WCJ Executive Director
Teresa Miles is a passionate and dedicated advocate for the rights of women and girls. She began her career in direct service work with at risk teens and has spent the past 30 years as an advocate and champion for those in need.
Prior to moving to the Jacksonville area, Teresa was the Executive Director for Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Brevard Division (CHS), where she served for 14 years. Teresa was also the Director of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town in Orlando, Florida. Teresa’s innovative spirit and hard work took her to the West Coast for a time, where she helped to start a teen shelter in Compton, California.
She is also credited for starting the first emergency shelter for abused infants and toddlers in the Central Florida area. Teresa is a certified sexual assault victim’s advocate and has been recognized many times over the years for her continued commitment to women and children. Her ability to provide positive leadership in the challenging field of social services has been her hallmark. Teresa holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Social Work from Florida State University.
The talented and dedicated staff of the Women's Center of Jacksonville bring great passion to their work every day. Coming from all kinds of diverse backgrounds, from all over the City of Jacksonville, they are each instrumental in improving the lives of the women and girls in our community.
Approximately half of the thirty women, and two men, who work for the Women's Center are full-time. The remainder of the staff work part-time as counselors, administrative staff, and educators. All of the staff possess incredible expertise and spirit and help to make the Women's Center a safe haven and a place of nurturing and learning.