Crisis Center For South Suburbia Selects New Board President

FRANKFORT, IL — The Crisis Center for South Suburbia announced Tuesday that Frankfort resident Jennifer Kanacki has been chosen for a two-year term as the new board president.

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia, based in Tinley Park, is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter and support services to survivors of domestic violence.

Kanacki has been involved with the Crisis Center’s board for the past five years, she said. Kanacki said that she got involved when a friend asked Kanacki to help the board select a new executive director, as Kanacki has a background in human resources and operational experience through her role as director of business solutions with Anthem Blue Cross.

"Once I started to volunteer my time, I understood very quickly about the awareness and the education they were bringing to the communities that we serve," Kanacki said. "And, being a mom of a 16-year-old daughter, I felt this was a great way for me to show her how important it is to give back to the community and making sure that I could be a positive role model for her, as well."

As board president, Kanacki said her main roles are to ensure the Crisis Center continues to meet the needs of those affected by domestic violence by partnering with the community to secure financial support and to work with the executive director to provide guidance on how the Center can best serve its communities.

"The Crisis Center receives state funding, but we still need to raise over a million dollars a year in order to provide services and keep them free-of-charge to survivors," Kanacki said.

In addition to her new role as president, Kanacki will also continue in her role as co-chair of the Crisis Center’s annual gala, "An Evening in Venice," which is scheduled to be held Feb. 26 at The Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. Tickets for the event are $125. For more information about "An Evening in Venice," visit

More information on Crisis Center for South Suburbia can be found on its website.

via Frankfort, IL Patch

November 20, 2021 at 11:36AM

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