Christina B. Jackson
Executive Director


Christina Jackson brings 25+ years of experience in the human services field and positive youth development.  As a graduate from Coastal Carolina College and the University of South Carolina, she worked with the Horry County Department of Social Services for over ten years and with North Carolina Behavioral Services monitoring services for physically and mentally challenged adults, youth, and children, in various environments.  In 2004, Christina joined Sea Haven and became the Executive Director in 2006 where she operates four essential program components.  She is a facilitator for the Managing Aggressive Behavior Curriculum and has presented workshops on topics such as Building and Maintaining Organizational Resiliency and Community Collaboration and Engagement. Christina has extensive experience in researching and securing grants by using a proactive approach to grant writing, fiscal management, supervision of employees, and collaborating with community resources. She is a 2014 graduate from the Francis Marion Non-Profit Leadership Institute. “I believe that the simple successes in life are what is most important and we as human beings should never lose hope but instead work harder to lend a hand to those struggling youth who need us.”

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Sarah Brown
Office Manager


Sarah brings over 30 years of experience in bookkeeping, accounting, and customer service.  She joined Sea Haven in March 2011 and monitors the financial requirements, along with the Executive Director, for Sea Haven.  Sarah assists the Executive Director with program operations and administrative related tasks. 

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Wendy Gore
Development Director


Prior to joining Sea Haven, Wendy worked as a Family School Coordinator for eight years with Green Sea Elementary School, where she connected with young children to help increase h/her educational opportunities and well-being.  In 2004, Mrs. Gore worked as the Administrative Assistant for eight years where she worked directly under the Executive Director in the administrative office fulfilling administrative and personnel responsibilities.  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2010 and was promoted to Outreach Coordinator in 2012, where she monitored outreach activities for the Shelter program and maintained the daily operations of the Safe Place program.  Currently, she is the Development Director for Sea Haven and is responsible for working directly under the Executive Director in coordinating all program outreach efforts, program development, professional staff development, emergency coverage for direct care services, and all aspects of the Safe Place program.   Mrs. Gore is a certified instructor for the Managing Aggressive Behavior and Vital Link curriculums, and is an active trainer for the Safe Place program which educates local businesses and partners about correct procedures and effective responses to emergency situations.  Wendy currently resides on the National Safe Place Advisory Board and is a 2015 graduate of Non-profit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion College.

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Temporarily Vacant
Program Director

 

 

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Beverly Bellamy
Shelter Facilities Coordinator


Beverly Bellamy brings over five years of experience working with at-risk youth in the Sea Haven programs by starting in 2007 as a Youth Care Worker.  In 2010, she was promoted to House Manager where she worked alongside with management in operating the shelter program.  In March 2012, Beverly was promoted to Shelter Program Director where she supervises ten staff and oversees all shelter operations. In 2016, Beverly became the new Shelter Facilities Coordinator. Beverly enjoys working with program youth and all youth in the community and at church.  Her motto is:  “If I can make a difference in one youth’s life, then my work is not in vein”.

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Jasmine Tucker
Case Manager /
Outreach Coordinator


Jasmin attended West Chester, PA, and began working with Sea Haven in 2009 as a Youth Care Worker.  In 2012, she was promoted to House Manager where she works alongside the Shelter Program Director.  Jasmin believes that "setting the example of hard work and dedication is important to the youth that enter the Sea Haven programs."

Jasmin was promoted to Vocational Development Specialist in the Transitional Living Program in June 2014. In February 2015, she moved to her current position of Case Manager/Outreach Coordinator for the Transitional Living Program.

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Debra Rogers
Youth Counselor


Debra recently joined the Sea Haven team as the Sea Haven Youth Counselor.  She brings over 30 years of experience working with youth in all areas.  She strives to meet counseling needs for program participants, parents, and other family members currently involved in the lives of program youth.  Debra coordinates group discussions, counseling sessions, provides a teen crisis hotline, and displays an abundance of teamwork for her co-workers in every program. 

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Andy Whipple
Program Manager


Andy Whipple, originally from Massachusetts, has been a resident of Horry County for twenty-two years. As a youth he encountered struggles similar to those youth involved with Sea Haven. At the age of thirty, he decided to go back to school and make a difference in the world which has lead him to Horry Georgetown Technical College where he obtained a degree in Human Services. Immersing himself in college life he joined the Human Services Club and became Club President. Andy earned his way into Phi Theta Kappa with his academic excellence and excelled to the position of Vice President of Scholarships. He is a student tutor and enjoys learning as much as helping others learn. Sea Haven was fortunate to have Andy join the team through his full time student internship at the Street Outreach Center-Project Lighthouse. Due to his commitment and compassion, Andy moved into the position of Outreach Coordinator in May 2013, and was promoted to Program Manager in January 2016,

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Melinda Lautzenhiser
Director of Operations

Melinda Lautzenhiser graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. She went on to earn the NC Family Support Credential from Duke University. Melinda worked extensively with North Carolina Smart Start Early Childhood Initiative. She administered programs for parent and teacher education and classroom development. She has worked at length with families and teens by teaching classes, coaching and monitoring supervised visits. Melinda worked with Sea Haven as the Outreach Coordinator and then interim director of the shelter home. Melinda is returning to Sea Haven after getting married and moving to Indiana. Melinda and her husband are happy to be in Horry County, where they are close to friends, family and their church. Melinda served as the Case Manager/Outreach Coordinator for over one year and in December 2015, she was promoted to her current position of Director of Operations for both of the Transitional Living Program and the Street Outreach Center/Project Lighthouse.

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John Nichols
Vocational Development Specialist

John W. Nichols graduated from Horry Georgetown Technical College in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. John joined Sea Haven in 2011 and brings with him experience from working with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Shoreline Behavioral Services as a Substance Abuse Specialist I.  John assists the Shelter Program manager in daily program operations and supervision of program participants.  John states “I believe when helping youth you have to start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. In February 2016, John moved to the Transitional Living Program as the Vocational Development Specialist.

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Chris Steele
Lead Outreach Worker

Chris Steele joined Sea Haven as the Lead Outreach Worker in January of 2016 after completing his internship with Horry Georgetown Technical College. He is a graduate of the Human Services field and is the current President of the Human Services Honor Society at HGTC. Chris is a Desert Storm Veteran from the US Navy. He served two tours in the Persian Gulf assisting allied forces in the protection of Kuwait and the region.  Chris is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Columbia College through their A2B program. He intends to continue his education through his Masters or Doctorate. Chris brings ten years of experience in the corrections field and hopes to “stop the cycle of incarceration and help as many youth, along the way!"

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Julie McGorty
Housing Case Manager

Julie McGorty joined Sea Haven on August 1, 2016 as the Housing Case Manager for the Transitional Living Program.  She completed her internship with Sea Haven prior to graduating from Horry Georgetown Technical College in May 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services.  Julie is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services Administrative Services at Kaplan University with an expected graduation in September 2017.  She is a member of the TUA (Tau Alpha Upsolon) Honor Society and a member of the National Organization of Human Services Workers.    Julie was the co-owner of Divine Treats, a bakery and home style deli, located in Myrtle Beach for 7 years.  Julie believes that “there are two things we should give our children:  One is roots, and the other is wings.”

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