Karen Haring, Founder and Executive Director

Karen has 32 years of experience working with women and teens in both group and mentoring settings. She's passionate about helping women tell their stories to listening ears, and then find their purpose, their voice, and their freedom. Although originally from Ohio, she's lived in West Virginia over 30 years and has fallen in love with the state. All of her kids are native West Virginians, and she loves spending time with them and going on family travels and adventures. Her other passions are day trips and hikes with her husband in West Virginia, reading, creativity, and Scotland.



Jessica Haring, Counselor

Jessica (Jessie), was born and raised in West Virginia. She received her BFA at WVU in 2012 with concentrations in both painting and photography and graduated with her Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando in May 2017. She has years of experience with children and teens in different capacities and is passionate about giving them a place to be heard and mentored. In her nearly 500 hours of internship, she has worked with couples, individuals, teens, and children as well as led an Art Therapy group for her peers. She hopes to incorporate creative methods into her counseling practice and be a safe place for women from all walks of life to find someone to walk alongside them in their journey to freedom. In her free time she loves eating good food, going on adventures and pursuing artistic endeavors. 


Vanessa Short, Program Director

Vanessa Short is a native West Virginian. She currently resides in Barbour County WV with her husband of 24 years. Together they have two children. Vanessa has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She will begin an academic adventure in the fall of 2018 as she will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. She has over ten years’ experience working with women in various capacities helping them soar to their individual definitions of success. Currently she volunteers as a sexual assault advocate. Vanessa is passionate about community engagement and believes that community involvement is part of positive citizenship. Currently she facilitates a book club for women in her community that emphasizes interpersonal development, self-discovery and personal growth, while creating an environment for supportive relationships to develop and deepen. She lives and works from a horizontal perspective and believes that we (women) all have a rich offering of self to bring to the table that will enrich, empower, and impact each other’s life. Vanessa believes that life, growth, and overcoming is best addressed from an integrative holistic approach. She enjoys going on adventures with her husband and family time together with him and their children, laughing and simply being. She is a decorating, party hosting diva who enjoys entertaining, crafting in a variety of modalities, and a great flea market find.



Audra Hamrick, LPC

Thomas R. Schroeder, LMHC

Melissa Watkins, J.D.

Dorinda Kisner, CPA

Ann Bartolo,  M.S. Criminal Justice



Nnenna Minimah, President

Troy Ball, Vice President

Darla Hickey, Treasurer

Alise Chaffins, Secretary

Nikky Luna

Barbara Myers

Derek Jones

Ann Bartolo