The Haven House domestic violence shelter has a new CEO, and it is a familiar face to those around Maryville City Hall and in the community.
Valerie Day, the former special events coordinator for the City of Maryville, has been named the new CEO of Haven House.
Haven House began in 1982 with the help of then Gov. Lamar Alexander and his wife Honey Alexander. The one mission in mind was to assist women who have been victims of domestic violence. Today, almost 30 years later, Haven House continues to provide safe shelter for women and children in crisis.
Haven House also provides cutting edge intervention and prevention programs for domestic violence to families in Blount and surrounding counties.
Following a comprehensive search process, the Haven House Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new Chief Executive Officer, Valerie Day. She succeeds Jim Woroniecki, who served for several months as interim agency head.
“I am thrilled to be with Haven House. We have a dynamic board of directors, high level staff and a vision to save and change lives in Blount County,” Day said of her new position. “2012 will be the 30th Anniversary for Haven House. What a great time to expand our opportunities and growth for the betterment of our community. I am also very excited to be back working in Maryville and looking forward to seeing friends and peers in my new role.”
Day’s career extends over 20 years with a diverse background in corporate and non-profit business sectors. She will be able to apply skills she developed in those areas to the challenges of providing much-needed social services within today’s economic climate.
Most recently, Day was the East Tennessee executive director for the March of Dimes, managing all East Tennessee operations including offices in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Johnson City. Previously, she was the special events coordinator for the City of Maryville Foothills Fall Festival.
Day is married to Blount County native, Mitch Day and has a daughter, Sarah who attends Maryville High School. She is an active member of Blount Community Church and has been involved with Girl Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Rotary Club, and Maryville Schools,