KCSDV’s Kathy Ray announced as Crisis Center Executive Director

KCSDV’s Kathy Ray announced as Crisis Center Executive Director

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 20, 2021

Topeka — After an extensive search, the Crisis Center, Manhattan, announced the selection of Kathy Ray as its new executive director. Ray, an expert on sexual assault and domestic violence in Kansas, follows the Crisis Center’s previous long-term executive director, Judy Davis, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. Ray began her advocacy career almost 20 years ago at the Crisis Center under Davis’s direction after graduating from Kansas State University.


For the past 15 years, Ray served at the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), the membership organization for the Crisis Center and 24 other Kansas sexual assault and domestic violence victim advocacy organizations. Ray, who served as Director of Advocacy, Education and Rural Projects, led state-level efforts to improve cross-system responses and was a key member of KCSDV’s leadership team. Ray has dedicated her career to ensuring victims and survivors receive quality, trauma-informed care and services. Throughout the years, Ray has been integral to the development of new programming, policies, initiatives and partnerships on the state-level and across Kansas.


“Kathy’s passion, expertise and leadership abilities make her the perfect candidate to lead the Crisis Center,” said Joyce Grover, KCSDV executive director. “While we are sad to see her leave KCSDV, we are very excited for her and also excited to work with her in this new role,” said Grover.





Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking with a primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and social change efforts. Learn more at https://www.kcsdv.org/.


Last Updated on Oct 4, 2021