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Kathleen Krenek, NDS Executive Director, Retires After 15 Years of Service

After 15 years of leadership, Kathleen Krenek has retired from her position as Executive Director of Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. During her time at Next Door Solutions, Kathleen has been a visionary leader in the field, advocating for the rights of women and children facing domestic violence. She was instrumental in the merger of Next Door Solutions with WATCH and the establishment of both HomeSafe locations, and has led the agency in providing innovative and holistic services.

Kathleen has devoted over 30 years to ending violence against women and girls, and has been recognized and honored at the county, state and national level.

“Next Door Solutions has a keen eye to the need for change in community norms so that systemic and broader social change can happen,” shared Kathleen. “I am confident that Next Door Solutions’ good work will continue.”

”I want to express my gratitude for the vision and passion that Kathleen has brought to Next Door Solutions over the years. She leaves us with an extraordinary organization that is well positioned for the future,” said Melissa Hollatz, Board Chair.

On September 15, the community is invited to honor Kathleen’s service to Next Door Solutions and the cause to end domestic violence. The event will begin at 5:30 pm and will be held at We and Our Neighbors’ Clubhouse (15480 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124). Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Susan McInnis, Director of Finance and Operation, has been named Acting Executive Director while the Board of Directors initiates a search for a new Executive Director.

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Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence is a non-profit, multicultural agency entirely dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions to domestic violence. Serving Santa Clara County since 1971, Next Door Solutions seeks to end domestic violence in the moment and for all time, by helping survivors rebuild their lives, cultivating resilience in children and youth exposed to domestic violence, and working alongside women as they move from crisis to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.

SAVE THE DATE: Light Up the Night!


Presented by El Camino Hospital and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Sponsored by: Bay Alarm, Kaiser Permanente, Hoover Krepelka LLP, Morrison Foerster, Synectic Technologies, and 94.5 KBAY

Light Up the Night will be taking place at Next Door Solutions’ Community Office (234 E. Gish Road, Ste. 200, San Jose, CA 95112). If you have questions about this event or would like to become a sponsor, please contact Bernadette White by phone at (408) 501-7571 or by email at

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