Laura Patzner, President
Laura Patzner is the program director for Safehope, a dual program serving Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties. She began her career as a child advocate working with children who were impacted by domestic and sexual violence, then working with survivors, their families and friends at the local program in Great Bend. Through her 26 year career, Laura has worked in all facets of programming and recognizes the importance of supporting local programs and advocates in the important, life-saving work they do every day while working with allies and raising awareness at the state and national level about the impact of sexual and domestic violence. Laura is honored to work with KCSDV as they educate systems, support programs and engage communities to create safe homes and safe streets across Kansas.
Natalie Haag, Vice President
Capitol Federal Savings
Natalie's passion for protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence started shortly after she graduated from law school in 1985 when she began representing victims of domestic violence as they sought protection from abuse orders. Later Natalie served as the first prosecutor for the domestic violence docket after the mandatory arrest policy for domestic violence incidents was implemented in the City of Wichita. Natalie is glad to be working on this important issue again. Natalie currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Capitol Federal Savings Bank in Topeka.
Kathy Williams, Secretary
Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
Kathy Williams is a life-long Kansan. She graduated from Wichita State University where she earned a BA in English Literature. Not long after graduation, she recognized her passion was in social services and started working in that area. In 1989, Kathy was hired as the Coordinator of Victim Services at the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center and worked in that position until 1994. She returned to WASAC in 1999 as Executive Director. In 2002, Kathy completed a master’s degree in Social Work.
Elizabeth Miller, CFA, Treasurer
Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
Liz served on the Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of Women's Transitional Care Services in Lawrence. She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Kansas. Her dissertation research project was a history of the early years of the battered women's movement in the US. Liz is an investment professional with nearly 30 years of experience in the trust and investment management field. She has earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.
Callie Jill Denton
Kansas Association for Justice
Callie earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas with a major in Political Science and a law degree from Washburn University School of Law. She is admitted to the practice of law in Kansas. Callie has held professional government affairs positions as a contract lobbyist, executive director of a non-profit association, and manager of legislative affairs with a non-profit health plan in Seattle, Washington. Her accountabilities have included lobbying at the state and federal levels of government, compliance, association management, fundraising, and persuasive communication. Callie’s clients all have faced tough legislative challenges in difficult political environments where negative public perception is a factor. Her experiences have given her the perspective that everyone has a story worth hearing; amicability goes a long way toward building bridges; and a middle ground is important but integrity must never be compromised.
More information about Jan to follow.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka
Amanda Kiefer is the First Vice President, Director of Human Resources and the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka. Amanda is a 2003 Washburn Law School graduate, and received a Political Science degree from Kansas State University.
Amanda is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Greater Topeka class and one of Greater Topeka’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40. She is a Past-President of the Topeka Bar Association, the Washburn Women’s Alliance and the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka. She has chaired the Corporate Counsel Section of the KBA and served as the Conference Co-Chair for the Kansas Women Attorneys Association. She is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club and the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Amanda previously served on the board of Women Vision International, a not-for-profit corporation that coordinated a micro-lending program in Ghana, Africa.
Kansas House of Representatives
Mark is a native Kansan originally from Garden City and now calls Emporia home. He’s a graduate of Emporia State University with degrees in biology. Mark worked for many years in public and government affairs for Westar Energy until he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2016. His “aha” moment for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence came during an employee United Way meeting in the 1980’s when an employee of SOS, Inc. in Emporia told a story of a young child at their shelter. Mark has repeated that story countless times at fundraisers and other meetings. Years later, Mark joined the board of directors of SOS, which eventually led him to serve on the board at KCSDV. He hopes by adding his voice, the silence of the violence will be broken.
Steinbeck Law, LLC
Amber Steinbeck practices law in the area of commercial and general business litigation. She has long been an activist against sexual and domestic violence, first as a volunteer legal advocate for Quanada Women’s Shelter in the mid-1990’s, more recently serving as a legal volunteer for Kansas City area women veterans, and representing various victims of violence on a pro bono basis. She has been recognized for her pro bono work by the Missouri Bar by with her inclusion on the "Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame" every year since 2011. She further advocates for women and victim’s rights as a member of the board of directors of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater KC. Based in part on her community and civic efforts, Amber was recently named as an "Influential Woman" by the Kansas Business Magazine, was selected by SuperLawyers as one of the “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Missouri & Kansas," and was chosen for the tenth consecutive year by the Kansas City Business Journal as "Best of the Bar" in business litigation. Amber is proud to serve on the KCSDV board of directors, a board member since 2011, and enthusiastically serves on the KCSDV Fund Development Committee.
Urbom Law Offices Chartered
Kathleen Urbom was born in Ft. Riley, KS to a large family and moved many places as part of her father's military career, including 7.5 years in Germany. She graduated from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS with a dual B.A. in history and psychology and from Washburn School of Law in Topeka with a J.D. In addition to her day to day practice in business formation, governance, contracts and probate, she represented special education students for over 20 years with school districts across the state. Ms. Urbom, through her study of history, family and client exposure, has a deep awareness of the burdens, barriers and consequences of abusive relationships, especially as they relate to community processes and outcomes: education, legal, social, financial and military. She has served on the KCSDV Board since 2011 as part of the fulfillment of her belief that the manner in which a society treats their most vulnerable will be reflected in all aspects of behavior, directly or indirectly, and ultimately affect the success of that society and its survival.