Susan Hickam Appointed as Executive Director of The Lafayette House

(Joplin, MO) – The Lafayette House Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Susan Hickam as its new executive director, to replace the retiring Alison Malinowski Sunday.

Ms. Hickam was most recently the assistant director at the Crisis Intervention Center of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Her broad experience includes work in the domestic violence field; serving as a sexual assault advocate; and work for the United States Probation & Pretrial Services Office as a supervisor, sentencing guidelines specialist and training coordinator.

In her new role, Ms. Hickam will provide executive leadership for Lafayette House operations, which include programs for victims of domestic or sexual violence and women’s substance use treatment.

Ms. Hickam is a native of Webb City, Missouri and is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University’s criminal justice program.

“We are confident that Susan brings the right mix of skills to lead Lafayette House forward in its mission,” said Debi Koelkebeck, board president. “Her commitment to effective and innovative services and her desire to provide compassionate and strong leadership make her an excellent choice for this position.”

About Lafayette House:

Lafayette House is a private non-profit organization serving adults, children, and families experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or substance use disorders. The organization serves 1,200 people each year from a 7-county area in southwest Missouri.


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