Community Advocate, Heart for the People
Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Deanna Reder has always had a passion for volunteering and working in the community of her hometown. Deanna attended DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology. During her time in college, she made it a point to gain a greater understanding of the barriers faced by many that have been affected by gender and racial inequality, and she also involved herself in educational programs through Title IX to help reduce power-based violence and issues of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on campus.
After graduating, Deanna moved to Superior, WI and became actively involved in the community and worked with underserved populations. Deanna currently serves as a Community Advocate for Heart for the People, where she provides advocacy for families involved in the court system pertaining to child protection matters, family law proceedings; where she ensures families are afforded opportunities and have an understanding of the process. Deanna wants the families to have their voices heard and provide the necessary support they need so that they feel they can succeed in the community. Deanna also serves as an Overnight Women’s Advocate at Safe Haven Shelter & Resource Center and as a Shelter Advocate for Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA). The women Deanna work with at both shelters are a true inspiration because she is able to watch how the women become empowered and help foster healthy relationships during their stay in shelter. Deanna hopes to foster and create strong community connections for the families that she works with in her field.