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  • Writer's pictureWill Averill


We've been asking our staff to tell us a little bit about what they do at The Willow, the challenges they face, and about places around town that they look to for relaxation, self-care, and community. Today we talked to Alicia, who has been with the Willow since 2014, starting as an advocate, and in 2018 moving to a role as Director of Volunteers and Training.

Director of Volunteers and Training Alicia Cusano-Weissenbach and Baby Will

What do you enjoy the most about working at The Willow?

The people! They are such a kind, intelligent, and passionate group of human beings to work with. I come to work every day knowing that we are united in our goal to support survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and that all of us bring diverse talents and ideas to the table about how to do it. What do you find to be the biggest challenges/barriers to your role?

It can be challenging to balance all of the different pieces of my job – trainer, supervisor, advocate – but I am fortunate to have a supportive group of coworkers who make it all doable (and fun)!

Why is this location in Lawrence important to you?

The Lawrence Public Library is one of my favorite places. Everyone in the community comes here, people from all walks of life, and we’re all welcome in this space. Aside from being a beautiful space, the staff is doing some really innovative stuff. I am so excited to be able to bring my son here as he grows up!

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