Terri Heckman’s name is synonymous with helping women in time of crisis. She has been CEO of the Summit and Medina County Battered Women’s Shelter (BWS) since 1995 and CEO of the Summit and Medina County Rape Crisis Center since 2005. Unlike other agencies that focus on victims of all types of crime, BWS is the only agency in Summit/Medina County that focuses on family violence, intervention and prevention. In 2015, the BWS assisted over 6,000 Summit and Medina County individuals affected by domestic violence.
Born in Cleveland and raised in Fairlawn, Ms. Heckman attended St. Hilary Parish School and graduated from Copley High School in 1976. She received a B.A.S. from the University of Akron in 1986 and became a state licensed social worker. Ms. Heckman is a noted expert and frequent speaker at the local and state level on the topics of domestic violence, child abuse, rape, elder abuse and dating violence and has written two publications, A Rape Survivor’s Support Manual and It Wasn’t Supposed To End This Way a date-rape prevention manual written in a comic book format.
Many community organizations have benefited from Ms. Heckman’s leadership and hard work. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Summit County Domestic Violence Coalition and is on the steering committee of the Summit County Fatality Review Team. In the past, she was the chairperson of the Summit County Children At Risk Coalition and the Education Committee of the Summit County Child Abuse Prevention Project and has held leadership positions with the Summit County CYO, Summit County Child and Family First Coalition and the Summit Forum. She accomplished all of this while serving as the head coach of the girls’ soccer team at Archbishop Hoban High School for an amazing for 12 years.
Ms. Heckman received the Outstanding Service to Crime Victims Award from Victims Assistance Inc. of Summit County. She won The Liberty Bell Award from the Akron Bar Association, and received the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award from St. Paul A.M.E. Church. She’s also received Special Achievement Award (for authoring “The Survivor Support Manual”) from the state of Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Professional Woman of the Year Award from the Akron Women’s History Project and distinguished service awards from both the Akron Jaycees and Kiwanis Club. In 2015 Terri received two of Northeast Ohio’s top honors as she accepted both the Athena Award and the Bishop William Cosgrove Justice Award.
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