Safe Harbor Staff
Robbie W. Smith, D.Min., M.A. Counseling Psychology, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Robbie is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and she holds an Honorary Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary Jacksonville, given for her service and knowledge of Christian Ministry to children and families; she holds two earned Master’s, one in Christian Counseling from Southeastern Theological Seminary Jacksonville and a second in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida. Robbie has served multiple professional organizations in an official capacity including Treasurer of the Northeast Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. She was Treasurer for the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies from 1991 to 1994, served as President of FACCCA from 2005-2008 and is currently serving on its Executive Committee.
Douglas R. Smith, D.Min., M.A. Counseling, Co-Founder (retired)
Douglas R. Smith, D.Min. holds an Honorary Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary Jacksonville; a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Southeastern Theological Seminary; he is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and a Professional Member of the National Christian Counselors Association. He is also an ordained minister.
Doug is a member of the Meninak Club (“Bringing help where none is available”); a former member of the Northside Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. ABC World News Tonight profiled Dr. Smith as the “Person of the Week” in May 1996.
Dr. Smith’s previous background is in Mechanical Engineering; he was a merchant seaman graduating from the Harry Lundberg School of Seamanship in Maryland. He has taught college level courses in acoustics, acoustics theory and musical acoustics. He has built experimental aircraft, drag racing, and hydroplanes sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association.
Katrina, School Principal
Katrina comes to Safe Harbor after 25+ years of Christian day school experience, having earned education degrees from both Clearwater Christian College and Trinity Baptist College. Prior to joining us she spent time in the shoes of a classroom teacher, department chair, and then principal. This path built a broad range of skills to draw from, and she now uses this training and experience to help our boys.
Individual education plans for each young man are created to help them recover credits as needed and then continue toward earning their high school diploma. Her specialization in curriculum design and brain-based learning are tools she relies on daily as she helps our boys “learn how they learn” so they can once again become successful students.
During her free time she is an avid reader, loves visiting historical places, and is always ready for the next road trip.
Jim, Fundraising & Marketing Director
Jim’s journey to Safe Harbor started in 1998, when he volunteered on the weekends repairing boats and mentoring the boys. Over the next two years, Jim played many roles at Safe Harbor, including sitting on the Board of Directors. Fast forward many years – after a long professional career as an insurance consultant, Jim felt called to return to Safe Harbor on a full time basis. His dedication to helping the boys, love for all things boating and outgoing, high energy personality make him a perfect fit for the many tasks that enable Safe Harbor to serve young men. Jim graduated from the University of Delaware with an English Major. Jim has two teenagers of his own and loves all things outdoors, but especially enjoys camping, surfing and of course, boating and fishing.
Leslie, Office Manager
Leslie has the first smile people see when they walk into Safe Harbor’s door. Her warm smile and joyful demeanor make her a pleasure to be around. She brings administrative experience and grace under pressure to the office at Safe Harbor. Leslie and her husband Bill have three wonderful children, Scott, Blair, and Emily. Like any mother of three, Leslie handles multiple tasks at once, helping each person entering the office, whether for the first time or the last time, feel welcome, appreciated and well served. Before becoming a part of the Safe Harbor team she was an Assistant Corporate Secretary/Treasurer for 28 years. Her heart for the boys and families of Safe Harbor is evident in all she does for the program.
John, Certified Teacher
John holds a dual major in accounting and history. “Mr. John” worked nearly four decades in the retail automobile business, most recently serving 20 years as Chief Financial Officer for a local dealership before taking an early retirement to pursue his first love: teaching. As a licensed and certified teacher of math and social studies, he brings great enthusiasm for advanced mathematics and he can be found teaching the various subjects one-on-one to our students. John loves to serve the community as a certified high school basketball referee, and enjoys spending free time with family: Kathy, his wife of 44 years, his 3 daughters, and 5 grandchildren.
Marine Life Educator, Film & Print Media Instructor
Joe, Marine Life Educator, Film & Print Media Instructor
Joe has many gifts and talents that he shares with the Safe Harbor students. Joe is an excellent underwater diver, he is an outstanding photographer, he encourages others to volunteer at Safe Harbor and his knowledge and personal experience of deep water and shallow water reefs brings an excitement to his work. Joe has a love for the environment that he shares with all the students. Joe founded a nonprofit organization known as TISIRI (Think It, Sink It, Reef It). This organization collaborates with city, state and federal agencies to create offshore and inshore reefs that create aquatic environments using materials that would ordinarily go into landfills. All these skills are brought together teaching the students at Safe Harbor.
Peyron, Administrative Assistant
Peyron joined us in our front office at Safe Harbor this year. Her voice is the first one that you will hear, and she will be more than happy to get you in contact with who you need, or answer any questions.
Peyron, or PJ as we call her, has 4 grown children and is a grandmother to 10, and has lived in Jacksonville area for almost 30 years. She is an AVID Baseball fan, and supports the Florida Gators and the local Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
We are blessed to have her as part of the Safe Harbor family, her love and care for people is evident in all she does.
BRANDON AND SHELLY
Bandon and Shelly, Houseparents
Brandon and Shelly became house parents at Safe Harbor Boys Home in June of 2018. They have experience in small group and youth ministry and enjoy being a positive influence on adolescents. They have a passion to help the boys at Safe Harbor reach their highest potential in life and it is their prayer and goal to see each of them develop a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior, Jesus. Brandon enjoys reading the Bible, praying, nature, outdoor activities, hot weather, and cards. His previous background is medical research and refereeing. Shelly enjoys reading the Bible, praying, helping others, fishing, being by the water, walking on the beach, jogging and a good cup of tea. She has a medical background in Dermatology as well as experience as a nanny and tutor.