MEET OUR TEAM

WATA - Women Against Teen Abuse members are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our business. Our nonprofit organization was founded on the basis of helping youth in need. Ever since our organization was established, we've endeavored to provide help where the need is greatest.

 

Our team is comprised of dedicated founders, board members, various personnel, and volunteers who advocate for youth and families needing our help. The smallest amount of help goes a long way.

Beverly Sims-Morris

FOUNDER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Beverly is the Founder of WATA and Brick House Diva, where she provides a variety of services, including educating and empowering teens that are bullied or in violent teen-dating relationships. Beverly is also a motivational speaker and author. She is available for public appearances and welcomes opportunities to share her message of hope to teen and women weathering the storms of life as mentioned in her book, "Stormy Weather Yet I Stand".

 

 

Robert Epps 111

VICE PRESIDENT

EVENTS COORDINATOR

Robert is a native of upstate New York, now residing in Columbia, SC. He began working in retail management, where he clibmed the corporate ladder for 15 years, and later transitioned to the banking industry. In his spare time, Robert volunteers and dedicates his time to HTV/STI prevention and education, a community service effort he's committed to for over 16 years. Working in several communities across New York, Georgia, Ohio, and now South Carolina, he's positively impacted the lives of people of all ages, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds.

 

 

Rodney L. Morris

BOARD MEMBER

YOUTH ADVOCATE

Rodney has been an influential figure to the public and his community since 1983. He began working at his family's convenience store at a young age. After 14 years in the truck driving business, he is now retired. Rodney is a husband, father of six, and a proud grandfather. Working with youth of all ages is now a hobby of his. He delivers a positive message and constantly encourages them to stay focused in school, while helping them realize the street life is not the answer. 

 

 

TinaMarie Ware

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

TinaMaire Ware is a Minister, freelance writer, fashion executive, and administrative consultant. Her wide-ranged professional career spans over 25 years. She loves to inspire others to heal within and live their best lives full of love & laughter on purpose.

 

 

Lashawn Dreher

COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR

Lashawn is a Lexington, SC native with a love for giving back to her community and assisting with youth development. She is a Coastal Carolina University and Liberty University graduate with over 5 years of professional accounting experience. Lashawn is an ambitious entrepreneur, writer, and go-getter wtih a desire to change the world for better with every endeavor.

 

 

Jonathan Epps

YOUTH OUTREACH LIAISON

Jonathan a native of Charleston, South Carolina who has served as a financial regulatory and compliance professional in the banking industry over 7 years. In his spare time, he loves teaching others the importance of financial savings, along with encouraging LGBTQ youth confidence and equality.

 
 

Austina Wolverton

FAMILY SERVICES COORDINATOR

Austina is the newest member of the WATA team! She is a community and public service advocate with a passion for helping the less fortunate. She's dedicated years of her career to aiding the homeless in transitioning to better lifestyles. We'll be updating her full, new member profile soon!

 

 

WATA-Women Against Teen Abuse

2801 Congaree Road Gadsden, SC 29052

(803) 592 - 7088