You are here

Leadership

Board of Directors

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

Patrick Lemmon, President
Violence Prevention Consultant, Portland, OR

For nearly 30 years, Patrick has been striving to create the world he wants to live in — one in which gender equity is a reality, and gendered violence is only a memory.  Whether helping male students in high school or college to create their own insights about what it means to be a man, supporting prevention educators in developing and evaluating their programming, or working with communities to decide how to move from vision to action in ending violence, his focus is on aspirational and positive efforts that affirm the role that each of us can play.

In addition to his role on the PCAR board, Patrick runs a consulting practice that offers program planning, training, financial management, and evaluation services for  nonprofit and public organizations across the country. Before moving to Portland, OR from Washington, DC, he spent ten years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape. During Patrick's tenure, Men Can Stop Rape grew from an all-volunteer effort to an award-winning international violence prevention organization with a million-dollar budget and 8 staff. During his time in Portland, Patrick was also founding co-chair of the Men's Engagement Subcommittee for the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. He continues to serve as a member of the Task Force subcommittees for Men's Engagement and for Prevention and Education. 

When he's not working or volunteering, Patrick is an avid poker player. He would love to tell you about his "Poker as Prevention" workshop or to play a few hands with you.

 

Mary Onama, LMSW, Vice President
Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc., Norristown, PA

Mary Onama has been the Executive Director of Victim Services Center of Montgomery County Inc, in Norristown, PA since September 1998. Under her leadership VSC's revenue and programs grew to expand it’s operations and service delivery to reach the diverse communities of Montgomery County and increased access to services for underserved populations.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in nonprofit organizational  leadership, management, program development and human resources.

Mary has held numerous leadership positions in the nonprofit social services field in Pennsylvania and New York.

She serves on a number of nonprofit board of directors. She is the Vice Chair of the board of directors for the PA Coalition Against Rape, a member of the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Norristown and the Bucks-Mont Collaborative. She is a Past Chair of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Past Member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency appointed by Pa Governors Tom Wolf, Edward Randell and Tom Corbett respectively 

Mary is an active member of The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committees for organizations and social service agencies where she provides input on issues that impact organizations, vulnerable communities and populations. She is the Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Center (PASAC) which identifies legislative priorities, analyzes the impact of legislation on the lives of survivors of crime and at risk and vulnerable communities and provides testimonies to legislators to inform them, provide input and influence amendments where needed.

Her professional career background includes direct services and administrative experience in child protective and child welfare services, hospital and family services, Employee Assistance Programs, Counseling and Therapy.

Mary is a Pennsylvania licensed social worker with a Masters degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, a BA degree in Social Work and English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is  PA certified Sexual Assault Counselor and Graduate of the Class of 2014 Arcadia University & Phoenixville Community Health Foundation Executive Leadership Institute.

She conducts training for professionals, nonprofit organizations and is a keynote speaker at community events and professional conferences. 

Mary has received awards for her leadership from The National Network of Victim Assistance, (NOVA), Montgomery County PA, Bar Association,  

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and The New York State Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Inc 

Mary is a tea connoisseur, an avid fitness enthusiast and gardener who believes that drinking tea, exercising and gardening are the keys to improving one’s quality of life and wellness.

Michele Minor Wolf, Secretary
Executive Director, Victims' Intervention Program of Wayne and Pike Counties

Michele Minor Wolf is the Executive Director of Victims’ Intervention Program of Wayne and Pike Counties. Michele has been in this role for the last 22 years. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Michele was the Program Director of the Sexual Assault Center of Baltimore City. 

Michele obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology at Juniata College and her Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Towson State University. Immediately upon graduation, Michele began to work with victims of crime and still does today.

Michele currently serves on the steering committee and nominating committee of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She also serves on the Direct Services Committee of PASAC and just became the Regional Representative for the Easter Region. Michele is the Co-Chair of the NEPA Task Force against Human Trafficking. She was recently a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Locally, Michele participates on the Criminal Justice Advisory Boards of Wayne and Pike Counties, the Child Death Review team, the Community Advisory Board of Wayne Memorial Hospital, the Wayne County Quality Council and the Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Commission and more.

