Newsletter -- Volume 7, Issue 2

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New Beginnings
January 30, 2015
Volume 7, Issue 2
Genevieve N. Waller, Esq.
Executive Director
Provi Borgstadt, MBA
Office Manager
Sherry Lewis, LPC
Director of Therapy and Outreach
Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Director of Crisis Services
Kayce Singletary, MSW, MPH
Community Education Director
Mary Dell Hayes
Development Coordinator
Sarah Moran Nevarez
Volunteer Services Coordinator
Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Amy Fisher, LPC-I
Advocate Counselor
Bahiyyih Young, MEd
Underserved Survivor Advocate
Amber Hiott, LPC-I
Group Services Coordinator
Caroline Burns
Prevention Education Coordinator
Alison Salisbury
Community Education Assistant
Baron O’Neal
Community Advocate & Prevention
Specialist (Sumter)
October to December 2014 Statistics
 STSM staff and volunteers accompanied 81 primary
survivors of sexual assault and abuse at the hospital (23
under the age of 17).
 STSM staff and volunteers answered 218 hotline calls.
 STSM staff held 371 individual counseling and crisis
intervention sessions.
Upcoming Events
February 12
Serving LGBTQI Survivors of Trauma
Bill Rogers Community Connections Center
February 27, 28 and March 1
Volunteer Group Facilitator Training
Email to apply.
March 30
Lexington Women’s Club Golf Tournament Benefitting STSM
Lexington Country Club
April 4
Race Judicata 5k Sponsored by Women in Law Benefitting
Hand Middle School
April 15
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
SC State House Grounds
April 29
Denim Day
Email to schedule your workplace
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and
educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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STSM Board of Directors
Jay Hamm, Palmetto Health
Kristian Bell
Chris Pierson, SCANA Corp.
Sheryl McAlister, PR Consultant
At Large
John Wilkinson, USA Eshop
At Large
Phil Bailey, SC Senate
Democratic Caucus
Katie Fox, Harbison Theatre
Wendy Fuess, Wells Fargo
Pamela Hardy, Palmetto Health
Steven Johnson, BCBS of SC
Dee Moise, Davis Moise CPA
Joel Samuels, USC School of Law
Jane Senn, Retired Educator
Michael Traynham, SC DHEC
Board Member of the Quarter
Katie Fox
Katie Fox is the Executive Director of
the Harbison Theatre at Midlands
Technical College. In this capacity Katie
works to bring cutting edge performing
arts presentations to the Midlands. Katie
received her Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of Missouri and her
Masters in Arts Administration, Arts and
Nonprofi t Management from the
University of Cincinatti.
Katie joined the STSM board in 2014
and has been an insightful leader
serving on the Resource Development
Committee. Katie is active with Girls
Rock Columbia and the SC Arts Alliance.
Katie recently participated in a radio interview for On Point with
Cynthia Pryor Hardy. She is always thinking about ways STSM
can reach new audiences and care for our hardworking staff.
“Katie’s background and experience gives her unique insight on
how the Board of Directors can effectively guide STSM and
prepare for our future.”
Jay Hamm, President, STSM Board of Directors
Volunteer of the Quarter
Yvette Lebby
Yvette Lebby is the Volunteer of
the Quarter for STSM. Yvette
completed advocate training in
February 2014 and has spent
more than 54 hours serving
survivors on behalf of STSM
since that time. In the past year,
she has accompanied ten
survi vors duri ng evidence
collection at the hospital and has
answered nine hotline calls.
Yvette's positive attitude and
informed perspective have also
been much appreciated during
vol unt eer t r ai ni ngs and
events. She came to STSM with
previous experience in the
business world, as a victim's
advocate in the court system, and as a guardian ad litem. Yvette
is extremely empathetic and compassionate towards survivors.
“During a difficult case in early January 2015, her advocacy for
the survivor so impressed a forensic nurse examiner that the
nurse sought out STSM staff to commend Yvette's 'absolutely
amazing' support of the survivor. This makes Yvette truly worthy
of the Volunteer of the Quarter recognition!”
Sarah Nevarez, Volunteer Services Coordinator
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and
educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Want to play golf for a great cause?
Email to set up your team!
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and
educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Join men from the
Midlands as they walk in
women’s high heels to rally
the community in the fight
against sexual violence.
Women and children of
all ages are invited
to participate!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
5:30pm Registration
Questions: 803.790.8208 or | #scwam
Bring your
own heels!
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and
educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
Prevention and Education
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By the Numbers
STSM’s Community
Education and Outreach
Program provides education
to adults and youth in
Richland, Lexington,
Newberry, and Sumter
From October to December
we completed 272 sessions
and educated 1,717 youth
and 742 adults.
For more information or to
schedule a presentation
email Kayce Singletary,
School of the Quarter
Westwood High School
West wood Hi gh School
continued its partnership with
STSM this fall. STSM educators
presented the Youth Violence
Prevention program to over 170
health students in Coach Gina
Graziosa's classroom.
