Jill Knittel, president of JK Executive Strategies, recently received the Diane Larter Champion for Children Award from Bivona Child Advocacy Center.
Established in 2005, the award is given to a community member in honor of their dedication to Bivona Child Advocacy Center’s mission and vision through community support and volunteerism.
Knittel, who has served on the board of directors for seven years, chaired a capital campaign that resulted in the opening of a facility at the Skalny Building in Rochester. This facility has brought Bivona’s vision to light — a unified team of professionals dedicated to child abuse response, healing and prevention under one roof. By centralizing response and care in a calming environment, Bivona works to remove further trauma to children that can be caused by repeating their story of abuse in emergency rooms and police stations.
One in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, and many adult survivors remain silent due to the stigma. Knittel worked to raise awareness of the prevalence of child abuse, and to increase the visibility of Bivona’s mission. Through her leadership, and the work of the board, donors, volunteers and staff, over 17,000 children have received support and treatment in the Rochester area.
“Jill Knittel’s selfless dedication to Bivona Child Advocacy, her commitment to our mission and her advocacy efforts to promote healing for all children are inspirational and a testament to why she is a true champion for children,” said Deb Rosen, Bivona executive director.
Knittel built her home, family and business in Rochester since graduating from St. John Fisher College. She is a member of the board of trustees at St. John Fisher College and board of governors at Hillside Children’s Center. Knittel launched JK Executive Strategies to provide executive search, consulting and onboarding programs to companies in search of leaders.