Board of Directors
President - Allen Kukovich, Former Pennsylvania State Senator, Westmoreland County
Vice President - Stephanie Garman Maurer - Deputy Auditor General, Pennsylvania, (Personnel Committee Chair)
Treasurer - Joanna Otero-Cruz, Executive Director, Concilio, Inc., Philadelphia County, (Finance Committee Chair)
Secretary - Barbara Channing, Executive Director, Women In Need, Inc., Franklin County
Radecka Appiah-Padi - Director of Penn State Williamsport Learning Center, Lewisburg
Shelly Renee Brown, MEd - Community Education, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh
Donna Gority - Retired County Commissioner, Blair County, Duncansville
Karen C. Larsen, CPA, MBA - Auditor, ParenteBeard, Coudersport (Audit Committe Chair)
Michael Lehutsky - Attorney at Law, Honesdale
MoShay LaRen - Radio Personality, Radio One - 107.9 WRNB, Philadelphia
Dennis V. Williams, Esq. - Criminal Attorney, Erie
Below are brief introductions to the community members of the board:
Radecka Appiah-Padi, Lewisburg, Lycoming County
Appiah-Padi is the Director of Penn State Williamsport Learning Center with a wide and diverse work background in developing and delivering educational programs to adult learners.
Shelly Renee Brown, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Brown obtained her B.S. and M.S. in elementary education from Duquesne University and is passionate about connecting minority youth, particularly girls with cool science, technology, engineering, and math experiences. She is a retired Pittsburgh Police officer and an active member of PCADV'sWomen of Color Caucus, an advocacy organization for women and families experiencing domestic violence.
Donna Gority, Duncansville, Blair County
Gority is the first woman to hold a commissioner's seat in Blair County, serving for 28 years. She is a past president of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Now retired, she continues her leadership on issues affecting Blair County and Pennsylvania human service agencies as a volunteer on the boards of local organizations.
Allen Kukovich, Westmoreland, Westmoreland County
Kukovich is a former state senator who championed protections for various vulnerable populations and funding for human services. He is a long-time ally of PCADV and a regional leader.
Moshay LaRen, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
LaRen is the voice of Radio One 107.9 WRNB Mid-Days and the music director of WRNB in Philadelphia. She has been involved with the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment.
Karen C. Larsen, CPA, MBA, Coudersport, Potter County
With over 20 years of diversified professional accounting experience, Larsen is a partner in the audit and accounting group at ParenteBeard in Wellsboro.
Stephanie Garman Maurer, Harrisburg, Dauphin County
Maurer is deputy auditor general for performance audits in the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General. Her 27-year-old daughter, Kirsten, was murdered by her husband in 2008. Since that time, Maurer has been dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence issues.
Joanna Otero-Cruz, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Otero-Cruz is the Executive Director of Concilio (Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc.) in Philadelphia, which has a well-established reputation as a leader for Latino family services. Otero-Cruz served as Director of Family and Behavioral Health Services at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. She is a member of the Prison Society’s Board of Directors and a leading voice on Philadelphia’s Latino Health Consortium and the Mayor’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence.
Dennis V. Williams, Erie, Pa.
Williams, a semi-retired attorney, organized the Domestic Abuse Project of Erie County before the first Protection from Abuse Act passed and the first domestic violence shelter opened in Erie County. He has provided thousands of hours of legal services and significant financial support to SafeNet, a domestic violence program in Erie.