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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President - Barbara Channing, Women In Need, Inc., Chambersburg, Franklin County

Vice President - Radecka Appiah-Padi, Assistant Dean, Delaware Community College, Union County

Treasurer - Joanna Otero-Cruz, Executive Director, Concilio, Inc., Philadelphia County

Secretary - Paula Triano, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Service Center, Luzerne County

Community Representatives:

Radecka Appiah-Padi, PhD - Assistant Dean, Workforce Development & Community Education, Delaware County Community College, Delaware County

Rabbi Aaron Bisno - Senior Rabbi, Rodef Shalom Congregation, Allegheny County

Brian S. Brooking - Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer, Woodlands Bank, Lycoming County

Shelly Renee Brown, MEd - Education and Outreach Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Amy Grois - Director, Client Solutions, Healthcare, Expert Global Solutions, Mount Laurel, NJ

Joanna Otero-Cruz- Executive Director, Concilio, Inc., Philadelphia County

Karen Kraus Phillips, AIS, ACS - Vice President Corporate Marketing Services, Erie Insurance, Erie County

Karen C. Larsen, CPA, MBA - Auditor, ParenteBeard, Coudersport, Potter County

Michael Lehutsky - Attorney at Law, Honesdale, Wayne County

Membership Representatives

Anne Ard Centre County Women's Resource Center, State College

Jo Ellen Bowman HAVIN, Inc., Kittaning

Linda Lyons King SafeNet Domestic Violence Safety Network, Erie

Michele Minor Wolf Victims' Intervention Program, Honesdale

Michelle Robinson-Ritter Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA, Washington

Beth Sturman Laurel House, Norristown

Paula Triano Domestic Violence Service Center, Inc., Wilkes-Barre

Meet our community members of the board:

Radecka Appiah-Padi, Lewisburg, Lycoming County

Appiah-Padi is an Assistant Dean at Delaware Community College with a wide and diverse work background in developing and delivering educational programs to adult learners.   

Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Rabbi Bisno has been the faith leader of the Rodef Shalom congregation in Pittsburgh since 2004. Recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as a "40 Under 40" honoree in 2007, he is involved in the community and champions human issues and interfaith relations.

Karen Krauss Phillips, Erie, Erie County

Krauss Phillips is Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations for Erie Insurance and is highly knowledgable about all aspects of marketing, including branding, social media, website development, resource development and design, public relations, sponsorships, and developing messaging for diverse constituents.

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.

Brian Brooking, Williamsport, Lycoming County

Brooking is an Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer with Woodlands Bank in Williamsport. He has been on the Advisory Council for Wise Options, the local domestic violence program, for three years, and is active in the community with United Way, Kiwanis and the arts association.

Amy Grois

Amy Grois has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and is particularly comfortable with change management and process improvements. She has an undergraduate degree in Business from Stockton University with additional certifications from Villanova University. She has been a volunteer at Women against Abuse, Philadelphia, for several years, speaking at community functions about her personal story as a survivor of domestic violence in both childhood and in her first marriage.

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.

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.

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