Marta Maria Miranda, The Center for Women and Families
Marta Maria Miranda was appointed to the position of President/CEO of The Center for Women and Families on February 21, 2011.
Ms. Miranda has 30 years of experience in social work, with much of that time spent focused on the effects, treatment, eradication and prevention of sexual assault and intimate partner abuse. She is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Women and Gender Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.
She was previously employed as a psychotherapist at Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center in Lexington, KY and has continued to work with BRCC as a consultant and trainer. Ms. Miranda has regularly collaborated with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association and was appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women by Governor Steve Beshear.
The National Health Law Practice, which evaluates programs for underserved populations across the country, selected Ms. Miranda to receive a National Best Practice Program Development Award for design and implementation of the EEO Language Access Section of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Families. She was also awarded a 2009 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAMy) Award from the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs for her long-term commitment and work to eradicate sexual assault.
Ms. Miranda emigrated with her family from Pinar del Rio, Cuba when she was 12. After they settled in New Jersey during her childhood, she lived and worked in Florida before moving to Kentucky 15 years ago. She proudly identifies herself as CubalachianóCuban by birth and Appalachian by the Grace of God. In addition to numerous published essays and journal articles, Ms. Miranda is an accomplished poet. She is also co-owner and operator of Oliva Bella, seller of artisan olive oils sustainably produced by Italian family farms.
The Center for Women and Families helps victims of intimate partner abuse or sexual violence to become survivors through supportive services, community education and cooperative partnerships that foster hope, promote self-sufficiency and rebuild lives. The Center has been serving the Kentuckiana community since 1912, when it began as part of the YWCA. Today it is a private nonprofit organization serving 10 counties and operating seven regional locations, three of which provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and/or long-term housing options.
Learn more about the Center's work, in our Season Two interview with former CEO Denise Vasquez Troutman.
- Program 513
- Former newswoman Jackie Hays, the historical Iroquois Amphitheater and more, in this "Louisville Life" program. (#513)