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Janie Ward Lauve, Executive Director

Janie holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She brings an enthusiasm for service, particularly in the realm of advocacy for the important issue of sexual assault in our communities. She has over 20 years of executive management experience with non-profit organizations and also brings to her new role as Executive Director extensive knowledge of community services for children and families; strong organization, communication and community engagement skills; and demonstrated experience in board relations, policy development, strategic planning, program planning, advocacy, and grant writing. 

Janie has served as the Vice President of Community Initiatives for the Lowcountry Food Bank.  Prior to moving to South Carolina from Louisiana in 2012, Janie served in various executive leadership positions including the Executive Director of the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition, Director of the Community Solutions Institute for the Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations (LANO) and the Executive Director of the Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for EarlySteps.

Janie is married to Richard Lauve and between them they have six children.  She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband.  In her leisure, Janie enjoys fishing, gardening, cooking, and reading.

Janie is honored to be a part of such an outstanding, mission driven organization and looks forward to advancing PAR’s mission of preventing sexual violence and its consequences and providing essential services to victims and survivors in the Lowcountry.  You can contact Janie at ExecDirector@PeopleAgainstRape.org 


Janet Watts, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Janet received her BA in journalism from the University of SC and did further MA work at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.  She has over 20 years' experience working with volunteers in social justice and church settings in the Charleston area.  

Her passion for reproductive justice has led her to serve on the Charleston Teen Pregnancy Prevention Board and be a strong supporter of sexuality education in our public schools.  She was a state-wide trainer for Provide offering classes to governmental and non-profit agencies on unintended pregnancy options, assisting some of the most vulnerable populations in the state.  Janet promoted and taught the Our Whole Lives curriculum for kindergarten through adult students.  These comprehensive and age-appropriate classes serve religious organizations and other agencies that want to give their participants the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. 

Janet has lived and worked on three continents.  She has volunteered locally with the Girl Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Radio Readers for the Blind, Lowcountry Food Bank, Women’s Rights Empowerment Network, Charleston Area Beekeepers, and several public school PTAs.  Janet and her husband have three amazing and independent children.

If you have volunteer-related questions or would like to contact Janet, her email is Volunteer@PeopleAgainstRape.org.


Kris Mady, Follow-Up Coordinator

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Kris is a graduate from the University of Vermont where Kris received their degree in Social Work.

 Kris is very passionate about creating a safe space for all people and is focused on social and economic justice and advocacy.  Kris' focus has been working towards the equal treatment of LGBTQAI+ folks, incarcerated individuals, as well as migrant Latino farmworkers. Kris currently lives in the Charleston area and serves on the Board of Directors of We Are Family, a youth centered LGBTQAI+ agency. 

Kris is thrilled to be the Follow Up Coordinator for PAR and excited to be a part of the great work PAR does for the community! If you would like to contact Kris, their email is FollowUp@PeopleAgainstRape.org


Shelby Wade, Prevention and Education Coordinator

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Shelby graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with Department Distinction, Magna Cum Laude, and as SSU Student Leader of the Year.

Her passion for social justice has led her to organize events such as Social Just Week, a campus and community based week-long event of affinity groups, workshops, panels, keynote speakers, and teach-ins on social justice issues. She has also served as an organizer for the Annual Petaluma Progressive Festival and has been a keynote speaker at the festival on women's rights issues.

Professionally, Shelby has worked with people with disabilities for six years. Her expertise in the field has given her a passion to serve those who have a different lived experience or have a different way of communicating with others. She is excited to bring her unique experiences to the work of prevention of sexual violence.

To schedule an educational presentation for your class or community group, email Shelby at prevention@peopleagainstrape.org.


Hafeezah Yates, Outreach Coordinator

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Hafeezah earned a degree in Human Services from Southern Wesleyan University. She has over 10 years experience in customer service and 5 years in the nonprofit world. Her passion for connecting to her community, providing information, and obtaining resources for individuals and families facing adversity led her to the role of outreach. Hafeezah has served as an AmeriCorps member of Trident United Way, and as an advocate for single mothers and caregivers of children who have experience abuse. Additionally, Hafeezah has a passion for youth mental health.

In her free time, Hafeezah volunteers with Healing Hurts, LLC., Federation of Families, and Youth Empowerment Services. Hafeezah is excited to share her knowledge of direct services and partner with various agencies in the tri-county area with the goal of increasing resources and support for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones.

To learn more about PAR's community outreach efforts, email Hafeezah at outreach@peopleagainstrape.org.


Tonya Satterfield, Crisis Response Advocate

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Tonya is a graduate from Kennesaw State University in Georgia where she received her degree in Psychology. Tonya started as a volunteer with PAR in August 2014 and has always loved the organization's mission, the work she is able to do and the people she works with. She is passionate about trying to ensure that every person who is in crisis has someone that they can turn to for help regardless of their life circumstances.

When not working, she volunteers at the American Red Cross where she works with families who have lost their homes due to fire and natural disasters. Tonya has a very supportive husband and two wonderful sons in college who understand the importance of the long hours that she dedicates to help crisis survivors.  If you would like to contact Tonya, her email is par@peopleagainstrape.org.  


Leigh Friar, Victim Advocate

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Leigh is a recent College of Charleston graduate with degrees in both Psychology and Gender Studies. Leigh volunteers with local community organizations including Carolina Youth Action Project, Charleston Alternative to Detention Initiative, and Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer. Leigh also facilitates children's programming and serves on the board of directors for We Are Family. They are most passionate about building alternatives to incarceration, supporting queer liberation, and improving community response to sexual violence. 

If you would like to contact Leigh, their email is advocate@peopleagainstrape.org


Nick Mercer, Victim Advocate

Nick graduated from Towson University in Baltimore, MD with a degree in Family & Human Services and a minor in LGBT Studies.

As a Certified Family Life Educator, Nick is interested in using educational programs as a way to prevent sexual assault and turn rape culture into consent culture. He has facilitated programs for fraternities and sororities as well as other college-aged populations and particularly enjoys bringing men into the conversation around sexual assault. 

In addition to advocating for survivors of sexual assault, Nick is passionate about teen pregnancy and HIV prevention. He serves on the Charleston County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council and the Charleston Area World AIDS Day Committee. If you would like to contact Nick, his email is Advocate2@PeopleAgainstRape.org.


Staff Back Up Advocates

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From left to right: Stephanie Wagner, Laura Coats, Celeste Jilich

Not pictured: Kia Koger