2008 Safe Homes, Safe Streets Reception
The Safe Homes, Safe Streets reception included comments from Sandy Barnett (not pictured) and pictured left (from left to right): Dorthy Stucky Halley, statewide victims rights coordinator with the Office of the Attorney General; Marlou Wegener, community relations manager with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; and Juliene Maska, administrator with the Federal and Other Grants Programs in the Office of the Governor. Both Stucky Halley and Maska are previous recipients of KCSDV's Advocate of the Year award, named in honor of Maska.
Honoring Advocates and Allies
During the Safe Homes, Safe Streets reception, KCSDV honored two advocates, one project and five allies for their work on behalf of victims. Recipients of the advocate of the year award were Lisa O'Dell-Davis and Laura Patzner. Recipient of the project of the year award was Advocates for Sexual Assault Prevention, a project of SAFEHOME, a KCSDV member program in Overland Park. Recipients of the ally of the year award were Shirley Adams; Wendy Blank; Tim O'Donnell; Joyce Vancrum; and the Women's Initiative Network.
Advocate of the Year Honorees
Lisa O'Dell-Davis is the director Catholic Charities Harbor House, a KCSDV member program in Wichita. She also serves as chairwoman of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition. Her fellow Coalition member, Kathy Williams, nominated her. O'Dell-Davis was recognized for her work mobilizing the Coalition to broaden its focus to include sexual violence and to seek an organizational structure that would allow it to advocate for victim safety and perpetrator accountability.
Laura Patzner is the executive director of Family Crisis Center, a KCSDV member program located in Great Bend. She has worked at the Center for more than 17 years. The staff who nominated Patzner described her as a tireless and dedicated advocate who has pitched in when the agency needed it, especially when the agency was transitioning between directors. She recently became the Center's executive director.
Project of the Year Honoree
Ally of the Year Honorees
For more than 20 years Shirley Adams has been a board member of the Northwest Kansas Domestic & Sexual Violence Services, a KCSDV member program in Hays. When the organization has asked for her help, she automatically replies, "Yes. What can I do?" She was pivotal in finding a new shelter for the organization when it became clear that remodeling the current shelter would not be cost effective. The staff of the program nominated Adams.
Dr. Wendy Blank is doctor at the student health center on the campus of Kansas State University. She was nominated by Judy Davis, executive director of the Crisis Center, Inc., a KCSDV member program in Manhattan. Blank was recognized for her leadership in helping establish the city's sexual assault nurse examiner/sexual assault response team program, her longtime dedication to addressing violence against women, and her commitment to providing expertise during the Crisis Center's volunteer trainings.
Tim O'Donnell is a major account executive at CareerBuilder.com and an accomplished triathlon runner who completed the Ironman Florida competition in November as a fundraiser on behalf victims of domestic violence. He became involved in the issue after supporting his sister when she realized she was a victim of domestic violence. O'Donnell was nominated by Kit Lambertz, program director of StepStone, a KCSDV member program in Wichita.
Dr. Wendy Blank,Manhattan, a doctor at Kansas State University's student health center, receives the Ally of the Year award.
Kelley Rogers-Graham, executive director of the Women's Initiative Network, accepts the Ally of the Year award on its behalf.
Joyce Vancrum is a counselor in private practice in Johnson County. She was nominated by Sharon Katz, executive director of SAFEHOME, a KCSDV member programs located in Overland Park. Vancrum was recognized for her leadership during SAFEHOME's major fundraiser, her six years of service on the board of directors including terms as president and vice president, and her time volunteering at the shelter.
The Women's Initiative Network (WIN) is a non-profit agency located in Wichita. that was recognized for its work providing assistance to women transitioning from domestic violence and/or homelessness. WIN provides a safe and supportive environment where women gain job training skills, set educational and financial goals, and receive emotional support and assistance to obtain full-time employment. It was nominated by Lisa O'Dell-Davis, director of Catholic Charities Harbor House in Wichita.