Our Team

Our board consists of representatives of our membership delegation of local domestic violence programs, and the community at large, who are committed to our mission of ending domestic violence across the state.

Board of Directors

  • Brian S. Brooking

    Past President

    Brian S. Brooking

    Past President

    Brian S. 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.

  • Anne Ard, MDiv, PhD

    Governance Committee Chair

    Anne Ard, MDiv, PhD

    Governance Committee Chair

    Anne K. Ard has been Executive Director of Centre Safe since 1997. A Governor’s appointee to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, she has served as Chair of the Victims Services Advisory Committee and the PA Commission for Women. Locally, she is Chair of the Centre County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force and is on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. Prior to her work at Centre Safe, Anne Ard was a Senior Diversity Planning Analyst and an ordained Presbyterian campus minister at Penn State. She holds a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D.

  • Tom Hollerbach

    Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

    Tom Hollerbach

    Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

    Tom Hollerbach 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.

  • Shelley Ackley

    Vice President

    Shelley Ackley

    Vice President

    Shelley Ackley is a Real Estate Marketing Coordinator. She holds a BA in Advertising/Public Relations from Penn State and a MPA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri. She worked extensively with the Navy as an educator in Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. For the last eight years, she has been on the Board of Directors of the Clinton County Women’s Center.

  • Vashti Bledsoe

    President

    Vashti Bledsoe

    President

    Vashti Bledsoe has worked for the Lutheran Settlement House Bilingual Domestic Violence Program (BDVP) for over 20 years. In her current role as the BDVP Program Director, she provides leadership & supervision for a staff of 28. She oversees program development, assists with grant writing, coordinates program budgets, and develops program evaluation procedures. Vashti served as the PCADV Women of Color Caucus Co chairs for 7 years. Additionally, she represents the program on various regional task forces and collaborations, including the Philadelphia ACE Task Force and Coordinated Community Response. She has presented on her work at numerous local and national conferences. She was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Contribution to IPV Award from Pierce College, 2004 Sunshine Lady Peace Award, and 1997 Freedom Development Corporation Youth Advocate Award.

  • Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Frances F. & David R. Levin

    Rabbi Aaron Bisno, Frances F. & David R. Levin

    Rabbi Aaron 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.

  • Patrick Dougherty

    Patrick Dougherty

    Professional Leadership:

    • Lifelong resident of Indiana County. Graduate of IUP and Duquesne University of Law – Juris Doctor June 2000.
    • Was a partner at Delaney, Dougherty & Fritz, PC where he maintained a civil law practice as well as worked as an Assistant District Attorney from 2002 to 2011.
    • In 2011 he was elected District Attorney and was responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, all juvenile criminal cases, and all summary appeals filed with the Court of Common Pleas. Works closely with all law enforcement agencies and oversees the Drug Task Force, DUI Task Force and the Bad Check Restitution Program.
    • Presented at the 2014 National Crime Victim Conference in Miami Florida in September 2014. “Community Partnerships Through Collaboration”.  Has also presented trainings at the Alice Paul House, Same Page Training an underage drinking workshop for law enforcement and Elder Law Seminar for First Responders and Banks.
    • In January 2020 he formed the Law Office of Patrick Dougherty where he handles a general practice of law.

    Community Service

    • Served on the Indiana County Drug Treatment Court, Indiana County Prison Board, Indiana County Parole Board, Indiana County Veteran’s Court and served as Chairman of the Board for the Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB).
    • Works extremely close with Alice Paul House, Domestic Sexual Violence Awareness Task Force, HAVIN Project at IUP, Indiana Clarion Armstrong Drug & Alcohol Commission, Children’s Advocacy Center, The CARE Center, The Arc of Indiana, and Community Disability Awareness Workshop. Volunteers annually for the United Way Pancake & Sausage as well as donating the breakfast sausage for the event.
    • Served on the Board of Directors for Indiana County Camp Cadet, Indiana County Suicide Task Force, Indiana County Elder Abuse Task Force, and Evergreen Boys and Girls Club.  Serves as Vice-President of the Indiana First Down Boosters and a member of the Indiana Wrestling Boosters.  He also coaches for Indiana Little League and 5 & 6 grade youth football.

    Personal Leadership & Advocacy on Behalf of Women:

    • Empowers women involved in the criminal justice system by treating them with dignity, honesty and fairness.
    • Key contributor in raising Domestic Sexual Violence Awareness by partnering with community stake holders to shed light on the problem by hosting a Domestic Violence panel discussion which drew over 300 people as well as regional television news coverage. Providing education on all aspects of the issue from law enforcement, counseling, medical and the Court system.
    • In 2013, fought to establish a victim service fee on all criminal Defendants in Indiana County which is used to support the programs offered by the Alice Paul House, a local woman’s shelter, as well as the CARE Center of Indiana County which provides child advocacy services.
    • Regularly presented the “2Smart4Trouble” program which provides youth with valuable information regarding alcohol & substance abuse, bullying and appropriate social media usage to all county school districts.
    • Participates in the Youth Leadership Conference sponsored by the Armstrong, Indiana and Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission which brings youth together from all school districts in Armstrong and Indiana Counties to brainstorm and collaborate on how to promote drug free schools.
    • Is a speaker at the Arc of Indiana County’s Youth Employment Expo and SAFE Day workshops which he routinely discusses personal safety and how criminal activity can impact your employability.
    • Has worked to reinvigorate the Elder Abuse Task Force of Indiana County which works to end all forms of abuse of our seniors including physical, emotional, financial and sexual. Has provided multiple trainings for banking and law enforcement.  In 2014, sponsored Senior Law Day which was attended by nearly 400 seniors and provided a full agenda on items such as financial fraud, estate planning and physical abuse.

