Our Team

Our Leadership


MaLisa Umstead

Founder and Executive Director

Dawn Ferrer

Program Director

Morgann Kauffman

Program Manager

Our Board of Directors


Vic Roberts

Board Chair, A Safe Place

MaLisa Johnson Umstead

Founder, A Safe Place


Emily Gore

Secretary/Treasurer, A Safe Place

Molly Johnson

Board of Director,

Director of Convention Sales, Wilmington, NC Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

Dawn Mann

Board of Director,

Retired Educator

Blair Kutrow

Board of Director,

Business owner, New Hanover County

Jessica L. Whitney, Ph.D.

Board of Director,

Part-time Faculty, UNC Wilmington


Michealle Gady, JD

Founder & President of Atromitos


Dawn Lenns

Retired HR Director

Our Young Professionals Board

Our Young Professionals Board (ages 24-39) will serve as development partners for A Safe Place by hosting events as a team in order to fundraise and bring awareness in their professional communities and beyond.  

If you are interested in learning more,

contact Morgann Kauffman at morgann@asafeplacetogo.com


A Safe Place

PO Box 1271

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480



A Safe Place is a 501(c)(3) organization