Hope Harbor Home announces staff changes

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Lynn Carlson, Hope Harbor Home’s community resource director since February 2005, has been appointed executive director after serving as interim executive director since early January.

Hope Harbor Home has provided shelter and other services to Brunswick County domestic violence victims and their children for 20 years.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to take on this challenge, and I’m excited about the future of Hope Harbor Home,” Carlson said.

As community resource director, it was her job to seek “funds and friends” for the agency. She will continue in that role while assuming the administrative duties of executive director. She is leader of the Hope Harbor Home Management Team that includes Trish Caldwell, finance director; Kay Erb, operations director; and Donna Harrison, Hope Chests manager.

Carlson served 10 years as editor of The Brunswick Beacon and earlier as editor and co-owner of the Outer Banks Current.

“My work in newspapers gave me a profound appreciation of what nonprofit human service agencies—and the people who care enough to start and perpetuate them—mean to the quality of life in a community,” she said.

Carlson, 53, is married to Eric Carlson, a Brunswick County magistrate. She was a 1999 Hope Harbor Home Distinguished Woman honoree and is a former member of the Museum of Coastal Carolina Board of Directors. She is a former executive director of Sunshine Transitional Programs and former development director of Blue Ridge Community Health Services in Hendersonville.

New community educator

Retired police officer Tommy Griffin of Sunset Beach is Hope Harbor Home’s new community educator.

Griffin spent 12 years as a D.A.R.E. officer and 29 years in law enforcement. His work is being funded by a $60,000 two-year grant from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation. He spent his first weeks on the job presenting programs throughout Brunswick County’s schools on such topics as bullying, dating violence and self-esteem.

He is coordinating a Communities of Faith effort to bring churches into Hope Harbor Home’s mission to promote nonviolence in families. He also is helping coordinate Hope Harbor Home’s elder abuse prevention and response program, which is being funded by a $7,500 grant from the Catherine Kennedy Home Foundation.

Griffin is available to speak to groups of all ages. To schedule a presentation, call Hope Harbor Home at 754-5726.