Kate Keisel, Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Keisel leads a diverse team in both the provision of direct trauma-informed services for survivors and the expansion of capacity strengthen efforts. She works at the local, national and global level to ensure individuals, organizations, and communities have the necessary tools to build empowered lives in the aftermath trauma.
Ms. Keisel has over a decade of experience working in the anti-trafficking field in direct services within the United States, Latin America, and West Africa. Prior to founding Sanar, she served as the Director of Polaris New Jersey working to expand comprehensive services for survivors of all forms of human trafficking. Ms. Keisel has also worked in Central Mexico supporting individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and exploitation.
Ms. Keisel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a focus on human rights in Latin America and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with a focus on complex trauma. She holds post-graduate training certificates in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and has participated in training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Sensory-Based Modalities.
Ms. Keisel’s work is informed by her own lived experience with complex trauma recovery, clinical training, and years of working with hundreds of individuals on their own healing journey. She believes that every survivor should have the opportunity to heal in their own way, at their own pace, and have access to the resources that foster resiliency, inspire hope, and allow each person to build a life of their choosing.
Jenna Pannepacker, Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Pannepacker oversees Sanar‘s global operations of trauma-informed services for diverse survivors of gender-based violence and individuals vulnerable to exploitation.
In addition, the office provides specialized services for survivors of all forms of human trafficking that support complex trauma recovery including individual and group therapy, psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring, expressive arts and music, trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness, acupuncture, trauma-informed advocacy, legal support, and economic empowerment. Ms. Pannepacker also oversees and facilitates services in the music programming and economic empowerment programs.
Prior to founding Sanar, Ms. Pannepacker worked as School Director with Education First, a world leader in international education based out of Miami Beach, Florida. During her time at Education First, she directed all operations of the Miami Beach school and helped thousands of international students fully integrate language learning and cultural immersion. Moreover, Ms. Pannepacker has worked in Argentina and Peru developing partnerships and coordinating volunteer programs for marginalized communities to help vulnerable children and families thrive. Ms. Pannepacker holds a BA from Rutgers University and speaks Spanish and French fluently.
Sanar's Co-Founding History
The Sanar Wellness Institute was founded in 2015 by Kate Keisel, Jenna Pannepacker, and Gabriela Celeiro.
These three trailblazers were committed to building a new kind of non-profit organization that supports all survivors in meeting their full potential. Through their combined expertise in backgrounds from the public and private sectors, they blended their unique talents to empower individuals from all walks of life.
The Sanar co-founders firmly believe that all individuals that have experienced trauma should have access to the resources and services to create a live of their choosing.