Officers elected to Betty Griffin Center Board of Directors

New members join the nonprofit agency


The Betty Griffin Center Board of Directors has elected new officers for Fiscal Year 2021-22, while three new members have joined the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Lisa Payne, a branch manager with Ameris Bank who has served on the board since 2016, was elected board chair. Jayne Evans, the executive officer for the consulting firm Heart Touch, who has served on the board since 2019, was elected vice-chair.

Tim Conlan, the vice president of commercial operations for Reliant Roof and Solar, who has served on the board since 2017, was elected secretary, and Melissa Angulo, a CPA who joined the board in 2020 and currently serves as the chief financial officer at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra, was elected treasurer.

Also, three new members have been elected to the board. These include:

  • Ponte Vedra Beach resident Saundra A. Jackson, a physician with the SAJMD Inc. Emergency Resources Group
  • Johns resident Rose Marie Preddy, the principal attorney at the Preddy Law Firm, P.A.
  • Johns resident Gloria Staats, an interior designer and owner of Peace of Mind Design

“Our new leadership team is committed to our mission, and our new board members are all familiar with our agency and were previously involved in the important work we’re doing for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in our community,” said Betty Griffin Center CEO Joyce Mahr. “Given the growing need for our services in St. Johns County, their experience will help us maintain and expand the level of service necessary in the coming year.”

The Betty Griffin Center was founded in 1990 by concerned citizens and incorporated as the Safety Shelter of St. Johns County to develop plans to provide shelter for local victims of domestic violence and their children.

Today, Betty Griffin Center shelters more than 420 victims of domestic and sexual abuse annually, operates a 24-hour help line, provides professional counseling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, provides age-appropriate violence prevention training and operates two thrift stores at Julington Square and Anastasia Square to assist in funding the agency’s ongoing operations.

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