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-Susan Abramowich
-Carla Abrasheff
-Cate Axtman
-Sean Brennan
-Sharon Broker
-Jonathan Budd
-Brittany Chmill
-Jamie Cohn
-Benjamin Cook
-Phyllis Cox
-Leah Cullen
-Armenia Curry
-Jeff Dieterle
-Stephen Dittmer
-Heather Doolin
-Pamela Spence Enck
-Char Fallen
-Amanda Franzen
-Cheryl Gorski
-Nancy Hennon
-Scott Hollander
-Joanna Johnson
-Sara Johnson
-Rhonda Jones Fitch
-Justin Ketchel
-Christine Koebley
-Karen Koskoff
-Justin Lokay
-Robert Lykos
-Jennifer Martin
-Jennifer McGarrity
-Ada Maria Mezzich
-Lawrence Míguez
-Deborah Milliones
-Cynthia B. Moore
-Nate Morley
-Deirdre Moser
-Nicole Olen
-Billie Orr
-Judith E. Patterson
-Renee Peiffer
-Ronald Phillips
-Nancy Potter
-Tiffany Russell
-Sue Schmidt
-Janet Scholl
-Bethany Schumacher
-Valerie Schwab
-Christine Serra
-Amanda W. Shackelton
-Rebecca Shafer
-Jennifer Staley McCrady
-David Troyer
-Theresa Vangenewitt
-Michael Wahlen
-Marie Webb
-Jill Welch
-Thomas Welshonce
-Heather Wilkes
-Jerri Zundel
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Susan Abramowich, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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Carla Abrasheff
Child Advocacy Specialist
Carla joined the South team as a Child Advocacy Specialist.  Carla comes to KidsVoice with over fifteen years of experience.She started her career as a counselor for The Whales Tale, as a CYF Caseworker, an In-Home Worker for Auberle and then spent seven years as an Administrative Case Manager (for children and adolescents receiving mental health services) at Mercy Behavioral Health. At Mercy Behavioral Health, she was also part of the Disaster Response Committee.  Carla is currently part of the Safety Committee at KidsVoice.  Carla received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Point Park College, and completed a Certificate Program at the Institute for Law and Forensic Science at Duquesne University. She is currently in the process of completing a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling at Carlow University. Carla also received the Achieva Excellence in Advocacy Award for 2008

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Cate Axtman, Esq.
Volunteer Attorney
Cate Axtman joined as a Volunteer Attorney. She earned her BA from University of Rochester and her JD from Boston College Law School. Her prior experience includes work for the Chicago Law Department dealing with land acquisition, building and land use litigation and municipal prosecution. Cate is also active in her community as part of the Pittsburgh COLFAX PTO and Excellence for ALL Parent Steering Committee.

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Sean Brennan
Senior Software Developer
Sean returns to KidsVoice as a Software Programmer. Sean received his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Grove City College in 1992. He has many years of experience developing software and network administration for both for profit and non-profit organizations. Sean worked for KidsVoice from 2002- 2005 as our Information Technology Administrator. Sean left KidsVoice to work for Allin consulting group, but continued to consult with KidsVoice and was instrumental in the development of our software program for the direct client service database.

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Sharon Broker
Child Advocacy Specialist
Sharon joins KidsVoice as a Child Advocacy Specialist with the Special Assignments Team.  Sharon has a Bachelors Degree with a double major in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Duquesne University.  She has several years of experience working at Holy Family Institute as a Child Care Specialist and most recently as a Treatment Coordinator at Presley Ridge.

