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Board of Directors

Stephanie J. Banister; President

Karen J. Gieseke, Ph.D.; Vice President

Heather A. Sheley, Treasurer

Nicole J. Benjamin, Esq.; Secretary

Kerri Bruneau

Melissa Burton

Bryan H. Dunphy

Pamela A. Harrop, M.D.

Mary Johnstone

Elizabeth Manchester Esq.

Carol Ryan



Lori N. DiPersio, Executive Director

Susan Alexander, Court Advocate

Meg Bartlett, LICSW, Counselor

Zoila Bernal, Family Violence Option Adovacate 

Suzanne Brushart, LMHC, Counselor

Kathy Christie, LMHC, Counselor

Neyda DeJesus, Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Project Coordinator  

Elizabeth Fuerte, Community Organizer

Julianna Hamor, Law Enforcement Advocate

Holly Heymann, Finance Director

Brooke Huemann, Transitional Housing Case Manager

Sharon King, Director, Family Violence Option Advocate 

Mary Lake, Administrative Assistant & Billing Clerk 

Latisha Michel, HEZ Community Organizer

Shirley Moore, Family Violence Option Advocate

Taina Nazario, Residential Director

Sydney Ormerod, Community Organizer

Aida Ortiz, Family Violence Option Advocate 

Veronica “Ronna” Turner, LMHC, Counselor

Heather Taylor, Crisis Response Advocate

Gregory J. Thompson, Development Director

Jessica Walsh, Director of Prevention

Megan Whelan, Court Advocate

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