"I so enjoyed the meaningful
discussions with the students
on important, and sometimes
sensitive topics. Seeing them
challenge previously held ideas
and think about how they want
their own relationships to be
was energizing and inspiring,"
said Education Intern, Sarah
Goode. "In addi ti on, I
appreciate Coach G's leadership
and willingness to discuss
difficult subjects." STSM is
looking forward to working with
Westwood High again this
Ask Me About My Pledge
STSM is excited to announce the
2015 Ambassador of Change
Campaign. On Thursday, April 2
100 Midlands community leaders
will commit to talking to 100
people about Sexual Trauma
Services of the Midlands and how
we can all work together to end
sexual violence. Ambassadors
will wear a lapel pin throughout
the month of April to encourage
people to ask them about their
commitment to ending violence
in our community.
Be on the lookout for
Ambassadors of Change
throughout the month of April
and make sure they are carrying
out their pledge!
Meet Our New Community Education Assistant!
Alison Salisbury was thrilled to join STSM in November 2014 as
Community Education Assistant. This position combines her
passion for working with
children, community-building,
a n d e mp o we r i n g t h e
underserved. Alison studied
psychology at USC, which
included an honors thesis on
group art therapy for sexual
trauma survi vors. After
graduation, she served as a
programs assistant with the
South Carolina Honors College.
Immediately prior to STSM,
Ali son was a preschool
teaching aide in a local
alternative school, and looks
forward to expanding her role
as a youth educator.
As Community Education Assistant, Alison serves under the
Community Education Director to facilitate the Youth Violence
Prevention curriculum in area middle and high schools. This spring,
she will also focus on outreach in Newberry County and assist with
prevention and awareness initiatives in local colleges and
universities. She is honored to be working towards a violence-free
community with STSM’s dynamic staff.
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and
educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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Counseling and Crisis Intervention
Community Partner
of the Quarter
Max and Keagan
Max (Great Pyrenees) and
Keagan (German Shepherd
mix) volunteer as STSM’s
animal-assisted therapy dogs.
Max works with clients in
individual therapy, and Keagan
works with clients in group
counseling. These love-bugs
make all the difference for
many clients. Their amazing
handlers bring them every
week to work with clients at
STSM. STSM is so thankful to
be able to offer animal-
assisted therapy thanks to
Max, Angie, Keagan, and
Recently a client said,
"When I pulled into the
parking lot, I saw this big
white dog. I sat in my car
praying that was Maximus that
I was going to meet today. My
anxiety was about a ten
comi ng t o counsel i ng.
However, as soon as (my
counselor) brought Maximus
into the room, my anxiety
decreased by half. Thank you
for i ntroduci ng me to
You Make Our Dreams Come True!
Did you know that experiencing a trauma, like rape, changes your
brain? STSM's counseling programs are more than therapeutic - they
help to restore the neurobiology of the brain after trauma.
One of the best ways to restore the brain is to reduce anxiety. It's no
shock to a pet owner, or an artist, or a dedicated yogi, but art, yoga,
and animal-assisted therapy are some of the quickest ways to
restore brain chemistry and reduce anxiety. That's why STSM has
incorporated these therapeutic techniques in our work for the past
three years.
This year we needed your help to continue these programs and you
stepped up in such a major way! We were blown away by your
generosity and commitment to ensuring that survivors of sexual
violence continue to have access to the highest quality healing
We set a goal to raise $5,000 during the month of December. We
could hardly believe it on January 1 when we saw that your
donations totaled more than $8,500! WOW! We can’t thank you
enough for making it possible for all survivors in the Midlands to
have access to no-cost, trauma-focused healing services.
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and
educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
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$100 TO $249_____________
J. Bailey
Kristian Cross Bell
Guy Bradley
Best Buy
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance
Trinity Housing Corporation
Mary Audrey Finazzo
Kimberley Finney
The Campbell Consulting Group
Sandra L. Harvison
William C Hubbard
Kaye C. and Thomas Jones
Jet Corp Consulting Group, LLC
Shirley Kuiper
Lindsay and Associates, LLC
Maurice's Piggy Park
Viki Moak
Kevin C. Monaghan
Panera Bread
Chris Pierson
Meredith Plyler
The Committee to Elect Todd
Samuel J. Selph
Anne Sinclair
Larry C Smith
Lynn Stokes-Murray
Buford Summer
Jean Saturday Whitley
UP TO $99_____________
Jarvis O. Adams
Kim M. and Cliff Alpaugh
Stacey Anderson
Donna L. Arndt
Jamie S. Austin
Stacy Baltzegar
Richard Barnett
Jessica Barth
John H. Beard
Inez Belton
Catherine S. Bencheikh
Antoinette Berry
Kelly L. Berry
Mary L. Bickley
Nancy H. Blakey
Tammy Bone
Christi Bost
Lori Boykin
Tiffanie Branham
Michelle G. Brantley
Ashley Bridgers
Deloris Ann Brinson
Cheryl D. Brown
Julie M. Brown
Kerry R. Brown, Jr.
