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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.

Susan Mathias

Susan Mathias, Secretary
Transitions, Lewisburg, PA

Susan K. Mathias became the Chief Executive Officer of Transitions in 2013 where she is responsible for fundraising, program and staff development and management, facilities and operations management and strategic management. Prior to joining Transitions, Mathias served as the director of Wise Options, YWCA in Williamsport, PA.

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.


Dr. Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson, MD, Immediate Past President
Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA

Denise A. Johnson, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at Meadville Medical Center in Meadville, PAShe is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

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.

Maria Battle
AVI Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Maria Pajil Battle is a consultant for AVI Healthcare Solutions, LLC, providing strategic consulting with respect to marketing and community relations.

Maria recently retired as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Marketing for AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. During her tenure, she was recognized as an innovator in the area of health access, prevention and education. Her name became synonymous with efforts to increase the awareness and quality of life in improving the health status of underrepresented and under resources populations of every age and background.

Today, she continues to build a national network of colleagues and associates that collaborate, advocate for and influence the health of the community and the elimination of health disparties. Her community involvement and commitment in promoting health equity is reflected in her serving on the following community boards: Women Organizated Against Rape (WOAR), Intercultural Family Services, Inc., Fox Chase Cancer Advisory Board, Girl Scouts of Southeastern PA, Bridging the Gaps Advisory Board, PCAR-Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and WAA-Women Against Abuse Honorary Council. Previously, Maria held executive board positions with the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Congreso, Aspira, Delaware Valley Community Health and many more.


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.

Jeffrey Ernico, Esq.
Mette, Evans & Woodside

Jeffrey A. Ernico is an attorney with Mette Evans & Woodside and has represented and served on the governing boards of many charitable organizations in his law practice.  His practice also emphasizes taxation, estate planning and real estate transactions.


Alison Hall

Alison Hall
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Pittsburgh, PA

Alison Hall serves as the Executive Director for the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape where she has worked for the last 10 years. Hall’s 30-year career includes working with individual donors, foundations, community groups, health and human service organizations, community and corporate leaders, and elected officials locally and across Pennsylvania.

Patrick Lemmon
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. 

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.

Paul Lukach, Member-at-large
Crime Victims Center of Erie County, Erie, PA

Paul Lukach became the Executive Director of Crime Victim Center of Erie in October, 2010. He believes passionately that with a well-informed public and community involvement, we can stop sexual violence.  Lukach is a licensed social worker and received his MSW from Edinboro University of PA.  Prior to his position at Crime Victims Center, he worked in the mental health field and within aging services.

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.


Colleen Treml
Temple University's Beasley School of Law

Colleen A. Treml, Esq. is an accomplished business and communications executive with diverse industry experience in healthcare and law. Currently, she is the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Temple University's Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. Previously, she was Chief Marketing Officer for the law firm of Burns White, LLC, headquartered in Pittsburgh.

She holds a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University, a Masters in Journalism from Temple University, and her Bachelors degree in Advertising and Communications from Penn State.

Colleen has been involved with PCAR for many years, most recently serving on the Development Committee and previously as a member on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Mrs. Treml lives in the Philadelphia region with her husband and has three grown children.

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.

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.

Antonette Silvestri, MSN, CPNP-PC
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.

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.


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.