SAFEchild Staff

Executive Director


Cristin DeRonja, M.Ed, LPC, NCC


Cristin DeRonja, SAFEchild’s executive director since 2015, joined the organization in 2004 and has served many roles. She has worked with first-time moms as a mentor for SAFEchild’s Welcome Baby program, drawn upon her family systems training as a program facilitator for several SAFEchild parenting groups, including the Nurturing Program and PLUS, and presented the Funny Tummy Feelings program in schools to first graders. Cristin was instrumental in establishing the SAFEchild Advocacy Center in 2010 and achieving SAFEchild’s National Accreditation in 2017.

A Raleigh native, Cristin received her bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from Vanderbilt University and her master’s in education and counseling at NC State.

Development Director


Stephanie Davage, M.Div.


Stephanie Davage joined SAFEchild in 2016, putting her 15 years of fundraising experience to work as the organization’s Development Director. Stephanie has worked as development manager for C5 Georgia Youth Foundation; special event director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; executive director for the Miracle League of the Triangle; and pastor of outreach at Grace Community Church in Raleigh.

Stephanie grew up in Texas where she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Sam Houston State University. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Finance and Operations Director


Wanda Lassiter, MBA


Wanda Lassiter joined SAFEchild in 2021, filling the new leadership position of finance and operations director. She has more than 31 years of experience in accounting and business/operational functions. Wanda previously served as director of finance and operations at NCCHA, a nonprofit/trade association for community health centers in North Carolina, and held finance positions at PAVE Southeast Raleigh Charter School, NC Theatre and Solid Rock Ministry.

Wanda earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from NC A&T State University and a master of business administration from Strayer University.

Administrative Staff

Anna JacksonSpecial Event Coordinator

Denine SchepperleyFinance and Human Resources Manager

Evelyn HurtadoOperations Manager

Holly CookDevelopment and Group Volunteer Coordinator

Linda RaynorGrants Manager

Program Staff

Claudia Cortina-Czap, Prevention Program and Volunteer Coordinator

Laura Goulian, LCSW – Intake Coordinator

Lizzy BainParent Program Facilitator


Stacey Sullivan, LCSW – Program Coordinator

Circle of Security Parenting

Laura Brimberry, MSW – Program Coordinator

Crianza con Cariño

Gladys D’EstefanoProgram Coordinator

Gaby Iduate – Program Assistant

Funny Tummy Feelings

Elizabeth ClarkProgram Coordinator

SAFEchild Advocacy Center Staff

Jennifer Farmer Keating, BSN, RN-BC, Pediatric SANE – SAFEchild Advocacy Center Program Coordinator

Karen Todd, MD – Medical Director

Elizabeth Witman, MD – Medical Service Provider

Heather Williams, MD – Medical Service Provider

Brenna Farley – Child Abuse Evaluation Specialist

Claire Whitted – Child Abuse Evaluation Specialist

Sunisha Barbee – Child and Family Advocate

Kim Seibel – Intake and Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator

Community Engagement

Ginger Espino, MSW – Community Engagement and Training Coordinator