A note from our founder.
I wish I could say this project was birthed out of a place of complete servitude but, the truth of the matter is, it was birthed out of pain, agony, hopelessness, and finally — recovery.
I am a survivor of sexual trauma, domestic violence, divorce, addiction, and the parent of a child that was trafficked. And, based on my own experience and transformations of women around me, I have no doubt that women recover better from hard experiences when they do so together. That is why I opened the doors of the DIVAS Who Win Freedom Center.
Women everywhere are hurting and alone. I’d like to change that. Through the grace of God and with your help, I am confident we can.
Meet our leadership team.
Founder, Chanda Santana, works alongside a devoted team of survivors.
Mary is a woman in long term recovery and a returning citizen who endeavors to give back to her community by sharing her lived experience. Mary is a Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist(CARES). Mary celebrates the gifts of recovery which include motherhood, sustainable employment, community advocate and so much more.
Massage Peer Coach & Consultant
Jamie is a person in long-term recovery and a business owner. She is passionate about women reclaiming their voices and living an independent life free from substances and other life-controlling issues.
Welcome Center Concierge
Tracy is a woman in long-term recovery and understands the struggle of transitioning from exploitive and destructive lifestyles while reaching for something that holds value. Tracy is a mom and a proud grandma. Tracy’s welcoming spirit and passion for survivors will pave the way for many to join our mission.
Get to know our board of directors.
Our board of directors is made up of people who lead our ministry with wisdom and a driving vision for women on a journey to wellness.
Chanda is a person in long-term recovery and a Certified Addiction Empowerment Specialist. She is the founder of DIVAS Who Win and has worked in the recovery arena for more than 15 years, specializing in helping women who have experienced trauma.
Mimi has been dedicated to the beauty industry as a salon owner for over 30 years. With those efforts, Mimi has been a passionate advocate for community economic empowerment and equity and now leverages that passion as a licensed GEORGIA Real Estate Agent.
Tracy is an Athens native and die-hard UGA fan. She is a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC1) and leverages her credentials to support women in recovery at a local recovery residence.
Michelle is a person in long-term recovery and works at a residential addiction recovery center. She is a certified peer specialist in addictive disease and mental health, a forensic peer mentor, and is currently pursuing a degree in social work and credentialing as an addiction counselor.
Whitney is a licensed professional therapist (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She currently works for the Northeast Georgia Health System and has her own private practice, MyLow Counseling.
Tashawna was born and raised in the Athens community. She is the Executive Director of Willoughby Enterprise LLC, commercial and residential cleaning services. She’s also a regional market manager for vacation, short-term, and long-term rentals.
Morgan’s passion meets purpose through DIVAS, as she’s always had a passion for helping young women escape sex trafficking. Morgan deeply values her professional role, but feels her most important job is being a mother to her six-year-old son, Oakland.
Cedric is consultant and a family member of a person in long term recovery and an advocate for women’s rights and freedom. Cedric is also a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.S. Political Science) with corporate awareness and experience in the field of Finance & Payroll Management.