Keeler Women's Center

Meet Our Staff

Sister Bridget Dickason, Director

In 1986 when Sister Bridget joined the Benedictine Sisters, she came to them with a degree in Education and English so naturally her talents seemed best suited for teaching in the area high schools. When the need for a principal arose at Mount St. Scholastica Academy, she returned to school to obtain a Master's in School Administration, serving as principal for six years through the merger with Maur Hill. In the summer of 2010 she found a new calling as Associate Director of Keeler Women's Center. In June 2012, she completed her certification as a spiritual director through the Souljourners program at Sophia Center.

Sister Patricia Seipel, Associate Director

Sister Patricia holds a bachelor’s degree from Avila College in Kansas City, Mo., and master’s degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She taught for 34 years in various schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, most recently teaching kindergarten at Visitation Catholic Grade School in Kansas City, Mo. She also served as the Mount’s vocation director for four years. During that time she helped with a “busy persons” retreat at Keeler. A native of Maryville, Mo., Sister Patricia grew up on a farm with five brothers and a sister and was taught by Benedictine sisters at St. Gregory’s Catholic School. She credits her parents with modeling hospitality for her and teaching her to appreciate nature and its beauty. 

Brenda Mortell, Associate Director

Brenda Mortell previously was the family services director at Heartland Habitat for nine years. In that post, she oversaw the home-buyer purchase, education and financial literacy processes. She also was a community organizer and community safety initiative coordinator at Community Housing of Wyandotte County, was the Kansas City, Kan., study circles program coordinator for United Way of Johnson County and was a project coordinator for the Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce. A second-generation immigrant and a long-time resident of Kansas City, Kan., Mortell graduated from F.L. Schlagle High School and Donnelly College and attended Rockhurst University. She has served on the Keeler advisory board for two years, and teaches the monthly Common Cents classes at the center.

 

Donna Constantineau, MA., LCPC

Donna Constantineau describes herself as a "wounded healer" walking with her clients, the women of Keeler Women’s Center, in their journey for personal healing and liberation. Called to Keeler by a desire to be in solidarity with the poor and to share in the life struggles of women, Donna serves as counselor for the Center. She describes the greatest satisfaction she derives from her work as learning humility from these women and sharing in the personal growth and healing as they strive to rebuild their lives. She describes Keeler as a “Sacred Place” where women are safe, valued, respected, and helped with issues such as domestic violence, abuse, sexual assault, and addictions in a community that also celebrates the arts through book clubs and writing circles, film series and theatre. In her words, Keeler Women’s Center “builds community” and, in doing so, nurtures the whole person-body, mind and soul.

 Other Staff

S. Esther Fangman, OSB, Ed.D., LCPC (One day each week)

Amanda Douglas, intern, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Diane Drouhard, LPC, LCAC (professional volunteer)

Diana Luna Camden, LPC (professional volunteer)

Jackie Tigges (professional volunteer)