The Miami native came to AVDA from the YWCA of Palm Beach County. She had also worked for the Y in North Carolina, but moved to South Florida to be near her family – her brother in Boca Raton and mother in Key Biscayne.
“I ran nonprofits for many years,” said O’Brien, who also has a law degree from Wake Forest and practiced law in North Carolina until she gave birth to twins. It became “too challenging” to be a counselor and a mom, she said.
Four and a half years ago, O’Brien became executive director of AVDA – the organization that provides emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence."