Tangela Beard-Ferguson has worked in the field of service for over fifteen years, including child protective services, adults with developmental disabilities, and currently as a domestic violence advocate. She began her career with the non-profit domestic violence organization, Project Safe, Inc as a TANF Assessor in 2006. She then served as the Community and Legal Advocate for 6 years and is currently serving as Associate Director of Project Safe. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University and a Masters in Psychology, from University of Phoenix on-line program. Tangela has served as Co-Chair of the Athens-Clarke, Oconee County Domestic Violence Task Force for a combined total of 7 years, served on the board of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as well as the Oglethorpe County Family Connections. During her time at Project Safe, she has provided domestic violence training to new Athens-Clarke County officers for over 6 years. She has worked on a number of committees to increase and improve services for victims of domestic violence and bringing awareness to the issue. In her free time, Tangela enjoys working out, traveling, reading mystery novels, and trying new vegetarian recipes!