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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President - Michelle Robinson-Ritter, executive director, Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pa., Inc.

Vice President - Brian Brooking, assistant vice president/commercial loan officer, Woodlands Bank

Treasurer - Joanna Otero-Cruz, deputy managing director of community services, City of Philadelphia

Secretary - Anne Ard, executive director, Centre County Women's Resource Center

Community Representatives:

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, Penn State University, Allegheny County

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

Joanna Otero-Cruz- Deputy Managing Director of Community Services, City of Philadelphia

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

Karen C. Larsen, CPA, MBA - Auditor, Baker Tilly, Coudersport, Potter 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


Meet our community members of the board:

Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Aaron_web copy 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 Kraus Phillips, Erie, Erie County

Karen_Kraus_web copy Karen Kraus 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's Women of Color Caucus, an advocacy organization for women and families experiencing domestic violence.

Brian S. Brooking, Williamsport, Lycoming County

Brian_web copy Brian S. 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 Brennan Grois

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Amy Brennan 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

Karen_Larsen_web copy Karen C. Larsen CPA MBA Coudersport Potter County

With more than 20 years of diversified professional accounting experience, Larsen is an auditor at Baker Tilly in Coudersport, Potter County.

Joanna Otero-Cruz, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Otero-Cruz is the Deputy Managing Director of Community Services for the City of Philadelphia. 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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