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Jonathan Budd, Esq.
Associate Executive Director
Jonathan Budd is the Associate Executive Director of KidsVoice. Jonathan has extensive experience in juvenile programming, nonprofit administration and human resources. He worked as a counselor for delinquent youth in a residential setting and on the "streets." Jonathan was later selected as a Presidential Management Intern and joined the United States Department of Justice where he helped develop and evaluate innovative delinquency prevention and intervention programs for the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In Pittsburgh, Jonathan worked as Assistant Director of Jewish Family & Children's Service where he was instrumental in developing an adoption program and a program to serve families with special needs children. Jonathan also was a Labor and Employment Attorney for Reed Smith. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, an M.A. in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota where he was awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in Public Affairs, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Brittany Chmill
Support Staff for Central Regional Team
Brittany joins the Central Regional Team as a Regional Support Person.� Brittany had been working on a temporary to permanent basis since October of 2006. Prior to KidsVoice she worked for a large non-profit providing administrative and receptionist support to their operation.

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Jamie Cohn
Child Advocacy Specialist
Jamie joins the Mon Valley Team as a Child Advocacy Specialist. Jamie spent six months working as a Child Advocacy Specialist Intern for KidsVoice. She worked with the North Regional Team Attorney's with a caseload of 30 clients. Jamie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Arts in Applied Development Psychology. Jamie is currently attending Chatham College's Master program for Counseling Psychology.

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Benjamin Cook
Child Advocacy Specialist
Ben joins the Central Team as a Child Advocacy Specialist, bringing many years of direct care and programming experience to KidsVoice. He has a collaborative background in MH/MR and has worked at Pressley Ridge in special education, wraparound, and most recently as a Treatment Supervisor in the Home Places MH/MR Residential Program. Ben is skilled in ASL(American Sign Language) and is a Cornell University-Certified Therapeutic crisis Intervention Trainer. He is a Co-Director of the Youth Services Program at the Gay & Lesbian Community Center, where he trains adult volunteers and facilitates the Youth Group. Ben received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and will soon complete his M.S. in Applied Developmental Psychology, also at Pitt.

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Phyllis Cox
Receptionist
Phyllis joins KidsVoice as our Receptionist. Phyllis has been in a temporary to permanent position with KidsVoice since July 2007. Phyllis received her MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Sullivan University in Lexington Kentucky in 2002. She has many years of experience working as a paralegal and legal assistant for a Kentucky law office.

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Leah Cullen, Esq.
Supervisor/Conciliation Coordinator
Ms. Cullen is a graduate of Emory University and earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During law school, Ms. Cullen was hired as a full time certified legal intern and was formally hired as a staff attorney at KidsVoice after graduation. In October 2005, Ms. Cullen was promoted to the position of Legal Resource Coordinator, and in February 2009, was promoted to position of Supervisor and Conciliation Coordinator. In addition to supervising the North and Central regional teams, Ms. Cullen is responsible for coordinating the conciliation process for post-secondary education bound clients with Allegheny County CYF and Department of Human Services. Ms. Cullen is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association. She is a member of the ACBA Juvenile Law Committee, where she has served on and co-chaired the Continuing Legal Education Subcommittee, Opinions Subcommittee and Community Service Subcommittee. Ms. Cullen has spoken at a number of local, state and national conferences on various areas of juvenile law, including the 2008 U.S. Department of Human Services Pathways to Adulthood National Independent Living/Transitional Living Conference and the 2009 Children’s Hospital Hope and Healing Conference. Ms. Cullen also serves on the Allegheny County Family Finding Task Force, the Allegheny County Family Group Decision Making Task Force, and on the United States Attorney's Office Western District of Pennsylvania Crimes Against Children Task Force. In 2009, Ms. Cullen was selected to be a member of the ACBA Inaugural Young Fellows.

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Armenia Curry
Support Staff for South Regional Team

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Jeff Dieterle
Child Advocacy Specialist

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Stephen Dittmer, Esq.
Supervisor/Technology Coordinator
Steve is a graduate of Penn State University and Duquesne University School of Law.  He is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.  Steve has been with KidsVoice since 2001, currently serving as a Supervisor and Technology Coordinator.  From 2001 – 2006, Steve was a staff attorney handling over 250 cases per year as well as serving as Technology Coordinator where Steve helped design and implement K.I.D.S., a client based case management system.