Michele is extremely passionate about this work and believes wholeheartedly that everyone can make a difference in the life of someone else.

Kathryn Simpson, Treasurer
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 is a former president of the William W. Lipsitt Chapter of the American Inns of Court where she continues to serve on its Executive Committee. 

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.

Caitlin Green, Past President
ServiceLink

Caitlin Green is SVP, Head of Marketing, Public Relations, and Corporate Communications and has served served in a number of marketing and communications leadership positions over the past 15 years.

Caitlin has experience supporting women business owners and female financial decision-makers and champions diversity and inclusion, winning PNC's individual champion award within the EBRG category in 2016. Caitlin was also a recent ATHENA Young Professional Award finalist. She currently serves as Vice President of Pittsburgh Women Connect, a 2,000-member professional affinity group.

In addition to her dedication to PCAR, Caitlin focuses her time on social justice, equity in the arts, and the advancement of women & girls:

  • Vice Chair of the board of directors for Kelly Strayhorn Theater
  • Board of directors for Ligonier Camp & Conference Center, a high-adventure camp for children
  • Girl Scout leader in the Baldwin-Whitehall area and serves on Girl Scout's regional leadership group.
  • Volunteerism through the United Way's Women's Leadership Council, Pittsburgh Women’s Alliance (PWA), and mentoring several young women is also rewarding.

She’s a University of Pittsburgh graduate and lives in the Baldwin area of Pittsburgh with her husband and children.

Robena Spangler, Member-At-Large
Senior Director, DEI at Apis Services, Inc.  

With over 30 years of diverse health and human services experience that began with work focused on the safety, permanency and well-being of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and their families, Robena is a solution-focused team player, skilled at managing individuals and complex organizational issues. She has a passion for professional development of others and sustainable leadership development through training and coaching. As the Senior Director of DEI at Apis Services, Inc., she focuses on initiatives that will increase diversity, equity and inclusion. She collaborates with senior leadership to integrate DEI best practices into organizational employment and workplace practices including business practices and program development.  Robena has an MS in Leadership from Duquesne University and a BA in Sociology/Human Services from Susquehanna University.

Christine Zaccarelli, Esq., Vice President of PASAC

Crime Victim's Center of Chester County, Inc. 

I have been the CEO at The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. since November 2017.  In my role I am a member of the Chester County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, on the Board of the Chester County Children’s Advocacy Center, on the Executive Committee of the Chester County Elder Abuse Task Force, on the Advisory Committee of the Chester County ACES Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce and on the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Council.                                            

Before joining CVC I was a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2002 with a brief hiatus when I entered private practice in 2006.  I returned to Legal Aid in 2008.  I handled primarily family law and protection from abuse cases regularly appearing in Court.   I was also very active with the Chester County Bar Association during my time at Legal Aid, serving as President in 2017.

I began my career in the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, first as the arraignment clerk and then as an Assistant DA after I graduated law school in 1997.   I was in the DA’s office from 1994 to 2000, when I left I was the prosecutor in Juvenile Court. 

Audia J. Boyles, PASAC Member
Alice Paul House, Indiana, PA 

Audia J Boyles is the Executive Director of Alice Paul House, Indiana, Pennsylvania.  Audia has over 25 years in leadership positions in public, private, for-profit and non-profit platforms.  She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where she attained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and her Master of Arts in Industrial Labor Relations/Human Resources.

Audia is an active member of the following organizations:

  • Association of American University Women (AAUW) Board Member, Policy Committee Co-Chair, and Scholarship Committee Member
  • CARE Center of Indiana County Board Member
  • Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Indiana County Advisory Board Member
  • Crime Victims’ Alliance of Pennsylvania (CVAP) Executive Committee Member, Vice Chair, Leadership Development Co-Chair and Legislation and Policy Committee Member
  • Keystone Crisis Intervention Team (KCIT) Advisory Board Member and KCIT Team Member; National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) Member
  • Office of Victim Advocate Victim Offender Dialogue Facilitator
  •  Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) Delegation Secretary, Steering Committee Member, Public Policy Committee Member, and Membership Committee Member Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) Expert Witness Certified, Western Regional Representative, and Human Resource Committee Chair
  • Pennsylvania Association of Sexual Assault Centers (PASAC) Member and Public Policy Committee Member.
  • Audia resides in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.

