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Brighthouse names Sue Wray as executive director

The Hutchinson News

The Board of Directors of Brighthouse announced Tuesday the appointment of Sue Wray to the position of executive director. Wray joins the organization at the end of March. The current director, Donna Davis, will retire in the first week of May.

Wray most recently has been with Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, where she served in dual communication and Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation roles.

“I am excited to get the opportunity to work with the staff at Brighthouse on a mission that is so important. Donna has done a great job in structuring the program so it can serve more of the community’s needs, and I want to build on that work. Our vision is to make the agency unnecessary by eliminating abuse. I can’t imagine more meaningful work,” Wray said.

A Hutchinson native, Wray worked as a reporter in broadcast media in cities such as Houston, Austin and Nashville. Following her career in broadcast, Wray began working in communications, including a stint as communications director for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville and a decade at an advertising agency there. She returned to Hutchinson in 2014 to be closer to family.

Davis is grateful to the Hutchinson Community Foundation for providing a grant to BrightHouse to provide time for the new and former executive directors to work together.

“Sue will then keep the pieces of the puzzle of non-profit leadership together through the transition, and BrightHouse will continue to provide quality services to victims of sexual and domestic violence in our community,” Davis said.

Brighthouse currently serves Reno, Rice, Kingman and Harper counties, and was established in 1976 as a hotline service for victims of domestic or sexual abuse, human trafficking and stalking. Brighthouse provides a 24-hour Crisis Line (620-663-2522), an emergency shelter, safety planning, legal advocacy, supervised parenting time and links to community services.

To learn more about Brighthouse, or to donate to help end abuse, go to or follow the organization on Facebook.

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