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Heather Doolin
Child Advocacy Specialist
Heather joined KidsVoice as a Child Advocacy Specialist on the Mon Valley Team. Heather earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from the University of West Florida. Heather’s prior work experience includes the Human Services Administration Organization, Families First Network, Guardian ad Litem Program, The Chimes, Mercy Behavioral Health and Highland Place. One of Heather’s articles, “Caring for Members of Our Community with Dementia and Disabilities” was published as part of the 2007 10th Annual Japan-US Social Welfare Symposium. Heather also received Guardian ad Litem Volunteer of the Year for Escambia County, Pensacola, FL.

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Pamela Spence Enck, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Pamela has been a practicing attorney for more than ten years. She worked in the Ohio County Prosecutor?s Office in West Virginia, where she handled child abuse prosecutions, delinquency cases, and abuse and neglect proceedings Pamela also has been a municipal court judge in Bethany, West Virginia and has worked in private practice handling divorce and custody proceedings and medical malpractice and personal injury cases. In addition to her J.D., she has a Masters in Public Administration.

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Char Fallen
Support Staff for North Regional Team

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Amanda Franzen, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Amanda joined KidsVoice as a Volunteer Attorney from August thru December 2009. Amanda accepted a permanent position with us in late December as a Staff Attorney for the East Regional Team. Amanda graduated from the Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in May 2009. Prior to volunteering at KidsVoice, Amanda worked at the Children’s Advocacy Clinic in Carlisle, PA where she represented children in dependency and custody actions as either the child’s guardian ad litem or attorney.

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Cheryl Gorski, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Before starting at KidsVoice in February 2002, Cheryl Gorski had a general private practice. Ms. Gorski received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science. She earned her Jurius Doctorate from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She was a Navy JAGG after law school where she was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for Prosecutorial Merit. Ms. Gorski has been active in her community, church, and her children's school by serving as a Girl Scout leader for six years, PTA President, President of the Community Newcomers Club in Morgantown, President of the Mon County Parents Association and many other school committees.

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Nancy Hennon
Child Advocacy Specialist
Nancy joins KidsVoice as a Child Advocacy Specialist for the East Regional Team. She received her Masters Degree from Carlow University in 2004 and a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University in 1981. Nancy has over 20 years of experience in the human services field as a Mental Health Specialist and most recently as a Clinical Coordinator at The Bradley Center.

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Joanna Johnson
Lead Support Staff for Mon-Valley Regional Team

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Sara Johnson, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Sara joins KidsVoice as a Staff Attorney for the North Regional Team. She received her Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 2003 and her Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Westminster College in 2000. Sara started out her legal career interning for KidsVoice in 2001. Since then, she has worked as an associate for several law firms in Pittsburgh. Most recently, she was a Solo Practioner focusing on family law matters.

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Rhonda Jones Fitch
Child Advocacy Specialist
Rhonda Jones Fitch comes to Kid's Voice with over 12 years of experience in the social service field. Ms. Fitch began her career working as a counselor at Stormbreak Runaway and Youth Shelter in Centre County. She also worked at the Centre County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program and Independent Living Program. Upon graduation from The Pennsylvania State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ms. Fitch was employed by Alternative Program Associates and later The Pressley Ridge Schools, PRYDE Program working in the treatment foster care program. It was out of the PRYDE Program that Pressley Ridge Schools collaborated with various parties and developed the Power Bolt Rites of Passage Program. Ms. Fitch was promoted to Program Coordinator of the female component of Power Bolt's Rites of Passage Program. During her time at Pressley Ridge, Ms. Fitch completed the intensive training coursework toward receiving a Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling (CAC) and became a Certified CPR and First Aid Trainer for the Red Cross. After working in these programs for a combined total of eight years, Ms. Fitch became employed with Neighborhood Centers Association, In-Home Service Program as a Senior Case Manager, where she was instrumental in partnering with Kid's Voice to advocate for the best interest of the child. It was this special partnering with Kid's Voice that interested Ms. Fitch in becoming a member of our team.

