Teresa Stafford Named Chief Program Officer

January 26, 2021

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Promotes Teresa Stafford to Chief Program Officer

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center today announced that Teresa Stafford has been promoted to Chief Program Officer. In her role, Stafford will oversee all Cleveland Rape Crisis Center programs, including clinical, advocacy and 24-hour services; case management; and prevention, education and community outreach.

“During her years of service at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Teresa has had a profound impact on the lives of survivors,” said Sondra Miller, President and CEO of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “From provoking systems changes to making sure each individual survivor is supported throughout their journey, she is the strongest of strong advocates and we are so excited to welcome her into this new role.”

Stafford is uniquely qualified for this role with her decade of experience at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center in direct service and program leadership positions, including Victim Advocate, Director of Victim Advocacy, Sr. Director of Victim Services and Outreach and Chief Advocacy Officer.

“I am humbled to take on this new role,” said Stafford. “I will continue to advance Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s mission while ensuring our services are timely, and programming is innovative and meets the needs of all survivors in our community.”

Stafford is a nationally sought-after speaker and trainer with unduplicated expertise. She has held leadership roles with numerous community coalitions, task forces and advisory boards, including a term as President of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. She has received numerous awards, including Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Peter A Demarco Extraordinary Service Award, National Sexual Violence Resource Center Visionary Award, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Robert Denton Special Achievement Award.

Ms. Stafford is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and holds a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University.


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About Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

The mission of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, promote healing and prevention, and advocate for social change. In 2020, the Center provided counseling, advocacy and crisis intervention services to 10,000 rape and sexual abuse survivors and reached thousands more through its prevention, education and training programs in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties. For more information, visit or call 216-619-6194. The Center’s 24-hour Crisis & Support Hotline is 216-619-6192 (call/text) or