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 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.”
Shannon Dorsey, S.A.F.E. Board Secretary
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.”
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.
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.
Dru West, S.A.F.E. Board Member
Jim Dollens, S.A.F.E. Board Member
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 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.