Meet the Board

The Safeplace Board of Directors is a working board made up of 17 representatives from throughout the service area. These are volunteers from all walks of life including law enforcement, the business sector, social service agencies, concerned citizens and survivors of abuse. They serve as the governing board for the operations of the program, but also participate in fund raising efforts. A major project for the board is the annual Liberty Luncheon held in June. The Luncheon serves as a way to supplement the agencies budget while bringing awareness to domestic violence.


John Conn, President

Picture1John is the Chief Financial Officer at First Metro Bank and is serving as 2016 President of the Safeplace Board of Directors. “I was humbled when asked to serve on the Safeplace board.  Since the first time I heard of Safeplace taking in abused families and protecting them, I have felt that it is our most important community charity organization.  On a personal note, I enjoy sports, listening to music, and making people laugh.”

Phil Moss, Vice President

PMossI am a career law enforcement officer who has served a total of 38 years with both the City of Florence Police Department and as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army.  For the last half dozen years, I have also had the opportunity to work with a Safeplace Advocate and teach police response to domestic violence in one of our state’s regional police academies.  I have seen the devastation domestic violence can bring to families when victims are not safe, even in their own homes.  The years I have spent working with Safeplace have been very gratifying because Safeplace offers assistance that extends far beyond the services a law enforcement officer can provide.”

Anita Whitaker, Treasurer

Awhitaker“I grew up in Colbert County in the Allsboro community where I have lived most of my life.  In 1983 I married Jeff Whitaker and we have a son, daughter-in-law, and a grandson.  I started my banking career in 1987 and currently work for CB&S Bank.  I love God, family, and life in general.  I became involved with Safeplace in 2012, but prior to this did not know ALL that was provided to families that come into shelter.  I am blessed by the stories from victims testimonies’ about how Safeplace saved their life. The staff are incredible people, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve this organization. “

Alicia Belvin, Secretary

ABelvin“My name is Alicia Belvin. I am a Sourcing Specialist for Martin Plant Services. I have a 14 year old son who is my whole world! I am honored to be a part of Safeplace. I love seeing all the good they do for so many families. I am afamily member of A Domestic Violence Murder Victim, so I know all too well the horrors of the worst that can happen and the importance of awareness. So it brings me great pride to see Safeplace doing so much good and to be a part of the crusade to end Domestic Violence.”


Jaqueline Anderson

JAndersonI am retired after 6+ years as a social worker with Human Resources in Colbert County and 17 years as a Wellness Coordinator for TVA! I am retired since 2004 and try to spend lots of time with my 4 Grands! I lead a ladies class at Church and lead a ladies jail ministry for the women at the detention center where we      conduct a devotional every Sunday! Like to garden, play in the creek and spend time with family and hubby of 46 years! I love and very much appreciate all Safeplace does!”


Judge Pamela Baschab

pBaschabPamela Baschab is a retired appellate judge and the author of a text book on domestic violence law. She has served on numerous task forces and boards in the domestic violence field. “My goal has always been to bring truth and accountability to perpetrators and support and protection to victims of abuse; especially children. I can do that serving on the board at Safeplace.” Judge Baschab has three children and five grandchildren and is married to retired Air Force Captain Roger Baschab.


Kristen Brown

KBrown“In 2005, I  entered Safeplace as a client, a victim of domestic violence.  Little did I know from the worst, the best would come.  Safeplace saved my life.  They made me stronger and helped me secure my employment with Walgreens, and I am still  there today.  The most amazing thing, however,  was returning to my family as a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, and I  am eternally grateful.  It is because of this that I  will devote the rest of my life to serving the needs of all victims of domestic violence.”


Nelda Cambron-McCabe PhD

NMcCabeNelda Cambron-McCabe is Professor Emeritus, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She has published numerous articles and books on school leadership and school law. “Prior to my recent retirement, I spent 35 years teaching in an educational leadership program focused on preparing school leaders to create just and equitable schools for all children. Working with Safeplace builds on my career-long interests in improving conditions for families and children facing challenges.” Dr. Cambron-McCabe is married to Dr. Harry McCabe, a former Ohio school administrator and educator. They have one son.

