WILKESBORO — Sharon Bell has been named executive director of SAFE, Inc. in Wilkesboro, the agency recently announced.
Bell began her duties at SAFE July 27. She succeeds interim executive director Glenda Andrews.
Bell comes to SAFE from Barium Springs Home for Children. She has two decades of experience in non-profit work, including 15 years of senior-level management experience. She said this experience will help her in her leadership role at SAFE.
“I’ve done both prevention and intervention work. I have experience working with mental health and substance abuse services for adults and children. I’ve seen the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse first hand, and that’s why I feel so strongly about the work SAFE does,” Bell said.
“I’m excited about being at SAFE,” Bell said. “SAFE has a long history of helping some of the most vulnerable members of the community, and we have tremendous opportunity here. I look forward to working with the SAFE staff and board to maximize our effectiveness and reach more individuals and families in crisis.”
Bell earned a bachelor’s degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Queens University.
Bell grew up in Maryland, the youngest of seven children. She moved to North Carolina to attend East Carolina. She and her husband Wyatt have two sons, Chase and Jacob.
Bell became acquainted with Wilkes County when Barium Springs merged with Rainbow Center for Children and Families in 2010.
“Wilkes is a very welcoming and supportive community. People here really care about those around them,” she said.
“SAFE is pleased to add Sharon Bell as its executive director. Sharon comes highly recommended and has a wealth of experience in non-profit leadership,” said Leigh Combs, chairperson of the SAFE, Inc. board of directors.
SAFE, Inc. is a Wilkes County non-profit agency providing survivors of domestic and sexual violence options for safety, empowerment, healing and hope. SAFE provides shelter, advocacy and counseling to violence victims, and operates SAFE Spot Child Advocacy Center. SAFE is a United Way of Wilkes partner agency.
SAFE’s Crisis Line offers free, confidential help with domestic violence and sexual assault situations 24 hours a day at 336-838-SAFE (838-7233). Safety planning information is also available online at www.safewilkes.org.