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Local community, business leader named Domestic Violence Center president

Posted: June 30, 2009 11:52 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2009 12:30 p.m.

Mary Ree, community leader and local realtor, has been elected as President of the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley.

 
Longtime community leader and local realtor Mary Ree was recently elected to serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Ree raised two children in Santa Clarita and has served as a local volunteer for more than 25 years.

"Much of my real estate career has been helping single women get into the real estate market and I have spoken at various groups and organizations to encourage and educate women on how to get their financial houses in order so they can begin to create their own financial wealth," Ree said. "My work with the Domestic Violence Center is an outgrowth of my desire to help women and families."

Founded in 1983 in response to a pressing area need for domestic violence services, the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley continues to serve families in need, and is committed to "promoting and preserving non-abusive, non-violent family systems."

The Board of Directors includes: Mary Ree, President; Gail Ortiz, Vice President; Rob Stearns, Treasurer; Jorja Harris, Secretary; and Board members: Brenda Cambra, Joe Powell, Pamela Braly, Adrian Simon, Kelly Bruno and Stacy Miller.

The Center's executive director is Nicole Shellcroft. Councilmember Bob Kellar serves as an honorary board member.

The Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center is the premier provider of services for victims and batterers' associated with domestic violence.

Services provided include: emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, bi-lingual women's support groups, crisis intervention, individual counseling, children's therapy, legal service referrals, bi-lingual community education outreach and community services.

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