For Immediate Release
August 5, 2020
After 15 years as Executive Director of Judi’s Place for Kids, Kretzer resigns to assist child advocacy centers statewide
Judi’s Place for Kids has announced that after fifteen years as executive director Laura Kretzer is leaving effective August 14.
Kretzer will soon begin a new position as director of strategic initiatives and programming for the Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky. Long-time forensic interviewer and assistant director Pamela Taylor will serve as interim executive director until the board of directors concludes an executive search.
During her time as executive director at Judi’s Place for Kids, Kretzer has led the organization to provide investigative and healing services to thousands of children and their families in their five-county service area, which includes Pike, Floyd, Martin, Magoffin, and Johnson counties. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded its staff, expanded its building, achieved national accreditation, added a satellite location in Prestonsburg, established the CASA of Eastern Kentucky program, and established a facility dog program. Kretzer says, “I’m truly thankful for the amazing opportunity to serve the community in this role for so many years. It’s only been with incredible contributions from community partners, staff members, volunteers, and the whole community that the program has been able to serve the children, and that’s what it’s all about.”
“We have been fortunate at Judi’s Place for Kids to have had the expertise of dedicated people throughout our history who truly believe in making a difference in children’s lives. While this is a loss for our center, we are excited for Laura and her new opportunity and wish her the best,” President of Judi’s Place for Kids Board of Directors Sheila Belcher said. “In addition, her new position at the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kentucky will enable Laura to continue to support Judi’s Place for Kids in its growth and development, as they assist all child advocacy centers in sustainability across the state.”
For more information on helping the children in the community struggling with abuse, visit the Judi’s Place for Kids website at www.judisplace.org.
Judi’s Place for Kids is a bright solution for abused children - a community working together promoting safety and justice, offering hope and healing so that all may thrive and reach their full potential. A non-profit organization and member of the Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers and the Kentucky CASA Network, Judi’s Place for Kids serves hundreds of child abuse victims each year from Pike, Johnson, Martin, Floyd, and Magoffin Counties. The program is named for the involvement of Kentucky’s First Lady and Pikeville native Judi Patton on behalf of abused children statewide. Professionals and trained volunteers help protect children from abuse and help them heal through advocacy, forensic interviewing, medical services, community education, and coordination with community partners.