Dan Hanneken

2023 Impact COMO Award Winner

Dan Hanneken

Most Impactful Executive Director


Honorable Mentions

Tricia Koedel, Day Dreams Foundation

Terri Gray, Ronald McDonald House

Dan Hanneken started in2Action 11 years ago to provide a community of support for men leaving prison and re-entering society. When reflecting on the organization’s growth, Hanneken says, “in2Action opened its doors in February of 2012 with a $64,000 budget, one staff, and seven beds. Today, in2Action has over 50 beds, 20 full time positions, and our 2023 budget will surpass $3 million.” 

Heather Hargrove describes Hanneken as “the ultimate example of lived experience.” 

“His story is nothing short of amazing,” Hargrove explains. “The gentlemen that have come through and have yet to enter the program see a new path is possible and have hope. While he is making major advancements with the mission and organization, the basis of his every day is faith and love with those he serves.” 

Hanneken says he is most proud of the results and impact in2Action is seeing. 

“While the data indicates we are reducing three-year recidivism rates from 43 percent to less than 5 percent, those are just numbers,” he says. “It’s the change in the individual lives of those we serve that make me most proud.” 

Hanneken adds that integrity guides how he directs the organization, noting, “For us, this means committing to the research and what is known to be effective. It means focusing on the need first and not the budget. It means operating with transparency and reporting out to the community. It means respecting the dignity of each and every person we serve.”  

Hargrove adds that Hanneken has worked hard to foster meaningful relationships with various community organizations and provide funding for the organization, adding that most recently, he successfully applied for American Rescue Plan Act funds from both Boone County and the city of Columbia. In addition, in2Action has been awarded a highly competitive $2 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration federal grant to fulfill his dreams of an improved space for the Reentry Opportunity Center, workforce development training, and respite housing.