Privacy and protection go hand in hand. At BrightHouse, we strive to protect our staff, as well as our clients, in every way we can. Call our office at 620.665.3630 and we’ll direct you to a staff member.
Advocacy is my passion. I went through trauma myself, without support. Now, I am able to take what I learned, through my own experience, and help victims become survivors while watching them walk their own journey.
"I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do."
Going through my own traumatic situations, I know the value advocacy brings to the healing process. It is a privilege to be a part of someone's life in this capacity, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to do this work.
"Love is boundary-less. Love should open doors, not limit opportunities."
To me, doing this work, means helping people find their voice. We see people when they are going through some of the worst times of their lives. By helping them to navigate through the various systems and watching them learn who they are outside of their trauma is so empowering.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” -CARL JUNG
I'm forever grateful to be a part of something meaningful, and bigger than myself. Because of my own past experiences, it is my goal, and drive, to provide guidance to others where permissible.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." -GEORGE ELIOT
My passion comes from surviving a lifetime of trauma where I was taught that asking for help was considered a weakness. The peace I fought for and finally achieved, convinced me my purpose was to help others survive and learn to fight their own monsters. These monsters are real, not under your bed or hiding in your closet with horns, but people you know, love or trust.
"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." -ROBIN WILLIAMS
Being an advocate means walking with a victim on their journey so that they never have to do it alone. I can't magically fix anything, but I sure can make it a little easier by walking beside them and believing in them.
"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." -MAYA ANGELOU
It is not lost on me that I have the privilege to work in this capacity and I am incredibly thankful for the survivors I have come into contact with, the trust they share with me, and the personal growth I am able to make just in learning from them. Each day as I work alongside survivors while they grow and transform, I am reminded that there is strength in healing, power in finding your voice, and courage in leaning into your vulnerabilities. Advocacy also provides me the opportunity to support to the community as we try to make our world safer for the next generation.
"I love when who have been through hell walk out of the flames carrying buckets of water for those still consumed by the fire" -STEPHANIE SPARKLES
Seeing parents and children connect and build relationships is a huge part of the reason I love this job. Knowing that I get to be part of this journey with each family as they navigate the next steps is everything.
"There are far, far better things ahead than we leave behind." -C.S. LEWIS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board is led by the Executive Committee. There are currently three additional standing committees: finance, fundraising, and governance. Board members are appointed to these committees at the November meeting of the board of directors.
BrightHouse is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Bylaws state that a board of up to 12 will govern the agency. Terms are set at three years and one can serve two consecutive terms.
2021-2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Leslie Shea, President, Heartland Credit Union
Justin Jensen, Vice President, PPD
Keith Neill, Treasurer, First Presbyterian Church
Shelly Rasor, Secretary, Reno County Sherriff's Dept.
Susan Wilson, Member-at-Large
Amy Lux, Kanza Bank
Amy Bretz, United Way
Kristen Armstrong, Shepherd Elder Law Group
Gaye Tibbets, Hite, Fanning, & Honeyman
Dave Sotelo, Hutchinson Human Relations Officer
Chrissie Schul, Allen Samuels of Hutchinson
Lara Crow, Lonza
Anyone interested in becoming a board member is encouraged to contact an existing board member or the Executive Director at 620.665.3630.