Haven House announces permanent appointment of executive director

WAYNE, Neb. -- A permanent change has been made at the top of a Wayne organization.

Haven House Family Services Center, a northeast Nebraska domestic violence and sexual assault crisis agency, announced the promotion of Debbie Goettsch.

Goettsch, who has been with the agency for over six years as an advocate and sexual assault and domestic violence supervisor, has served as the interim executive director since November 2020. The board officially announced Goettsch as the permanent executive director at its most recent meeting in May.

Goettsch is a Sioux City native who received her undergraduate and masters degrees from Wayne State College. She said her goal is to provide support so that everyone can live a violence-free life.

Haven House was established in 1978 in Wayne. It has offices in Wayne and South Sioiux City, with services in Spanish and English.

The agency services a 5-County Area including Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne. Haven House says its mission is to empower, advocate, and educate survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.