A lot of compassion, a lot of energy and a lot of experience in connecting people to resources are the key attributes the new director of the Council on Domestic Violence says she will bring to the job. Sally Woods, who currently works as a family support specialist for Centerstone, will officially begin her job Oct. 7. Through October, she will be trained by current DVC director Jeanie Hahn on the specifics of the job, which since last year also includes the operation of a full-service 22-bed shelter, the former Jennings Villas group home. "The transition is going to be smooth," predicted Hahn, who has led the program to assist individuals and families in crisis the past nine years. "There should be no interruptions in services." Hahn said at her resignation that it was time to turn the reigns over to someone younger. The 35-year-old Woods fits the bill in that area, too. "I welcome the youth and the enthusiasm of Sally Woods," Hahn said. Woods, the daughter of Kathy and the late Eddie Maschino, grew up in the Hayden area. She received her Bachelor's degree from Hanover College in 2000 and a Master's in Education from IU Southeast in 2008. She is a licensed school counselor. She and her husband, Eric, have two young children and she is very much involved in her 18-year-old stepson's life as well. Woods' work career includes being a school counselor at the JC Middle School; a student coordinator for the Twenty-first Century Scholar program; a family case manager at the local Office of Family and Children; and a CASA case coordinator. The new director says she has held a fascination for this area of work for some time now. In her work with students, she has seen the effects of violence on families and witnessed relationships that were bound to turn out badly. "The crisis-oriented part of the job appeals to me," she says, "and being able to help people." As she takes up the challenge of directing the local program, Woods says her main goal is to bring awareness to the community and to show victims of violence there are alternatives. "I am looking forward to getting started," she said, "and to continuing the good work Jeanie has done."