STSM Staff Recognized in the Community For Expertise

COLUMBIA, SC—Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM) is proud to announce the achievements of several staff members. STSM emphasizes the development of its staff to ensure that the community benefits from the highest quality of trauma-focused care and prevention education.

CFRE International awarded STSM Executive Director, Ginny Waller, Esq., with the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation. The CFRE recognizes development professionals with at least five years of experience in fundraising who have demonstrated skill and knowledge in creating philanthropic impact. There are only 42 people in the state of South Carolina who have achieved the CFRE designation. The Palmetto Center For Women presented Development Coordinator, Mary Dell Hayes, with the Inspiring Young Woman award at the Tribute to Women in Industry luncheon on Tuesday, January 14. This award recognizes a woman under thirty who is creating significant impact in the community. Both of these achievements will assist in capacity building efforts as STSM continues to grow to meet community needs. 

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Zoe McDowell, completed the National Crisis Response Credentialing Program (NCRCP), to promote continuing skill development, education and experience for trained crisis responders. As the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, Zoe works with clients in crisis to form a plan and identify stabilizing resources after a sexual assault. Zoe will graduate with her Masters in Social Work in May.

On January 20, Kayce Singletary, Community Education Program Director, and Alexis Stratton, Prevention Education Coordinator, challenged attendees to change the culture of rape during their talk for TEDxColumbia. Kayce and Alexis teach STSM’s Youth Violence Prevention Program at local middle and high schools in Lexington, Richland, Newberry, and Sumter Counties. In addition, Kayce and Alexis regularly present on rape culture, sexual abuse prevention, and other related topics to civic groups, professional organizations, and community organizations.

Advocate Counselor, Lauren Wiest, received the Faith and Liberty Scholarship to attend the Conference on Crimes Against Women in March of 2014 in Dallas where she will learn successful new intervention strategies. Lauren earned her Master’s in Clinical Counseling at Columbia International University and is one of STSM’s four licensed counselors providing therapy for survivors of sexual violence.

“We are proud of the many achievements of the team at STSM,” said Board of Directors President Jay Hamm. “STSM strives to have the most highly qualified staff and these accomplishments speak to the quality of services offered to survivors of sexual violence every day.”

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), formerly named Rape Crisis Network, is a private, nonprofit, United Way member agency committed to providing free, direct services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, including 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment, personal advocacy, individual and group counseling, and education about sexual trauma issues.