David Hyde
A Way Out, Coudersport, PA

Dr. David Hyde is the Executive Director of A Way Out in Potter County. Dr. Hyde holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Service with a specialization in Organizational Management from Capella University. Dr. Hyde has been in the Human Service field for the past 28 years with much of that time being spent in victim services. Dr. Hyde has one published work entitled: Staff Perceptions on Leadership Styles Influence of Services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Domestic Violence Victims: A Case Study. Dr. Hyde is active both at the county and state level where he sits on several boards and committees.

Anissa Gilbert

PNC Bank, Pittsburgh

I am a Senior Digital Product Manager at PNC Bank. In this role, I manage the creation and execution of security and authentication strategy for our retail mobile application serving 7 million customers. To this point in my career, I’ve built my knowledge and competency in managing and executing new technology and customer experiences. As a systems analyst my primary responsibilities were to drive smart and thorough technical solutions to satisfy my business partner's needs. As a scrum master, my goal was to build inclusive, highly efficient teams as well as a culture of creativity and technical excellence. My experiences in technology, security, and the financial industry have given me a unique perspective on what it means to add value and to meet customer needs. It has created a personal passion for creating cultures where relationships and failure are encouraged, knowing they are critical to finding success at work and in life.

I bring this perspective and passion to my projects and involvement within the Pittsburgh community, hoping to be a part of positive change. As the Vice President of the Asian American employee business resource group, I focus on creating opportunities for professional and personal development and cultural awareness. In 2019 I built and hosted the company's first diversity and inclusion focused podcast available for all PNC employees. Outside of the bank's walls, I work for excellence in women's leadership and for race and gender equity through my roles as mentor and board member for Girls Hope of Pittsburgh, advisor to Alpha Sigma Tau national sorority, and President of the Young Leaders Board for the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. With these organizations and groups, I have started a career speed dating program, chaired two fundraisers, and contributed to operational change initiatives.

I grew up in Beaver County and attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where I received my bachelors in information systems management. In my down time, I look forward to travel and exploring new places. Great books, challenging conversations, and an upbeat spin class bring me joy.

Katie Kade
Victim Advocate in Civil Law

Katie graduated in 2012 from Eastern Illinois University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science; she also minored in sociology and pre-law studies. During her undergraduate studies, she completed two legal internships- one of which focused on victim/witness advocacy in the Coles County Court System. Katie is currently working on her MSW at Shippensburg University; after she graduates, she would like to pursue her Ph. D. in Social Policy (with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families) at Brandeis University and hopes to one day collaborate with legislators on policies that can help address issues in the child welfare system. Katie has extensive work experience in the child welfare system and victim services. Most recently, she worked at a local civil law firm, where she served as a case manager and victim advocate for hundreds of sexual abuse survivors involved in the Boy Scouts of America. In Katie’s free time she loves to spend time with her friends, write, read, learn history, travel to historical sites, shop, and listen to a panoply of music, podcasts, and audiobooks.

Tracey S. Lewis
Tracey S. Lewis Attorney at Law, Harrisburg, PA

Tracey S. Lewis is a personal injury attorney who has been practicing law for over 20 years.  After graduating from Temple University School of Law, Ms. Lewis worked for a prestigious Philadelphia insurance defense firm where she specialized in medical malpractice.

In addition, Ms. Lewis has worked in various capacities in the City of Philadelphia Law Department, City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office and a prestigious Philadelphia lobbying firm. 

