2017 Woman of Achievement Nominee
Jessica Hill believes that the greatest challenges facing women today are domestic and sexual
violence; and the numbers support her belief. Since 2010, domestic violence incidents in
Missouri have exceeded 40,000 annually. While that number is startling, it becomes even more
startling when one considers that only 60% of incidents of intimate partner violence are even
reported to police.
As Executive Director of the Safe House for Women, Hill does not take lightly the opportunity
that she has each day to empower women through service and advocacy. She is passionate about
the women and families she serves. “I admire the courage and bravery of the women we serve at
the Safe House, and the resilience they show when forging a new life for themselves and their
Hill's career has been focused exclusively on public service in the non-profit, governmental and
educational sectors. She completed her undergraduate work at Truman State University and
received her master's degree in non-profit management from Oral Roberts University.
When asked what advice she would offer to young girls and women, Hill said, “Say yes to
opportunity. Begin in high school; continue in college and the workplace. Seek out opportunities
and experiences and go for them. Strive to become the most well-informed, well-read, well-
rounded person you can be. Be the person who comes to mind when people need something done
and done well. Give of yourself and your abilities freely and fully. Say yes!”
Hill’s own family plays a central role in her life. She and her husband, Jason, have been married
for 17 years and have two children, Jacob and Caitlin. When asked to describe her most perfect
day, Hill said that Sundays were among her favorites because they include spending time with
her family, attending church and enjoying a delicious meal cooked by her husband.