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Justin Ketchel, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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Christine Koebley
Director of Finance
Christine joined KidsVoice as Director of Finance. Christine received her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Duquesne University. Christine has over 17 years of accounting and finance experience. She started her career with Deloitte Touche as a Senior Auditor. Christine has held the positions of Director of Operations, Treasurer and Controller for medical device, non-profit , and real estate organizations.

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Karen Koskoff, E.
Staff Attorney
Karen joins KidsVoice as a Staff Attorney for the Special Assignments Team. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. She received her J.D. from Antioch School of Law in Washington, DC. Karen started her law career as a Criminal Defense Attorney in DC. She was a Partner at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder in Conneticut before becoming an executive director of a residential and outpatient substance abuse program for homeless individuals in New Hampshire. Most recently, Karen has been in private practice as a counselor specializing in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and childhood sexual trauma.

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Justin Lokay
Director of Development
Justin joined KidsVoice as Director of Development. Justin had previously worked at the Pittsburgh Zoo, where he was in charge of Annual Giving and Government Affairs. He most recently was the Political Director for Senator Specter, and has worked as Campaign Manager and interim District Director for Congressman Murphy. He is President of the Board of PUMP (Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project) and from 2004-2010 was an elected Council Member for the Borough of East McKeesport. In 2004 he was recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP as one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 and 2009 was selected by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Whirl as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest. Also, Justin has appeared on ABC’s Primetimeand Discovery Health’s Plastic Surgery Before and After to discuss weight loss and provide advice to individuals considering bariatric surgery. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.B.A. from Point Park University

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Robert Lykos, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Robert joined KidsVoice in June 2006 as a summer legal intern. He completed his internship with us and worked on a temporary basis from August thru October as a Staff Attorney for the North Regional Team. He was hired as a permanent Staff Attorney in October 2006. Robert received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Rhodes College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law. Robert has held several legal internships in the states of Colorado and Connecticut. Prior to joining KidsVoice, Robert spent a year with the Pittsburgh firm Cohen & Grisby.

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Jennifer Martin
Child Advocacy Specialist
Jennifer Martin joins KidsVoice as a CAS on the Central team. Jenny brings a combination of experiences in both the legal and human services arena. Following over 12 years (as legal assistant) in small to large firms in Pittsburgh, Virginia and California, Jenny received her Bachelors Degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology at Rider University in NJ. She has, since then, worked as a manager/teacher of a group home for autistic children (in a private, non-profit in NJ) and as a special education teacher at a public school in San Francisco. She has certifications in teaching and special education (NJ, CA, PA-pending). Jennifer volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and Read America.

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Jennifer McGarrity, Esq.
Staff Attorney/Legal Training Coordinator
Jennifer is a staff attorney on the Special Assignments Team and the Legal Training Coordinator at KidsVoice.  As a staff attorney, Jennifer represents children in dependency proceedings, termination of parental rights cases and juvenile expungement matters.  She is engaged in both trial and appellate practice, with her appellate caseload consisting primarily of termination of parental rights cases.  As Legal Training Coordinator, Jennifer is responsible for planning and conducting monthly attorneys’ meetings, interviewing and selecting legal interns, and planning and conducting new hire and legal intern training.  In addition, Jennifer plans and coordinates the activities of the KidsVoice Legislative Advocacy Committee and is a member of the KidsVoice Independent Living Committee.  Jennifer is also a member the following outside organizations and committees:  Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA); PBA Children’s Rights Committee; Legislative Action Subcommittee of the Children’s Rights Committee; Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA); ACBA Juvenile Law Committee; and Opinions Subcommittee of the Juvenile Law Committee.  In addition, Jennifer is a faculty member of the Judicial Education Department of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.  Jennifer previously served as a staff attorney for the Texas Legislative Council, a government agency that provides legal services to members of the Texas Legislature. Jennifer received her B.S. from Duquesne University and her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.  She was also a visiting student at the University of Texas School of Law.  Jennifer is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Texas

