When you meet Caroline Robertson, the confident aura surrounding her reflects a profound belief that her role as the Executive Director at Greer Relief is a divine calling. Her journey to this position was shaped by early experiences, witnessing her parents serve as house parents at a children’s home, instilling in her a deep sense of purpose for service. This calling led Caroline to join a service sorority in college, and after graduating from Clemson, she found her path to Safe Harbor. However, it was in 2007, when Caroline assumed the helm at Greer Relief, that she truly felt at home – in a space that was warm, welcoming, and filled with boundless opportunities.
Caroline’s commitment to strengthening Greer Relief’s community impact extends beyond her executive role. A graduate of the Francis Marion University Non-Profit Leadership Institute and Leadership Greer Class XXIX, often dubbed the “Best Class Ever,” she has been recognized for her outstanding contributions. She received the 2012 Greer Police Department Citizen’s Award and both the 2012 & 2019 Sertoma Club of Greer “Service to Mankind Award.” Caroline’s leadership extends to founding and coordinating the Greater Greer Non-Profit Roundtable, serving as the 2019-20 President of the Greer Centennial Lions Club, and completing a four-year term as Marketing Chair of the Blue Ridge Institute.
In addition to these accomplishments, Caroline is actively involved in various boards and organizations, serving on the board of Greater Good Greenville as the past Secretary/Treasurer and Creative Advancement. She also contributes her leadership to the session of John Knox Presbyterian Church, USA. As a testament to her impact, Caroline is a recipient of the Key to the City of Greer.
For further insight into Caroline’s remarkable journey, check out her interview on Who’s on the Move, Non Profit Minute . With each role she undertakes, Caroline continues to embody a true servant leader, leaving an indelible mark on Greer Relief and the community it serves.
Caroline has been married to Charles since 1998 and has two teenage boys, Liam & James.
Meet Sara, who joined Greer Relief in the summer of 2022, bringing with her a wealth of experiences and a strong commitment to community service. Originally from Michigan, Sara’s journey led her to Massachusetts, where she attended Simmons University in Boston. In 2001, she met her husband, and together, they moved back to Michigan to start a family.
Sara’s dedication to education and community became evident as she ran a homeschool group, organizing events for her three children. After a brief stint in Nashville, the family settled in South Carolina in 2028, embracing the Upstate as their cherished home. Sara’s two daughters have graduated, and her son is currently navigating high school.
Fueled by her love for the area, Sara appreciates the Upstate for its reminiscent charm of Northern Michigan, albeit with a warmer climate. As the Administrative Assistant at Greer Relief, Sara brings a robust work ethic, exceptional organizational skills, and effective communication to the table. In this role, she provides crucial administrative support primarily to the Executive Director, handling clerical, administrative, and project-based responsibilities. Sara’s contributions ensure the smooth operation of meetings, events, and day-to-day processes at Greer Relief.
Sara enjoys family-time, being with friends, loving her dog, reading, and cleaning.
Meet Marge, whose journey with Greer Relief began as a volunteer and evolved into a fulfilling role as our part-time Bookkeeper starting in the fall of 2022. Drawing from her extensive bookkeeping experience gained in Florida, Marge enthusiastically decided to contribute her skills to the organization she had been passionately volunteering for.
In her capacity as Bookkeeper, Marge takes on the crucial responsibility of overseeing Greer Relief’s financial data and ensuring compliance. Her role involves maintaining accurate records of accounts payable and receivable, and handling weekly financial entries and monthly reconciliations. Marge’s expertise extends to performing essential accounting tasks, such as monthly financial reporting, managing general ledger entries, and meticulously recording payments and adjustments. With her wealth of experience and dedication, Marge plays a vital role in maintaining the financial health and transparency of Greer Relief.
Yvonne, is a devoted professional whose commitment to community impact and passion for service have shaped her transformative career. Her path to Greer Relief began with a role as an AmeriCorps Member, where she laid the foundation for her transformative career.
Yvonne holds a degree in Human Services from Greenville Technical College and furthered her education by earning a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the City University of New York. Fueled by a deep sense of empathy and equipped with sharp critical thinking abilities, Yvonne assumed the role of Neighbor Advocate. In this position, she became the compassionate force behind equitable case management, offering support and resources to neighbors in need.
The Neighbor Advocate role demanded not only professional expertise but also a high level of ethical integrity when handling confidential and sensitive information. Yvonne’s dedication over four years played a crucial role in fostering community thriving and overcoming challenges for our neighbors.
Building on this success, Yvonne transitioned into the role of Mission Impact Manager, becoming the first to hold this pivotal position. In this capacity, she is showcasing her strategic mindset, attention to detail, and dynamic leadership style. Yvonne has emerged as a thoughtful leader, providing coordination and tactical program leadership to support Greer Relief’s mission of eliminating poverty and helping neighbors overcome barriers to success.
As a Mission Impact Manager, Yvonne serves as a program manager, trouble-shooter, and impact advisor, driving the development, oversight, coordination, and completion of programs and special initiatives. Her role as a key member of leadership ensures that Greer Relief continues to make a meaningful impact in the community.
Yvonne’s dedication to service is deeply rooted, having served in the US Navy as a veteran. This early exposure instilled in her the enduring values of discipline, responsibility, and the profound importance of giving back.
In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. “Let what you do today be enough.”
What is AmeriCorps? AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. AmeriCorps’ members serve with more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations. click for more information.
Robert started with AmeriCorps at Greer Relief in October 2022.
RENEW Triple P Provider
Lanita “Nita” Williams, a highly qualified Triple P Practitioner since March 2020, brings a wealth of experience to the RENEW Program. Her diverse background includes roles as an AmeriCorps Service Member/Stability Navigator, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Disability Specialist. Nita’s expertise extends to healthcare settings, community outreach, and project organization, making her a strong candidate for supporting families in the program.
Nita’s commitment to continuous learning is evident in her additional training in Level 2 Teen Seminar and Level 4 Teen Standard, broadening the services she offers from 0-16. Her educational background in Psychology, combined with practical experience, equips her to understand human behavior and family dynamics.
CPR/First Aid certified, Nita actively contributes to the well-being of children through her membership in the School Improvement Council and volunteer work at Legacy Early College High School. Her recent completion of Circle of Parents training allowed her to start a bilingual parenting support group in Greer, showcasing her dedication to community building.
As an SC Foster Parent, Nita uniquely understands the challenges faced by families in the child welfare system. In summary, Nita Williams’ comprehensive skills, continuous learning, and commitment to community well-being make her an ideal candidate to lead and deliver the proposed Triple P services within the RENEW Program.
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems developing. Triple P is used in more 30 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures.
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