“We believe it is so appropriate that Jana’s Campaign’s new Executive Director is a KU Law School graduate,” says Christie Brungardt. Her daughter, Jana Mackey, had just completed her first year of law school at KU when she was slain by an ex-boyfriend in 2008. Since her death, family and friends created Jana’s Campaign Inc. with the single mission of reducing domestic and dating violence.
Eric Sader of Lawrence, will assume his new responsibilities this coming June in Hays. Mr. Sader will be graduating from the University of Kansas this May with both a Law degree and a Master of Social Work degree where he concentrated in social work administration and advocacy practice. He received his bachelor’s degree from McPherson College (Kansas) where he was a triple major in Communications, History, and Philosophy/Religion and was also student body president. His undergraduate work also included study experiences in New Zealand and China. His academic career includes numerous awards, honors and scholarships. In 2011, Eric was recognized as an honoree of “KU’s Men of Merit” program.
Mr. Sader’s work background includes legal, research and administrative experience with the University of Kansas Medical Center and the US Department of Health and Human Services of Kansas City; the University of Kansas and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office of Lawrence; and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFL- CIO) of Washington DC.
“We are extremely excited to add Eric to our staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge and key experience to this position. Most importantly however, Eric has the passion and the heart for making a real difference on the critical issue of gender-based violence,” says Curt Brungardt, Jana’s stepfather and board president.
“Jana’s Campaign is the perfect organization where justice meets action in the promotion of healthy relationships free from abuse and coercion,” says Mr. Sader. “Gender-based violence is a women’s issue, but it is also a men’s issue, and a human issue. I look forward to serving an operation named after an activist who understood that oppression of one is the oppression of all. I am blessed to enter the Campaign knowing its focus on impact, and I am eager to apply my own talents and resources to the challenges that lie ahead.”
Jana’s Campaign 2009-2012 progress report is now available online and in print. This 12 page report outlines our mission, philosophy, history, major actions and accomplishments, donors and future plans. Please see the link for the online version or email us for a print copy.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has appointed Jana’s Campaign President, Curt Brungardt, to the Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. “This is a great opportunity to work with other experts to investigate and propose system-wide changes to reduce domestic violence homicides in our state,” says Brungardt. His appointment to this board began March 1, 2013.