CVIC announces new vice president of advocacy services

Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris, a 20-year veteran with the child visitation and exchange program at Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC), has been promoted to vice president of advocacy services.

In this role, she will oversee CVIC’s crisis and safety programs that include victim advocacy, shelter, transitional housing, and crisis support.

“Expanding leadership of these critical services was an intentional move designed to  further enhance our strategic vision to end violence in two generations,” said President/CEO Coiya Tompkins. Previously, advocacy and therapy programs were part of a combined portfolio directed by Therese Hugg, who remains part of CVIC’s senior leadership team as vice president of therapy services

“Together, these programs represent nearly 50  percent of our annual operating  budget and more than one-third of our staff,” said Tompkins. “During her nearly two decades with CVIC, Sheila has done an exceptional job of representing important domestic violence and sexual assault needs both regionally and nationally. A servant leader at heart, Sheila brings an ideal balance of passion and purpose to her day-to-day work. Her results-oriented approach and impeccable operational track record are a perfect fit for vital client-focused safety and healing services.”

Morris has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and extensive leadership experience with local, state and international boards responsible for developing best practices and policies for supervised visitation and exchange programs.  As director of CVIC’s visitation and exchange program she managed a program supporting hundreds of local families annually. She currently serves on the international board of directors for the Supervised Visitation Network.

“The safety and support services CVIC provides adults and children are paramount to our ability to end violence,” she said. “I am honored to be transitioning to this new role with an agency whose mission I highly value.”