Meet the Four New Directors of KCSDV Coalition Member Programs

There are 25 KCSDV coalition member programs, which are direct sexual and domestic violence victim services providers, located in cities and communities across the state. Four of the programs happen to have new directors who were hired during the pandemic. Welcome to all of them!

Brooke Powell

KCSDV Coalition Member Program: Safehouse Crisis Center in Pittsburg, Kansas

Start date: April 25, 2020

Background: She worked as Program Director at Safehouse Crisis Center from 2015-2020. She was also a Victim Advocate there from 2009-2015. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Pittsburg State University. Brooke says, “Advocacy really shaped who I am today.”

Fun fact: Exercise running is her newest adventure!

Lori Randall

KCSDV Coalition Member Program: Alliance Against Family Violence in Leavenworth, Kansas

Start date: February 17, 2020

Background: She worked for Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Victim Services as the lead victim advocate. Prior to that, she was the executive director for a tribe in Kansas. She has also been a grant writer and court administrator for various tribes in Kansas. She co-founded Four Tribes Law Symposium. Last year, she graduated from National Tribal Trial College and can now represent clients in civil and criminal court as a tribal legal lay advocate. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree, both in Criminal Justice, from Washburn University.

Fun fact: She has seven grandchildren: two in Canada and five in Maryland!

Kimberly Ratzlaff

KCSDV Coalition Member Program: Safehope in Newton, Kansas

Start date: April 27, 2020

Background: She was a human resources consultant. Prior to that, she was the director of human resources at a small company in Wichita. She used to work for Sedgwick County. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Psychology from Emporia State University.

Fun fact: She is a “motorcycle mama”!

Becca Spielman

KCSDV Coalition Member Program: YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment in Topeka, Kansas

Start date: May 1, 2020

Background: She served as a Field Director for Communities In Schools of Mid-America, Inc. for three and a half years. Prior to that, she was the Director of Volunteer Services and the Director of Survivor Services at the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence for five and a half years. She earned a Master of Education degree in Adult and Higher Education from of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Human Services from Washburn University.

Fun fact: The loves of her life (besides her partner and son) are her five “furbabies”!

This project was supported by Grant No. 2019-MU-AX-0021 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


Last Updated on Aug 11, 2020