Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center CEO, Linda Dooley Johanek, steps down after 9 years

06/14/17 Press Release

Cleveland, Ohio, June 14, 2017 - Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) announced today that Linda Johanek has officially resigned from her position as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 7, 2017.

“It has been my privilege to serve as CEO and to work with outstanding staff, a dedicated board, and strong community partnerships to advocate on behalf of survivors, promote justice and increase safety”, Johanek said.

Ms. Johanek has held the position of Chief Executive Officer for 9 years and has been with the agency for 22 years.   Prior to this position, she served as the agency’s Fund Development Director.   In her tenure as CEO she has guided the agency through a merger with Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, a capital campaign, relocation initiative, increased capacity and expansion of services to respond to the victims of child abuse and domestic violence.  She has been a tireless advocate in the community working to break the cycle of abuse via prevention, intervention, community education and systems change.

Leslie Quilty, the current Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed to Interim CEO and the Board of Directors has formed a search committee, actively searching to fill Ms. Johanek’s position.

Polly Furey, President, Board of Directors said, “We wish Linda well in her future endeavor and are thrilled that she has a new opportunity. Her thoughtful and dynamic leadership will be missed, but we are confident that the agency is well positioned for continued success, outreach and growth.”

About Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center:

The agency is unique in Cuyahoga County with a 40 year history of leading the community in responding to victims of domestic violence and child abuse and reaches over 25,000 women, men and children annually. Its mission is to empower individuals, educate the community and advocate for justice to end domestic violence and child abuse.  For more information, visit

Contact: Polly Furey, DVCAC Board President