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Board of Directors

The PCAR Board of Directors is made up of community members and representatives from Pennsylvania rape crisis centers.

Caitlin Green, President
PNC Financial Services, INC.

Caitlin Green is Vice President, Communications, within PNC's Technology and Operations division. Prior to this role, she was Marketing Lead for PNC's Women's Business Development strategy and is passionate about focusing on underserved populations. In addition to her dedication to PCAR's mission, she's active in her community through Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania and sits on the board of Kelly Strayhorn Theater. She holds a B.A. in Nonfiction English Writing and Business from University of Pittsburgh.

Antonette Silvestri, MSN, CPNP-PC, Vice President
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Antonette Silvestri, CRNP. Advanced Practice Provider Manager, Emergency Department, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 23 years' experience as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her BSN from Villanova University. MSN in Community Health, and Second Clinical Major, Pediatric Primary Care from the University of Pennsylvania.

Patrick Lemmon,Secretary
Violence Prevention Consultant, Portland, OR

Patrick J. Lemmon consults with nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, evaluation, and management issues, serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Greater Portland, and co-chairs the Men’s Engagement Committee for the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force.  Prior to his move West, he was the co-founder and Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape and a member of the Board of Directors for the DC Rape Crisis Center.

Sakinah Rahman, Treasurer
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation

Sakinah Rahman has 15 years of public finance experience as a commercial banker, investment banker, and non-profit executive. Currently Sakinah develops, manages, and markets the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation’s tax-exempt bond financing programs. Prior to joining PIDC, Sakinah was an investment banker within the now Wells Fargo Securities Public Finance group and provided the analytical and day-to-day transaction support for 50 bond financing totaling in excess of $1.5BN. Sakinah also turned her hobby of market research into a business venture with the creation of S3Rock Research, LLC, a firm specializing in the design of online surveys and analytical and statistical support. Sakinah earned her B.S. in Finance from Morgan State University, MD and M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She loves the arts, reading, hiking, and making soup.

 

   

Suzanne Beck
Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley, Inc., Allentown, PA

Suzanne Beck is the Executive Director of Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley where she has served for more than 23 years. Beck also currently works as a member on the Lehigh County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Audia J. Boyles

Alice Paul House, Indiana, PA

Audia J. Boyles is the Executive Director of Alice Paul House.  While at Alice Paul House, Audia has spearheaded the construction of a new facility for Alice Paul House.  She is also very active on the state and local level, holding the following positions:  Association of American University Women (AAUW) Board Member, Policy Committee Co-Chair, and Scholarship Committee Member; CARE Center and Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Indiana County Board Member and CAC Advisory Board Member; Crime Victims’ Alliance of Pennsylvania (CVAP) Executive Committee Member, Leadership Development Co-Chair and Legislation and Policy Committee Member; Keystone Crisis Intervention Team (KCIT) Advisory Board Member and KCIT Team Member; National Resource Center (NSVRC) Member; Office of Victim Advocate Victim/Offender Dialogue Facilitator; Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) Nominating Chair, Steering Committee Member, Public Policy Committee Member, Membership Committee Member, and Cost Allocation Action Team Member; Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Expert Witness Certified; Pennsylvania Association of Sexual Assault Centers (PASAC) Member and Public Policy Committee Member.

Audia resides in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania where she is active in her church, elementary school athletic association, and had volunteered as the elementary cheerleading coach.  She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she attained her BA in Criminology and her MA in Industrial Labor Relations/Human Resources.

 

Dr. Monique Howard

Women Organized Against Rape, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Monique Howard is the Executive Director of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), the only rape crisis center in Philadelphia. WOAR's mission is two pronged: eliminate rape and to provide services and advocate for those individuals who have experienced rape or sexual assault.  Dr. Howard is an accomplished public health administrator with a 20-year history of protecting and improving the health of women, families and communities. Previously, Dr. Howard was the executive director of the Office of Women's Health at the New Jersey Department of Health. Monique oversaw the Office of Cancer Control and Prevention, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program and the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Dr. Howard is the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network (NJWAN), the only female-specific AIDS service organization in NJ. Since its establishment in 1988, NJWAN has provided education and training, health/wellness and treatment adherence programs for women who are infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Throughout her career, Dr. Howard has advocated on behalf of consumers and service providers and promoted systems change to increase access and quality of care. She is committed to providing programming and services that increase the health and well-being of women and their families. Monique's life mission is addressing the public health needs of individuals who have experienced chronic illness (i.e. diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke and HIV/AIDS) and examining the intersection of public health and sexual violence.