Debra Dombrowski

DDombrowskiDebra moved to the Shoals in 1995, completed a Communications degree at the University of North Alabama, and has called Florence her home for twenty years. She is employed by a technology company in Huntsville but works from a home office. This arrangement allows her to remain engaged in the community by doing volunteer work and serving on the boards of organizations to which she is committed. “I believe Safeplace is as essential a public service as the police and fire departments, and I am honored to have been invited to serve on its board.”

Debra Glasgow

DGlasgowDebra is a stay-at-home mother of two and a former registered nurse.  “I am proud to be part of an organization that provides comprehensive care and support to victims of domestic violence. It is a pleasure serving on a board with such dedicated people.”



Coy Johnson

CJohnsonCoy is the Plant Manager for Firestone Building Products, located in Tuscumbia, AL.  Coy grew up in Lauderdale County, graduating from Central High School and the University of North Alabama.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is also the chairman of the Florence Housing Authority.  “Anytime I can serve   others is a blessing to me.  Anyone that knows me can tell you that Safeplace is a special organization to me.”


Denise Jones

DJones“My name is Denise Jones, I currently live in Killen with my husband of 31 years, Mike Jones.  We have three children and two grandchildren.  I am employed with Bank Independent as a VP Sales Officer.  I have 20 years of banking experience and love what I do.  This is my second year on the Safeplace Board and have been honored to be a part of an organization that offers hope and empowerment to others.”


Allison McWilliams

AMcWilliams“My name is Allison McWilliams. I am married to Danny McWilliams, Jr. and we have two children, Abby, 19 and Trey, 14. I have been blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mom since Abby was born. When I was asked to serve on the Safeplace Board of Directors, I had no idea how many ways Safeplace helped our community. Through education in schools, intervention programs, courtroom advocacy, shelter for those in need, and helping people get established after shelter, Safeplace touches so many lives. I am honored to serve on this board with such an amazing group of caring people. “

Carlos Nelson, Ed.D

CNelson“I am Carlos Nelson, and I am married to Deirdre Mullins-Nelson.  I have been in the education field for more than 15 years serving in the capacity of classroom teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, federal programs coordinator, and curriculum director.  I am currently the Deputy Superintendent in Sheffield City Schools and Owner of Nelson’s Lawn Service.  I am blessed to serve on the Board of Directors of Safeplace.  My affiliation with Safeplace has given me the opportunity to work with the staff in educating future generations about the seriousness of domestic violence.”

Rick Sharp

RSharpRick is the un-officially retired CEO of Integrated Corporate Solutions. Born in Florence, AL, he currently serves as the Chair of Safeplace’s Governance Committee; the Chairman of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and the SPRC Chair at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.  Rick enjoys hunting, fishing, music, and spending time with his wife Judy and the grandkids. “I give my time to Safeplace because the outreach and programs of the organization can not only change a life and a family, but in many cases, will change future generations.”

Sheriff Rick Singleton

RSingletonSheriff Singleton is in his first term as Lauderdale County Sheriff after retiring from the Florence Police Department with more than 32 years of service, sixteen as Chief of Police.  He is a graduate of the University of North Alabama (1976) and the University of Alabama (1982) as well as the FBI National Academy (Session 138).  He served on the Safeplace Board of Directors when it was first opened in the 1980’s and has been a strong supporter ever since.  He is married to the former Peggy Stephens of Florence, and they have two daughters.

Brock Strickland

BStricklandBrock is the Director of Retail for TNT Fireworks. “ When I was originally asked to serve on the Safeplace Board, I had no idea it would be one of the most rewarding organizations I could have ever been given the opportunity to be a part of.  Safeplace provides many services that go unnoticed by the majority of the community, but these services change and SAVE lives.”


Tina Woods

TWoods“I am Tina Woods, mother of 3, and grandmother of 2. My youngest daughter and I relocated to Florence via Safeplace in 2010. They helped us through a very difficult time in our lives through knowledge, shelter, and growth to rebuild and start over.  I have a very rewarding career and my daughter has blossomed the last few years and is now participating in extracurricular activities. Safeplace for us has such a special meaning because we know firsthand how they help people and the difference they can make in just one person’s life.  It brings me such joy to be on the Safeplace Board and to help them continue helping others.”