Suzanne had been CASA’s Operations Director since 2008
October 7, 2016, St. Petersburg, FL – CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) has selected Suzanne Horn to serve as Interim Executive Director, effective October 8, 2016. Suzanne has long been a leading force within CASA and the wider movement to end domestic violence. She has also overseen all of CASA’s program operations, including the new 100-bed domestic violence center the organization opened in 2015.
“I am excited to take on this expanded role within CASA,” said Horn. “Our new, larger domestic violence center has opened a world of possibilities. Our team has worked incredibly hard, serving more than three times as many people at our shelter at a time while also enhancing and expanding resources we provide to the community. One great example of this is our dedicated Resource Center, which helps participants attain economic independence, find affordable housing and navigate the services available through our 30+ partner agencies.”
Suzanne Horn steps into her new role with vast experience in non-profit domestic violence management, having served as Operations Director at CASA for 8 years and Chief Operating Officer of The Spring of Tampa Bay for 7 years. Prior to that she worked in managerial accounting and human resources positions in the for-profit arena. Horn has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Columbia Union College and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Marymount University.
Shandra Riffey, who is stepping down to pursue new opportunities on the East coast, had served as CASA’s Executive Director since January 2016. “I was touched by the love and support our community shows CASA’s survivors of domestic violence,” said Riffey. “They have joined CASA on this amazing journey to a future free from domestic violence, and I know the community will continue to invest in CASA and everything it stands for.”
With its expanded services and new facility, CASA requires a deep and broad base of donors, volunteers, and public supporters who help spread the word that help is available to domestic violence survivors 24-hours a day through CASA’s hotline: 727-895-4912. To support CASA during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) and beyond please visit www.casa-stpete.org/donate.
CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse, has been providing lifesaving services to women, men, and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For more than 35 years, the community has relied on CASA to provide a safe refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training, outreach, and community education to end domestic violence and bring hope, independence and peace to families in southern Pinellas County.
CASA’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. CASA’s mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. Visit our website www.casa-stpete.org or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CASAStPete.