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 Mountain Presbyterian Church at 5:30PM. The meetings are open to public.
Deb. S. Curlette, Ph.D., S.A.F.E. Board President
Deb began her teaching career as the Marketing/Distributive Education Coordinator at Crestwood High School, Dunwoody, GA. She was named CHS Teacher of the Year and Georgia Marketing Educator of the Year by the Georgia Vocational Association. She is retired from Clayton State University, Morrow, GA where she was an Associate Professor of Marketing Management Technology. Curlette was chosen National Adviser of The Year by Delta Epsilon Chi, professional association for marketing majors. Post retirement, she taught marketing and advertising courses at for-profit universities. She also served as MBA Dean and Campus Dean. Says Deb, “S.A.F.E. provides an invaluable service to our N GA communities and I am honored to serve this organization.”
Jeanne Rossow, S.A.F.E. Board Vice President
A southerner by birth, I grew up in Northern Virginia when the escapades of John Singleton Mosby, known as the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy, were still talked about. Though I have lived in several States from Hawaii to the East Coast, the mountains have always seemed home, and now I reside full-time in Blairsville. A native at heart, one might say.
Gail Kreher, S.A.F.E. Board Secretary
Gail is a retired educator and television announcer. She taught Senior Research and Composition for 23 years in the Forsyth County GA School System and at Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta, GA. She was nationally honored by Disney Corporation as one of the most creative teachers in the US. Before that and for ten years, Gail appeared as on-air TV personality Gail Janus. She delivered the nightly weather forecasts on WXIA-TV in Atlanta; WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT, and WSMW-TV in Worcester, MA. Gail says, “I believe in the important mission of S.A.F.E., and I am proud to be a small part of its significant contribution to the well-being of families and children in Union and Towns counties.”
Captain Doug Loyd, S.A.F.E. Board Treasurer
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.
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.”
Lynne Pike, S.A.F.E. Board Member
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.
Shannon Dorsey, S.A.F.E. Board Member
Shannon was raised on the out skirts of Atlanta and moved to the beautiful North East Georgia Mountains in 1987. A teenage mother challenged with raising a child at a young age and working to become a successful business women.
In May of 1997, she created a childhood cancer foundation with the help of her 13-year-old son who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and lost his fight to his disease in December of 1998. Brandon’s Foundation, supporting children with life threatening cancers and other blood diseases, has assisted families struggling with the hidden cost associated with cancer treatments and displaced families.
Shannon spent several years with the Enotah CASA organization as a volunteer working with teenagers and advocating for their best interest. She also works with Bull Terrier rescue organization out of South Carolina from time to time to transport wounded dogs to care.
Shannon has a strong work ethic and owns a freight broker business managed by herself and her husband, Charles Thigpen, located in Blairsville Ga.
“Charity doesn’t have to be about money it can be whatever you have. It means giving, to help the needy, an act of kindness and generosity to others.”