About Us

Our Mission

To help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Charlotte County. C.A.R.E. works to create safety in our community by helping survivors and by promoting non-violent and healthy relationships by education and example.

Board of Directors

2019-2020 Officers

Judi Harris Chair 2022

Kelly Liscum Vice Chair 2021

Betsy McMillan Treasurer 2023

Alyson Burch Secretary 2021

Marie Hicks  2023

Ceres Austria  2022

John Wright  2022

Katie Wallace  2022

Shawna Ross  2022

Bill Prummell  2021

Mary Grace Lorah  2021

Executive Director

Early in 2016, Karen McElhaney assumed the role of Executive Director for C.A.R.E.

Originally from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania Karen attended the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Psychology. Karen then went on to receive her Masters degree in Human Services from Capella University.

In 2012 Karen and her family decided to relocate to Charlotte County area from Ohio. She has spent more than 20 years working for nonprofits, helping make a difference in countless lives.

Community Partners

C.A.R.E. appreciates the contributions all of our Community Partners. Click the link below to see our full list.

Our Funders