a message from our president

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Everything we do at SAFY is rooted in the belief that our communities are interconnected. When children grow up in nurturing home environments, the family unit is stronger. And strong families are the fabric of communities that flourish—where people feel safe, have opportunities and want to lay down roots. Ultimately, when our youth thrive and achieve their full potential, so does our society. This ripple effect is real and profound. I invite you to join us on our journey towards restoring this promise. Because of your support, we are making a difference.




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Leading with compassion and financial expertise, Will Matt is leveraging his 30+ years of private sector experience to advance the SAFY Mission.

William Matt

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Nate Leonhard leverages his financial and technical expertise to manage SAFY's capital structure and to ensure organizational growth and impact.

Nathan Leonhard, MBA

Chief of Finance and Business Administration

Shaping human capital agenda around culture, retention and DE&I, Faith balances business goals with employee needs to increase the agency’s efficiency.

Faith Shachter, PHR; SHRM-CP

Chief of Human Resources

Leading growth objectives that drive sustainability and financial strength, Amanda leads proposal development, communications, and fund development.

Amanda Donnelly, J.D.

Senior Executive Director of Strategic Development & Communications

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Tonya Brooks-Thomas ensures programmatic and administrative excellence resulting in better outcomes for families and children.

Tonya Brooks-Thomas, MSSA, LISW-S

Senior Executive Director of Ohio

Demetria Parnell-Scott
Demetria ensures programmatic excellence, provides a prominent level of clinical expertise, and leads and advances SAFY’s DE&I efforts.

Demetria Parnell-Scott, LCSW

Senior Executive Director of Alabama


board of directors and members

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Daniel Pappas

Magistrate for the State of Indiana

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Elisabeth B. Evensen, PhD

Client Relationship Director

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Natasha Davis

Associate General Counsel

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Michael Crome

Financial Professional
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James J. Pozy

Finance and Accounting Professional

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Jeffrey A. Crawford

Foster Parent

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Charmaine Brittain, MSW, PhD

Director of Practice Innovation for Butler Institute for Families

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Ramona Denby-Brinson, PhD

Dean- University of Chapel Hill School of Social Work