Artemis Center, a domestic violence resource agency serving the Miami Valley since 1985, has announced the selection of Jane Keiffer, MSW, LISW-S as its new Executive Director. Jane will fill the vacancy created by Judy Strnad’s departure in July. The decision was made after an internal selection process, during which Jane served as Interim Executive Director for the organization.
“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Joanie Haverstick, MPA, and Artemis Center Board Chair. “Jane has served the agency for more than 20 years, and will bring leadership and an extensive knowledge of domestic violence to Artemis Center’s programs along with a deep sense of commitment to our mission. She has served Artemis at program and leadership levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience.”
An experienced Social Worker, Jane has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Kentucky and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation (LISW-S) in the state of Ohio, with her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from the University of Toledo. Her experience includes working as the Clinical Director with Artemis Center for the past 9 years, serving as a domestic violence expert witness, and participating on several committees in the community, advancing best practices for working with victims of domestic violence. Jane has also provided numerous trainings which include police officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, and many other professionals on intimate partner violence.
“I look forward to continuing this journey to help domestic violence survivors and their children find safety and working with community partners in this new capacity,” remarks Keiffer. “I am dedicated to Artemis Center because I see the important work our passionate and dedicated staff provide to survivors in our community and I believe we are an important resource not only to survivors but to our community as a whole.”
Artemis Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been providing vital supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children for over 30 years, serving more than 95,000 victims/survivors in Montgomery and surrounding Counties.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women – more than auto accidents, rape, and muggings combined. National studies found about one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence. Without Artemis Center services individuals in the community will not have access to advocate support to create personalized safety plans, navigate the court system, referrals to community services, and individual and peer support. Artemis specializes in providing services beyond the traditional housing and safety offered by domestic violence shelters. It was the experience of Artemis founders that victims fleeing domestic violence, in addition to needing a safe place, also need help understanding their rights, guidance through the often confusing and sometimes intimidating legal system.