Spring 2008 Newsletter - Page 8


Mary Bradshaw joined KCSDV in December as Economic Justice Coordinator. Her experience in the violence against women movement includes five years with the Women Against Violence program at the Omaha YWCA. After moving to Topeka in 1998, Mary worked for eight years at Kansas Legal Services focusing on advocacy and program development that addressed anti-poverty and anti-oppression initiatives. She has a master’s degree in psychological counseling and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

Megan McCall joined KCSDV in January as the Outreach Advocacy Coordinator. She has worked and volunteered at the Crisis Center in Manhattan for several years, first as a police response advocate and then a shelter night staff. Megan will be graduating from Kansas State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with minors in Spanish and women’s studies.

Naz Shareef joined KCSDV as the Staff Assistant/Receptionist in April 2008. She worked for the State Department in Iraq for 5 years as a Translator/ Cultural Advisor. Naz graduated from Baghdad University with a Bachelor Degree in Arts ( English Literature) in June 2002.

Sarah Strick started with KCSDV as the Children’s Services Coordinator in January 2008. She graduated with her master’s degree in social work administration and advocacy from the University of Kansas 2006, and has worked in the area of child welfare for six years.

Jessica Vanderweide joined KCSDV in September as the Criminal Justice Team Staff Support Assistant. She has been active in women’s issues for the last four years. Jessica graduated from Kansas State University with her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary life sciences with concentrations in psychology and biology in August 2007.

Serena Wecker joined KCSDV in January as the Child Welfare Collaboration Coordinator. She has experience working with the Children and Family Services division at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, which included investigating and assessing allegations of abuse and neglect and collaborating with community partners. Serena graduated from the University of Kansas with her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2003.

Gary West joined KCSDV in February as Protection Order Project Attorney. He was in private practice for eleven years prior to coming to KCSDV. He has also worked as a prosecutor for both the City of Wichita and the Shawnee County District Attorney. Gary graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1994. While in law school he was named to the Order of Barristers and worked as a law clerk for the judges of the Third Judicial District.

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