CARDV supporters commemorate 20 years in Callaway County

Erica Nanney, director of the Callaway County Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), and the organization’s incoming president, Kasi Lacey, present Matthew Palmer, domestic violence investigator for Callaway County, the Kate Conniff award Tuesday during CARDV’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Erica Nanney, director of the Callaway County Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), and the organization’s incoming president, Kasi Lacey, present Matthew Palmer, domestic violence investigator for Callaway County, the Kate Conniff award Tuesday during CARDV’s 20th anniversary celebration. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

Supporters of the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence gathered Tuesday night to celebrate 20 years of the organization’s existence.

Many of the original supporters were in attendance, including Mark Koch, currently a victim advocate in the Columbia Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

“People have given a significant amount of time (to CARDV) and that’s what keeps the organization going,” Koch said.

Although she’s only been the CARDV director since August, Erica Nanney echoed Koch’s statement as she reflected on CARDV’s 20 years.

“The first thing I think about is how many dedicated, passionate individuals have been about CARDV and helping us get to where we are today,” Nanney said.

Nanney said she believes supporters, especially founding members, have shown their dedication over the years in part due to the fact that domestic and sexual violence “doesn’t discriminate” and touches people in all social and economic classes.

“Our mission is very close to people in the community’s hearts,” Nanney said. “They realize there is a big need.”

In addition to celebrating a milestone, CARDV recognized its incoming board president, Kasi Lacey, who is a licensed psychologist and director of Westminster College’s Wellness Center. Gemma Fickess is the outgoing president.

Lacey said she is looking forward to fulfilling the presidential role and strengthening CARDV’s relationship with the community.

“It’s a rekindled relationship with the community, so I’m really excited about where we’re going,” Lacey said.

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