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Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Stephanie J. Banister; President

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

Denise Patnode, CFO; Treasurer

Heather A. Sheley; Secretary

Nicole J. Benjamin, Esq.

Gina Campbell Helm

Stacey D. Carter

Bryan H. Dunphy

Stephen Farrelly

Pamela A. Harrop, M.D.

Tina Harsch

Deborah Johnson, Esq.

President's Council

Gary E. Lineberry, Chair

Melody Drnach

Linda Finn

Tina McIntyre

Emily J. Sack, Esq.


Lori N. DiPersio, Executive Director

Susan Alexander, Court Advocate

Barbara Jeanne Austin, LMSW, Counselor

Kate Bidlack, Special Events Coordinator 

Stacy Bermudez, Transitional Housing Manager

Zoila Bernal, Family Violence Option Adovacate 

Suzanne Brushart, LMHC, Counselor

Sandra Chito, LICSW, Director of Counseling Services 

Alicia Connor, On-Call Court Advocate 

Mallory Crossman, Community Organizer

Julie DiBari, Grant Writer

Debbie Greene, Residential Director 

Julianna Hamor, Law Enforcement Advocate 

Sharon King, Director, Family Violence Option Advocate 

Mary Lake, Administrative Assistant & Billing Clerk 

Jean Lambert, Office Assistant

Shirley Moore, Family Violence Option Advocate 

Aida Ortiz, Family Violence Option Advocate 

Holly Paiva, Bookkeeper

Kate Porter, Communications Specialist 

Veronica "Ronna" Turner, LMHC, Counselor

Jessica Walsh, Director of Prevention

Megan Whelan, On-Call Court Advocate