Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Curtis Joe, Executive Director

Curtis Joe has been working with youth and families for over 20 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and master’s degree in Leadership and HRM from Pfeiffer University. Curtis started his career with The Relatives in Charlotte NC where he spent 13 years in many capacities. 10 of those years in a leadership role. Curtis has made an impact on countless children, young adults, and families, as well as on child welfare, education, and family support systems and workforce development.  Curtis has successfully created a culture for the continuum of services for the youth and young adult population by linking affordable housing while focusing on strategic community economic development, education, and public safety initiatives. Curtis fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing performance and maintaining morale. Curtis was appointed to the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness Board of Directors in January 2017 and currently sits on the National Safe Place Advisory Board. He enjoys spending time with his family, and his favorite past-times include golfing, riding his Harley, and watching his Philadelphia Eagles.

Sarah Brown, Director of Administration

Sarah Brown began her employment at Sea Haven as a part-time Financial Manager in March 2011.  In March 2012 she began full-time with the new title of Sea Haven Office Manager.  During the years 2015 to 2016 she got to experience the excitement and challenges of building a new Sea Haven Campus and the grand opening where our caring and generous local community came together to help furnish the new home that is currently the Sea Haven Crisis Center and assisted in providing a beautiful new campus where staff could nurture and assist youth in crisis.  In 2021 Sarah became the Director of Administration and will be celebrating her ten-year anniversary with Sea Haven. She is looking forward to many more exciting years at Sea Haven and being a part of the team that provides a safe place for our youth.

Julie McGorty, Community Outreach Director

Julie began her career with Sea Haven as an intern in 2016 while gaining her Associate’s degree in Human Services from Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Julie went on to become Sea Haven’s first Housing Case Manager. She was promoted to Development Director in 2020. Julie received her Masters degree in Management and Leadership from Purdue University. Prior to her return to Sea Haven Inc, Julie served as the CEO for a nonprofit in Knoxville, TN. Julie oversees and cultivates the donor relations program and manages the Safe Place and Fundraising initiatives. Her passion for helping others shines in our organization. In her free time Julie enjoys cooking for friends and family, making people laugh, gardening, and the beach.

Laura von Herrmann, Crisis Center Program Director

Laura von Herrmann brings years of experience in youth services advocacy and group home operations management, with an emphasis on care team supervision, program management and support, and community relations. Her more than 10 years prior experience in marketing and communications also lends itself directly to advocating for these young people. She is passionate about providing support to and enriching the lives of youth in crisis, and the importance of communication in this environment has made the transition to non-profit youth services a natural and rewarding one. She has spoken publicly around Horry County on the needs of youth in crisis in our state and has served on the DSS State Inspection Review team for licensed group home providers in our region. Now, she looks forward to supporting the Sea Haven team and assisting in its new direction and success!

Isha Chestnut, Crisis Center Program Supervisor

Isha started as a Youth Care Worker at Sea Haven in 2019. She graduated from Capella University with a Master of Science in Human Services with a focus in Family and Children Services in 2014. She has served the children in Horry County as a Guardian ad Litem for three years. Isha loves assisting our youth and making every child feel welcomed.

David Koch, Housing our Youth Program Director

David joined the Sea Haven team as the Program Director of the Housing our Youth Program in the spring of 2020. David graduated with a Bachelor’s in Human Services at Purdue University, with a concentration in Family / Youth Services and Administration. His focus is on ensuring future generations will have opportunity to thrive and achieve their goals in this ever-changing world. David served in the United States Navy before beginning a career in food service, where he acquired and sharpened his skills as a team builder and leader. As his focus shifted toward helping people, he has worked with Shoreline Behavioral Health as a Substance Abuse Specialist and at Brunswick Christian Recovery Center as an Interim Director. During college, he completed his internship with Teen Challenge of South Carolina in Georgetown, SC and spends much of his time volunteering in the community and his church. “If we can help our lost, misguided or unwanted youth to find value within themselves, then we can help them to become empowered; from there, the sky is the limit.”

Desiree McMillan, Project Lighthouse Program Director

Desiree graduated with a Bachelor’s in Intelligence and National Security Studies from Coastal Carolina University in 2018. Upon graduation, she spent three years working for the South Carolina Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services, where her passion for helping others sparked. Desiree is a South Carolina native, who enjoys spending time at the beach, playing with her dog, reading, and spending time with her family.