About

Our Mission

The mission of Tranquility House is to provide a continuum of services and emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children. Our services are centered on safety, advocacy, and empowerment. We strive to eliminate cultural acceptance through coordinated community response, prevention and education.

Our Philosophy

Our advocacy philosophy includes being victim centered and trauma informed. To provide services based on best practices and focus on safety. Embrace diversity in all we do. Work together with collaborative and volunteers in getting victims needs met and changing our community to value a person’s right to be safe and free from intimate partner violence.

Our Vision

We envision a community that values a person’s right to be safe and free from intimate partner abuse.

Our Staff

She is also the President of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Board of Directors. She has been working on behalf of victims of domestic violence since 1995.  First as an advocate with a sister domestic violence program, Cherokee Family Violence Center. As an advocate she filled the roles of: Support Group Facilitator, Shelter Director, Housing Program Director, and Community Specialist. She has developed programs that support victim’s rights and is qualified as an expert witness in the area of family violence, cycle of violence, power and control and victim trauma.  She is certified in Morita Therapy and with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Teresa is passionate about the safety and wellbeing of victims in their relationships and continues her work at Tranquility House to empower victims and lead other advocates. She is a mother of four children, grandmother of thirteen and great grandmother of two. She enjoys mountain hiking, sewing, crafts and most of all her family.

Zanett began her journey as a volunteer with Tranquility House and found her passion for social work. She joined the team in 2011 and has served in several positions at Tranquility House. First volunteering with children’s activities, to assisting with administrative duties then getting to know the community while in the Community Outreach position. She is now the Assistant Director and appreciates this new challenge in her life. She believes that to whom much is given much is required. She enjoys spending time with her family and strives to do this work with an ocean view one day.

Micki began her career as a Paraprofessional for the Bartow County School System, then worked as a Night Residential Assistant with Advocates for Children at Flowery Branch. She came to Tranquility House 2012 as a Night Advocate and became the Child Advocate in 2016. Micki continues to work in the shelter program providing services to victims and ensuring the daily operations of the shelter are running smoothly. Her favorite color is purple and her hobbies are shopping and playing games with her family. She has four grown children and 2 granddaughters.

Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, decorating, helping animals get rescued through H.E.A.R.T, watching TV, and going to new places. Melissa says her greatest accomplishments are; her children, she is in awe of her oldest son’s accomplishments and the youngest son beginning to get there. Going to college and doing well (she was the first in her family to go to college). She cherishes the times she helps rescue fur babies and gets them to a forever home to be loved and cared for. Melissa says, one of her greatest accomplishments is being able to have peace in her life. Being a domestic violence survivor in her 20s and then putting up with all the drama it can intel in her 30s (trying to raise children with your abuser and to move forward with your life) and finally having peace in her 40s makes her feel like she made it to the other side and is blessed to be in a position where she can help others make it to the other side where they can have peace also. These are just a few accomplishments she has made in her life; she plans on having many more!

Amber was born and raised in Cartersville Georgia. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services which brought her to her work with survivors and their families at Tranquility House. She loves helping others and making people smile. Listening to music, dancing, playing with her youngest son who is 4, and relaxing. Her goals in life are to enjoy the little things, dance like no one is watching, and be present for her family.  She plans to grow in her career by successfully helping others through the many journeys of life.

Dana was born in the amazing city of NOLA, but moved to Georgia in her childhood. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, working out & relaxing with her hubby.  She enjoys spending time with friends when it’s safe to do so without COVID. Her favorite quote is by Muhammad Ali – Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Dana is organized and will help victims with whatever their need is.

Sherry has worked at Tranquility House since 2008. She came to Tranquility House as a survivor wanting to help others. Sherry says, “I can’t think of another job that is as rewarding than when we have a broken woman come in and she leaves knowing how to fly”. She believes the impact she makes will last a life time for both herself and the families she works with. She has three children and three Grandkids she enjoys spending her time with. People enjoy conversations with Sherry because she’s not shy and says what she believes.

Siera lived in Florida before coming to Georgia about six years ago. She enjoys working out, reading and dancing. She enjoys helping others, working as a team, and leadership. Siera is always looking for ways to make a positive impact on others. She began her journey with Tranquility House in March of 2020 and says she couldn’t have picked a better place to be.

Elizabeth enjoys helping others. She has worked in the helping field as a child care provider, home health care, activities director to domestic violence advocacy. She is a seamstress and enjoys being crafty with friends. Elizabeth worked with a sister program, Serenity House and discovered her passion to make a difference in the lives of families exposed to domestic violence. Her favorite color is blue and she loves music, art and animals. Her favorite quote is, “millions of people want immortality, yet they do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy day”.  George Burns.

Board of Directors

Kenneth H. Turner is a retired former City Manager. He has held numerous positions in local government including Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Manager over his career. He is an active member of Sam Jones Memorial Methodist Church and has served on several committees in the church. Currently, he serves with the Red Door Food Pantry feeding children during the summer. Ken also has a Certified Therapy Dog (Roman). Roman makes visits to local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals and special needs children at local schools. Ken serves as Chairman of the Board for Tranquility House Domestic Violence Center. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a dual concentration of Management Information Systems and Strategic Management. Ken is married to Kim Parsons Turner, who is a retired school teacher. They both enjoy traveling and camping.

Connie Timms Woods, RN, Certified Case Manager, Supervisor for GENEX Services – a nationwide worker’s compensation managed care provider for the past 15 years.

Connie is a Cartersville native, the only child of Huey and Syble Timms. She graduated from Cartersville High School in 1976 and attended Jacksonville State University. Connie has two adult children and four grandsons.  She divorced in 2010 and returned home where she met and just recently married Rickey Woods of Taylorsville, GA where she now resides.

Connie is a survivor of domestic violence and after several years of questioning herself and searching God’s word…she has come complete circle from Victim to Survivor and she is ready to help others in their struggle with abuse.

Connie has been involved with the local Elks Lodge in their community support for the past 9 years. She has written and obtained grants to include working with Hickory Log Vocational School, providing our Veterans housed in local assisted living facilities with much needed personal supplies, organizing “First Kill” deer meat shared with the Good-Neighbor Homeless Shelter and the Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter, and many more activities where the local lodge gives back to Cartersville/Bartow County.

Madi Davis hails from Acworth, GA, and is an entrepreneur with a passion for helping others and being involved in her community. She graduated from Berry College in 2014 with a degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Family Studies, and worked in ministry, marketing, tourism, event planning, and customer service, before pursuing her dream of opening a coffee shop with her husband, Justin, in late 2017. When she isn’t serving coffee or baking muffins, Madi enjoys reading, crafting, hiking, and being a pet parent. She is very excited to be a part of the amazing work going on at Tranquility House, and can’t wait to grow and learn more about how to help and invest in the marginalized and vulnerable populations right here in our own community.

Ushonda Wells, born and raised in Bartow County. Graduated from Cass High School in 2002 and Savannah State University in 2007. She has been a deputy since 2008 and has seen the rise of domestic violence in her years of service in law enforcement. She works in both Felony Drug and Family Treatment Court in the Cherokee Circuit. She is a surveillance officer in the Bartow Juvenile court and sees the effect domestic violence has on families. She has been a Board member since 2015 and believes everyone deserves to be safe in their home

Terri Warlick is the former co-owner of Switchbacks Trail Design and Construction. After the death of my husband Charles, I have moved back to my hometown of Cartersville, Georgia. I have been considering several volunteer opportunities to get involved with, and after consideration and prayer, I would like to be on the board of Tranquility House. Such a wonderful cause. I can truly relate to the hurt and sense of betrayal, the fear of the future, the sense of shame and the need to hide it all. Abuse takes many forms and so do abusers. I am so happy this place exists and I want to work with the board to raise awareness and help these women find themselves again. Everyone deserves to feel like their voice can be heard, that there are people that will treat them with respect. That they matter and there are people that care.

Brett Baker is a remodeling contractor who apprenticed with his father. Graduated from Woodland High School and pursued the continuation of the family business. Has worked with companies such as; Reed Contracting, MKG studios, and Ray Kennamer construction. Father of one son and friend to many. Brett joined the Tranquility House board September, 2019. His passion is to help others and is willing to talk about his own personal journey. He enjoys vacations with his family, golfing and hard work.

Meghann K. Humphreys practices Juvenile Law in Bartow County at the Cherokee Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office. She is an alumna of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (J.D., 2010) and the University of Central Florida (B.A., 2006). Meghann has resided in Bartow County for the majority of her life. She is excited to serve as a Member-at-Large for Tranquility House because she feels it is important to advocate for survivors in her community who need help getting their lives back together. Meghann is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and also serves on the boards of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Cartersville-Bartow County and Theatre Extreme, Inc..

Leah Hobgood recently retired from the Cartersville City School System. She works part-time as the Attendance Coordinator for Mountain Education Charter High School.  Leah has worked as an educator and counselor for 30 years.  She is a graduate of Cass High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University, a Masters in School Counseling from West Georgia College, and an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum/Instruction from Piedmont University.  Leah is married to Jimmy Hobgood and they are the parents of two grown children.  In 2017, she joined the Board of Directors at Tranquility House. Leah enjoys volunteering in the community and serving along with the other board members to help provide a safe environment for victims of domestic violence.