Board of Directors
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
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
Julie R. Colton - Attorney, Voelker & Colton, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
Gary Gregory - President and Founder, Every Great Reason Foundation, Sherborn, MA
Amy Brennan Grois - Director, Client Solutions, Healthcare, Expert Global Solutions, Mount Laurel, NJ
Tom Hollerbach - Hershey, PA
Thomas King - Assistant Borough Manager for Public Safety, State College, PA
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
Staci Scott - Health Partners Plans, Philadelphia, PA
Anne Ard Centre County Women's Resource Center, State College
Jo Ellen Bowman HAVIN, Inc., Kittaning
Terri Hamrick Survivors Inc., Gettysburg, PA
Linda Lyons King SafeNet Domestic Violence Safety Network, Erie
Michelle Robinson-Ritter Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA, Washington
Meet our community members of the board:
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.
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.
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.
Julie R. Colton
Julie is a family law attorney, collaborator and mediator with Voelker & Colton Attorneys at Law in Pittsburgh. Before joining Voelker & Colton, Attorney Colton clerked in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division for the Honorable Judge Eaton, and worked at various family and civil law firms. In 2004, she interned at Break the Cycle in Washington DC and served on the national task force in drafting the VAWA reauthorization. Julie served on the Allegheny County Giving Circle Advisory Council.
Gary is the President & Founder of Every Great Reason Foundation. He has 30 years of experience as an executive officer and board member in healthcare, start-up companies and nonprofit sectors. The Every Reason Foundation focuses on domestic violence and has directly impacted the lives of over 5,000 individuals. His sister was a victim of domestic violence and was murdered by her abuser on the day she had planned on leaving him.
Amy Brennan Grois
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.
Tom is an accomplished communications executive with an excellent track record in customer service, generating relevant and effective creative design, providing strategic direction for organizations, improving the bottom line and creating an environment where people want to come to work.
King is Assistant Borough Manager of Public Safety for State College. In this role, he oversees the Police Department, Department of Health and Neighborhood Service and Community Engagement Office. As a retired Police Chief, Tom brings a breadth of knowledge in effective safety and emergency management procedures and is skilled at collaborating with and engaging residents, students and businesses on various community issues and initiatives. King graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
Staci has more than 20 years of experience in program administration, operations, workforce/career development, education and training. She is the Executive Director of the Health Partners Foundation and the Manager of Community Education for Health Partners Plans. Staci has significant experience in philanthropic outreach and marketing and has strong diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationship and building consensus among diverse individuals. Domestic violence is one of three priorities for Health Partners Plans.
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