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Ada Maria Mezzich
Child Advocacy Specialist
Ada Maria joined KidsVoice in May 2002 as a Child Advocacy Specialist and working on the Summer Visitation project. Ms. Mezzich has experience working on violence-prevention and social justice. She received her masters degree in Social Work and a second masters in Public and International Affairs. Her background includes positions at Family Resources(Pittsburgh,PA) as a Crisis Intervention Specialist counseling families of abuse and neglect, the American Red Cross( Philadelphia,PA) as a Mental Health Disaster Program Coordinator responding to the needs of natural disaster victims, doing military casework, Holocaust family tracing, and Red Cross messaging in war torn countries, the United Nations, Economic and Social Affairs Department (NY), working on conflict prevention, and Peacelinks(Pittsburgh,PA) working on nuclear weapons disarmament.

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Lawrence Míguez
Customer Support Specialist
Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Bethany College along with minors in Accounting, Economics and Management. He brings with him more than 12 years’ experience in database support. Outside of KidsVoice, Lawrence volunteers his time at local charities.

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Deborah Milliones
Support Staff for East Regional Team
Deborah joins the East Regional Team as a Regional Support Person. Deborah had been working in a temporary to permanent position with us since September of 2007. Deborah has years of administrative experience as a clerk typist for the City of Pittsburgh Traffic Court and City Police Auto Pound and in several different administrative temporary positions.

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Cynthia B. Moore, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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Nate Morley
Child Advocacy Specialist/CAS Staff Development Coordinator
Nate comes to KidsVoice after several years at Family Links. He was a Youth and Family Specialist. He also provided crisis intervention for youth and adults and became a Program Manager managing staff in a residential program for MH/MR children and adolescents. Nate has also interned with the Allegheny County Juvenile Court working with youth through the Community Intensive Supervision Program as well as the School Based Probation Program. Nate earned his Bachlor of Arts degree in Sociology at Loyola University, New Orleons in 2000, before coming to Pittsburgh and achieving his MSW at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003.

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Deirdre Moser, Esq.
Volunteer Attorney
Deirdre joined KidsVoice as a Volunteer Attorney. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Mary’s College, Master’s Degree from Emory University and her Juris Doctor from University of San Diego, School of Law. Deirdre’s prior experience includes working for the US Attorney’s Office in Illinois and as a civil litigation attorney in San Diego.

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Nicole Olen
Special Assignments/Legal Document Support Staff

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Billie Orr, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Billie joined KidsVoice as a Staff Attorney for the Mon Valley Regional Team. She received her Juris Doctorate form the University of Notre Dame Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College. Billie spent several years as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of Western Missouri and most recently was a Contract Attorney for Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

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Judith E. Patterson, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Judith Patterson has been practicing law for 20 years, 18 of those years as a Child Advocate at KidsVoice, formerly Legal Aid for Children. Ms. Patterson received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, class of 1982. In law school, she was awarded the 1982 International Student Bar Association Client Counseling Competition. Her duties at KidsVoice included in the past training new personnel and law students through lectures, field trips, on the job supervision, interviewing, and hiring and practical supervision in the Court. Ms. Patterson has lectured to a variety of organizations, such as PA Judges Conference and the Juvenile Court Judges Conference, CLE training in conjuction with Neighborhood Legal Services in 2000, and in-service training for many of the group home and institutional placements in the Juvenile Court system. Before becoming a Child Advocate, Ms. Patterson worked as a paralegal for Neighborhood Legal Services, in a general family law private practice, was a secondary teacher as well as a Head Start and Follow Through teacher for Kindergarten and First grade. Ms. Patterson has also served on a numerous boards and been involved with a variety of community activities. Most notbably, she served as the Session of her chuch and the president of a local club of Allegheny Mountain Swimming, a member of the organization's board and the head of the first Judicial Committee for the organization.

