Our Values

  • We have zero tolerance for all forms of violence: we believe in everyone’s right to live free from harm.

  • We treat everyone equally with fairness and respect: we provide caring and compassionate services.

  • We recognize everyone is unique: we embrace all forms of diversity.

  • We support an environment of responsibility: we encourage innovation and creativity in all our endeavors.

  • We foster the spirit of teamwork: we uphold honesty and integrity in community collaborations.

Our Team

Executive Director
Wally Hurst
Hurst is a graduate of Duke University (B.A.), and holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Masters in Shakespeare Authorship Studies (M.A.) from Brunel University in London, England. His career includes teaching at Louisburg College, lobbying for the California State Firefighters Association, and posts as a Deputy State Fire Marshal in California, theatre director, and theatre administrator here in North Carolina. In addition to having been a firefighter/EMT in California, he has over 25 years of experience as a non-profit executive/director/manager. Wally is charged with planning, organizing, leading, directing, coordinating and managing the overall operation of Families Living Violence Free.
Hispanic Services Director
Cecilia Barrenechea
Cecilia was born and raised in South America, in the land of the Incas, Peru. In April 2001 she moved with her three children to the United States that is the country that became their new home. She likes constant improvement, and loves to learn; in May 2017 she will be graduating from College. Her passion are the languages, she is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. She has more than 20 years’ experience in Customer Service; she worked in the field of Childhood Education, and in the Insurance Market, while volunteering for FLVF as an advocate for the shelter and the crisis line; and interpreting for the Spanish speaking community. Being a survivor herself and as a way of expressing thanks to God and life for the great opportunities and blessings in 2013 she became part of the team of FLVF working for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. A quote that inspires her: “A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her”.
Adult and Empowerment Services Specialist
Peggy Roark
Peggy is originally from South Boston, Virginia where she worked in the Halifax County Court system as a paralegal with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Peggy has experience in working with Hospice of Wake County and Home Health as a caregiver for Alzheimer and Dementia patients. She has worked with FLVF since 2014 part time and then full time since January, 2016. Since being with FLVF, Peggy has received numerous certificates some of which are: Sexual Assault 101, Domestic Violence 101, Law and the Advocate: Protecting the Client and Their Privacy, Basic Court Advocacy, NC Address Confidentiality Program, the Victim Service Practitioner Certification process with NC Victim’s Assistance Network as well as The Advocate’s Institute Certification with NCCADV. Having completed training with PREA & Advocacy with NCCASA, Peggy also serves as an Advocate with Polk Correctional Institution. In her spare time and continuing her life of service, Peggy also serves on the board of a local dog rescue group.
Hispanic Services Advocate
Jeanette Cozart
Jeanette Cozart was born and raised in the small town of Eccles, (short for Ecclesiastics) West Virginia. She relocated to North Carolina in February 1987 to secure employment.  Jeanette never turned back and has called North Carolina home for nearly 30 years. Jeanette joined FLVF in December 2016. She comes to FLVF with many years of experience in Social Services, Legal Services, Crisis Intervention, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and Web Content Management. Jeanette also served as a member of the Domestic Violence Team at Legal Aid of North Carolina. Since joining FLVF, Jeanette has completed several Certifications to include: Victim Assistance Certification (NCVAN), Advocates Institute Certification (NCCADV), and Nurturing Parenting Certification taught by Dr. Stephen J. Bavolek.