About Us

Our Beginnings
Healing A Woman's Soul, Inc. helps parishes and individuals prevent domestic violence one woman at a time. We pray for individuals, offer support groups, and guide parishes in active outreach to victims.
Secular agencies for the prevention of domestic violence offer physical and emotional aid to victims. However, they cannot provide the ongoing spiritual healing needed. 
HAWS aims to help parishes fill that gap.  We began as a ministry of Christ Church, Coxsackie in 2007 and saw ourselves as a woman's retreat ministry.  In summer of 2007, a group of women gathered to vision the future of Healing a Woman's Soul.   As a result of that meeting, we kept our emphasis on retreat ministry but added education and training about domestic violence to parishes.

In addition to helping parishes, HAWS works directly with victims in halfway houses and shelters.

Vision for the Future

Faith communities are - physically, emotionally and spiritually - safe places for women and other affected  by domestic violence.  This means that:

Faith communities are more diverse, open to and knowledgeable about many faith traditions and their beliefs related to domestic violence.

Faith communities develop and nurture a sustained awareness of domestic violence, its impact on individuals and the elements of acknowledgments and healing that a community can provide.

Faith communities understand that scripture does not justify domestic violence.

Faith communities become true sanctuaries - places of warmth, safety, renewal, connection, and healing

Board of Directors

We are dedicated to fighting domestic violence - one person and one parish at a time.  We believe that no wounding is beyond God's power to heal.  Our job is to make God's healing available to all who hurt. 

As a Board, we have many things in common.  For example, we are all volunteers. 

Executive Director

Rev. Anne Fahy Curtin -
 MS , JD, MA (Theology) - Mother Anne is an E
piscopal priest in the Albany Diocese ordained in 2001.  Prior to this calling, she was vicar at Holy Cross Church in Troy, NY.  Mother Anne is a retired New York State Government attorney and school  teacher, loves triathlons and running.

Board Members

Gretchen Coyner, Chairperson - parishioner in Delmar, NY, retired Greenville school guidance counselor, suicide prevention advocate, childhood intervention expert and grandmother.
Rev. Scott Garno - rector at St. Stephen’s Delmar, NY since May 2017 after 11 fruitful years of ministry at St. Matthew’s, Unadilla, and St. Paul’s, Franklin. Fr. Scott is married to his beautiful wife Sarah and they are the parents of 4 children

                    Theresa Erickson
Stratton VA                                 Speech-Language Pathologist.

Patti Gibbons - Youth Ministry Leader, Chaplain to Chaplains and church planter.

Rev. Leslie Groneman -
Episcopal deacon at Christ Church, Coxsackie, Daughter of the King, quilt expert and  community volunteer.

Rev. Sally Heiligman
- Pastor of Grace Episcopal Church in Mohawk, loves "her" lake and grandkids.

Rev. Karen Malcolm
- Episcopal deacon
 at St. Michael's Church, Colonie, NY, and Oaks of Righteousness, Troy, NY, retired colonel in the US Marines, organizer, mother, Daughter of the King and domestic violence shelter volunteer. 

 Schultheiss - parishioner at Calvary Church, Burnt Hills; very active in veteran affairs, especially Patriot Guard Riders New York and Leatherstocking Honor Flight.