New Local CEO at Betty Griffin House


After a nationwide search, the Betty Griffin Center Board of Directors has promoted the agency’s long-time employee and chief operating officer Kelly Franklin to take over as CEO for the nonprofit agency on Oct. 1.

Franklin succeeds former CEO Joyce Mahr, who worked with the agency for 25 years, serving in the top leadership position for the last 13 years.

The Betty Griffin Center, based in St. Augustine, shelters more than 420 victims of domestic and sexual abuse annually, operates a 24-hour helpline and provides professional counseling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Franklin has served as COO at Betty Griffin Center since 2011, where she was responsible for providing leadership to direct service providers and prevention advocates, counselors, outreach family advocates and community educators. She also served as outreach coordinator for three years prior to that and provided oversight to many other agency programs. Franklin originally joined Betty Griffin Center in 2002 as its shelter director, where she served through 2008.


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