Kathryn Jacob, MSW, has been named the new President/CEO of SafeHaven, the nonprofit agency which operates the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence shelters in Tarrant County. Jacob comes to SafeHaven from the Housing Crisis Center of Dallas, Texas, where she served as its Executive Director for the past five years. She fills the post vacated by the retirement of Mary Lee Hafley, who served as President/CEO of SafeHaven for 24 years.
Jacob has held numerous leadership positions over the past fifteen years, including Associate Director of Program Services for the Salvation Army Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Command, Executive Director of Doctors for Healthy Communities in New York, and National Marketing Director for Charles Nechtem Associates/Oasis Behavioral Health in Newark, New Jersey. A native of Chicago, she began her social work career with the United States Peace Corps in Turkmenistan after receiving her Bachelor of Social Work from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Jacob holds a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University in New York, and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Texas. Named a top “40 Under 40” honoree in 2011 in Dallas, she is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Texas.
“Tarrant County is so fortunate to have a place where women and their children can, not only seek refuge from domestic violence, but move their lives forward with dignity and hope,” says Jacob. “I’m very excited to take over the reins at SafeHaven, and continue to equip the agency to meet the needs of the future,” she added.