Staff & Board

The strength of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley has always been the commitment of its staff and volunteers. We nurture a culture of excellence that attracts the best and brightest people in our community. Our staff and Board members are passionate about our mission and deeply committed to making a positive and lasting difference in the lives of the people we support.

TPLV Staff

Lori Sywensky
Executive Director

Megan R. Bennicoff
Director of Operations

Laura Ferreri
Chief Program Officer

Miriam Rivera
Community Advocates Director

Marlena Flora
Legal Advocacy Director

Meghan Baker
Advancement Director

Catharine Kessack
Housing Director

Braley Veras
Children's Advocacy Director

Melissa Grimmer
Training and Education Director

Jahkeema McGruder
Transitional Housing Director

TPLV Board of Directors

Why is being on the board of directors at Turning Point of Lehigh Valley and being an advocate for domestic and intimate partner abuse survivors important to you?

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Sheila Ketterer, President 

Owner, Three Bees Quilting, LLC

Burnley Enterprises – Part Time

"I have seen the impact of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse on close friends and loved ones who did not have somewhere to go for help. I want to be able to make a difference and help provide a solution for survivors."

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Danielle N. Adams, Vice President

Owner, QueenSuite Coaching

"I am an advocate for human rights and civil liberties. I am passionate about Turning Point because of its leadership, its staff and the people we serve. Providing security and hope for a brighter tomorrow and abundant opportunities makes what we do an honor and a privilege. "


Paul Mazzucco, Treasurer

TierPoint, LLC, Chief Security Officer

"In my career, I’ve collaborated with law enforcement agencies worldwide, and developed a thorough, systematic understanding of the behavioral profiles of cyber criminals. That experience, in turn, has offered me a unique perspective on developing processes and programs that help protect my employer and clients. The opportunity to apply such skills to an organization like Turning Point, which works to improve the lives of victims of domestic abuse, is a challenge I welcome and for which I believe I’m well suited. The timing is right to use my experience with other for profit and non-profit boards to give back to my local community. Turning Point was my first choice for this journey and I'm humbled to be a part of such a great organization."

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Lauren Wieser 

CPA Director, (CLA) CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

"I am passionate about Turning Point because they go above and beyond to help our community every day. Turning Point provides people with a safe and welcoming place to go, and that is something every person deserves to have. I am both proud and excited to be part of this amazing organization."  

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Cameilia Baker, MBA

Lehigh Valley Hospital, Director of Emergency and Hospital Medicine

"I am honored to be a part of an organization that enables me to invest in my community. I am deeply committed to reducing the stigma associated with domestic and intimate partner violence. Serving on the Turning Point board of directors allows me to give back to my community while advocating for those who do not have a voice."

Sylvia Doyle

Sylvia Doyle

Desales University, Fundraising, Donor Relations and Event Planning

"I am passionate about serving Turning Point because the agency provides critical services to our community. The staff assists people in making life-altering changes and rebuilding their lives. I am committed to supporting their important work."
Carolyn Harper 2021 Board Member

Carolyn Harper

Harper & Associates, Principal

"It is an honor to be able to serve on Turning Point’s Board. I believe that serving on the Board allows me to continue my dedication to being an advocate and voice for individuals who often have no place to turn for help and resources. To be a part of a team working so diligently for those who have experienced the trauma and danger of domestic abuse is a privilege. The position on the Board gives me the opportunity to bring my passion, life’s purpose, and professionalism to fruition within a Board that is focused on making a difference in the lives of others who have been subjected to domestic and intimate partner abuse."

Joan Holtman TPLV Board 10.2022

Joan T. Holtman

Senior Director, Primary Care, St. Luke's University Hospital and Health Network

"I have seen firsthand the mental and physical damage suffered by victims of domestic violence. I watched a very close friend's confidence and personality literally wither over a period of a few years. This was eye opening to me. 30+ years ago help for victims was hard to find and emotional abuse was barely recognized.

Again years later, I saw evidence of physical abuse with a co-worker who eventually relocated to the west coast with her children. It was at that time I learned of Turning Point and the important work being done. Domestic Violence occurs regardless of level of education or socio-economic status. Valuable resources such as Turning Point needs to continue to be available and grow to assist helping those victims be safe, build their confidence so they may go on to build new and productive lives. I am honored to help support this organization."

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Michelle Laureano Roque

Director, Mujer Lehigh Valley La Revista

"It Is important for me because I know that the work Turning Point of Lehigh Valley does is making a change in our community. I'm a survivor. Turning Point was the key that helped me understand the dynamics of abuse and gave me the tools to break the circle and better myself. Now I feel a responsibility to give back what was given to me.

Marissa Lawall TPLV Board 10.2022

Marissa LaWall, Esq. 

Pennsylvania Health Law Project, Supervising Attorney

"Years ago, I witnessed firsthand the impact Turning Point had on the life of a friend of mine who was a survivor of intimate partner violence. Serving on the Board of Directors for Turning Point is an honor to me, as I am able to help an organization that directly assists survivors by giving them a place to turn in my community when they need help. I have dedicated my legal career to helping some of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens obtain healthcare services, and I look forward to bringing that passion for advocacy to Turning Point."


Jenn Moore

Avesis Incorporated, Quality Assurance Manager

"During my career, I have had the opportunity to work in non-profit organizations with strong missions. I think most times the mission is key to engagement from staff and board members. I am very drawn to the mission of Turning Point. The loss of a dear friend, and colleague, to domestic homicide, was the unfortunate catalyst that inspired me to become more involved in the community and learn about domestic violence. Turning Point has been a great ally in my educational journey and my understanding about domestic violence. I'm passionate about the work Turning Point does across the Lehigh Valley, spreading awareness, and supporting survivors and their families. It's an honor to serve Turning Point and support their mission and those they serve in the community."

Rebecca Procopio TPLV Board 10.2022

Rebecca Mutchler   

Magellan Healthcare, Sr. Director Business Development-Clinical

"Turning Point provides critical services to adults and children in the Lehigh Valley.
It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this organization."

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Sean Wacker

Gallagher Benefits Consulting, Area VP

"Many individuals have either personally experienced, or know someone who has personally experienced domestic abuse. Being able to advocate and professionally support an organization that provides a safe haven for those individuals, and provides what can be the start of a new beginning to anyone facing this challenge is a larger than life cause is personally fulfilling and supports my intentions of making the world a better place."