About Us

Meet The Haven of Hope Team


Shonda Duncan

Executive Director



The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the entire scope of activities of the Scott County Shelter Society, Inc. to assure that the goals and purpose of the Shelter are being met. 

Shonda spent almost 14 years as a police officer before going to law school and then joining the shelter staff. 

Elaine R. Lowe

Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper


The Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper assists the Executive Director in maintaining monetary transaction records, performs necessary clerical duties, maintains files and assists with related errands.

Elaine worked over 13 years at the Scott County Hospital in many different positions including 4 ½ years as Executive Assistant to the CEO and 3 ½ years as Quality Assurance Administrative Assistant. She also worked 3 years as Quality Control Assistant for Scott Appalachian Industries, a nonprofit organization that offer services for mentally and physically challenged adults. She joined the shelter staff July 2018.

Sherry Shafer

Shelter Coordinator


The Shelter Coordinator provides direct services to meet the immediate and long-term needs of clients and their children. This is coordinated during the stay at the shelter by collaboration through local technology schools and colleges as well as assisting with job preparation and job placement, secured through subsidized and community rentals. Contacts are made for housing with collaborating with agencies to secure deposits of both utility and rentals. Clients are moved to their new housing with assistance from shelter staff and volunteers.

Sherry worked 10 years at the First National Bank in a supervisory position, owned a welding business for over 20 years and worked at STAND as an ED Assistant. She has been with the shelter over 3 years.

Darlene King
Family Advocate


The Family Advocate provides advocacy, information, referrals, and related services to children and families affected by domestic violence.

Darlene worked for 6 years with the Save the Children as an After School/In-School Tutor/Program Coordinator. Prior to the she worked 7 years at the Winfield Public Library creating summer reading programs before joining the staff at the shelter.

Renee Kennedy
FJC Advocate


The FJC Advocate is a position funded through the Scott County Shelter Society and co-located in the Scott County Family Justice Center, with a focus on reaching out to victims of Domestic Violence to evaluate services that can be provided through the DV Shelter, including but not limited to safety planning, resources and referrals and criminal and civil court advocacy and accompaniment.

 Renee worked for almost 8 years at the District Attorney’s office and 4 years with a private attorney. She joined shelter staff June 2018.

Amber Duncan
Client Advocate


The Client Advocate position provides advocacy, information, referrals, and related services to victims of domestic violence. 

Amber worked the past 9 years at ISG Insurance in Oneida. She was a Property Causality Insurance Agent. She joined the shelter staff June

Board of Directors


Sharon Baird Wilson, Chair
Roane State Community College, Executive Director


Christy Craig-Ginn, Vice Chair                                         Community Volunteer


Scott Burke, Treasurer
Citizen’s First Bank , President


Marcia Claiborne, Secretary
Department of Human Services


Kaprecia Babb
Scott Appalachian Idustries, Administrative Director


Christy Harness
Scott County Family Justice Center, Executive Director


Ricky Lawson
Community Volunteer

Denise Bankston
Community Volunteer


Stuart Jones
United Cumberland Bank