Dr. Howard obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Wagner College, her Master in Public Health from East Stroudsburg University and her Doctorate of education from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her position at WOAR, she is an advisory committee member for the Public Health Program at LaSalle University and an adjunct faculty member in the department of Public Health.

 

Regina King-Dykes

Landmark Health

Regina King-Dykes has been in the nursing field over 20 years.  She received her degree at Pennsylvania College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Regina currently works for Landmark Health, a physicians medical group as the Health Services Director.   Before starting at Landmark, Regina spent 14 years as Chief Clinical Officer at Hamilton Health Center.  She served as director over several programs such as Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI), Teen Clinic, Diabetes, Lead, HIV//AIDS, GYN and Pediatric.  

Regina served on several committees/Boards such as: PA Department of Health Integrated HIV Planning Council, United Way of Capital Region Focus Care Council, Dauphin County Vo-Tech Medical Assistant Program, PA Department of Health AIDS Planning Coalition, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCHM) Advisory Council, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and Johnson and Johnson UCLA Healthcare Executive Program.   Regina also served as a consultant for Health Resource and Service Administration as a Grant Reviewer. 

In 2016 Regina was acknowledged as the Healthcare Heroes Nurse of the Year, DREAMS People Who Care, and YWCA Women’s of Excellence. 

Regina is a wife and proud mother of 3 and a grandmother of 1.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.

 

Cynthia Lester-Moody

Cynthia Lester-Moody
United Concordia, Harrisburg, PA

Cynthia Lester-Moody is the Claims Operations Director at United Concordia, a Highmark Inc. company, and a member of The Harrisburg Chapter of The Links, Inc. where she serves as the Co-chair on the National Trends Committee.  Lester-Moody also is the Immediate Past President and current treasurer of the Greater Harrisburg Area Chapter of Jack and Jill America, Inc.

Sandy Ludwig

Clinton County Women's Center, Lock Haven, PA

Sandy Ludwig resides in rural Pennsylvania. She is currently the Executive Director of the Clinton County Women’s Center in Lock Haven, Pa. Sandy holds a BA in Sociology from Lock Haven University; a Master’s in Education from Lock Haven University; and Post BA Teaching Certifications in History, English and Library Science from Western Governor’s University. Sandy has spent 13 years working and advocating for at-risk students in both the public school setting and the non-profit sector. She is one of the three founding mothers of Project CoffeeHouse (a non-profit, participant driven community program). On a more personal level Sandy has advocated for LGBTQIA+ rights her entire adult life. From creating and advising a student run Diversity Club to political marches and rallies, she continues to work toward equality and justice for this marginalized population.

 

 

Jennifer McNew, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Forensic Nurse Consultant

Jennifer is self employed as a forensic nurse consultant and provides consultation and trainings to forensic nurses, law enforcement, attorneys, child protective workers, health care providers and the community on various topics relating to sexual assault, child and elder abuse and interpersonal violence. She also is currently employed at Meritus Health in Hagerstown, MD as a behavioral health nurse and a contract employee through Women In Need in Franklin County, PA as an adult/adolescent forensic nurse.

Lauren Peterson
Women's Resources of Monroe County, Delaware Water Gap, PA

Lauren Peterson is the Executive Director at Women's Resources of Monroe County, before this she worked for Victim Services Center (VSC) in Montgomery County for 8 years, first as an Advocate, then as the Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator. While working at VSC, she competed her Master's degree in Public Administration, concentrating in Nonprofit Administration. Services and advocacy for victims of crime has always been a passion for her, and she continues to use that passion and her background to help her team of staff and volunteers meet the needs of victims in Monroe County.

Maureen Powers
Retired, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Lancaster, Lancaster, PA

Maureen Powers is the retired Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Lancaster, a position she held for 28 years. In that capacity, she oversaw a budget of over $3.7 million, a staff of 120, and programs ranging from child care, racial justice, youth and adult services, to sexual assault counseling and prevention, a a 50-bed residence. On a regional level, Maureen chaired the YWCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, comprised of 40 YWCAs from eight states and the District of Columbia. She also served in various capacities at the YWCA national and international levels.

Prior to joining the YWCA staff in 1985, Maureen was a Lancaster City Planner, specializing in human services and environmental planning.

Recognition for Maureen's work on behalf of the community includes the Harry C. Robin Sr. Humanitarian Award from the Lancaster City-County Human Relations Commission, the Jean Royer Kohr Award from the Women's Alliance and the Kit Howell Progressive Voice Award from the Alliance for Tolerance and Freedom.  Under her leadership, YWCA Lancaster received the first Racial Justice Award given jointly by the Urban League of Lancaster County and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Maureen graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Francis College with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish, and received her Master's degree in Psychosocial Science from Penn State University.

