SAFE is the brainchild of founder, Catherine Goodwillie, who is committed to spend the rest of her life working on behalf of sexual abuse survivors. With a BA in Psychology from Miami of Ohio and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Houston Baptist University, Catherine has worked in mental health, sales and for several nonprofits.
She has volunteered thousands of hours to many nonprofits as a fundraiser, board member, event planner and gala chair, with the majority of her time being spent at Invest in Kids (IIK). She has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate. Since 2005, Catherine has volunteered for IIK, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable young children and families throughout Colorado. Catherine has developed and honed her skills as a fundraiser and a connector. She is known as a community leader and with great empathy and candor, she advocates for others who may struggle to have a voice, while advancing the work of preventing CSA.
Catherine desires to make CSA prevention and intervention her life’s work as both she and her brother Jeff are survivors. Catherine has worked hard to thrive, both personally and professionally, and enjoys a beautiful family including her three young sons and husband, Andrew.
With a family system affected by the trauma of CSA, Eileen Dolbeare has experience in the personal, social and complex aspects affecting survivors and their loved ones.
As a co-founder of SAFE, Eileen has a professional history in advertising and nonprofit management. Eileen served as the New Media Director for Heifer International, a world hunger organization with a holistic, community-based approach. There she managed Heifer’s multimedia efforts, garnering national recognition from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Eileen has been a volunteer for Invest in Kids (IIK) for five years and is known for her leadership in the creative and communication realms.
Eileen received a BA in French and Film from the University of Vermont and an MA in Mass Communication Research from the University of Colorado with an emphasis on sociolinguistics and the dynamics of the doctor-patient dialogue.
The impact of CSA has ignited Eileen’s passion for prevention and intervention. As a wife and mother of four boys, she is enthusiastically committed to advancing this social cause for the good of all children and families.
As a co-founder of SAFE, Stephanie Harrington is committed to the prevention of child sexual abuse (CSA). Stephanie is a champion of nonprofits in the state of Colorado. She first became involved with Invest in Kids in 2008, and she played a pivotal role in the founding of the Eagle/Vail chapter of Invest in Kids' Today's Women Investing In Kids (TWINKS) to help promote the mission and raise funds for the organization.
With a BA in Communications and French from the University of Missouri, Stephanie generously gives of her time by supporting a number of organizations, attending their events, assisting as able and planning intimate small gatherings for friends and supporters.
Along with husband Brendan, Stephanie is committed to her children, and she actively supports the school they attend. Stephanie believes strongly that improving the lives of the next generation is an essential role in which we all should participate.
Janet Bentley is a survivor of child sexual abuse (CSA) and grew up in a dysfunctional family system riddled with abuse and addiction. She is passionate about championing the needs of children and spent several years with the Child Care Community Council in Santa Rosa, California.
Janet lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Simon. Between them they have five children and five grandchildren, living in Arizona and in England.
Janet is in the final stages of writing a book detailing her journey. By showing how she has overcome the effects of her own traumatic experiences, Janet aims to help and inspire others as they struggle with theirs.
Janet is a Registered Speakers Bureau Member of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) and recently became an authorized facilitator for Darkness to Light Stewards of Children.
Christine Gilroy, MD, MSPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, where she teaches Adolescent Medicine, and directs the Medicine and Society Curriculum Thread in the School of Medicine. She has a passion for developing Leadership and Advocacy Skills in students and teachers in the healthcare professions through specialty programs in the School of Medicine, Physician’s Assistant School, Graduate School, and Executive Leadership development programs. Dr. Gilroy has served the state as a Medical Director for several state and federally funded healthcare programs, and focused on improving access and quality in those programs. She is a happy mother of 3 children.
In 2009, Invest in Kids’ Board of Directors selected Ms. Hill as their Executive Director after she had capably served as the organization’s Deputy Director since 2000. For 15 years, Invest in Kids (IIK) has been committed to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable young children and low-income families throughout Colorado by bringing proven, prevention programs into communities across the state. IIK currently implements two research-based programs statewide: Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and The Incredible Years (IY). Ms. Hill leads IIK by strategically supporting and directing the organization to advance the quality services they provide and expand the number of vulnerable families and children served by their selected programs. She manages a robust internal organization of 18 professional and support staff and a board of directors with 10 members. She has led a culture that values leadership development, efficient systems, strong financial management, staff productivity, and commitment to mission.
Ms. Hill’s leadership in the non-profit sector is evident in her strong community connections and active engagement with IIK’s partners throughout the state. She has been publicly recognized by her award of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellowship, participation in the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Leadership Denver Class of 2013 as well as the El Pomar Foundation’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program and most recently was named the 2014 9NEWS Leader of the Year.
Ms. Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is raising her two young daughters in Broomfield, CO.
Erin Johnson joined the SAFE board as a committed and passionate mother and advocate for the prevention of child sexual abuse (CSA). With more than 20 years of experience in the advertising, marketing and corporate communications fields, she joined J. Walter Thompson (JWT) in August 2005 as Director of Corporate Communications. She was named Chief Communications Officer in January 2009.
Erin inspires people and organizations as a natural storyteller, and she helps harness the message of SAFE’s work to de-stigmatize the worldwide issue of CSA to promote prevention and protect children.
Before JWT, Erin came from the Kaplan Thaler Group in New York, where she was Director, KTG Buzz. Prior to that, Johnson spent six years as Director of Corporate Communications for kirshenbaum bond + partners. Johnson began her career in the publicity department at Miramax. Erin holds a BA from the University of Vermont, and she’s the happy mother of two spirited children.
Patrick Sablich is the Director of Community Relations & Grants Management at Invest in Kids, a Colorado-based organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable young children and families through the high-quality replication of two evidence-based programs, Nurse-Family Partnership and The Incredible Years. Patrick joined Invest in Kids five years ago as the Director of Development and has expanded his role to in the areas of program implementation, policy and communications. He has more than 10 years of nonprofit sector leadership experience including having served as the executive director of Wish of a Lifetime and the Colorado Public Health Association.
Patrick is a graduate of University of Dayton, the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Advanced Leadership Training program, the U.S. Golf Association Fellowship in Leadership and Service, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Impact Denver. He couples his public health and fundraising expertise with his passion for the increased adoption of proven, prevention programs. Patrick is a Co-Founder of the Colorado Implementation Collaborative and serves as the organization’s current Co-Chair. Patrick has been involved with SAFE from the very beginning. He has a passion for helping startup social initiatives realize their potential. Like so many, his family has been touched by CSA. Having become a father recently for the first time, he has a renewed passion for protecting all children and the alleviation of CSA.
Since moving to the United States from Australia in 2010, Brad Simpson, his wife Angie, and their three children Cody, Alli and Tom, have been involved in the music and entertainment industry. They have worked with a number of foundations for children’s causes including the United Nations, Red Cross, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Teen Cancer America, JeansForGenesDay.org, DoSomething.org, and Defeat The Label. Brad is an Authorized Facilitator for Darkness to Light's - Stewards of Children curriculum.
A successful company director, businessman and entrepreneur, Brad Simpson kept his history of child sexual abuse (CSA) a secret for more than 35 years. Brad has endured the stigma and psychological impact of sexual abuse, and survived many years of resulting depression and substance abuse. He is now determined to remove the stigma around CSA and to escalate awareness and promotion of healing and proactive dialogue. Brad is honored to work with the SAFE team to focus on the prevention of CSA and help build long-term support options for CSA survivors.