RUTLAND - Marianne Kennedy, J.D., a licensed Vermont attorney, has been appointed Executive Director of the Rutland County Women's Network & Shelter.

She is an active Board Member of the Governor's Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and co-chairs the Rutland County Domestic Violence Task Force.

"Over the last few months, as I have reviewed the nature and scope of our important work, I have been impressed with the level community support that the Rutland County Network & Shelter has received," Kennedy said. "For the last thirty-three years we have been able to provide the shelter, services and advocacy that help rebuild the lives of thousands of women and children who have been the victims of abuse. My charge, as the new Executive Director, is to ensure that we can expand and sustain the critical services we provide so that we continue to make a difference in the lives of families at risk of domestic violence."

Kennedy is a longtime leader in violence and lethality reduction advocacy and planning. She is also a private consultant, health policy analyst, and consultant to national non-profit boards and principals involving the design, implementation, and strategic planning of health policy, restorative justice programs, long term care Medicaid, conflict resolution, drug court, diversion programs, status of women, and Team Coordinator under a Federal Drug Court Training Grant.

She has worked in private practice and directed three Vermont non-profits and, under her leadership.


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These organizations were recipients of multiple State and Federal programs and grants.

Kennedy provides regular testimony to the Vermont legislature on health policy, juvenile justice issues and violence against women. She was appointed Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Vermont Agency of Human Services, Department for Children and Families, and served on the Vermont Committees that designed and implemented Catamount Care and Global Commitment. She held a gubernatorial appointment to the Vermont Offender Workforce Commission, and was appointed to the Vermont Bar Professional Responsibility Board. She has held Faculty positions at Vermont State Colleges and served as an Instructor in the Family Courts for the University of Vermont. She has lectured on restorative and tribal justice, conflict resolution, and domestic violence and sexual assault against women at Bennington College, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and various private and public agencies.

Kennedy is also a recipient of the Vermont Bar Association Pro Bono Award for providing distinguished legal services to under privileged citizens of Vermont. She lives in Manchester, Vermont.

Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter is dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The focus of RCWN&S includes prevention, education and outreach to the communities of Rutland County with the goal of preventing and decreasing incidences of further abuse. R In 2012, RCWN&S provided direct advocacy or shelter support services to families through its 24-hour confidential crisis hotline and ongoing services of advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, and community referrals.

To learn more about the important work in the community that RCWNS does, visit www.rcwns.org.