  • Katherine Hamilton

    Katherine Hamilton

    Katherine Hamilton, Ph.D. is a former Assistant Teaching Professor from the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University. She holds a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in Management and Organizations from Penn State. Her published research focuses on improving information processing in teams. Katherine is also a former board chair of Centre Safe in State College, PA, in which she served on the board for 6 years. She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer for Penn State World Campus and primarily teaches classes on Statistics.

  • Susan Higginbotham, MEd

    PCADV Chief Executive Officer

    Susan Higginbotham, MEd

    PCADV Chief Executive Officer

    Susan Higginbotham is the Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has more than 25 years of experience dedicated to addressing mission-related issues including domestic violence, reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health. She has been in nonprofit executive leadership for nearly twenty-four years at organizations including the Society of Family Planning, Planned Parenthood of Chester County, AIDS Fund, and the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. She serves on the Board of Directors in a non-voting, ex officio capacity.

  • Thomas King

    Secretary

    Thomas King

    Secretary

    As Assistant Borough Manager for Public Safety, State College, Thomas King oversees the Police Department, Department of Health and Neighborhood Service and Community Engagement Office. A retired police chief, he brings his knowledge in effective safety and emergency management procedures and is skilled at engaging residents, students and businesses alike.

  • Linda Lyons King

    Linda Lyons King

    Linda Lyons King is the Executive Director, SafeNet Domestic Violence Safety Network, Erie County.

  • Susan B. Mathias

    Susan B. Mathias

    Susan B. Mathias is a Senior Advancement Officer with the Geisinger Health Foundation, raising philanthropic support for innovative healthcare initiatives. She has a decades-long connection to Transitions of PA (formerly Susquehanna Valley Women In Transition), having served on the board and staff, and is still a committed volunteer. Prior to her Geisinger career, she had a psychotherapy practice in Lewisburg. Her past board service includes Family Planning Plus and The Actors’ Company Theatre (NYC).

  • Nicole Molinaro

    Nicole Molinaro

    Nicole Molinaro has been involved with Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh for almost 25 years. She started as a direct service volunteer & has worked for WC&S for a total of 13 years. She was proud to be promoted to President/CEO in August 2018. Prior, she served as Chief Program Officer, Director of Services, Director of Development, and Training Center Manager. Before boomeranging back to WC&S, Nicole served as the Executive Director for Communities In Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County for seven years and as VP for Development and Communications for Adagio Health for three years.  She earned her Master of Arts in Psychology from Duquesne University, and is an alumnae of Leadership Pittsburgh, the Harvard Graduate School of Business’s program on Strategic Perspectives in NonProfit Management, and Coro’s Leaders In Learning program. Nicole was honored as a “40 Under 40” young leader, and received the Islamic Center’s Humanity Day Award and NAWBO’s “Make the Connection” Award. She was a founding Advisory Board member of the Greater Pittsburgh NonProfit Partnership and Girls Going Places, serves on several community advisory committees, and volunteers in the community and in her church.

  • Ambika Roos

    Ambika Roos

    Ambika Roos is a Product Manager at American Express Digital Labs, with a background in digital and brand strategy. She has partnered with numerous global NGOs to streamline their storytelling and communications and has served rural communities in India as a Clinton Fellow. She is a recent MBA graduate from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with the Women Against Abuse domestic violence program and Friends of Farmworkers.

PCADV Executive Staff

  • Susan Higginbotham, MEd

    Chief Executive Officer

    Susan Higginbotham, MEd

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Julie Bancroft

    Chief Public Affairs Officer
    Communications, Government Relations, IT, and Prevention

    Julie Bancroft

    Chief Public Affairs Officer
    Communications, Government Relations, IT, and Prevention

  • Rhonda Stum

    Chief Finance Officer

    Rhonda Stum

    Chief Finance Officer

  • Jenifer Thompson

    Chief Program Services Officer
    Victim Services, Legal Services, Housing, Monitoring, and Training Institute

    Jenifer Thompson

    Chief Program Services Officer
    Victim Services, Legal Services, Housing, Monitoring, and Training Institute

  • Jenna Harris

    Executive Coordinator

    Jenna Harris

    Executive Coordinator

PCADV Delegation Leadership

  • Lori Sywensky

    Chair
    Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Inc.

  • Julie Avalos

    Vice Chair
    Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County

  • Michele Minor Wolf

    Secretary
    Victims’ Intervention Program

Delegation Regional Representatives

  • Kira Bellolio

    Eastern PA Region
    Congreso de Latinos Unidos

  • Christine Gilfillan

    Central PA Region
    Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County

  • Michelle Gibb

    Western PA Region
    Alle-Kiski Area Hope Center

Delegation Committee Chairs

  • Audia Boyles

    Nominating Committee
    Alice Paul House

  • Jeannine Lisitski

    Membership Committee
    Women Against Abuse, Inc.

  • Crystal Paige

    Services & Standards Committee
    The Abuse Network

  • Ashley Gay Vocco

    Legislative & Public Policy Committee
    Family Services Incorporated

  • Dolly Wideman-Scott

    Chair Diversity Committee
    Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

  • Maria Macaluso

    Planning Committee
    Women’s Center of Montgomery County

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