New Horizons

Life and Family Services

Our Team

Dedicated to serving victims of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking

Karen Bostick 

Executive Director
Karen has dedicated over 19 years of service to New Horizons, beginning as the Court Advocate/Outreach Coordinator and working her way up to leadership. She has served as the Executive Director for the past 9 years. Karen obtained her BA Science in Sociology from UNC-Pembroke, and her MA in Human Resources Management from Webster University. Karen continues to strive to lead New Horizons and its staff to best assist victims of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking.

Amanda McKenzie

Crisis Intervention Specialist
Amanda has been with New Horizons for 9 years. She obtained her BS in Psychology, her MA in Human Services and in Religion from Liberty University, and her MA in Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. She is also recognized by the NACP as a credentialed advocate with designations of both DV Intervention Specialist and SA Specialist. Amanda assists clients through crisis and supportive counseling and facilitating empowerment and support groups.

Teshika Wall

Court Advocate/Community Educator
Teshika has been with New Horizons for 2 years. She obtained her AAS in Human Services from Richmond Community College. She assists clients during court proceedings through court accompaniment, victim advocacy, law enforcement/prosecution interview accompaniment, and assistance in filing DVPOs. She also works through various avenues to educate the community on domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking.

Carolina Palenzuela

Bi-Lingual Advocate
Carolina is the newest addition to the New Horizons Team. She is currently pursuing her Associate degree from Richmond Community College. Carolina assists Spanish speaking victims of Domestic Violence in getting the proper services, including court advocacy and accompaniment, assistance in filing DVPOs, options for housing needs, shelter, safety planning and referrals to the appropriate agencies.