Staff Directory

Ginny Waller
Ginny Waller, Esq., CFRE
Executive Director

Ginny joined STSM in 2004 as a Volunteer Advocate. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a B.A. and M.A. in English and the University of South Carolina School of Law with a J.D. After five years of private practice, Ginny decided to follow her heart back to STSM and joined the agency as the Director of Development in May 2008 and became Executive Director in October of 2008.

Ginny serves as the outgoing Chair of the state coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault, chair of the USC Women’s and Gender Studies Partnership Council, and member of the South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association. She most recently earned a Certified Fundraising Professional designation.

Ginny has been recognized by a number of organizations over the course of her career, including the SC Bar Young Lawyer of the Year in 2008, the South Carolina Victim's Assistance Network Outstanding Victim Service Provider for going above and beyond the call of duty in service to victims of violent crimes for 2009, the State’s Top 20 Under 40 for 2010, and the Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands Women of Distinction for 2011. Most recently, the South Carolina Association of Non-Profit Organizations and the Francis Marion Non-Profit Leadership Academy awarded Ginny the 2013 Award for Non-Profit Leadership.

In her free time, Ginny enjoys spending quality time with her son and husband, boating on Lake Murray, running and reading.

 

Sherry Lewis
Sherry Lewis, MA, LPC, NCACI, CACII, SAP
Director of Therapy and Outreach, Clinical Program

Sherry Lewis joined the STSM team in November 2008 after being employed by The Aiken Center for Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services as the Intensive Outpatient Coordinator for approximately 5 years. She has also been employed by LRADAC, The Behavioral Health Center of the Midlands as a Clinical Counselor for 4 years and has contracted as a Clinical Counselor at the Addictions Treatment Unit in connection with Palmetto Health Richland. Sherry is a graduate of Webster University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a graduate of Columbia College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Addictions Counselor I, State Certified Addictions Counselor II, and a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). Sherry’s reward from counseling is having the opportunity to be a catalyst for empowerment, restoration, and change for the clients she serves.

Community Education Director
Kayce Singletary, MSW, MPH
Community Education Director, Community Education and Outreach Program

Kayce joined the staff of STSM in January 2012 as Prevention Education Coordinator and was promoted to the position of Community Education Director in January 2013. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina - Aiken with a BA in Biology and received a Master in Social Work and a Master in Public Health from USC in 2012. Prior to STSM, Kayce taught high school science in Aiken and worked as a graduate assistant in the Sexual Health Office at USC. Kayce has a strong passion for primary prevention focusing on sexual violence and sexual health, specifically among adolescents and young adults. She is honored to be a part of STSM and provide education to eliminate sexual violence in our community.

Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Melanie Snipes, LMSW
Director of Crisis Services, Crisis Program

Melanie obtained her Master's in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Lander University in Greenwood, SC.  Melanie has been with STSM since 2008. In addition to overseeing STSM's Crisis Program, Melanie is STSM’s representative for the newly acquired federal grant from the Office for the Violence Against Women. This grant, Abuse in Later Life, is a program that partners with different agencies in Lexington County to bring training to service providers, law enforcement, solicitors and judges on elder abuse.

Melanie has had prior experience volunteering with victims of sexual and domestic violence and has always felt passionate about helping those who have been victims of crime. Melanie feels blessed to have an opportunity to help others in their healing process through advocacy, group support and individual counseling. Melanie enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and dog, Duke.

Mary Dell Hayes, Development Coordinator
Mary Dell Hayes
Development Coordinator

Mary Dell Hayes rejoined the staff at STSM as the Development Coordinator in 2013. Most recently Mary Dell worked in development for Pawmetto Lifeline and for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Mary Dell is excited to pursue her passion of sharing STSM’s mission with our community and helping others to invest in the agency’s future.

Mary Dell previously spent 4 years as the Volunteer Services Coordinator at STSM where she received the SC Governor’s Robin Burns Award for Volunteer Management. Mary Dell received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. Mary Dell and her husband have a Pomeranian (Sir Edward), two cats (Lady Theodosia and Snorkles), and a bunny (Luke). 

Zoe McDowell, CCR
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Crisis Program

Zoë joined STSM in 2009 as a volunteer advocate and became full time in 2010 as the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator. In this position, Zoe ensures high quality crisis intervention to primary as well as secondary survivors of sexual assault and abuse and acts as the legal advocate for clients at the agency. She is active in the community and is the President of the Lexington County Sexual Assault Response Team. In 2013, Zoe completed the Advanced Community Crisis Response Training offered through the National Office of Victim Assistance (NOVA) and recently became nationally credentialed as a Certified Crisis Responder.  

Zoë is an avid horseback rider and in her free time volunteers at the therapeutic horseback riding stable, Dream Riders. Zoë graduated Cum Laude from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and will graduate in May 2014 with a Master's Degree in Social Work from USC. She has traveled a fair amount in the U.S. and abroad and has learned to recognize what binds us together as human beings in all of our diversity. Zoë and her husband have two English Bull dogs and a cat --all of whom provide hours of endless entertainment! Zoe loves doing research on just about anything but especially on the impact trauma can have on brain and body and learning new tips and techniques to help clients regain a sense of normalcy. Zoe is extremely dedicated to helping others in need and finds working with this population and helping them along their healing journey to be tremendously rewarding. 

