New Director of Development

New Director of Development

Jessica Chapman has joined the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) as Director of Development. She will cultivate donors and volunteers.  Jessica received her Bachelors of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management with a minor in Business from the University of South Carolina. The values of community service and giving back were instilled in Jessie from a very young age. It comes as no surprise that her entire career has been spent in the nonprofit sector. After serving as the YMCA of Beaufort’s Health and Wellness Director, Jessie accepted a position as Outreach Coordinator at CAPA. After six years with the agency, she left fulltime employment to concentrate on her family and young children while teaching part-time. Now that her children are older, she has rejoined the CAPA family in a management role. Jessie has a deep understanding of the ramifications of abuse and neglect and is dedicated to its prevention believing whole heartedly in a world free of child maltreatment. She was raised in a military family but considers Beaufort her forever home. Jessie is married to Brian Chapman and they have two amazing children. In her free time, she enjoys physical fitness, the outdoors, and spending time with her family and is still deeply devoted to her Carolina Gamecocks.

New Executive Director

New Executive Director

Beaufortonian Christina Wilson has been named executive director for the Child Abuse Prevention Association according to CAPA board chairman Dawn Freeman.  The 34 year old organization is a local United Way agency whose mission is to break the destructive cycle of child abuse and neglect. Wilson will officially join the staff on October 6, 2014.

“Our search committee has considered over 50 well-qualified applicants and believes we have found the right person in Christina Wilson,” said Stacey Canaday, committee chair.  “Christina brings compelling knowledge about the child welfare system as well as the personal experience of having worked within the legal system to advocate for one child at a time.”

Wilson, a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, is a current master’s degree candidate at South University in public policy.  She has worked in real estate law for the past 14 years.  She and her husband are foster and adoptive parents.

“The only way to insulate a child from the disastrous effects of abuse and neglect is to prevent it from happening in the first place,” said Wilson.  “I am humbled and honored to be able to serve CAPA, its partners and its volunteers in continuing the association’s mission of breaking the cycle of abuse in our community.”

Wilson will follow Susan Cato’s 29 year legacy of leadership and compassion.  Cato will stay on board through the transition.  “Christina knows who we are and why we do what we do,” said Cato.    “Her boundless energy, knowledge, team spirit and passion for advocacy are valuable assets to take CAPA services to the next level.”

2014 Christmas Wish Trees

2014 Christmas Wish Trees

Would you like to host a tree this year?

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Each year, CAPA’s Angel Tree program provides gifts for hundreds of local children.  The participating children are either residents of CAPA’s Open Arms Shelter, Beaufort County foster children, have an open treatment case with DSS, are in the Youth Advocacy Program, are part of ACCESS Network, or their caregivers are participating in CAPA’s parenting programs.

Each child may ask for three items ($25 limit per item) or one big item (ex: bicycle). To help, pick up a tag, fulfill the wish and return the unwrapped item to the tree location.

Any questions?  Please call Charmian Hedrick at 843.524.4350.


22nd Annual Denim & Pearls Auction

Thank you to all who attended and supported this year’s auction. It was a success! Mark your calendar for next year, Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the MCAS Officers’ Club.

– The Exchange Club of Beaufort

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