November 20, 2003
HiWAAY Internet Services is proud to sponsor Kathleen A. Wells, Public Policy Director for the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in the Women's Exchange Profiles 2004. The Women's Exchange Profiles showcase outstanding women who are leaders in their respective communities and the state of Alabama.
The Profiles are featured in a calendar, as well as on the Women's Exchange Web site, www.womens-exchange.com. The Web site provides links to personal information about these women, such as their paths to success, their business philosophies and the things or people that inspire and motivate them.
HiWAAY chose to sponsor Wells because of her unselfish contributions in the area of domestic violence, the respect and admiration for her in the community, and her commitment to her cause. A survivor of domestic abuse, she has dedicated her life to helping other women overcome abuse.
Wells decided to actively participate in the battle against spousal abuse in 1978 after hearing the founder of the Family Violence Center in Birmingham speak of her work with pregnant women who had lost their babies to domestic violence. With the help of a close friend, Wells decided to establish a support program in her hometown of Decatur to educate and aid victims of domestic violence.
In Huntsville, Wells joined forces with Hope Place, another organization being formed to help such victims. She was elected to the Hope Place board in 1984 and became the director in 1995. When Hope Place became a part of Crisis Services of North Alabama in 1999, she became the director of that organization.
Crisis Services of North Alabama, under Wells' direction, received the Huntsville/ Madison County Chambers' Non-Profit Business of the Year Award for 2003.
On Oct. 1, 2003, Wells became the new public policy director for the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Montgomery. The ACADV is made up of 19 individual community-based programs that work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In this position, Wells will lobby for new state laws to help victims and work in collaboration with representatives from state and local agencies to make changes in administrative policies related to domestic violence.
HiWAAY salutes Kathy Wells for the progress she has made and will continue to make in helping victims of domestic violence. It is fitting that she began her new position in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
For more information about Wells and the other featured Profiles or to order a Profiles Calendar, please visit the Women's Exchange Web site at www.womens-exchange.com.
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