Panelists: Millie Devine, Founder, The SECT Women’s Network, Co-Founder, Safe Futures and Katherine Verano, Executive Director, Safe Futures
The MODERATOR will be Kathryn Greene, SECT Women’s Network Board Member
Katherine Verano is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Safe Futures, formerly The Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut. Katherine left her career in corporate banking and came to Safe Futures 26 years ago after a close friend and peer was brutally murdered by her husband. Katherine’s dedication to working in this field started with working the crisis hotline in 1994 at She continued her work at the agency over the years managing the emergency shelter, counseling program, criminal court advocacy in the justice system. Katherine was appointed as the Director of Client Services, prior to her role as Executive Director, and now CEO. Over a 20-year period in the criminal justice system, Katherine interviewed thousands of victims and offenders of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking at court arraignments and throughout the court process. Katherine has been exemplary in bringing court and community partners together in forums and roundtables; in a collaborative effort to enhance services to victims of crime, while educating partners. Katherine has served on multiple task forces and committees to include the Veteran’s Diversionary Council and Domestic Violence, Connecticut State Police Lethality Assessment Program Committee, Statewide Model Policy “Police Response to Crimes of Domestic Violence” Task Force Committee, and multiple local college community response teams. Since 2012, Katherine has been the Connecticut expert “Train the Trainer” on the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence educating police and advocates around Connecticut. She is also a re-certification instructor for the Law Enforcement Council (LEC) Officer & Supervisor and for CT POST Academy “Strangulation prevention/ investigation” instructing multiple statewide seminars. In 2017, Katherine traveled to Beijing, China, on behalf of the “Yale University-Paul Tsai Law Center” speaking and training on matters of lethality assessment programing – Domestic violence intervention strategies to government officials as well as speaking on “Development of Domestic Violence Laws” at the Beijing Public Safety University. Katherine is the Legislative Liaison for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the agency since 2010, successfully testifying on numerous House bills.
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