In Memory of Teri Mathis Zenner
Celebrating a Life Dedicated to Helping Others, Teri Mathis Zenner was a bright, caring, and dedicated young woman who was a social worker at Johnson County Mental Health Center. In August 2004, just 2 days before her 27th birthday, she was tragically killed in 2004 during a home visit while trying to help a client. She had recently married, and was only a few months away from completing her Master’s degree in social work.
In 2006, a water fountain was dedicated to the memory of Teri at the Crisis Recovery Center in Shawnee. A plaque was placed at the base of the fountain in her honor.
Teri was also a talented athlete who enjoyed the outdoors with her family. Her family, friends, and colleagues have created a walk/run event to honor her memory and celebrate her spirit and passion for helping others.
Teri Mathis Zenner Memorial 5K Run, Walk, and Kids Dash
The 9th annual Teri Mathis Zenner Memorial 5k Run/Walk was held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Heritage Park, Shelter #1/Marina in Olathe. (map)
Paid event participants received a "Teri Tough" wristband and T-shirt along with an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast was provided by Chris Cakes.
Proceeds from this event supports social worker safety training by providing funds for self-defense trainers, facility rentals, and course materials.
To date, over 180 social service workers in Kansas and Missouri have completed the safety training. Thanks to the efforts of Matt Zenner, the state of Kansas now requires six hours of safety training for the first time licensure renewals for social workers.