 In 2003, she returned to her hometown of Harrisburg, PA to care for her elderly parents.  She served as a Commissioner in Susquehanna Township and ran for Magisterial District Judge in the same district losing by just 157 votes after garnering over 3,200 votes in the general election.  Ms. Lewis left politics and began working for a Harrisburg plaintiffs’ personal injury firm. While there, she finally found an area of law she loved.  In plaintiffs’ trial work, Ms. Lewis was able to use all of combined life experiences to advocate for those who needed help the most—hurt people who were unable to fight for themselves.  It was the ultimate David versus Goliath challenge.  She started her own practice in 2014 and has worked tirelessly to ensure that her clients get the respect and recovery they deserve.  She lives in Susquehanna Township with her husband, plays a mean game of basketball, loves to travel and enjoys cooking, RV camping and beach hopping.  As a member of LaSalle University Hall of Athletes and Philadelphia’s Big Five Hall of Fame, she has never met a challenge she didn’t love, either on the court, or in the courtroom!

Jodi Maxfield
Meadville Medical Ctr., Meadville, PA

Jodi Maxfield is a physician practicing OB/GYN for the last 20 years in the community of Meadville, PA.  After graduating from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, she completed her residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.  She then relocated to Meadville, PA where she has practiced general Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2002.

She is currently the President and principal owner of Meadville Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates.  Dr. Maxfield also serves Meadville Medical Center, one of the few remaining independent community hospitals in Pennsylvania, as the current Chief of the Surgical Department, former Chief of the Obstetrics Department for a period of 10 years, and former President of the Medical/Dental Staff.  In 2017, Dr. Maxfield took on a larger role with the hospital as a member of the Meadville Medical Center Board of Directors where she is able to advocate for programs that support ease of access to health care services for women.

Accessible health care for women has always been a passion of Dr. Maxfield's.  She worked as a volunteer in her local Family Planning Clinic in Columbia/Montour County throughout her college years and served as the Medical Director of both Crawford County and Mercer County Family Planning Clinics for a total of 9 years.  She is also dedicated to sharing her knowledge of women's health by participating in the education of Resident Physicians in the Meadville Medical Center Family Practice Residency program.  She was voted Teacher of the Year for the 2017-2018 program year.

Jodi married her high school sweetheart, Aaron, in 1998.  They enjoy traveling and spending time with their dogs and cat.

Nicola Overton

Dauphin County Children & Youth, Harrisburg, PA

Nicola Overton possesses a Bachelor's Degreee in Communications, as well as a Master's Degree in Organizational Development & Leadership from Shippensburg University. Her work experience for the past 11 years centers around child welfare and social services, where she works with providers to create programs and services that serve children and families. Mrs. Overton also has previous exerience working with youth in an alternative education setting. Currently, Mrs. Overton is studying for various certifications in Human Resources as well as Diversity and Inclusion in order to expand upon her education and knowledge in those fields. 

Mrs. Overton is a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, where she holds leadership positions, and works for the advancement and betterment of not only women and girls of color but all people in need, helping to push various advocacy programs within the local community. 

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.

 

William H. Pugh, V
Partner, Kane,. Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer L.L.P.

Mr. Pugh, V primarily focuses his practice on the defense of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. He gained his initial trial experience while serving as an Assistant District Attorney for New York County from 1986 to 1989. After prosecuting multiple criminal cases, Mr. Pugh joined the firm in 1989. He has 29 years of trial experience in two states and numerous counties in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Pugh V served as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association for 2015. He has been active in leadership roles such as the Zone 9 Governor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and in that capacity served on the PBA Board of Governors. He served as President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association in 1999. He served on the Montgomery Bar Association’s Board of Directors and was President of the Association in 2006. He has been Chair of several Montgomery Bar Committees including House (1989-1991), Program and Events (1991-1997), Law Reporter (1997) and Appellate Practice (1998). He was an editor of the Montgomery County Law Reporter from 1992 to 1994.

Mr. Pugh is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and Pennsylvania Defense Institute. He served as Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute’s Professional Liability Committee from 1993 to 1996. In that capacity Mr. Pugh authored several articles on professional risk management. He is frequently asked to speak on that topic to hospitals, physicians, and members of the Bar.

Married to Mary Coyne Pugh and the father of four daughters, Mr. Pugh has coached several sports in Springfield Township. He has served as director of the St. Genevieve CYO program.

