Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President - Allen Kukovich, Former Pennsylvania State Senator, Westmoreland County

Vice President - To be named

Treasurer - Joanna Otero-Cruz, Executive Director, Concilio, Inc., Philadelphia County, (Finance Committee Chair)

Secretary - Barbara Channing, Executive Director, Women In Need, Inc., Franklin County

Community Representatives:

Radecka Appiah-Padi - Director of Penn State Williamsport Learning Center, Lewisburg

Shelly Renee Brown, MEd - Education and Outreach Coordinator, Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Pittsburgh

MoShay LaRen - Radio Personality, Radio One - 107.9 WRNB, Philadelphia

Karen C. Larsen, CPA, MBA - Auditor, ParenteBeard, Coudersport (Audit Committee Chair)

Michael Lehutsky - Attorney at Law, Honesdale

Vivian Ortiz, ChFC, Gitter-Kanteliotis-Brodsky Investment Group, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, Philadelphia

Membership Representatives

Julie Avalos, Congreso De Latinos Unidos, Inc., Philadelphia

Donna "Bonnie" Glover, Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County, Lancaster

Maria Macaluso, Women's Center of Montgomery County, Elkins Park

Laurie MacDonald, Center for Victims, McKeesport, Nominating (Governance)
Committee Chair

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 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.

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.

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.

Vivian Ortiz, ChFC, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Ortiz is a financial professional currently employed by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in Philadelphia, with over 25 years of experience. Vivian is registered as an Investment Advisory Representative and is authorized to give investment advice to clients. She is certified as a Chartered Financial Consultant or ChFC, which is earned by completing a comprehensive course of financial education, examinations, and practical experience. Ortiz has served on various boards including: Susan G Komen, Women's Medical, Concilio and NACOPRWO.

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