Board of Directors

David Washco - Chair

David is a graduate of ASU with a degree in Marketing/Management. He is married and has a daugther. David is employed by a wireless carrier in Hickory, NC. He enjoys family time, outdoor activities, reading and “dating his wife”. David is a Sunday School leader in his church. He is also a motivational speaker and karate teacher.

Frank Coletto-Treasurer

Frank is a graduate of Oakton Community College with a major in business.  He and his wife Donna are local business owner/operators.   Frank enjoys, sports, fishing and football. He is passionate about feeding the homeless and mission trips.    Frank and Donna are members of Pursuit Church in Denver, NC.  

Susan Guest-Secretary

Susan Guest is owner of a local interior design firm. She lives in Hickory with her husband, David, and two Italian greyhounds. Susan is a member of First Presbyterian church where she sings in the choir. 

The Honorable Clifton Smith

Judge Smith graduated from N.C. State University with a B.S. Accounting and Campbell University, Juris Doctor. He is a N.C. District Court Judge, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. Judge Smith and his wife Amy have two children. When he isn’t busy working or attending church activities, Judge Smith enjoys reading, running and exercising with his family. Judge Smith’s passion is watching lives being changed through Safe Harbor.

J.D. Ross

J.D. graduated from NC State with a BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance. He and his wife Meridith are local business owners. J.D. is a Leadership Catawba Graduate, has served on boards for the HYP and as an extension the Catawba Co. Chamber, Young People of Integrity, and now the Old Lenoir Road Business Association. He is also on the Finance team at his church, Kingsway of Hickory.

Debbie Haynes Board Member Emeritus

Debbie Haynes is the co-founder and served as Executive Director of Safe Harbor Rescue Mission from 2005-2012. She is currently serving as the Program Director at Safe Harbor. She received her certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University and is currently working toward certification through City Vision College. She is a member of the Catawba County Interagency Council, the Continuum of Care, and is part of the Nonprofit Collaborative of Catawba County. She is currently on the board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Vicki Murray Executive Director

Vicki was previously employed by Christ Church as the women’s Head Gospel Coach and Life Group Coordinator. From 1996 until 2009, she served as the Showroom Manger of A-1 Tile, a retail and installation business founded by her husband, Chris in 1994. Vicki realized her calling to help women become all that Christ created them to be and this calling led her to volunteer at Safe Harbor Rescue Mission. She began by leading a bible study with women attending the day shelter. She fell in love with the ministry and served as the Resource Development Coordinator for 3 years.

Charles Durrett

Charles attended Louisiana State University. Charles is a Sourcing/Global Sourcing leader. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and gardening. Charles and his wife Bobbie have 2 children, 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is passionate about serving Christ and is active in his church, Christ UMC (Christ Church) Hickory.

Mike Richey

Mike is married with 5 children and 10 grandchildren! He has 30+ years of leadership experience. He is currently employed in marketing and sales.  Mike attends Fairbrook Baptist Church where he is a Sunday School teacher. In his spare time he enjoys Baking, golfing and classic cars. 

Dan Castilleja

Dan is a seasoned Executive who has held executive positions in the Manufacturing, Construction, & Retail industries.  He attended UCLA and University of La Verne, with degree in Business and Economics.Prior to moving to  NC, The Governor of NM appointed Dan to the State Economic Development Commission. Currently, he is a Managing Partner for a business advisory firm. 


In Dan’s spare time, he plays all racket sports, but his specialty is competitive Badminton. He is a former nationally ranked player,with 11 Sr. Olympic Gold medals. He is also on the Leadership Team for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Dan and his wife, Lori are members of Discovery Church.  Dan’s wife, Lori is a health and wellness volunteer at Safe Harbor. 

Abbey Vaden

Abbey is married with children and grandchildren.  She is a business owner.  She has a degree in nursing and general education. She also graduated from Lucas Travel School of Charlotte.   Abbey attends Pursuit Church.  She enjoys, travel,  volunteering and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. 

Scarlet Davis

Dr. Scarlet Davis is a retired public school educator with degrees from Wake Forest and Appalachian State. She is a mother to one grown son, Justin; whom she says taught her by his actions how to have a heart of compassion for others. Scarlet attends Woodlawn Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday School for senior women. She loves to study, teach, and share God’s word and to witness His redeeming work in her life and in the lives of others. “It is so exciting to see God’s love at work in the precious lives of the women who come to Safe Harbor. It is an honor to join Him in serving through this wonderful ministry!”

Board Member Election Process

The potential board member will fill out an application. This application will be reviewed and discussed by the current board of directors. At this point, the board will decide if the applicant qualifies as a board member. Once a decision is made, a board position may be offered to the prospective applicant.