Founder & C.E.O

WATA-Women Against Teen Abuse members are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our business.

Beverly Sims-Morris

Founder & CEO



Beverly is the Founder and CEO of WATA and Brick House Diva where she provides a variety of services including but not limited Educating and Empowering teens that are being bullied or in teen dating violence relationships. Beverly is also a motivational and inspirational speaker. Her goal is to Restore and Rebuild Broken and Hurting Teens and Women.


Mrs. Sims-Morris is also Author of:

     "Stormy Weather Yet I Stand”


She is available for public appearances and welcomes any and all opportunities to share her message of hope to teens and women who have or are weathering the storms of life.



Robert Epps III

Vice President 


Robert is a native of upstate New York who now resides in Columbia Sc. Robert has worked in retail management for over 15 years. He spends his spare time volunteering in the field of HIV/STI prevention and education which he has done for over 16 years. Working in several communities including New York, Atlanta, Ohio, and now Columbia SC has allowed him to be able to reach people of all ages, and ethnic and religious backgrounds.​


Rodney L. Morris

Board Member


Rodney has been in the public and community since 1983, he worked at his family convenient store at a young age. Rodney is now retired after 14 years in the truck driving business, he is married and the father of six beautiful children and a proud grandfather of nine.

Working with the youth, with children of all ages, is something he enjoys. He always encourages them to stayed focused in school "telling them the street is not the answer".

TinaMarie Ware

Executive Secretary


TinaMaire Ware is a Minister, freelance writer, fashion and executive administrative consultant whose professional career spans over 25+ years. She loves to inspire others to inner healing and to live their best lives full of love & laughter on purpose.

Gary E Guinyard Pugh

Board Member


Born in Columbia, South Carolina

Graduated from A.C. Flora H.S, attened USC, Midlands Tech and UTC. Gary is a veteran of the US Army and a proud Husband, father and grandfather.


He lives by Proverbs 3:5


Jonathan Epps

Board Member


Jonathan a native of Charleston, South Carolina, married and a financial regulatory and compliance professional in the banking industry over 7 years. In his spare time, he loves bargain shopping teaching others the importance of financial savings, along with helping our youth understand the importance of college and resume writing and giving back to the community.


Want to Become a Member or an Volunteer?

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803-567-2311 or Fill out the form in the contact box.


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