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Renee Peiffer
Administrative Office Manager
Renee previously was a Closing Coordinator for Pioneer Land Settlement and worked with National City Bank as Supervisor for the Abstract Department from 1998-2003. She brings extensive office background with financial and administrative experience.

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Ronald Phillips
Child Advocacy Specialist
Ronald joins the South Regional Team as a Child Advocacy Specialist. Ronald has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Clarion State College and has worked for the last 15 years for Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic. He started with Western Psychiatric Institute as a Milieu Therapist working in the Children & Adolescent units. He spent several years as an Intensive Case Manager and most recently as a Resource Coordination Program Team Supervisot. Ronald is a basketball coach for the junior varsity team at South Park High School.

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Nancy Potter, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Nancy Potter joined KidsVoice as a Staff Attorney for the North Regional Team. She has a Bachelors of Science from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During law school, Ms. Potter interned for the National League of Cities and the City of Pittsburgh Law Department. Prior to joining KidsVoice, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Oliver J. Lobaugh, President Judge of the Venango County Court of Common Pleas. Ms. Potter is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association. She is also a recipient of the Pitt Law LRAP Award. Ms. Potter currently volunteers as a mentor for the WISE program.

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Tiffany Russell
Child Advocacy Specialist

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Sue Schmidt
Full Charge Bookkeeper
Sue has over twenty years of accounting experience, most recently as the Controller and Financial Analyst with FamilyLinks, Inc. Previously she was the Senior Bookkeeper and Accounting Manager at The Whale's Tale for nearly 20 years. Susan attended the ICM School of Business and is currently enrolled with the Western Institute Distance Learning program.

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Janet Scholl, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Jan Scholl joined KidsVoice as a staff attorney in July 2003. Previously, Jan was an Assistant District Attorney with the Allegheny County District Attorney's office. She has also served as law clerk for the Honorable President Judge Kate Ford Elliott of the Superior Court of PA and the Honorable Marilyn Horan of the Court of Common Pleas in Butler County, PA. Jan began her law career with the law firm of Weisel, Xides and Foerster after graduating from Duquesne Law School in 1993.

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Bethany Schumacher
Child Advocacy Specialist/Human Services Training Coordinator

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Valerie Schwab, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Valerie joins KidsVoice as a Staff Attorney for the South Regional Team. She received her Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Latin from Duquesne University. Valerie has several years of experience as an associate for several different firms in Uniontown, PA. She has experience in family law and as a court appointed guardian ad litem for the interests of the child in parental rights termination proceedings.

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Christine Serra
Legal Secretary
Christine joined KidsVoice as a full time Legal Secretary after temping in the position from February to May 2007. Christine received her paralegal certificate from Duquesne University - Paralegal Institute in 2006. She has several years of experience as both a Legal Secretary and a Paralegal working for Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.

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Amanda W. Shackelton, Esq.
Equal Justice Works Fellow
Amanda Shackelton joins KidsVoice as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Amanda earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, cum laude, from Yale University, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. During college and law school, Amanda interned for numerous organizations at which she advocated for or represented children, including: the Special Education Clinic at Harvard Law School, the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Lawyers for Children, and Children’s Rights. She interned at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in the summer of 2009, splitting her time between the Education and Political Participation practice areas. While at law school, she was Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

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Rebecca Shafer
Child Advocacy Specialist
Rebecca obtained her Bachelor Of Arts degree in Psychology from Edinboro University in December of 1996. She began her experience as a Child Care Specialist with Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, counseling children and adolescents in crisis situations for three and a half years. She then worked at an orthodontist office, where her duties included contacting schools and facilitating dental hygiene programs for kindergarten children. Since 2000, Rebecca also worked for Intercare in their Challenge by Choice program as a Therapeutic Activities Specialist, facilitating and developing activities for youth and adults. She will be on the Mon Valley team.

