On July 1, 2011, Karen Cox began the position of Executive Director, replacing retiring director Kathleen Heyworth. Karen has had a long career in social services here in Springfield. She was with Rutledge Youth Foundation from February 1995 to June 2011, most recently serving there as Clinical Services Manager (July 2001-June 2011). Karen has also worked as a hospital social worker at St. Johnís Hospital (March 2006-April 2007) and as a therapist at Family Service Center (December 2002-February 2004).

Karen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Bachelorís degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois (1994) and a Masterís degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois (2001).

Karen is happy to be working with such a dedicated staff, board of directors, and wonderful volunteers. She looks forward to seeing the Crisis Nursery continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of the community and to protect children.

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