Family Crisis Center CEO Announces Retirement

December 08, 2022 2:58pm

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Kastein in a 2020 interview on KSOU's The Daily Grind

Family Crisis Centers announced that long-time Executive Director, Shari Kastein, is retiring at the end of 2022. Her retirement brings to a close a remarkable career of 24 years of service to Family Crisis Centers. After many years of dedication and a strong team in place, the timing felt right for Kastein to retire and focus on spending time with her family.


“For nearly 25 years I led the growth and expansion of Family Crisis Centers. When I walked into my office for the first time in 1998, I remember feeling excited and energized about the work laying in front of us. Through a partnership with the City of Sioux Center, area businesses, and friends, Family Crisis Centers became a model program for the state of Iowa – comparable to none. The success of FCC rests in the strong community support and excellent execution of services by staff. Like anyone in a long-term career, making the decision to step aside was difficult. I have faith and trust FCC will continue to flourish. FCC’s Board of Directors has been preparing for this day, solid staff is in place to carry on my legacy. Thus giving me time to spend with my family,” Shari Kastein said.


The impact of Kastein’s dedication is seen in the tremendous growth in programming at Family Crisis Centers. Domestic violence services expanded from serving 4 counties to serving 17 counties. A homicide and violent crimes program was added in 2013 to serve 29 counties. In 2015, Kastein developed Iowa’s first and only statewide call center dedicated to victim services. She forged a partnership with medical clinics the next year to help give victims another path to services. Kastein’s most recent program addition includes a family visitation and exchange center to support area foster care children.


Kastein is known for her legacy of serving others. Her work has been recognized at local, state, and national levels. She was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Award of Excellence in Victim Services – United States Attorney’s Office, John & Kae Egan Award – Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance, Remarkable Woman – Keloland TV, Outstanding Citizenship Award – City of Sioux Center, Special Courage Award – U.S. Department of Justice, Survivor of the Year – Theresa’s Fund, Lifetime Achievement Award – Theresa’s Fund, and many others throughout her lifetime.


“Family Crisis Centers has benefitted greatly from Shari’s expertise and leadership through the years. We are grateful to her for the many contributions she has made to the organization,” Board President Julie Arends said.


Family Crisis Centers’ Board of Directors will oversee the retirement process to ensure a smooth transition. They will work with the leadership team and staff to maintain the quality programs and services people expect from Family Crisis Centers. Kastein’s legacy of serving others will carry on well into the future.