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Jennifer Staley McCrady, Esq.
Supervisor/Program and Policy Coordinator
Mrs. Jennifer Staley McCrady graduated from Duquesne University with a B.A. in Political Science. Mrs. McCrady worked at The Whale’s Tale Millvale shelter for over four years as a teacher/counselor and senior teacher/counselor for at risk adolescent boys. In 1997, she was awarded the Staff of the Year and Directors Award for Excellence. Mrs. McCrady obtained her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University. While a law student, she was a member and Co-Chair of the Public Interest Law Association. Mrs. McCrady was awarded the Allegheny County Bar Association Pro Bono law student of the year in 2000 and the Kirkpatrick and Lockhart Public Interest Law fellowship in 2001. Mrs. McCrady was a CASA volunteer from 1999-2006 and was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2000. In September 2000, Mrs. McCrady joined KidsVoice and has remained on staff and is currently a Team Supervisor and Program and Policy Coordinator. Mrs. McCrady has spoken to community leaders and at various local and national conferences about issues relating to children especially those issues that face children as they leave the foster care system. Mrs. McCrady is co-author of Helping Clients Transition to Independent Living, Family Court Review. Mrs. McCrady was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2008. In addition to her membership in several children’s issues organizations, including the National Association of Counsel for Children and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Children’s Rights Committee, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Legislative Sub Committee. Mrs. McCrady serves as Chair of the ACBA Juvenile Law Committee. Mrs. McCrady served on the Duquesne University Law School Alumni Association Board of Governors. Mrs. McCrady serves on the Board of Directors of CORO. Mrs. McCrady also serves on the Associate Board of Gilda’s Club of Western Pennsylvania. Most recently Mrs. McCrady was nominated to the inaugural class of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Fellows Class of 2009.

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David Troyer
QA Developer

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Theresa Vangenewitt
Child Advocacy Specialist

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Michael Wahlen, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Michael joins the East Regional Team as a Staff Attorney. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duquesne University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He has experience working as an attorney for several different firms. He practiced in the fields of Crimal Defense and Personal Injury. He also has experience with Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability and Employment Law.

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Marie Webb, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Marie Webb joined KidsVoice as a staff attorney in January of 2001. She previously had a private practice in Greene County, Pennsylvania where she represented children in abuse and neglect cases for nearly thirteen years. Her practice also included divorce and custody cases. She also was a Assistant District Attorney and has served as a master in family law proceedings in Greene County. She is the former President of the Greene County Bar Association and for the past eight years has published the Greene County Legal Journal. Marie was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors, where she was elected as the Women's Governor at large and subsequently was elected Secretary of the PBA, a position she held until May of 2001. She is respected among child advocates across Pennsylvania and is a frequent presenter at statewide child advocacy programs.

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Jill Welch
Human Resource Coordinator
Jill joined KidsVoice as a Human Resource Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown. Jill brings with her 13 years of experience in the human resources field.

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Thomas Welshonce, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Tom joins KidsVoice as a Staff Attorney for the North Regional Team.  Tom has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Tom has several years of experience working as an attorney for a corporate law firm.  He also has several years of litigation experience, including litigation of intellectual property, contract and insurance disputes.  Tom did a clerkship at the City of Pittsburgh Law Department.

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Heather Wilkes
Child Advocacy Specialist
Heather joins the South Regional Team as a Child Advocacy Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science form the University of Pittsburgh along with a Certificate of Elementary Education. Heather is currently pursuing her Master of Elementary Education also from the University of Pittsburgh. Heather spent several years working as a caseworker and interim supervisor for A Second Chance, Inc.

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Jerri Zundel
Child Advocacy Specialist
Jerri joins KidsVoice as a Child Advocacy Specialist on the Central Team. Jerri has a MS in Community and Agency Counseling and a BS in Secondary Education from California University of PA. She has over 13 years of experience in juvenile and adult criminal justice with extensive court experience. Prior to this position Jerri was a Mobile Therapist and Behavioral Specialist Consultant for Family Links and was also a program supervisor for The Program for Female Offenders.

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