 

Sakinah Rahman
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.

Kimberley Russell

Vice President Treasury Management Advisor for S&T Bank, Central PA
 

Kimberley Russell is Vice President of Treasury Management for S&T Bank’s Central Pennsylvania area.  She has been in banking for more than 30 years in the local market.   Starting her career in sales and management at Commerce Bank, she stayed for 15 years managing various branches.  In 2003, she left to be one of the founding members of the Senior Management team at Integrity Bank where she took pride in being part of the growth and development of Integrity’s success and culture.  She was Vice President of Branch Administration and later Vice President of Cash Management for the bank.    

Kimberley moved to Pennsylvania in 1988 from East Tennessee and spent most of her childhood as a “military brat” living in many places, including Hawaii, Florida, Rhode Island and Virginia.  She now lives in Derry Township and loves it!  She is the proud mother of three children.  She enjoys singing and currently sings in several bands.  In her spare time, she likes to garden and travel but loves knowing she won’t be moving from Central Pa any time soon!

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.

 

Susheela Varky

Susheela Varky has been involved in the public interest arena for almost 30 years. In DC, she gained national and local experience in housing and women's issues at organizations such as McAuley Institute, The National Housing Trust, and Women Empowered Against Violence. In 1998, she joined the national drafting committee of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and helped write VAWA’s original housing provisions. Since moving to Richmond in 2003, Ms. Varky has worked for Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC), the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia (OES), and is currently working for Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC). 

At OES, Ms. Varky worked with other state agencies to improve domestic violence protective order policies and procedures in six diverse localities in Virginia. Since September 2007, Ms. Varky has continued her work in the domestic and sexual violence arena as a staff attorney for VPLC, the statewide support organization for the local legal aid offices in Virginia, collaborating with state and local stakeholders, conducting trainings, engaging in advocacy, providing legal consultations, and taking compelling domestic and/or sexual violence, immigration-related cases through a pro bono legal clinic she started in 2009 called Legal Assistance to Victim-Immigrants of Domestic Abuse (LA VIDA). In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Varky leads VPLC's Center for Family Advocacy, where she oversees team members' work on family law, immigration, and child welfare. 

Ms. Varky's LA VIDA program focuses on serving the visa needs of low-income, undocumented or under-documented, immigrant domestic and/or sexual violence victims. As part of her LA VIDA work and as a resource to the community, Ms. Varky offers trainings on the remedies available to these victims of crime. Since 2009, she has been training advocates, other attorneys, law enforcement officers, and other service providers on these and other victim-related subjects.

Ms. Varky received her B.A. from Tufts University in 1986 and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at The American University in 1993. She is licensed in VA, DC, and in PA, and lives in Richmond, VA.

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, 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.

Joyce Lukima

Joyce Lukima, Chief Operating Officer

Joyce Lukima currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. In this role, Ms. Lukima oversees the coalition's grants & contracts, legal, communications and training and technical assistance departments. The work of the coalition includes resource development, prevention, advocacy, ensuring quality services for survivors and supporting allied professionals involved in both prevention and intervention. 

Ms. Lukima is a licensed clinical social worker 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. Ms. Lukima is a volunteer with the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team (KCIT), participating in community crisis response to violence. 

Ms. Lukima also has extensive experience in both developing and providing trainings and conferences. She has acted as a 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 experience working 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, chairs the Access to Services Sub-committee and the Keystone Crisis Intervention 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.

Jim Willshier, Chief Public Affairs Officer

Jim Willshier joined the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) in 2019 as the Chief Public Affairs Officer.  His responsibilities focus on strategic communications with the media, community supporters, corporate partners and government entities as part of the organization’s mission of ending sexual harassment, assault and abuse.

Prior to this role, Mr. Willshier was the Director of Policy & Partnership for the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) representing Community Health Centers providing critical services to vulnerable Pennsylvanians in underserved areas. 

He has over 15 years of experience in government relations and media communications from experience in serving non-profit organizations.  He was also Finalist for George Washington University and the National Association of Community Health Centers National Emerging Leader in 2014.