MILFORD - Christina Byrne has been named the new executive director of Safe Haven of Pike County. She was unanimously chosen by Safe Haven’s Board of Directors to continue Safe Haven’s work in the community.

“I am excited to have been chosen for this position and look forward to building on the important work that Safe Haven has been doing in Pike County to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes through a comprehensive network of free prevention programs and support services available to survivors and their families” Byrne said.

Byrne joins Safe Haven with over 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience in a career dedicated to serving children and families in need. Most recently she served as the senior vice president of accreditation operations for the council on Accreditation in New York City, where she was responsible for leading the strategic growth and day-to day operations. Previously, as the director of planning & performance for Catholic Charities in Washington D.C. she was responsible for directing the performance and quality improvement initiatives for more than 80 social services programs.

Byrne has recently relocated to Pike County after living in New York City for the last 7 years. She holds a Masters in Social Work Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia and a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Byrne has extensive experience working closely with public and private stakeholders, including boards of directors, elected officials, policy-makers and regulators to advocate for the people served and otherwise advance the mission of the work. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering with animal rescue, traveling, kayaking and looks forward to exploring all that the Delaware Valley has to offer. 

Tamara Chant was the previous executive director.

The stated mission of Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. is to put an end to domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes through prevention, empowerment and the promotion of social justice. Their office is located at 402 Broad St., Milford.

For more information call 570-296-2827 or visit shopcempowers.org and Facebook.

Their 24-hour crisis phone line is 570-296-HELP (4357).