About Us

Learn about our organization and we work to impact the lives of children.

Mission:

The mission of The Children’s Haven is to promote the health and happiness of children impacted by abuse. We are committed to building successful children through programs that increase their safety and improve their educational, social and emotional functioning.

Vision:

We envision a community where every child impacted by abuse has the opportunities and supports they need to fully realize their potential, pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community.

Purpose:

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and permanent family. Our Challenge: Our challenge is to find the volunteers, resources, commitment & passion that will get us there.

The People Leading the Mission

Board of Directors

Tommy Pinyan, Board Chair
Major
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

Janet Read, Vice Chair
Community Development Officer
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Lori Davis, Treasurer
Sr. Vice President
Community Bank of Pickens County

Kristi Estes, Secretary
Co-Owner, Occupational Therapist
In Harmony Pediatric Therapy

Buster Cushing, Past Board Chair
Chief of Police
Cherokee County School District School Police

Christine Beam
Executive Director of Health Parks
Wellstar Health Systems

Dana Cox
Development Manager
Penn Hodge Properties

Judge Jennifer Davis
Juvenile Court Judge
Cherokee County Juvenile Court

Hayden Holcomb
Executive Vice-President
Chick-fil-A Canton

Shellie Hollingsworth
CEO/Realtor
Hollingsworth and Company

Alexandra Keene
Chief Deputy Clerk
Cherokee County Clerk of Courts

DD Lee
Broker/Owner
Skyline Properties

Francisco Lozano
Business Analyst
Arylessence

Chris Luly
Director of Planning and Zoning
City of Ball Ground

Trey Ragsdale
Public Affairs
Kaiser Permanente

Robert Shaw
Administrator
Cherokee County School District

Gary Sullenger
Retired
University President

Board of Advisors

Mandi Ballinger
Representative
Georgia House of Representatives

Brooke Ford
Cherokee County Director
Division of Family and Children Services

Deidre Hollands, Ex Officio/Lifetime Ameritus
Program Operations Director
Georgia CASA

Steve Page
CEO
ProntoTrak

Andrew Smith, Ex Officio
Attorney
Flint, Connolly & Walker Law Firm

The Children's Haven Team

Marcie Smith

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Executive Director
The Children’s Haven

Daphne Mullen

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Director of Operations
The Children’s Haven

Michelle Meek

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Director of Community Engagement
The Children’s Haven

Julie Carter

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Advocacy Director
CASA of Cherokee County

Mandy Quigley

Mandy-Quigley

Administrative Coordinator
CASA of Cherokee County

Christine Clark

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Advocacy Coordinator
CASA of Cherokee County

Caroline Shelton

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Advocacy Coordinator
CASA of Cherokee County

Trisha Stiles

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Advocacy Coordinator
CASA of Cherokee County

Christina Fisher

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Visitation Director
Wellstar Family Visitation Center

Alix Green

Alix-Green

Family Support Specialist
Wellstar Family Visitation Center

Lindsay Pena

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PCA Cherokee Program Director
Prevent Child Abuse Cherokee

Lea Stokes

Lea

Family Care Coordinator
Prevent Child Abuse Cherokee

Natalie Tillero

Nathalie

Family Care Coordinator
Prevent Child Abuse Cherokee

June Long

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Program Coordinator
Chin Up

Penny Sibley

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Program Assistant
Chin Up