She also is currently on the Career and Technology Center's New Choices/New Options advisory board.

 

Sarah Roncolato
Stone UMC, United Methodist Church, Meadville, PA Temple University's Beasley School of Law

Sarah Roncolato is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church currently serving Stone UMC in Meadville, PA. Sara has an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, a Master's from Creighton University and a Master's of Divinity from Pittsburgh Thological Seminary. She currently serves on the United Methodist Church conference Anti-racism team and the Reconciling Ministries Network which provides resources, programs and support for the full inclusion of the LGBTQ persons in the church and community.

 

Tony Sacco
First National Bank

Tony Sacco is the President of the Capital Region for First National Bank. In addition to coordinating Corporate and Business Banking and the overall business strategy in the Bank's Capital Region, Tony manages the sales integration of Business Credit, Capital Markets, Insurance, Investment Real Estate, Leasing, Private Banking, Retail Banking, Treasury Management and Wealth Management professionals.

With more than 35 years of banking experience, he previously served as the Commercial Lending Manager of Sovereign Bank's Central Pennsylvania region.

Tony graduated from Albright College and also attended the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College and the Central Atlantic School of Banking.

Shaylene Scheib

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Shaylene Scheib is a gift officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. Prior to this role, she served as a gift officer for WellSpan Philhaven and Lebanon Valley College, and as an AmeriCorps*VISTA for the United Way of Lebanon County.

Due to being surrounded by strong female role models from a young age, Shaylene has become an advocate for women’s rights, sexual assault victims and their loved ones, and eliminating violence against women and children.

In addition to her involvement as a board member with PCAR, Shaylene enjoys volunteering her time as a committee member for the March of Dimes, Central Pennsylvania Division Signature Chef’s Auction, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities - Women’s Fund, and the United Way of Lebanon County.

Shaylene is a proud member of the Class of 2017 (best class ever!) of Leadership Lancaster. She also runs her own dog training business and serves as a volunteer firefighter for her local community. Shaylene holds a B.S. in health science and a minor in sociology from Lebanon Valley College.

 

Arthur Seifert

Arthur Seifert
Glatfelter Insurance Group, York, PA

Arthur Seifert is the president of Glatfelter Program Managers, a strategic business unit dedicated to Glatfelter Insurance Group’s program business. Prior to his work at Glatfelter, he founded two consulting firms, Professional Insurance Purchase and Seifert, Chao, LTD, and Lighthouse Underwriters.

Kathryn Simpson

Mette, Evans & Woodside

Kathi Simpson is an attorney who practices in Central Pennsylvania with the firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside.  She is a civil litigator with a broad practice.  Her first job out of law school was with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office where she was an appellate attorney and then a drug and homicide prosecutor.  After seven years, she left the DA’s Office to join a Pittsburgh law firm and embarked on a career in civil practice.  She came to Harrisburg in 1999 when her husband, Barry, became the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. 

During her career, Kathi has been selected for membership in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. She has been honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association for her service as Chair of its Professional Liability Committee and the Federal Practice Committee. She has also been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and has been similarly recognized by several local publications.  Kathi currently serves as the president of the William W. Lipsitt Chapter of the American Inns of Court. 

A frequent presenter of continuing legal education programs for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the National Business Institute, Kathi has spoken on topics including lawyers' professional liability, employment law, and the right-to-know law.

Kathi and Barry have two children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include dog training, at which she confesses (and her two dogs and grand dog will attest) she is mediocre at best. She also enjoys reading and gardening.

 

Robena Spangler
Staff Liason, RCPA Children's Division and the Children's Steering Committee.

Robena Spangler is the key staff liason for RCPA Children's Division and the Children's Steering Committee.  She will focus on children, youth and family issues. Ms. Spangler works with association members on policy issues, regulations, best practices and evidence-based models. She advocates on behalf of providers and maintains relationships with state department officials. Ms. Spangler attends state-level meetings and works with state advocacy and practitioner organizations. Prior to joining RCPA, Ms. Spangler held several positions with NHS Human Services of PA. She has over 25 years of experience in juvenile justice, child welfare, special education and behavioral health. Ms. Spangler received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Sociology/Human Services from Susquehanna University and a Master's of Science degree in Leadership and Professional Advancement from Duquesne University.

