Our 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.
Laura von Herrmann, Development Director
Laura von Herrmann has more than 10 years of experience in youth services advocacy and group home operations management, with an emphasis on crisis center program administration, care team supervision, program development and support and community relations. Her 10+ prior years experience in marketing and communications also lends itself directly to advocating for our youth. 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 the Southeast region on the needs of youth in crisis in our state and previously served on the state inspection review team for licensed group home providers in our region. Now she looks forward to leading the Sea Haven development team and charting its new direction and success!
Dawn Haynes, Crisis Center Program Director
Dawn Haynes has worked in Human Services and Juvenile Justice for over 10 years. Dawn started her career in her hometown of Wichita, KS., where she coordinated the very first mentoring program for combatting Human Trafficking. Dawn worked alongside detectives and therapists to ensure safety and confidentiality while youth, being affected by sexual abuse, received wrap-around services during their time at the Wichita Children’s Home. She has also provided coaching and supervision to care teams working with young adults born with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (CJ) and Juvenile Justice from Washburn and Friends University.
Isha Chestnut, Youth Crisis Center Associate Program Director
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, Director of Young Adult Services
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.”