FAIRFIELD — SafeQuest Solano has named local pastor and school board member David Isom as its interim executive director for at least six months.
Isom accepted the position Dec. 21, 2012, to fill in for the current Executive Director Violet Barton, who is out on extended leave. Susan Dever, SafeQuest’s board of directors president, said the nonprofit is not aware of when Barton will return and said the board tapped Isom to step in for the time being.
“We are just moving ahead and we are really excited,” Dever said. “He is dynamic and does know a number of people. We will get through this rough patch.”
SafeQuest is a nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assaults. The office offers several services, as well as a shelter, and is funded by a combination of county, state and grant funds.
Isom said his 10 years of experience with several nonprofits dealing with people of all ages has him well-suited to lead SafeQuest. He said the board was no longer able to handle the day-to-day operations and he agreed to fill the position for at least six months.
Isom is a Fairfield-Suisun School District trustee and is the senior pastor of the St. Stephen Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He said SafeQuest has had a rocky past few years and bringing in someone who had a relationship with many of those who fund the organization was key.
“I’m excited that I have the opportunity to lead this vital program that addresses the vital needs of victims of domestic violence in our community,” Isom said.
Top on the list is working toward community partnerships with the Solano County Family Justice Center, the Fairfield Police Domestic Violence Unit and Lift3 Support Group, which also deals with violence victims.
Dever said Isom came along at the perfect time.
“Right now, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered,” she said.
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