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The Board of Director of the “It Happened to Alexa Foundation” (IHTAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kate J. Fowler to the position of Executive Director. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Lewiston, New York, the It Happened to Alexa Foundation provides financial, emotional, and advocacy assistance to the victims of rape and sexual assault at the time of the trial throughout the United States and internationally.

Dr. Fowler comes to us from the University at Buffalo, where she directed the UB Kids Voting WNY program, a K-12 democracy based program that allowed students to participate in their own mock elections that mirrored actual ballots. Additionally, she built and expanded university and community partnerships to engage students throughout the educational spectrum in areas of community service, academic excellence, and international development. As co-founder of the Buffalo-Tanzania Education Project, Kate oversaw fundraising initiatives to construct classroom buildings, outfit a medical clinic, build a playground, and purchase sewing machines for a women’s vocational training program.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Kate Fowler to the It Happened to Alexa Foundation. Kate’s resume, as you can see, is very impressive. Moreover, her passion for the job and her enthusiasm for It Happened to Alexa Foundation’s success are a winning combination   — Tom and Stacey Branchini, Co-Founders, It Happened to Alexa Foundation

As an active Rotarian, she is immediate Past President and was instrumental in the creation of the Roundabout Rotary: Buffalo-Niagara club, a new model for Rotary clubs with a focus on providing monthly direct community service opportunities. Prior to her involvement with the Roundabout Club, she was a member of the Rotary Club of Amherst where she served in leadership roles such as International Projects Chair, Foundation Board Member, and President. Kate is a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award and is Assistant District Governor-Elect for Rotary District 7090.

In her new role, Dr. Fowler’s responsibilities will include conducting community outreach, providing direct assistance to victims, increasing donor engagement and planning and coordinating events.  In addition, she will also be seeking opportunities for organizational growth through the creation of a new strategic plan, developing expanded educational outreach programs that target college age students, and increasing victim assistance initiatives.