Stephanie “Jinx” Liggett has been named executive director of Youth Haven, Southwest Florida’s residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-16 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
Liggett joined Youth Haven in March 2010 as the organization’s director of programs. Since that time, Youth Haven has greatly expanded its one-of-a-kind programs and services providing not only immediate protection and healing for traumatized children but hope, inspiration, and guidance to at-risk families in the Southwest Florida community.
Liggett’s extensive background in healthcare administration includes working in a leadership capacity in both for profit and non-profit inpatient mental health treatment facilities for children, adolescents, and adults in Texas, Washington D.C., and Maryland. She has served as past president of the board of trustees of the Shelter for Abused Women & Children and is a member of Florida Gulf Coast University’s resort & hospitality committee; the Art League of Bonita Springs; the Friends of Art at Naples Museum of Art; the Zonta Club of Bonita Springs; and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Magic Under the Mangroves committee.
Liggett has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland in College Park.
“The board of directors is very pleased that Jinx has accepted the position of executive director. Her depth of experience and knowledge of our programs, as well as her dedication and commitment, are assets and qualities that will serve Youth Haven, and the children and families served by Youth Haven, well,” said Jay Cook, president of Youth Haven’s board of directors.
Youth Haven operates Collier County’s only 24-hour, residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-16 who have been removed from their homes due to physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Youth Haven’s mission is to protect and empower children and strengthen families in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. Youth Haven provides emergency shelter; children and family counseling; and family support services to more than 2,400 children and family members every year. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information about Youth Haven, please visit www.YouthHaven.net.