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  • Writer's pictureAdrianne Nunez

Meet Willow's New Executive Director


Contact: Associate Director of External Affairs, Adrianne Nuñez

Phone: (785)331-2034 ext. 105


After serving as Interim Executive Director, the Willow Domestic Violence Center's board of trustees has named Jessica Beeson Executive Director. 

LAWRENCE, KS, April 1, 2024- Willow Domestic Violence Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Beeson as its new Executive Director. With an extensive background in community service and leadership, Jessica steps into her new role, poised to lead the organization toward its mission of supporting survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Torrez Dawson, President of the Willow Domestic Violence Center's Board, expressed complete confidence in Jessica's ability to lead the organization forward. "Jessica's exceptional leadership qualities make her the ideal candidate to steer our agency towards its vision and values. We eagerly anticipate her guidance as we embark on a new chapter, delivering high-quality community services for survivors and their families."

Born and raised in Lawrence, KS, Jessica has been deeply ingrained in her hometown community. She has served in multiple roles at the University of Kansas and held a position on the Board of Education for USD 497 from July 2015 to January 2020. Jessica's journey with Willow began in August 2018. Her dedication and commitment to the cause quickly became apparent, leading her to assume roles of increasing responsibility within the organization. After serving as Director of Operations, Jessica transitioned into the role of Interim Executive Director in April of 2023.

In a statement, Jessica expressed her excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to lead Willow Domestic Violence Center. "The Willow is an incredible agency with dedicated, compassionate staff and board members," said Beeson. "I am humbled, honored, and incredibly excited to be the Executive Director. I look forward to stewarding the Willow's mission of creating a safe place for all survivors and educating our communities to break cycles of violence."


The Willow Domestic Violence Center is committed to building safer communities through shelter, services, and support for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. By serving survivors in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties, Willow aims to create a world where all individuals can live free from violence and fear.

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