Madison Trace leads the financial operations at SAOP. She has more than ten years’ experience providing budget and financial reporting, procurement, and strategic planning. She is from Southeast Ohio and earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Heather Mitchell earned her BSW from Harding University and her Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University. She has been traveling, farming, and raising 3 kids for the last 6 years. She is committed to making a difference in her community, and being a strong advocate for survivors of sexual violence everywhere.
Gretchen has a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and has been a grant writer, journalist, editor, and victim advocate. She is dedicated to helping advocates get the resources they need to empower survivors. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on her farm and at the lake with her family, which includes her two children and husband.
Jennifer L'Heureux saw challenges in workforce development and the needs in the community. Her small business, the Nelsonville Emporium, grew and so did the needs of her workers. She is proud to be helping the New Leaf Marketplace and SAOP find ways to provide transportation, housing, childcare, assistance and workforce development opportunities in our community. This Clevelander graduated with a BA and MFA from Ohio University and has a family that is active in community support throughout the region.
Brandon Thompson is a native of Athens County and earned his degrees from Ohio University. Brandon has been a long supporter of transforming the community he grew up in by facilitating Anti Racism Book Clubs and trainings for various organizations. He is very interested in educating the community on the need for identiying healthy and unhealthy forms of masculinity. When he's not working with SAOP, he spends his time DJ'ing, putting on the nation's week-long craft beer festival, Ohio Brew Week, and running around with his 2 rad kids and awesome partner.
Jen is a central Ohio native who lives in Athens with her partner and four children. She earned a Ph. D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University and both a Master’s in Communication Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from West Virginia University. Her work is heavily influenced by her personal commitment to activism and social justice- a passion that is easy to carry out in her role at SAOP.
Charlie Chadwick (they/them) is the Workforce Development Program Manager at the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP). They started their work in violence prevention and advocacy as an intern for the Sexual Assault Prevention Program in Athens, OH while they completed their degree in Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Ohio University. Since then, they have worked at rape crisis centers in Colorado, Iowa, and Ohio with a focus on serving rural communities. In their role as Workforce Development Program Manager, Charlie supervises the New Leaf Justice Enterprise worksite, New Leaf Marketplace, and facilitates workforce development training for New Leaf participants.
René has a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies and began working with survivors of interpersonal violence in 2012. She is committed to being of service to her community while also enjoying her passions of yoga, travel, and books.
Diane earned her BSW at The Ohio State University. Her career as a social worker has always centered around children and families, focused in early childhood, educational, and child welfare settings. Her love of children and the belief that humans deserve to be safe, heard, and recognized are the basis of her work. Diane lives in Athens, enjoys growing flowers and vegetables, and spending time with her 2 adult children, friends and family.
Dottie Fromal lives in Nelsonville, where she is active in the local community. She is a founding member of the Nelsonville Thursday Night Community Dinner. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College, and a certificate in Mandarin from New York University. She spent many years living abroad, including time in Tanzania, China and Nepal. She grew up near Philadelphia, PA, spent four years working in San Francisco and more than a dozen years living and working in NYC, before moving to Athens county in 2016. She has thirty-plus years of experience working with children and youth in a variety of programs including: summer camp counselor, ESL teacher, literacy tutor, Girl Scout leader, volunteer at Rift Valley Children’s Village and Peace Matunda School and Orphanage in Tanzania, and most recently running an after-school drop-in center for children in Nelsonville.
Jody Whaley is a native of Glouster, Ohio and now oversees all of SAOP/New Leaf facilities including the marketplaces, housing, and administrative offices. Before coming to SAOP, Jody worked in facilities/maintenance at both Ohio University and Hocking College. Outside of his work at SAOP, Jody enjoys gun collecting, target shooting, and spending time with his wife and dogs.
The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program (SAOP) is funded by grants including the Rape Crisis Fund grant and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, through the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Victims of federal crimes will be served through SAOP services. We serve all survivors regardless of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, lineage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, ability, sex, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.