Valerie Alexander, former volunteer for A Better Choice, succeeds her
Knowing who the boss is at A Better Choice is easy, you just have to remember one name.

Vallarie Eades

Valerie Alexander recently succeeded Vallarie Eades, who served as executive director of the crisis pregnancy center for 14 years.
In an email interview, Eades said she will remember her time at the crisis pregnancy center, located at 3007 E. Central in Wichita, because of the lives they saved and the lives they changed.
“Not long ago a young mother came back to A Better Choice to tell us it took her seven years, but she now has a college degree and is taking care of her family and going to church,” Eades wrote. “She shared pictures of herself with her children and wrote, ‘Thank you for showing me I could do it.’”
The pro-life effort has matured since the early protests against abortion clinics, she said, adding that they have been replaced by compassion for the woman seeking an abortion and education about choices and assistance available to her.
Medical advances have made it easier to persuade mothers to make a choice for life, Eades said.
“Scientific evidence of the baby’s development in the womb is now clearly seen through ultrasound,” she said. “Increasingly, state laws regarding abortion are based on medical regulations for abortion clinics as the truth about abortion providers and their practices are being exposed.”
The pro-life efforts of the last few decades, she said, are evident in the number of youth and young adults taking part in pro-life activities such as the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., that draws hundreds of thousands from across the country.
Over the years, Eades said, she has learned that every woman needs a place where she feels safe to talk about her thoughts and fears, a place where she can ask questions and hear positive, life-affirming answers.
“We are here to show her someone cares, understands her fears and can help her find the hope she is looking for with her baby,” she said. “We can share with her that life begins at conception, not the moment of birth, that abstinence is empowering for single women, that no one should accept a life of abuse, and that adoption is a courageous choice over abortion.”
Eades said she told the new executive director to look for the face of Jesus in everyone, as Mother Teresa said. “And if you are true to the mission of the ministry, God will provide all the needs necessary to sustain it through dedicated volunteers, financial, and material gifts.”
She said her retirement plans will evolve, but for now she is spending more time with her family, including a new great-granddaughter and planning a trip to Italy with her husband, Bill.
New executive director first volunteered at ABC

Valerie Alexander

Alexander said her first association with ABC was in 2007 when she began volunteering as a peer counselor, became a part-time employee in 2009 and worked as the volunteer coordinator until she went on maternity leave in 2016.
“After two wonderful years at home with my children, I am honored to return to A Better Choice as the executive director,” she said. “Our unique mission and the needs of our clients drew me back. In each of my roles at A Better Choice, I have been able to prioritize directly serving women who seek help.”
In her new role, Alexander said, her job is to carry out ABC’s vision to resurrect a culture of life in our society.
“Very simply put, I hope to wrap our clients in love to enable them to extend that love to their unborn children by choosing life! I will collaborate with our donors and volunteers to ensure that women in our community have a compassionate place to discuss pregnancy issues and find accurate information.”
Alexander added that ABC, located at 3007 E. Central, is busy preparing to expand into the building next door, a move that will allow them to increase their sonogram services.