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About Our Founder


Denise Hill – Founder of Branches of Monroe County, Inc.

Denise Hill is the founding director of Branches of Monroe County, Inc. Having survived a childhood of domestic violence, Denise is passionate about helping other women and their children find hope and freedom from the cycle of abuse. Since founding Branches in 2009, Denise and many dedicated volunteers have been answering the calls of women in crisis. On February 28, 2014 they opened Branches Refuge, the first and only domestic violence shelter in Monroe County.

A human resources professional by trade, Denise wrote her first book, Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive?, as a way to reach and teach women the necessary skills for achieving self-sufficiency. With a deep compassion for children caught in crisis, Denise is now completing a second book, The Great Storm, which will be available soon. It is an allegory for displaced children with the message of God’s ever-present love and provision.

Denise, a first-generation college graduate, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at Berea College and in 2012 was awarded the Berea Service Award for “outstanding service to our society” for her work with women in crisis.

In her “spare” time, Denise loves to read, write and relax with her husband, David, their three children and five grandchildren.

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