RACINE — Pamala Handrow, who has guided the SAFE Haven of Racine youth shelter for six years, has been appointed executive director of Bethany Apartments, which provides transitional housing for women and children suffering from domestic abuse.

Handrow, also a member of the Racine Unified School District Board since 2008, will start at Bethany on Feb. 1.

“We are very pleased to have Pam at Bethany Apartments,” said Racine Dominican Sister Betty Ann Heegeman, president of the Bethany Board of Directors. “She is well-connected in the Racine community and brings many valuable skills to further our mission.”

Bethany Apartments was established in 1990 as a source of sanctuary and strength for victims of domestic violence. The apartments are a program of Catherine Marian Housing Inc. and are sponsored by the Racine Dominicans and Franciscan Ministries Inc. of Wheaton, Ill.

Since it opened its doors 26 years ago, Bethany has served more than 270 women and 390 children, according to Bethany’s website.

For the past six years, Handrow has been the executive director of SAFE Haven of Racine, which provides food, clothing and shelter for youth, and helps them enhance their lives through education, self-esteem, employment, problem-solving and life skills.

Handrow has served on the Racine Unified School Board since 2008. This year, the first that will have Unified board members elected by district, Handrow is running as a District 3 candidate — against fellow incumbent Michael Frontier — in the April 5 election.

She has earned a master’s degree in library and information science from UW-Milwaukee in 1995, and a law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago Kent College of Law in 1987.

Handrow has served as a professor of educational law at Carthage College and an instructor in interdisciplinary studies and organizational studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

She has worked as an assistant district attorney and private practice lawyer. She also has provided research, consultation, grant-writing and fundraising services to nonprofit corporations for the past 20 years.

Additionally, Handrow has served on the Countryside Humane Society Board of Directors and the Racine Park and Recreation Board.

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