Dedicated Volunteer Elected to Freedom House Board of Directors


A dedicated volunteer of Freedom House has been elected to the Board of Directors. Susan Fandel was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to domestic and sexual violence prevention. Susan Fandel is retired from a 40-year career in Human Resources. Susan Fandel continues to provide direct services to clients and their children.

“We are thrilled to welcome Susan to our Board of Directors,” said Freedom House CEO Michael Zerneck. “Her extensive experience and dedication to supporting survivors of abuse will be invaluable as we continue to expand our services and reach more individuals in need.”

Board President Diana Whitney said, “Susan’s long history of volunteering for the agency will be a great addition to Freedom House. As an HR professional, she brings a wealth of experience into her new role.”

“It is disheartening to hear of the prevalence of domestic violence in our own backyard. I want to support Freedom House in whatever manner I can to help bring change,” said Ms. Fandel. Ms. Fandel’s leadership experience is expected to strengthen the organization during a time when the number of domestic and sexual violence victims is increasing.

About Freedom House Inc.

Freedom House, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is the domestic and sexual violence agency serving Bureau, Henry, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark counties in Illinois. Headquartered in Princeton, with satellite offices in Geneseo, Kewanee, Cambridge, and Lacon, Freedom House employs compassionate and skilled professionals to provide free, confidential, quality services to victims of abuse and their families. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline (800-474-6031), emergency shelter, medical and legal advocacy, adult and child counseling, awareness and prevention education, and training for volunteers and professionals. In the past year, Freedom House staff provided needed services to more than 800 victims (and their families) of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For more information about Freedom House services or to donate, please call 815-872-0087, visit our website,, and find us on Facebook, X, and Instagram.

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