Larissa Tosch
Glatfelter Insurance Group, York PA

Larissa Tosch is the CIO and Vice President of information Technology for Glatfelter Insurance Group. She has been with the company for 17 years. Prior to that, she worked for a software development company.

Karen Baker

Karen Baker, Ex-Officio
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Karen Baker, LMSW, became the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in March, 2018. Prior to her role as CEO of PCAR, Karen served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) since its inception in 2000. Areas of interest include social justice, primary prevention, systems advocacy and effective messaging. She is the primary liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a primary funder; and to the NSVRC’s National Advisory Council. Ms. Baker is the 2014 President of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and co-chairs the Prevention Committee for the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

Receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 1988, Ms. Baker formerly worked with children and families and assisted the State of Kansas in privatizing its foster care, adoption and family preservation services in the 1990s.

 

Leadership Team

Karen Baker

Karen Baker, Chief Executive Officer, PCAR

Karen Baker, LMSW, became the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in March, 2018. Prior to her role as CEO of PCAR, Karen served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) since its inception in 2000. Areas of interest include social justice, primary prevention, systems advocacy and effective messaging. She is the primary liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a primary funder; and to the NSVRC’s National Advisory Council. Ms. Baker is the 2014 President of the National Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and co-chairs the Prevention Committee for the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

Receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 1988, Ms. Baker formerly worked with children and families and assisted the State of Kansas in privatizing its foster care, adoption and family preservation services in the 1990s.

 

Yolanda Edrington, Chief Operating Officer, National Resource Center & NSVRC Director

Yolanda Edrington is the Chief Operating Officer serving as the leading nonprofit's Director of NSVRC. She manages the operations of the national center in its mission to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaborating, sharing and creating resources and promoting research. This includes collaborating with a variety of national partners and funders including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Yolanda has over 15 years of experience in navigating different helping systems to afford clients treatment from a strengths-based perspective. Professionally and personally she works for social change. Yolanda serves as the 1st Vice President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women--Harrisburg Chapter; which advocates for black women and girls to live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist. She also advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness through volunteering for community-based programs in Central PA.

Kristen Houser, Chief Public Affairs Officer

Kristen Houser is a leading expert on sexual violence. With decades of experience in the field, Houser is a go-to source for context and expert opinion to national, regional, and international media on sexual assault issues and cases. She is skilled in communicating both on-camera and off on a wide range of topics, including sexual violence prevention and response, victim behavior and trauma, offender dynamics, campus sexual assault and experiences within the criminal justice system.

Houser is currently chief public affairs officer and lead spokesperson for RALIANCE, a national partnership dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation, as well as the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. She previously served as President of the board of directors of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. For more than 25 years, she has trained professionals across the human service and criminal justice fields, including providing training and assistance to victim service providers across the United States as well as to prosecutors, police, probation officers and medical professionals; provided testimony on sexual assault related legislation to state legislatures and Congress; and assisted with the creation, drafting and revision of state and federal legislation. Houser is also a contributing author to publications regarding victim needs and service trends.

Houser provides expert opinion, context and facts about sexual assault to media covering high-profile cases, including those of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Jerry Sandusky. She is regularly cited as an authority by major daily newspapers and industry publications--including the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, Bloomberg and many others--and has appeared as a guest on numerous broadcast networks to offer expert perspective.

Joyce Lukima

Joyce Lukima, Chief Operating Officer

Joyce Lukima currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Ms. Lukima is experienced in individual and group counseling as well as the supervision of counselors; she has worked with victims of violence and sexual assault for more than 30 years.

Now focusing her energies on education, Ms Lukima conducts and organizes workshops, training and conferences to provide skill development for professionals’ assisting victims of sexual assault. She acts as faculty member for the National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence a project of AEquitas: the Prosecutors Resource on Violence Against Women. Ms. Lukima has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

She also participated on the planning committee for the National Judicial College’s PREA education project and has co-authored Circle of Support: A basic resource guide for support groups responsive to sexual violence. Ms. Lukima has been appointed to Pennsylvania’s Victim Services Advisory Committee. Ms. Lukima holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Angelo State University and a Masters of Social Work from Temple University.

Heather Pachkoski

Heather Pachkoski, Chief Financial Officer

Heather Pachkoski received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bloomsburg University. She has 20 years of experience in the accounting field. Before joining PCAR in January 2005, she served as Controller for a non-profit organization for four years. Prior to that, she worked in public accounting for six years conducting audits of non-profit organizations. Pachkoski also was a finalist for the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2012 CFO of the Year award for a large non-profit organization.