YWCA Northeast Kansas CEO Kathleen Marker Announces Retirement in 2024 

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YWCA Northeast Kansas CEO Kathleen Marker Announces Retirement in 2024 

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Two women on stage smiling for the camera. One woman (Kathleen Marker), is holding a plaque. A banner behind them reads "Mission Forward."
Kathleen accepted the 2023 Association Excellence Award for Advocacy at the YWCA USA National Conference.

After seven years of service at the helm of the only YWCA in the state of Kansas, YWCA Northeast Kansas CEO Kathleen Marker has publicly announced her plans to retire effective at the end of March 2024. 


I have confidence in the board of directors and the leadership team as they search for the next leader of this incredible organization that has served Topeka and the northeast Kansas community for over 135 years. I came to YWCA Northeast Kansas because I believed in the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.  While we have accomplished a great deal over the past seven years, there is still much to be done,” Marker stated.


The Board of Directors has formed a succession planning committee and has engaged Moran Company as their executive search firm. As the transition moves forward, YWCA Northeast Kansas plans to remain transparent in their search for a new leader.


Dozens of people march away from the Kansas Statehouse carrying signs that read "Stop the Violence" and other similar messages. At the front is Kathleen and another woman carrying a purple banner.
2022 Week Without Violence March & Rally

YWCA Northeast Kansas board president Gina Millsap stated, “Under Kathleen’s leadership, YWCA Northeast Kansas has become a national model for empowering women and advocating for racial and social justice. Helping survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking reclaim their lives with safe places, affordable childcare for their children, and providing access to essential services through community partners have made a huge difference in thousands of lives. The board is committed to finding a successor to continue her exceptional work and grow the impact of the programs, advocacy, public education, and community building she has championed.”


Marker added, “My work – and our work – is far from over. I am grateful for the crucial support and partnerships this community has afforded YWCA and me in this important work. I look forward to continuing in my position until a new CEO comes on board in March of 2024.


Kathleen stands behind a podium and microphone reading from a binder. Behind her are banners that read "Tax cuts for Kansas families."
Kathleen speaking at a press conference with Governor Laura Kelly held at the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment Day Center

About YWCA Northeast Kansas: 

YWCA Northeast Kansas is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all through various programs including the Early Learning Center, the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment, the YWCA Leadership Academy, and racial justice and advocacy programming which serves over 13,000 women, children, and marginalized individuals in Shawnee, Jackson, Brown, and Wabaunsee counties every year.