The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV) is pleased to announce that Robert Kieckhefer, Vice President of Public Affairs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, is the newest member of the CAEPV Board of Directors. For a complete listing of CAEPV's Board of Directors, visit http://www.caepv.org/about/ourboard.asp#dir
joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois in 1997 after nearly three decades as a reporter and editor for United Press International. He currently serves as Vice President of Public Affairs for Health Care Service Corporation at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, New Mexico and Texas. He handles media relations, government relations and community relations, including interactions between Blue Cross and the domestic violence movement.
Mr. Kieckhefer has involved Blue Cross in many violence prevention efforts. They include employer-based interventions against domestic violence, a State of Illinois project to provide model domestic violence policies for all Illinois employers, and a variety of national projects and conferences. He helped Blue Cross partner with the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority and the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, and is a Family Violence Prevention Fund "Founding Father," encouraging male efforts to prevent domestic violence. In March 2004, Lifetime Television honored Bob in their "Times Square" project for his outstanding work to end violence against women.
In addition, Bob is a Board Member of the National Turf Writers Association, and is involved with many other organizations and groups centered around journalism, public relations, violence prevention, protection and promotion of civil rights and equality, food and sports. He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree from St. Louis University.
The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
is a leading force in the fight against intimate partner violence and its effects on the workplace. It is the only national organization of its kind founded by business leaders and focused on the workplace. Since 1995, the Alliance has brought together dozens of progressive companies who exchange information, collaborate on projects, and use their influence to instigate change. The Alliance offers extensive research, policy knowledge and issue expertise to the business community, including training, program guidance, and crisis consultation - with programs designed to make the workplace safe and to prevent intimate partner violence from impacting the workplace.
CAEPV has member and associate organizations reaching over one million employees nationwide. Corporate members include Altria, American Express, ADM, Avon, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Shield of California Foundation, CIGNA, Country Insurance and Financial Services, Eastman Kodak Company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Kraft Foods, Lifetime Television, Liz Claiborne Inc., Mary Kay Inc., Northern Trust, RAND, State Farm Insurance Companies, and Verizon Wireless. Internationally, the Office of the Status of Women, Commonwealth of Australia, is a CAEPV member organization.
# # #