Amy Meldau
Amy Meldau, LMSW
Group Services Coordinator, Clinical Program

Amy joined STSM in May 2012 as the Advocate Counselor, and in July 2013, she became Group Services Counselor. She grew up in Lexington, SC, and received her B.S. in Social Work from Brigham Young University in Utah. After a few years in Charlottesville, VA, working at The Wellness Recovery Center with adults experiencing mental health crises, Amy returned to the Midlands and earned her Master’s in Social Work at USC. She then spent three years at The Nurturing Center in Columbia, doing individual, group and play therapy and case management. Amy also has experience working in the social work fields of domestic violence, foster care and early intervention services for families at risk for child abuse or neglect. She is honored to be part of an organization committed to empowering and healing survivors on an individual and community level. Amy is also dedicated to providing equitable services to the LGBTQ survivors in the community. At home, Amy enjoys spending time with her two cats and her daughter. 

Sarah Moran Nevarez
Volunteer Services Coordinator, Crisis Program

Sarah served as a volunteer advocate for STSM for more than six years before becoming Volunteer Services Coordinator in June 2012. She was the STSM Volunteer of the Year in 2010 and received the Community Impact Award from the United Way of the Midlands in 2012. Originally from Ohio, Sarah recently completed Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health at the University of South Carolina, where she also earned a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and International Studies. Prior to joining STSM, Sarah worked in research and evaluation for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and spent a combined five years as the Volunteer Coordinator at two local nonprofit organizations. Sarah is particularly interested in working with teens and developing creative ways to educate and empower volunteers. More than anything, she is excited to be part of a fantastic organization that has been close to her heart for many years.

Baron O'Neal
Baron O'Neal
Community Advocate and Prevention Specialist, Crisis and Community Education and Outreach Programs

Baron has been with STSM since 2012 as a volunteer and became full time as the Community Advocate and Prevention Specialist at our Sumter office in March of 2014. For the past two years, Baron has served as volunteer advocate responding to hospital and hotline calls as well as on the Speakers Bureau and last year was named STSM volunteer of the year. Baron graduated from Columbia International University with a degree in Psychology, in 2013. Baron strives to inform the community of the ever growing problem of sexual trauma. Baron spends most of his free time with his loving daughter and enjoys working on their hobby farm together which is comprised of a cat, a bird, two donkeys, and four dogs (three of which are rescues). Baron encourages more men to volunteer with the agency to dispel any misbeliefs that men cannot serve someone after experiencing a sexual trauma.     

Alexis Stratton, MFA
Prevention Education Coordinator, Community Education and Outreach Program

Alexis volunteered for STSM’s Speaker’s Bureau for three years before becoming Prevention Education Coordinator in March 2013. Prior to joining the staff at STSM, Alexis worked as a writer and curriculum developer for the Center for Child and Family Studies at USC. In May 2012, she received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at USC, where she also taught as an adjunct instructor. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer/editor, a grantwriter for a national non-profit based in New Orleans, an associate/intern at a campus ministry at USC and an English teacher in a South Korean high school. Alexis has spent much of her free time raising awareness about sexual violence in our communities, and is excited about working full-time to educate people of all ages about this issue.

Tammy Szymanski, Office Manager
Tammy Szymanski
Office Manager

Tammy joined STSM in June 2012 as Office Manager. She has an extensive background in administration and financial reporting, bringing 20 years of experience and skills to ensure a smooth, efficient, and productive office environment. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Tammy moved her family to South Carolina in 2000 to escape the endless winters and experience Southern hospitality firsthand. She is very excited to be a part of this wonderful agency and the cause that it serves.

Lauren Wiest, Advocate Counselor
Lauren Wiest, LPC-I
Advocate Counselor, Clinical Program

Lauren Wiest grew up abroad, mainly in Turkey and Germany. She returned to the States for college and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in Psychology. She came to South Carolina to earn her Masters in Clinical Counseling at Columbia International University. She most recently interned and worked doing private practice at First Presbyterian Christian Counseling Center (FBCCC). At FBCCC, Lauren attained experience working with clients with sexual addictions, Borderline Personality Disorder and Depression diagnoses and teenagers experiencing crises.  Her specialities in counseling include PTSD and trauma, especially human trafficking and looks forward to developing more resources for this population at STSM.  She loves to read, write and experiment with new health food crazes, so look out for her in the health food aisle!

Bahiyah Young, Ed.S., NCC
Bahiyyih Young, Ed.S., NCC
Underserved Survivor Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, Crisis Program

Bahiyyih Young, Ed.S., NCC joined STSM as the Underserved Survivor Advocate & Outreach Project Coordinator in February 2014. Her focus will be insuring that the full diversity of populations across the Midlands are aware of and provided with access to the many services available to the community through our agency. Bahiyyih studied psychology and theatre as an undergraduate at USC, holds an educational specialist’s graduate degree in Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling from USC, and has experience serving youth in foster care, at-risk youth & families, higher education, and individuals with disabilities. She is passionate about brain research, multiculturalism, writing, singing, knitting, and being an auntie.

Abuse in Later Life Program Coordinator
Abuse in Later Life Program Coordinator

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