Executive Director: Shirley Louise Cunningham
Military Police Academy, November 1988
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Columbia College, June 1991
Master of Arts, Counseling, University of Northern Colorado, May 1993
Seminary Master’s Coursework (39 hours), Gateway Seminary, May 2014
Doctor of Ministry, Gateway Seminary (Completion Fall 2017)
Police and Fire Chaplain Academy, May 2014
Mental Health Therapist, Specialties in Marriage and Family Systems, Geriatrics, Crisis Intervention, Brief Therapy, Grief and Loss, and Designated Mental Health Professional, since January 1991.
Managed in-patient and outpatient psychiatric services 1995 to 2004. Adult Bible School Teacher, McKenzie Road Baptist Church, Olympia, WA, since March 2003.
Facilitator Women Small Group Bible Study, since 2006.
Disaster Relief Chaplain, Southern Baptist Convention, since 2008.
Fire Chaplain, Griffin Fire Department, Olympia, WA, since April 2014.
Ambassador, Olympic Baptists Association, Volunteer, since October 2015.
Hospital Chaplain, Mason General Hospital, Shelton, WA, since March 2016.
Multiple volunteer church leadership and OBA leadership positions held since 2008.
Ordained Chaplain, McKenzie Road Baptist Church, Olympia, WA, since July 2015.
Parents: Charles and Barbara Cunningham (Have served Christ faithfully since 1956 in various evangelism and ministry roles)
Mother of five children: Amber Scott, Christopher Scott, Natasha Grable, William-Anthony Scott, and Joshua Miller (foster).
Grandmother of two: Jossalyn Lehman and Julian Grable.
Siblings: Kathy Cunningham (deceased 2015), Carolyn Crain, Charles Cunningham, and Connie Olvera.
Program Director: Dianne Floyd
Before becoming Program Director, Dianne served as a SAFE volunteer teacher and counselor for six years. “I have seen God work here at SAFE in so many ways. My desire is for the ladies at SAFE to know God’s unconditional love, to heal their brokenness and to thrive. God’s call upon my life is to help the ladies catch a vision of who God originally designed them to be and to guide them as they pursue her.”
Dianne married Gary Floyd in 1980 and is the proud mother of three children and six grandchildren. She grew up involved in church and at age nine accepted Christ and was baptized. She has filled multiple ministry roles, leading, teaching, singing, and mission involvement. She attended college in Alabama, her home state, receiving a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Professionally Dianne has received training and certifications in management, finance, leadership, and personnel management.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President of the Board: Mike Vorse
A Christian since 1967 and married since 1975, Mike lives with his high school sweetheart Carla in Longview, WA. Together they raised two children; Samantha married to Todd with 3 boys living in Kelso and Jason single living in the Los Angeles area. Mike is a member of First Baptist Church of Longview, where he serves as a Deacon and helps with foreign missions and outreach events.
Mike with his wife, own and operate Minuteman Press, a print shop in Kelso, WA (LongviewWA.MinutemanPress.com). Additionally, he is involved in the Castle Rock, Longview/Kelso Kalama and Woodland Chamber of Commerce. He is a member RUAH Riders, a chapter of CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) and enjoys motorcycle riding, running and spending time with family as recreational activities.
His heartfelt desire is to see SAFE Family Ministries continue to grow, helping as many people as possible, residents and volunteers, experience the peace that only a life serving Jesus can bring.
Vice President of the Board: Paul Paynter
Paul has worked with computers and in information technology for over 45 years with companies such as Boeing, Microsoft, Weyerhaeuser, and AT&T Wireless. He is presently working for the State Department of Health in Olympia as a business analyst. As a civil servant, Paul likes the opportunity to make Washington a safer place for the people in the state. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso and graduated with an electrical engineering degree. He then worked for General Electric Company in their engineer-in-training program before serving two years in the army as an officer. He also attended Ambassador College in Pasadena and graduated with a bachelor of arts in theology. It was there he met and married his wife, Bea. They lived and worked in Pasadena until eventually relocating in the Puget Sound area. They have three sons and three grandchildren. Paul has been a Christian most of his life. He has been a church deacon and has been involved in church and church work for many years. Paul and Bea attend Cook’s Hill Community Church and appreciate the opportunity to be involved in the SAFE Family Ministry.
Secretary of the Board: Barbara Lowe
Barbara is a member of First Baptist Church of Yelm where her husband, Bob, recently retired as pastor. They have seven children and 10 grandchildren. Barbara was raised in West Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in psychology and early childhood education, and an M.Ed in special education. She has taught children with special needs in several schools, both public and private. She has been volunteering at Safe Family Ministries as a House Mom since 2012. Her passion is helping women take their next steps toward spiritual maturity and freedom in Christ.
Treasurer of the Board: Tom Gillihan
Tom accepted Christ when he was 13 years old. He is retired from Longview Fibre Paper Mill after 38 years as a papermaker. He was married to his first wife, Helen, for 21 years. They raised two sons together before she died from Huntington’s Disease in 1997. He has been married to his current wife, Glenda, for almost 18 years. Between them, they have 4 sons and 6 grandchildren.
Tom serves as an ordained Deacon at Longview First Baptist Church where he has been a member since 1998. He helps to facilitate the church Internet prayer chain and has served on the media team.
In his spare time, he likes to camp, golf, travel, spend time with family, especially the grandkids. He has gone on a church mission trip to Nicaragua. He has also served as a Life-group leader.
Board Member: Bob Braden
Bob is a state licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience and has owned and operated Braden Plumbing since 1985. Additionally, his background in ministry leadership includes teaching, youth ministry, music ministry over the past 20 years and he is currently the Worship Leader and an ordained Deacon at Dayspring Baptist Church, Chehalis, WA. Bob is married to Kay and enjoys her active support and participation in SAFE Family Ministries. Bob is one of nine children and is grateful that he was lead to Christ as a child by his loving and supportive parents. He has a strong desire to assist families in need of good role models and lacking honorable or loving male influences.
Board Member: Chris Kruger
Pastor Chris is an ordained Minister and currently the Senior Pastor of Dayspring Baptist Church in Chehalis, WA. He has been a farmer for most of his life working with diversified crops from dryland wheat to irrigated fruit and row crops. He has been a partner on a large irrigated and dryland farm, supervising employees, helping with a budget, working with banks and federal agencies. He recently has operated his own dryland farm supervising seasonal employees, managing equipment, budgeting, projecting future goals, working with the bank loan officer and federal agricultural agencies. He is a graduate of The Master’s College with a BA in Biblical Studies. He is currently working toward a certificate in Biblical Counseling through the National Association of Nouthetic Counseling. He has been an Elder for 11 years and a Pastor for 4 years.
Board Member: Cassie Archer
Cassie is the wife of Brian and mother of 2 teens. She has a background in bookkeeping and was a prior owner of a small café. She felt called to leave her business and stay home to raise and homeschool her children up to and into their high school years.
Cassie has been a member of Dayspring Baptist Church in Chehalis, WA since 2012 when she and her family followed God’s calling to serve full time at Safe Family Ministries, she as a House Mom and Brian as the facilities manager. They enjoyed 3 years there but never truly left. Cassie continued as an encourager and Brian is still holding a Wednesday evening worship service with the ladies. She is now serving as the Missions Team leader at Dayspring and looking to start training as a biblical counselor.
She has known Jesus as her savior since she was 9 years old. Growing up in a rough family she walked away from Him in her teens and early twenties. Poor life choices, however, is what brought her around to know Jesus not only as her Savior but also her Lord. She feels this gives her a connection with each woman that comes through the doors of Safe Family Ministries.