Meet the Team

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Meg Rogers

Executive Director

Meg Rogers is a resident of Cherokee County, Georgia and has been working on behalf of victims of domestic violence since 1993.  First as a volunteer Board Member of the Cherokee Family Violence Center, then as its Executive Director and as a member of various state organizations advocating for social change and batterer accountability.  Meg previously served on the Georgia Commission on Family Violence where she chaired the Family Violence Intervention Program Certification committee, the Legislative Committee and served on its Executive Committee.  She is also the past Chair of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a 42 shelter member organization and past Chair of the Blue Ridge Judicial Domestic Violence Task Force.  Meg was a recipient of the 2003 Gender Justice Award of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

Tommie DeGonzague has been employed at Cherokee Family Violence Center since 2005.  Prior to her position at CFVC, Tommie served as the Director of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Program at the YWCA of Northwest Georgia.  She has over 16 years of experience providing advocacy for survivors and is regularly utilized as an expert witness in legal proceedings.  Tommie is passionate about providing assistance to all victims of family violence, and is an active member of the Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force and serves as the current Chair of the Cherokee County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.  Tommie attended the State University of New York at Albany obtaining her Masters of Social Work degree. She enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid fan of the New York Giants.

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Tommie DeGonzague

Legal Program Director

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Taylor Foerst

Shelter Program Director

Taylor Foerst serves as the Shelter Program Director.  She was previously the Family Advocate and Case Manager at the emergency shelter.  Taylor is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Masters of Social Work and is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW).  She is currently working toward receiving her licensure as a clinical social worker.  Previously, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University.  She began as an intern at the CFVC emergency shelter in 2012 and found empowering women and families to be her passion.  Taylor loves backpacking, hiking, and being outdoors during her free time.

Brooke Larson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and the Children’s Program Director for CFVC.  While working on her Master of Social Work at Kennesaw State University, she completed two years of internship in the Legal and Housing departments then joined the team officially in June of 2015 as the Family Support Coordinator. In August 2016, Brooke became the Outreach Coordinator. Brooke is currently working towards being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and was the Secretary of the 2016 Domestic Violence Task Force for Cherokee County. Brooke is passionate about serving families and children who have experienced domestic violence and hopes for a community free of violence. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hanging out with her cute dog, and exploring new places.

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Brooke Larson

Children's Program Director

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Norma Mendoza

Multicultural Program Director

Norma Mendoza is the Multicultural Program Director. She creates and implements supportive services for immigrant victims of domestic and oversees the Statewide Spanish Domestic Violence Hotline. Norma graduated from Law School in Mexico and has a master’s degree in European Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Norma worked for 12 years for the Mexican Government; seven of them with Mexican immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse; family, criminal, immigration and civil law and matters related to Mexico or US legal systems; she developed domestic violence awareness events, programs, trainings, flyers and informational material and for five years she worked on International Public Law and Cultural Affairs. Norma wrote the article “Domestic Violence from the Hispanic Community’s Perspective” for the Georgia Family Violence Resource Newsletter (Volume 3, Issue 3, Third Quarter 2015), publication of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program with funding from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.