SAFEHOME Announces New Executive Director

OVERLAND PARK, KAN. – SAFEHOME, Johnson County’s only comprehensive provider for victims of domestic violence and their children, has named Janee’ Hanzlick its new Executive Director. Hanzlick replaces the recently retired Sharon Katz. Hanzlick has served the agency for more than 15 years, first as Grants Manager and then as Associate Executive Director. An experienced Social Worker, Janee’ has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Kansas. Her previous experience includes children’s grief counseling, psychiatric social work and clinical case management at a homeless shelter.
In the face of ever-increasing levels of domestic violence in Johnson County, Janee’ believes that community awareness and collaborative partnerships are critical to the agency’s ability to save the lives of victims and their children. The greatest opportunities for SAFEHOME are to expand the physical capacity of the agency, increase education and prevention efforts, especially to young people, and strengthen cooperative efforts with community partners. Janee’ is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Overland Park, a member of the Overland Park Rotary Club where she co-chairs the Youth Leadership Institute, and the chair of the St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church’s Haiti Outreach Team. She is also a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence Training. Janee’ lives in Overland Park with her husband, David, and their two daughters, Margaret and Amelia.

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About SAFEHOME For 33 years, SAFEHOME has been saving lives. Since its incorporation as a not-for-profit agency in 1980, SAFEHOME has grown from a network of “safe homes” in the community to a 45-bed shelter and comprehensive service provider for victims of domestic violence. Services include: 24-hour crisis hotline; safe shelter; transitional living; counseling and support groups for women and children; child care; bilingual advocacy, counseling and support; substance abuse assessment; Johnson County District Court and hospital advocacy; civil legal assistance; and school and community education programs. All services are free and confidential. In 2011, SAFEHOME assisted more than 6,900 survivors of domestic violence. For more information, visit www.safehome-ks.org.

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