Someplace Safe gets new director

Staff report


Bonnie Wilson of Champion has been appointed director of the Trumbull County domestic-violence shelter Someplace Safe and the supervised- visitation organization Solace Center.

Someplace Safe, 1540 Tod Ave.e NW, is Trumbull County’s only domestic-violence center. It provides shelter to women and children and provides education and advocacy for women as they come in contact with police and the court system.

Solace Center is an organization that officials hope will resume operations in the coming weeks to provide supervised visitation for families undergoing crisis. Wilson will supervise longtime Solace Center director Mary Olesh, who will serve as Solace Center coordinator.

Judge Pamela Rintala of Trumbull County Family Court last year urged officials to restart Solace Center, which operated for 12 years in various Warren locations but has been gone about three years.

Solace Center will provide a safe exchange location for children whose parents share custody and a place where a staff member will supervise visitations between children and family members.

Wilson is employed by Family & Community Services, which merged with Someplace Safe last year.

Wilson, a Niles native, worked for Family & Community Services in Ravenna the past two years as director of business and community relationships. She also managed the Portage County Safety Council from 2006 until recently.

Linda Baer-Bigley, who served as interim director of Someplace Safe, will continue as advocate manager.

Family & Community Services operates nearly 60 programs in 11 counties with a budget of $16 million. Locally, Valley Counseling also is part of F&CS.

Before her time with F&CS, Wilson was executive director of the American Red Cross of Portage County five years and served the Trumbull County Red Cross as health and safety director nine years.

She also was assistant vice president for Security Dollar Bank, executive director of the Niles Area Chamber of Commerce and program director for the Regional Chamber.

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