Jack was Chairman and CEO of Bollinger Insurance, located in NJ and NY, and officially retired in 2016 after selling his company. He and his wife, Muriel, built a home on St. Simons Island in 2009 and are now full time Golden Isles residents. They have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Muriel first worked on a volunteer basis with Safe Harbor in 2012 and served on the Board for three years. Jack followed her lead and is now in his 2nd year as Board Chairman.
Jeff is now retired after an extensive career in tax and business consulting and ending his career as CFO of Continental Airlines. Born and raised in Southern California, Jeff and his wife, Karen, along with their three children made their way east over the years and in 2011 made St. Simons Island their home. While enjoying being retired in the Golden Isles, there is great joy in visiting their two granddaughters in Texas. Jeff and Karen became supporters of Safe Harbor while looking for a local organization that worked with children in need.
Alice is a retired executive secretary originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has been living in Glynn County for 10 years. She and her husband, John, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Due to her desire to be a part of the growth and success of Safe Harbor as they provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children’s growth and success, she became involved a year ago.
Alison is a former health and physical education teacher who has lived on Saint Simons for 9 years, originally from Long Island, NY. She and her husband, Larry, have 3 children, Andrea, Meredith, and Stephanie and six grandchildren. Her friendship with the Windolfs led her to understand what Safe Harbor is about and decided in October 2016 that she wanted to become a part of the organization.
Carrie and her husband Tadd relocated to the Golden Isles from New York City with their three children two years ago. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mother, she was the Director of Admissions for a private school in New York. During a tour of Safe Harbor she quickly realized how many lives were impacted through its programs. Carrie started volunteering last year and soon after joined the board. She is eager and willing to do her part in helping others in any way she is needed.
Dr. Lee Heery is a pediatrician with St. Simons Pediatrics and has been in Glynn County for the last 13 years. She joined Safe Harbor Board of Directors when the merger took place with the Children’s Advocacy Center and has been generous with her time while providing all of our medical evaluations for child abuse cases. Lee and her husband, James, have three children.
George Jackson was born and raised in Washington, D.C. After graduating college with a B.S. in Business Administration, he began his career as a marketing representative for Exxon Corporation. A few years later, he moved into the hospitality industry. In 1993, George co-founded and operated two restaurants on Tybee Island: North Beach Grill and Georges’. Both quickly became local favorites. During this time, George served as a board member for the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Savannah Small Business Administration. In 2012, George relocated to St. Simons Island to work with the Halyards Restaurant Group. As general manager, he plays an integral part in the ongoing success of the restaurant group. George’s love of community and children led him to a spot on our board.
Lara has been a practicing attorney in Georgia for over 25 years. She is a founding partner of the St. Simons Island law firm Robinson & Associates, LLC with her husband, Mark, a former member of the Safe Harbor Board. Originally from Atlanta, Lara and Mark moved to St. Simons 12 years ago. They have one adult son, Justin, who lives and works in Atlanta. Lara is passionate about Safe Harbor’s mission to help children in need.
Paulo is the Brunswick Area Manager for Georgia Power Coastal Region. He and his wife, Dawn, have four children: Luca, Elias, Liam and Josephine. He moved from his home in Brazil when he was 21, and has been a resident of Glynn County for a year. He believes that Safe Harbor has been changing the life of many kids in our community and as a board member he saw the opportunity to share his ideas on how the organization can better grow and continue to improve its services.
Peter & his wife, Timme, moved to St. Simons from Atlanta over 26 years ago and have been involved in Safe Harbor since shortly after its inception. Peter served on the Safe Harbor Board in 1999 and 2000 before returning to Atlanta to further his career in Highway and Airport infrastructure construction. Peter has served on the board of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia and now that he is semi-retired, looks forward to returning to the Safe Harbor Board during this transition period into the new shelter and enhanced children’s services programs.
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Sherry was part of the Golden Isles Children’s Advocacy Center when the merger took place in 2013 and has been a part of Safe Harbor since. She was born and raised in Jesup, GA, and currently resides there with her husband, Ryan, and four children. Sherry is the Victim Assistance Director and Chief Administrator for the District Attorney’s office and has played a vital role in helping us open the new CAC in Jesup.
Valerie has spent the last 29 years in education in various roles from teaching students with disabilities within the classroom, to an Instructional Coash and now in her current role as an administrator at the district level for the last two years. She serves as the school system representative on the Safe Harbor board and his worked with students in the past that resided at Safe Harbor so she has firsthand knowledge of the supports that are provided. Valerie and her husband Mike have one son, Chas.
Leslie Hartman serves as Executive Director and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State Of Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in Psychology and a Masters of Education with emphasis in Community Counseling. Leslie joined Safe Harbor 12 years ago as a part time therapist and transitioned into the role of Executive Director seven years ago. Leslie and her husband, Ben, have three children.
Vivian Amason has been a Safe Harbor board member for 21 years. Her life has been centered around serving the needs of children (including six of her own)! Vivian worked for the Department of Family and Children Services (mostly in protective services) for 30 years. Due to this, she had many direct connections with Safe Harbor staff and the services were always exceptional. The board members over the years have been dedicated, caring and knowledgeable individuals. She was married to Jackson Lee Amason, who passed away in March of 2017. They loved to travel and saw much of the world when he was able. Vivian is now retired, and stays busy with her church activities, volunteering with the “Good News” Christian after school program, gardening and history.
Carrie was born and raised in Dublin, GA but has lived in the Golden Isles since 2009. She has a passion for serving others and has been an active member in the Junior League of Savannah Golden Isles Chapter since 2010, whose primary focus is the advocacy and betterment of women and children. She initiated multiple projects to benefit Safe Harbor and fell in love with the organization and what it does for our community. After being in the inaugural class of United Way’s Leadership class, coming to Safe Harbor was an easy decision. Carrie is the Regional Administrator of the South Coastal Region at Georgia Living Senior Home Care and works diligently to advocate for senior citizens to age in place in their own homes. Carrie has two daughters and she and her family are active parishioners at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Brunswick.