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

    President

    Brian S. Brooking

    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.

  • Terri Hamrick, MNM

    Vice President

    Terri Hamrick, MNM

    Vice President

    Terri Hamrick joined Survivors, Inc. in 2006 as President and CEO, and has worked in the nonprofit realm for nearly 25 years. She is co-chair of the Healthy Adams County Domestic Violence Task Force and STOP Grant Committee, and a member of both the Adams County and Statewide Human Trafficking Response Teams. She is an officer of the Board of Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, and a member of other statewide organizations. Terri Hamrick has worked with adjudicated/delinquent children and with those impacted by HIV disease.

  • Anne Ard, MDiv, PhD

    Secretary, Governance Committee Chair

    Anne Ard, MDiv, PhD

    Secretary, 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

    Shelley Ackley

    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

    Vashti Bledsoe

    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.

  • 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

    Personnel Committee Chair

    Thomas King

    Personnel Committee Chair

    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).

  • Joanna Otero-Cruz

    Joanna Otero-Cruz

    Joanna Otero-Cruz is the Deputy Managing Director of Community Services, City of Philadelphia. Otero-Cruz previously 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.

  • 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 and Prevention

    Julie Bancroft

    Chief Public Affairs Officer
    Communications, Government Relations and Prevention

  • Kathy Bobeck

    Chief Finance & Administration Officer
    Finance, Human Resources and IT

    Kathy Bobeck

    Chief Finance & Administration Officer
    Finance, Human Resources and IT

  • Jenifer Thompson

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

    Jenifer Thompson

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

  • Kathy Stone

    Chief Philanthropic Officer
    Fund Development and Grants Management

    Kathy Stone

    Chief Philanthropic Officer
    Fund Development and Grants Management

  • Jenna Harris

    Executive Coordinator

    Jenna Harris

    Executive Coordinator

PCADV Delegation Leadership

  • Jo Ellen Bowman

    Chair
    HAVIN Inc.

  • Bruce Harlan

    Vice Chair
    Women’s Services Inc.

  • Michele Minor Wolf

    Secretary
    Victims’ Intervention Program

Delegation Regional Representatives

  • Vashti Bledsoe

    Eastern PA Region
    Lutheran Settlement House

  • Jean Collins

    Central PA Region
    Huntingdon House

  • 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

  • Lori Sywensky

    Legislative & Public Policy Committee
    Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Inc.

  • Dolly Wideman-Scott

    Chair Diversity Committee
    Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

  • Maria Macaluso

    Planning Committee
    Women’s Center of Montgomery County

PCADV Caucus Co-Chairs

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