The Women’s Center of Jacksonville, founded in 1995 as a non-profit, community-based resource center dedicated to improving the lives of women, has grown from providing a limited information and referral service from a rented room in the Riverside neighborhood to serving over 7,500 persons annually at our locations in Arlington, the S.A.F.E. Center in Southside, and satellite locations in Nassau and Baker counties. In addition to our educational, mental health counseling, peer support, and rape victim advocacy services, WCJ is the certified Rape Crisis Center for Duval, Nassau, and Baker counties and provides forensic exams for sexual assault survivors of all genders over the age of 18.

Our Mission

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville improves the lives of women through advocacy, support and education and provides rape recovery services for individuals of all genders.

The WCJ Team

  • Abbie Cumming, SANE Program Nurse
  • Alejandra Santiago, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Annola Little, Community Education Advocate
  • Billie Elmore, HR Coordinator
  • Callie Avant, Counseling Coordinator
  • Chantel Scherer, Development Director
  • Cheri Piert, Victim Advocate
  • Claire Watson-Irving, Counseling Intern
  • Deanna Desire, SANE Program Nurse
  • Denise Jones, Counselor
  • Devon Larkin, SANE Coordinator
  • Eileen Rodden, Program Coordinator
  • Erica Turner, Victim Advocate
  • Ireanna Moore, Prevention Facilitator 
  • Jamie Farhat, Counselor
  • Jennifer Lash, Counselor
  • Jordan Griffis, Victim Advocate
  • Katina Williams, Grants Manager
  • Kaylyn Treuel, Counselor
  • Kelsey Kerns, Victim Advocate
  • Keri Pirtle, Prevention Coordinator
  • Keyko Figueroa, Victim Advocate
  • Kimberly Chamberlain, Finance Director
  • Kristine Creter, Staff Accountant
  • Latoya Martin, Counseling Intern
  • Lori Armstrong, Victim Advocate
  • Lucy Maddox, Development Coordinator
  • Madison Harvey, Counseling Intern
  • Mallory Warner, RRT Assistant Director
  • Megan Eychner, SANE Program Nurse
  • Moriah Hunt, Administrative Assistant
  • Patricia Emmanuelli, Advocate Coordinator
  • Paulina Suarez, Victim Advocate
  • Racheal Melo, Victim Advocate
  • Renee Hellen, Counseling Director
  • Sarah Wiese, RRT Director
  • Shane Kennedy, Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Sofia Rubin, Counselor
  • Sytisha Claycomb, Director of Program Operations
  • Terri Robbins, Counseling Administrative Assistant
  • Theresa Andre, Victim Advocate
  • Tip Dixon, Relocation Advocate
  • Virginia Chandler, SANE Program Nurse

Board of Directors


  • President: Kellie Smith
    Director, Foundation, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida
  • 1st Vice President: Laura VanZee
    Vice President, Valley National Bank
  • 2nd Vice President: Jessica Travers
    Attorney, Littler Mendelson, PC
  • Secretary: Earlene Schanze
    Retired Lead Data Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Treasurer: Bob Pinder
    Chief Compliance Officer, Black Knight


  • Alma Ballard, Executive Director, Family Housing Management Co.
  • Barbara Barrett, Retired Attorney
  • Mary Coleman, Retired Special Agent, Internal Revenue Service
  • Michelle Drinks, Assistant Director of Development, University of North Florida
  • Lisé Everly, Retired Human Resources Professional
  • Nicole Hamm, Accountant, Eastern Quality Foods
  • Chandra Manning, Chief Operating Officer, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center
  • Sarah Mannion, Attorney and Partner, Candyce M. King, P.A.
  • Sara Meinke, System Director, Baptist Health System
  • Sharón Simmons, Attorney

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Information

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free with the state of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state of Florida. The Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s Registration Number is: CH4481. Contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com