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Kathy Manis-Findley

The Reverend Kathy Manis-Findley is the Executive Director of Safe Places, an organization that provides assistance to victims of violence and violence prevention education in the community in Little Rock, Arkansas. An ordained Baptist minister affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists in Washington, DC, she was a church pastor for nine years, a chaplain at a hospital for four years, and has worked in the field of victim assistance for about twenty years. In 2006 she received the Annual Women of Peace Award from the Women's Peacepower Foundation and received the Ed Stout Victim Practictioner Award by the American Society of Victimology.

She is a national speaker and conference leader and has served as faculty/workshop facilitator for several organizations, some of which include: the National College of District Attorney's Conference on Domestic Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, Churches United of the Quad Cities (Illinois), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences School of Nursing Training for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos (domestic violence shelter in San Juan, Puerto Rico), the General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Alliance of Baptists National Convocation.

She served as president of the Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas, the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Baptist Women in Ministry. She has served city government for over ten years, elected for two terms as chair of the Little Rock Commission on Domestic Violence and as co-chair of the Little Rock Commission on Children, Youth and Families.

She is the author of three books - Voices of Our Sisters (1996); The Survivor's Voice: Healing the Invisible Wounds of Violence and Abuse (1999); and If this Is Not a Place: A Violence Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum for Communities of Faith and Clergy (2004) - and numerous publications including: A Person-Centered Approach to Victim Assistance (2003); Meditations for Survivors (1997); Healing and Hope: An Aftercare Guide for Survivors of Sexual Assault (1999);The Sounds of Mourning: Pastoral Care to the Dying and Grieving: Case Studies in Death and Imminent Death (1993); To Make Meaningful Their Days: Pastoral Care and the Blessing of Age, (1992). She also contributed to the following publications: A Symphony for the Senses, Vol.1 (1995, 1998); Kerygma and Church, Essay on Ephesians (1996); The Journey Is Our Home (1999); For the Living of These Days (1995).

Kathy holds degrees from the University of Alabama and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She completed a three-year pastoral care residency at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock and has done post graduate study at Washburn University. She is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice National Victim Assistance Academy. She completed the Certificate in Victim Assistance: Critical Analysis, through the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies and holds national certification as a trauma specialist (CTS) through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.