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.

Lara Brockwell, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Lara Brockwell, LMSW
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Crisis Program

Lara joined STSM as a volunteer in September 2012 and became the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator in June of 2014.  She received her Master’s in Social Work and Certificate of Drug and Addictions Studies from the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Mars Hill College.  Lara previously interned at SC Department of Juvenile Justice working with teens in the community, and at the Harriet Hancock Center on the Interpersonal Violence Task Force.  She will focus on bringing awareness of sexual violence to the community and provide legal advocacy to victims of sexual violence.  Lara loves traveling, spending time outdoors, and visiting her hometown of Asheville, NC. 

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). 

Amber Hiott, LPC-I
Group Services Coordinator, Clinical Program

For the past six years Amber has lived in Rock Hill, South Carolina while she obtained her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Winthrop University. While enrolled in her Master’s program she grew personally and professionally, and she spent one year interning at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center where she offered grief and loss counseling services and led process groups on the adult and adolescent behavioral health units. She was humbled to receive the “Emerging Counseling Professional” Award at her program’s end of the year reception. Amber is passionate about working with survivors of trauma and is excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Group Services Coordinator for STSM. Since she recently moved to Columbia for this position, she is looking forward to exploring the area and eventually calling it home. In her spare time, she loves to sew, paint, travel, and spend time with her loved ones.

Jenny Kennedy
Office Manager

Jenny Kennedy joined the staff of STSM in June 2014 as Office Manager. Prior to working at STSM, Jenny was the Office Manager for Palmetto Athletic Center. Jenny served for seven years as the Executive Director of Lexington Interfaith Community Services, a nonprofit in Lexington County. She grew up in Mobile, Alabama. Jenny and her husband have four children, nine very active and energetic grandchildren and a fluffy little dog named Daisy. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling (with and without the children), boating on Lake Murray and photography. Jenny is honored to join in the healing process of individuals suffering from a crisis situation.

Sarah Nevarez
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 studied 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, teen pregnancy prevention, and 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.     

Prevention Education Coordinator
Prevention Education Coordinator, Community Education and Outreach Program
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 & 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, students in higher education, and individuals with disabilities. She is passionate about brain research, multiculturalism, writing & performing poetry, singing, knitting, and being an auntie.

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