About

The Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc., a private nonprofit organization in Ohio, started its journey in 1979 as one of the state’s first three domestic violence shelters. It was initiated by concerned citizens who sought to provide safe havens for victims of domestic violence.

Starting in a downtown Mansfield office with an all-volunteer staff, the shelter soon moved into a three-story house donated by a community member. After several renovations, it transformed into a four-bedroom shelter with administrative offices.

Our current property spans over 16,622 square feet, featuring 14 rooms for survivors, families, and pets that can comfortably accommodate up to 48 individuals. Our services include emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, intensive case management, support groups, legal advocacy, hospital advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, community awareness and education, and a robust volunteer program. We serve survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking.

Board of Directors

Board President 
Jean LaBarge, Marketing Representative at Celina Insurance Group 

President Elect
Peggy Anderson, Chief Executive Officer at Third Street Family Health Services 

Secretary
Becky Harlan, VP of Operations at Sutton Bank 

Board Treasurer 
Alex Goff, Development Director at Third Street Family Health Services 

Board Directors
Your time, skills, financial support, and dedication will significantly contribute to the success of our mission. Joining our board means more than just committing resources; it’s a personal statement of your commitment to ending domestic violence. 

  • Tiffany Mitchell, Coordinator, Belonging and Inclusion at The Ohio State University at Mansfield 
  • Alicia Bailey, Director of HR & Finance at The Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Rev. Dr. Angela Brooks-Wright, D.Min., Manager, Pastoral Care Department, OhioHealth Mansfield & Shelby Hospitals
  • Miles Parsons, Executive Director at Wayfinders 
  • Faith Proietti, Pastor and Spiritual Educator 
  • Brian Reich, Director of Finance at 3i Solutions 
  • Stacey Wampler, Realtor at Sluss Realty Co. 
  • Deb Wood, Retired 

Are you passionate about making a difference and ready to lead? The Domestic Violence Shelter is looking for dedicated individuals like you to join our board. Help us shape the future and make an impact in the lives of those we serve. Download and complete our application today to start your journey with us. Your skills, your voice, and your commitment could be exactly what we need to continue our crucial work. Send completed applications to:

The Domestic Violence Shelter
P.O. Box 1524
Mansfield, OH 44901

Email: shelter@thedvshelter.com 

?Our board members play a vital role within a governing body that shapes our mission’s direction and ensures its success. This governing board has legal and fiduciary responsibilities, sets strategic direction, secures resources, and monitors the organization’s performance.

We ask the following commitments of members of our governing board:

1. Term of Service: Board members can serve up to three consecutive two-year terms, fostering both continuity and fresh perspectives in our leadership.

2. Meeting Attendance: Your presence at our monthly meetings, currently scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., is essential. These meetings are where we collaborate, strategize, and oversee the organization’s operations.

3. Community Events Participation: We expect board members to attend shelter community events. Your presence not only highlights your support but also allows you to engage with the community we serve.

4. Online Training Completion: All board members must complete an online training course provided by the Attorney General’s Office. This training ensures everyone on the board understands the legal and ethical guidelines that govern our work.

5. Mission Alignment: As a board member, you should fully support and be passionate about The Domestic Violence Shelter’s mission. Your advocacy and decisions should always reflect this commitment and benefit those we serve.

6. Conflict of Interest: Board members must avoid situations where personal interests could potentially conflict with the best interests of the organization. If such a situation arises, it should be disclosed and properly managed.

7. Confidentiality: Board members must respect the confidentiality of sensitive information they have access to in their role. It’s crucial to protect the privacy and dignity of those we serve and the integrity of our organization.

8. Personal Donation: We ask each board member to make a meaningful personal donation. The amount isn’t as important as the demonstration of your commitment and the encouragement it gives to others to contribute.

9. Fundraising Efforts: Actively participating in finding donors and sponsors is a key responsibility. Your efforts in securing financial resources are integral to our shelter’s sustainability.

10. Committee Membership: Serving on one of our committees – Executive, Finance, Fundraising, Buildings, Personnel, or Nominating – is a requirement. Each committee plays a vital role in our organization’s operations and success.

After you apply, the board will review your application and vote at a monthly meeting. Following the meeting, they will notify you of their decision based on the size and composition of the board. If you are selected, you will receive new board training and be invited to attend the next meeting.

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