree in Business.  For many years, Pam worked in the design consulting business in various management positions.

When her husband, Bill, had the opportunity to take an early retirement from his job they moved to Sarasota, Florida.  It was there in 2000 that Pam first became a CASA/GAL, and found her passion for volunteering and helping children and families.  She is still a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children) today – 20 years later.   In 2018, Pam was awarded the distinction of Georgia CASA of the Year.

Pam has immersed herself in the volunteer community in this beautiful mountain community we all call home.  Pam says, “Being elected as President of the S.A.F.E. Board of Directors has given me new direction and energy.  My commitment to the S.A.F.E. mission and victims we serve has truly changed my life and I hope to work with all our staff, volunteers and community to make our program better and better every year. ”

Donna Dillard, S.A.F.E. Board Vice President
 

Donna is herself a domestic abuse survivor. After fighting to overcome a crippling sense of shame, Donna became a record-setting industry leader in real estate sales. Starting in 1977, she launched her career as a residential, land, and commercial industry realtor and award-winning, top-selling real estate broker. 

Donna says, “I believe that every child, man and woman deserves to live in a safe environment. For thirty years, I never told anyone about my attackers because victims always blame themselves.  I am both grateful and proud to serve on the Board for SAFE. I believe in our mission, and I will do what I can to support our important work with those who are fleeing from, or recovering from, domestic violence.”

Jim Dollens, S.A.F.E. Board Secretary

Elaine and I moved to Towns County recently after having lived in Roswell, GA since the middle 80s. The North Georgia Mountains are no stranger to us having travelled here for some twenty years via our connection with the motorcycle community. We have also known Deb Curlette (past President of the S.A.F.E. Board) for about the same time and visited with her and Doug many times on Lake Nottely. She mentioned to me more than once that, if we moved to the area, she would want us to be involved with the community, specifically S.A.F.E. In January of 2020 I was elected to serve on the board.

I am what might be termed as semi-retired. While I do not work full-time any more, I am an adjunct professor for several universities around the country. All of my classes are online and my students are located all over the world. I teach various subjects both at the graduate and under-graduate levels. The subjects are project management, cyber-security, computer forensics, and the Java/JavaScript computer languages.

I have some experience with charitable activities participating in a number of events with the Gods Rolling Thunder Church of Woodstock, GA. I look forward to working with the Board, Molly, and the staff of S.A.F.E.

Lynne Pike, S.A.F.E. Board Treasurer

Lynne Pike grew up in Atlanta and moved from Virginia back to Georgia in 2016. A retired teacher with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Lynne spent her career in Florida and Virginia teaching elementary school, middle school science, planetarium astronomy, and computers. Community service has always been a priority for Lynne and her family. She and her husband, also retired, are members of the local CERT team. They have three adult children: a son, twin daughters adopted from Russia, and two grandchildren.

Captain Doug Loyd, S.A.F.E. Board Member

I was born and raised in Blairsville Ga. I have been married for 19 years and we have 6 children. My wife Rachel and I are Foster Parents in the community and we are in the process of adopting three girls. We also have three boys that are our own. I’m currently the Youth Pastor at The Cross Church in Young Harris Ga, and I have been in ministry for 22 years. I’m very passionate about helping young people and being involved in the community. I am also a member of the Union County Rotary. I am an active Law Enforcement officer with 15 plus years experience. I am also currently the Captain of Union County Sheriff’s Office and I manage several divisions within the office. I have truly had the privilege of helping in the community and being a public servant for a long time. It is an honor and privilege to be able to serve on The Board Of Directors of SAFE. Let me know if you have any questions.

Amber Baltzell, S.A.F.E. Board Member

Amber McCoy was raised in the area before moving around with her mother who was in the military. Amber made her way back to the Towns and Union area 6 years ago after the abuse of her son. 
 
She started with a job in January 2015 working for the local 911 department. Later that year she met her husband who is the Lieutenant  for the Towns County Sheriffs Department. Wanting to spend more time with her family, she took a job working for Towns and Union Department of Family and Children Services.
 She strived to help the family and children serviced and attended many community events. Wanting to continue her path of trying to help people within the community, a year ago she became a Resource Coordinator with Ninth District Opportunity INC. She is currently full time in the Union County office assisting the homeless and low income families.
 
From personal unfortunate experiences, Amber is familiar with abuse, neglect and domestic violence. The one thing Amber wants to do is help people in any way she can. Amber believes that her acceptance onto the SAFE Board will bring a new perspective and a different way of thinking so that all board members are able to do what is needed for those we serve. 
 
 

Nicole Byrne, S.A.F.E. Board Member

Kerry Morris, S.A.F.E. Board Member