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Dunebrook’s Executive Director to Retire in 2022

Michigan City – October 20, 2021 Dunebrook’s President, Tony Gillisse, has announced that Executive Director Jeanne Ann Cannon, LCSW, will be retiring in March, 2022.

Jeanne Ann Cannon, LCSW joined Dunebrook as its Executive Director in 2016. During her tenure, she oversaw the expansion of Dunebrook’s prevention education programs in schools, record highs of forensic interviews conducted in the Child Advocacy Center and a crib distribution program to help reduce the rate of infant mortality in LaPorte County. Gillisse said that Cannon’s leadership has been instrumental in strengthening Dunebrook’s Strategic Plan and forging relationships with hospitals, agencies and other partners in the community. He comments, “Jeanne Ann led our team in navigating the unprecedented crisis of the pandemic, being a constant and positive role model. She worked with our staff to seamlessly deliver services while also heeding safety measures.”

Board Secretary and Past President Ted Perzanowski adds, “As a member of the Board of Directors, it has been a joy for me to work with Jeanne Ann throughout her six-year tenure as Dunebrook’s Executive Director, Jeanne Ann’s leadership has been steadfast, practical, and heartfelt. She has been a fully engaged steward of Dunebrook’s purpose: Safe Children, Healthy Families. Dunebrook has truly been enriched through her tireless contributions of self.”

Cannon stated, “It has been an honor to lead such a talented team at Dunebrook and work alongside our dedicated Board of Directors. The passion, respect for clients and critical work that each of them do every day is outstanding in the fight against child abuse.” She adds, “It has been a pleasure to work alongside so many passionate individuals in our community with the Home Team, Drug-Free Partnership and Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte’s initiative Partners for Healthier Babies and others. Dunebrook will continue as a vital member of their important work.”

She adds, “As a team, we are building up the foundation of our community while strengthening its base, children, parents and families.” “Dunebrook’s Board and staff are fully experienced, trained and committed to serving families and working with community partners to be responsive to the ever-changing needs of families in our community.”

Cannon is also a licensed clinical social worker and will return to her private counseling practice, part-time, counseling couples, women and life-coaching for professionals. “Helping others search their souls and attain
their goals is dear to my heart. I look forward to returning to my practice and the gift of time and flexibility to spend more time with my family.”

Dunebrook’s Board of Directors has begun the search for a new Executive Director. Interested candidates are invited to find more information at www.dunebrook.org or by contacting Lena Ritchie at lena@dunebrook.org or 219-874-0007 ext. 319. The position is rewarding, always active and the opportunity to work with an outstanding staff and Board!

Dunebrook was created in 1989, and delivers services in LaPorte, Porter, Starke and Pulaski Counties. The Child Advocacy Center plays an integral role with investigators by conducting forensic interviews upon an allegation of abuse or a child’s witness to a crime and supports the child and family following the interview. Dunebrook’s child abuse prevention programs, Healthy Families, Body Safety, Stewards of Children and Parent and Family Education, make a difference every day in strengthening and supporting families.

For more information about enrolling in Dunebrook’s programs, volunteering or to request a speaker, call 219/874-0007 or visit www.dunebrook.org. Follow Dunebrook on Facebook and tune in to the Tuesdays at Ten livestream to learn more about what is happening at Dunebrook and our community.