The GaDuGi SafeCenter, a local sexual violence support agency, announced Chrissy Heikkila will take over as executive director.
According to a news release, the center's board of directors unanimously approved Heikkila to replace Sarah Jane Russell, who served as executive director for 26 years.
A native of Great Bend, Heikkila has worked at the agency since 2009. She is a Kansas University graduate and is currently working toward a master's degree at Fort Hays State University, according to the release.
The GaDuGi SafeCenter provides free support services to those affected by sexual violence in Douglas, Jefferson and Franklin counties.