Retiring YWCA St. Joseph CEO Jean Brown Hands Reins Off to Killin
After a six-month, nationwide search, YWCA St. Joseph has named a successor to CEO Jean Brown, retiring after decades of service to the community. The organization welcomes Tammy Killin as its new CEO, with Brown retiring as of January 1.
Killin brings extensive experience to YWCA St. Joseph, with over 25 years of involvement in working with children and 14 of those spent with the Boys Town organization in both direct service and administrative facilities.
Most recently, Killin has operated a private, licensed professional counseling office and authored a book during her time as a counselor. In addition to offering therapy to families and individuals, Killin also led empowerment workshops for women and served as a job coach.
Beyond her expertise working to empower individuals for a better future, Killin brings a first-hand understanding of the challenges that many YWCA St. Joseph families face. Killin grew up in the foster care system, and time spent in an abusive marriage uniquely prepared her to serve as CEO.
Killin cites the importance of such services as the YWCA domestic abuse hotline and loving mentors as key factors in her escape from the difficulties of an abusive marriage. She demonstrates the power of these forces in her story through her self-help book entitled, “Let It Strengthen You: A Journey From Abuse to Empowerment.”
Killin also looks to her predecessor for inspiration. Throughout Brown’s tenure, services were expanded and improved to serve the St. Joseph community and the surrounding areas. Brown was instrumental in expanding childcare to include infant care, and the emergency shelter was improved to include not only immediate care but a wide range of services. From court advocacy and outreach services to expanded counseling sessions and supportive, long-term housing at Bliss Manor, Victim Services is better-equipped to serve families in crisis. Brown also introduced YWCA St. Joseph’s Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award and the Stand Against Racism.
Killin hopes to continue the legacy that Brown has built, while also introducing a further expansion of the ideals that YWCA St. Joseph espouses. For instance, Killin has a passion for outreach and hopes to be proactive in offering services to members of the community. She hopes to reach out more effectively through schools and assist women in their pursuit of careers.
Please join YWCA St. Joseph as we celebrate the service of Jean Brown and welcome Tammy Killin to the role of CEO. Contact us for more information about our programs, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation.