About Us

Reimagined Vision, Mission and Core Values

These powerful statements are the foundation of our organizational culture; they inform the healing work we do with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. A private non-profit established in 1978, S+SS is the designated lead agency and only organization in Somerset County providing comprehensive services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, and their families. Our trauma-informed, evidence-based programs are designed to provide safety, hope and healing to survivors and their families as they build independent lives, free from violence and abuse. These statements strategically direct the way we impact our community.

Vision:  We envision a community free from domestic abuse, where individuals and families thrive in body, mind, and spirit.


Mission:  Safe+Sound Somerset prevents and responds to domestic abuse with programs that provide safety, support and education for individuals, families and the community.


Values:  S.A.F.E. = Survivors. Accountability. Freedom. Equity.
Survivors: We believe survivors and place their healing in the center of all the work we do.
Accountability: Accountability creates transparency and authenticity for our organization, survivors’ healing, and the community.
Freedom: Individuals and families are entitled to live free from violence and oppression, and communities thrive when all members are free to pursue their best selves.
Equity: We are intentional in our pursuit of equity, centering the voices and needs of marginalized communities in our work.


Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values are the guideposts for our programs, services and interactions with each other and the community. These words represent a shared strategic reflection and revision by Safe+Sound Somerset Board of Trustees, staff and community volunteers. This process led us to reflect on our organizational culture through the critical lens of equity — examining the structures of race, gender identify, sexual orientation and ability, that shape the experiences and outcomes for survivors and show up in our community.

We realize that while words are powerful, they are only impactful and life changing when they are backed up by authentic action. As we move forward, the Board of Trustees and staff of Safe + Sound Somerset reassert the promise to continually listen to the feedback and input from survivors and our community, as we work to end domestic abuse once and for all.

Safe+Sound Somerset’s services are CONFIDENTIAL and offered at NO CHARGE.

Our Team

Safe+Sound Somerset is proud of its highly dedicated and qualified team of diverse professionals and volunteers. Whether an advocate in our emergency shelter, a counselor, an administrative staff member or an advocate that provides support to clients in court, each of us share a commitment to empowering survivors and engaging the community to end abuse.

Board of Trustees

Michelle Bauman, Chair of the Board

Sandoz, Global Head, External Affairs


Susan Hutton, Vice Chair

IEEE, Sales Director


Susan Sturges Spagnola, Esq., Secretary

JP Morgan Chase, Deputy Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel (Retired)


James Berg, CPA, Treasurer

WithumSmith+Brown, PC, Partner


Lisa Barclay, MBA

Prudential Advisors, Financial Professional

The Wealthy Diva, LLC, Owner/Coach


Cassandra Bellfield

AON Consulting, Vice President


Natalie Pineiro

Downtown Somerville Alliance, Executive Director


Trashaun Powell

New Jersey Family Planning League, Vice President of Programs


Sonia Rodrigues-Marto, MA, LPC

Rutgers University, Director, School & Community Programs

Center for Interpersonal Wellness, LLC, Co-Owner & Psychotherapist


Ex Officio

Michele E. Boronkas

Chief Executive Officer