Shermel Brown
Angela Bruccoli
Mary Burden
Michaelle Burns
Adele J. Byrd
Lisa Cardell
Caroline Cassel
Luke Peter Catalanotto
UP TO $99_____________
Jeanne U. Cavanaugh
Heidi Coad McTeer
Mae Compton
Shannon Cooper
Marcia Coster-Schulz
Amy T. Coward
Christian Cox
Dianna Dailey
Lois Daniels
Michelle Dent
Jennifer Dever
Jennifer Dowden
Vaughan Dozier
Timothy Durden
Stephanie Duty
Angela R. Eberz
Troy Nathan Farthing
Georgette Fennell
Andreas Fiouris
Michael L. Fitts
John P. Flanagan
Tracey Forehand
Sheila Foster
Judith Francis
Carmen S. Garrett
Angela Gaskins
William L. Gillaspy
Regena Glover
Ashlee Goff
Charles J. Grainger
Pamela Hall
Jay D. and Carolyn Hamm
Georgina Hance
Linda Harlin
Cymyera D. Hart
Survivors of sexual violence need our help. Please make a secure
online donation to STSM to support survivors of sexual assault
and abuse and to prevent sexual violence in our community, or
mail your tax-deductible check to the following:
3830 Forest Drive, Suite 201
Columbia, SC 29204
BlueCross BlueShield of SC
Lexington Medical Center
Palmetto Health
Debbie Billings & James Thrasher
Jamie Early
Mary Audrey Finazzo
Shirley Kuiper
$5,000 AND ABOVE______
Lexington County
$1,000 AND ABOVE______
Sally Boyd
Transfer Point, Inc.
$500 TO $999_____________
Wendy Fuess
Rotary Club of Forest Acres
Vinny Bochino Memorial Fund
$250 TO $499_____________
Chappelle Broome
Malissa Burnette
Cynthia Cooper
Jamie Early
Steven B. and Martha Jo Smith Johnson
Dennis A. Pruitt, Sr.
Flock and Rally
St. Peter's Catholic Church
Jeanette D. Walton
STSM advocates for and supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse and
educates the community to identify and prevent sexual violence.
UP TO $99_____________
Michael M. Heaton
Laura Hester
Jessica Hilton
Brantley Hodge
Kimberly D. Humphries
Chris Ingram
Shawn Jackson-Eleazer
Seleana Jenkins
Donte Johnson
Shana Johnson
Robin Jones
April Joyner
Julee Kasserman
Jeniece Kennedy
Scott A. and Sabina M. Kesling
Pamela M. Kitchens
Saravanan Krishnamoorthy
Julianna Laboy
Naomi Land
Dorothy Ann Lawson
Laquana Lewis
Lindsey Macchio
Michelle Marthers
Kay K. Martin
Michael Matese
Mary D. McCaskill
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UP TO $99_____________
Paulette Q. McCurdy
Neosia McDaniels
Kimberly McGhee
Lindsey McVean
April A. Meetze
Ronald and Jennifer Meldau
Matthew Melton
Tynisha Melvin-Lewis
Beverly Miles
Syreeta Miller
Stacy Mossor
Cortney Neel
Willie Nelson
Fatimah Niles
Patricia Oakes
Cardell O'Neal
Syreeta V. Owens
Christina Parham
Rhonda K. Phillips
Vanessa Phillips
Tracy Pitt
Barbara Player
Susan A. Poole
Shelby Provencher
Rhonda Quinones
UP TO $99_____________
Laura Rabon
John H. Raftery
Keri I. Rawlinson
Evelyn Ray
Steve Rentz
Kimberly Richardson
Jennifer N. Riddle
Douglas B. Rizzo
Linda S. Roberts
Pearl Robinson
Patricia Rogers
Daniel J. Rossman
Meshune Ruff
Jennie Rush
Susan L. Rusher
Loren Ryan
Diane L. Savage
Erik Scott
Latoiya T. Scott
Jackie Secor
Erika Sellers
Shunae Sherman
Dayna Smith
Leslie Smith
Marcus Smith
UP TO $99_____________
Tammy Smoak
Jessica Spires
William Spivey
Sandra Stocker
Philip J. Stockman
Annette Strobert
Vickie L. Suffridge
Edna Sumter
Rhonda Sweatt
Courtney Tampas
Alison Thirkield
Ioanna Tillman
Allison R. Turnley
Patrick J. Uhrig
Angelique Van Hannegeyn
Brittney Vereen
Edward J. and Genevieve N. Waller
Samuel Watts
Anna Wilkes
Kenneth G. Williamson
Sheila Wine
Michelle Winterstein
Donna Witt
Carol Wynn
Marcia Young
STSM staff, volunteers, and community partners
enjoyed holiday festivities at the annual open house
held on Wednesday, December 10, 2015. Donations
from Bonefish Grill, Jimmy John’s, The Fresh Market,
Edible Arrangements, Happy Café, Taziki’s, and
DiPrato’s were enjoyed by all. The Lexington Women’s
Club contributed an assortment of yummy homemade
cookies for a special sweet treat.

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