The Community Safety Network board of directors announced today that it has accepted the resignation of Sharel Lund Love, effective April 30, because she will be joining the important work at One22 as Executive Director. Sharel has served as Executive Director of Community Safety Network for 11 years, and prior to that as a board member for nine years. She was chairperson of the board during its campaign to build the Newton House of Hope in 1999-2000.
“As Executive Director Sharel has done an outstanding job managing the growth of this agency, especially in the area of violence prevention and education,” said CSN’s current board chairperson, Jim Auge. “We will miss her but given the excellent collaboration among our human service agencies, we believe this will be win-win.”
Under Sharel’s leadership, Community Safety Network has grown in capacity in terms of facilities, programs, strategic partnerships and staff, while weathering the difficulties of the economy in recent years. In April, CSN will complete its facilities expansion, including a seventh bedroom to the Newton House of Hope shelter and two additional units, for a total of five, independent apartments to its on-site transitional housing program, the Cameron Cottages.
In a statement from the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (WCADVSA), Executive Director Jen Zenor said,
“Sharel’s commitment and dedication to serving her community and victims as an administrator, advocate, and leader have been apparent. Sharel has championed the rights of minority victims in Teton County, a much-needed service throughout the State of Wyoming. She not only recognizes the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, she understands and appreciates that everyone has hopes, dreams, and desires for a better life.”
Sharel is the recipient of a WCADVSA’s 25th Anniversary Lifetime Contribution PEACE Award recognizing 20 years in the field of violence prevention and personal advocacy, and was appointed by Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal to the Governor’s Domestic Violence Elimination (DoVE) Council in 2006.
“For the immediate future, CSN is in excellent condition with highly capable staff,” said Auge. The board of directors of Community Safety Network is expected to address the vacancy later in April; Sharel will begin work at One22 in early May. A link to One22’s announcement can be found at One22jh.org.
About Community Safety Network: For 35 years, Community Safety Network has provided shelter, safety and resources for people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Jackson, Wyoming. Today, CSN offers services to hundreds of clients and their children each year, and serves thousands more through prevention and education. CSN relies on private donations for more than 60% of its operating budget. Emergency direct services are supported in part by the Wyoming Office of the Attorney General, Division of Victim Services.