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The Citizenship Award: Susan Miller

The Citizenship Award: Susan Miller has served as the CEO of Rose Brooks Center since 1996, where she helps provide emergency shelter and domestic violence prevention services for thousands of women and children in the Kansas City area.

Susan Miller has served as the CEO of Rose Brooks Center since 1996, where she helps provide emergency shelter and domestic violence prevention services for thousands of women and children in the Kansas City area.

What are some of your proudest career moments? I am most proud of being able to raise $9.5 million to relocate our domestic violence shelter from an old 7,000-square-foot house in an unsafe neighborhood, to a newly built 44,000-square-foot facility at a safe campus location. In addition, being able to increase our capacity from serving 5,000 a year, to now serving over 15,000 domestic violence survivors a year.

 

What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? Recognizing the success that has already happening in the movement, knowing that it is possible to create social change and end domestic violence against women and girls by working together to help victims be safe and hold offenders accountable.

 

What has been the favorite part of the job?  Hearing the success stories of the brave women who have been able to rise above incredible trauma and abuse with the help of the staff at Rose Brooks Center.

 

What is something that would surprise people about you? I was a hockey cheerleader in high school and we did all of our cheers on ice, including flips!

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever given or received? Never take “no” for an answer!

 

When you were growing up, what did you want to be?  I wanted to be a horse master.  I never had ridden a horse (still haven’t!) but thought it would be a cool job!

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