Administration, Staff, and Board Members

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Corey L. Korinda, Esq.

Executive Director

Corey L. Korinda, Esq. is a dynamic child advocate.  Corey was first inspired by a class entitled, Juvenile Justice, which was taught by The Honorable Judge John F. Cherry at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  She furthered those lessons beyond classroom by seeking employment at an after-school program managed by the YWCA: Carlisle.  She also volunteered with the charity Lisa’s Heart: Kids Cancer Research Fund.  These formative experiences prompted a professional commitment to be of service to children in need.    

Upon graduating from Dickinson College, Corey returned to her hometown in Boonton, New Jersey where she worked as a case manager at Family Intervention Services, Inc.: Kid Connection, a non-profit organization that supports children involved with New Jersey’s Division of Protection and Permanency.  In this position, she had the privilege of working “hand in hand” with Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) volunteers.  After approximately two years of case management, Corey advanced her commitment to advocate on behalf children by applying to law school.

During her time at Widener University Commonwealth Law School in Pennsylvania, Corey continued to care for children by serving as a substitute teacher for grades one through twelve.  She also interned at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

As an attorney, Corey worked for nearly four years as an Assistant Public Defender in the Juvenile Division at the Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office.  She represented hundreds of children for pre-adjudication motions, fact-finding, and disposition proceedings in delinquency court.  She attended statewide conferences and toured juvenile placement facilities throughout the Commonwealth.  In 2016, Corey became a board member for the Juvenile Defender Association of Pennsylvania (“JDAP”).  Most recently, Corey has been helping families involved in the criminal justice system as the legal defense member on the Wellness Court teams in the York County Court of Common Pleas. 

Corey has been part of Dauphin County CASA from the beginning, joining the board in 2018.  She is honored to assume the position as executive director.  She is eager to develop Dauphin County CASA, with the intent to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect within her community. 

Favorite Quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
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Margaret Mead 

Lori K. Serratelli, President  has accomplished much over her 40-year career as a family and employment law attorney. In 1978, she founded the law firm that would become Serratelli, Schiffman, & Brown P.C. From June 2016 to January 2018, she served as a judge for the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, where she served in the family law division and presided over Orphan’s Court and civil litigation matters.

Ms. Serratelli is committed to pro bono service to her community. She has served on various the boards for various charitable and non-profit organizations. As a trained court appointed special advocate (CASA) in Cumberland County, she has been instrumental in developing the Dauphin County CASA program.

Carmen Henry-Harris, Vice President  joins Dauphin County CASA with work experience related to help children and those in need. She is the community liaison and coordinator for Parents and Children Together (PACT), a Penn State initiative to implement research projects that promote the health and well-being of children, youth and families from diverse backgrounds by engaging the community at all levels of the research process.

Ms. Henry-Harris is a certified drug and alcohol recovery specialist. She enjoys training and educating diverse populations, students and adults.

Jermaine Crosson Treasurer  currently serves as CFO of LINKBANK in Camp Hill, PA where he is responsible for all financial operations and accounting functions of the Bank. Mr. Crosson most recently served as CFO of Sunshine Bank in Plant City, FL where he was responsible for financial reporting, audit, budgeting and overseeing the accounting functions. Mr. Crosson also led all SEC reporting as principal accounting officer of Sunshine Bancorp, successfully executed a strong organic growth strategy including a private placement $12 million capital raise and $11 million subordinated debt issuance, and managed a staff of accounting professionals enhancing the staff’s overall skill sets in several recognizable areas.

From 2012 to 2015, he served as controller at Members 1 st Federal Credit union. From 2005 to 2012, he served as Controller at Tower Bancorp, Inc. where he was responsible for regulatory and financial reporting, financial operations, executing a growth strategy which was supported by a capital raise in two public offerings and led the bank through two acquisitions. During his time at Tower Bancorp, Inc. the institution grew from a de novo to a $2.7 billion asset institution operating 49 branches, after which it was acquired by Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Chartered Global Management Accountant designation. He is a native of Harrisburg, PA a graduate of Harrisburg High and Penn State University.  Before transitioning to Florida Mr. Crosson served as Treasurer Of Hamilton Health Center.

Sarah Pearce, Secretary  is a CASA volunteer, and has been since 2009. She serves as an Educational Consultant CASA, Educational Decision Maker when necessary, and trains new CASAs in educational issues. for over twenty years she has served as an Advisor for the Pa. Dept. of Education on state and federal laws, regulations and policy. Eight of those years in the Legislative Affairs Office.  Prior to that, she served as Program Staff to choose, train and assign hearing officers for special education hearings. Worked with school districts and agencies to develop special education and early intervention programs.  

Mrs. Pearce served on the Harrisburg School Board eight years and the Susquehanna Township School Board for six years. She has served on the Harrisburg Parking Authority and Broad Street Market Authority. 

She is an active member of Pine Street Presbyterian Church, former Deacon, Pastor Nominating Committee, Mission Committee, Giving Tree Coordinator, DDB volunteer and presently Elder. She is the mother of two adopted, now adult, fine young men.

Bill Hornung believes servant leadership and servanthood are the ways to go about life. The father of five has, over the years, cared for more than 25 foster children, many of whom had special needs. This led him to serving an instrumental role in creating a DVD to inspire others to hire persons with special needs.

Mr. Hornung owned and operated a hardware store for more than 32 years, where he hired many employees that needed a second or third chance to succeed at life. He was also a Lower Paxton Twp. supervisor for 24 years, served on the Bethesda Mission board of directors and currently works with a C12 group that inspires business owners to incorporate the Lord into their business.

Amy Doherty has a strong passion for CASA and helping children in the community. She believes every child deserves the opportunity to thrive and should not be a victim of their circumstances. The Widener Law Commonwealth Juris Doctor candidate has experience with other CASA organizations, having previously volunteered with Allegheny County CASA and promoting CASA as part of the philanthropy for Kappa Alpha Theta, her social fraternity at Washington & Jefferson College.

Ms. Doherty has also volunteered with local youth as an AmericCorps fellow, student mentor and assistant Girl Scout leader. She is a Social Security paralegal at Marzzacco Niven & Associates. 

Rachel Farzin has spent most of her career as a clinical social worker working with children and families in various settings in New York, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. She is dedicated to the CASA mission: providing all children with a safe, permanent home where they cannot only survive, but thrive.

A stay-at-home mom, Ms. Farzin has remained active in the community by volunteering with organizations such as Londonderry School, Girl Scouts of Central Pennsylvania and Girls on the Run. She previously served on the Londonderry School board of directors, PinnacleHealth Hospitals ethics committee and was co-campaign manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s man of the year campaign.

Lauren Guerra is passionate about social issues such as child and youth development, poverty, mental health issues, drug addiction and recovery, civil rights and equality and race-related issues. Her extensive community-based involvement experience includes volunteering with CASAs the San Francisco region from 2014 to 2016.

As special counsel with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Ms. Guerra reviews discrimination complaints in housing, employment and public accommodation based on protected classes such as race, sex and age.

Yvonne Echols Hollins knows the importance of helping children. The executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg possesses a wide educated-based experience. She served the Harrisburg School District for 22 years in various positions, including as a teacher and a principal. She worked for the Central Dauphin School District for a decade first as assistant principal before ascending to director of secondary education and finally assistant superintendent - secondary instruction.

Ms. Hollins’ dedication to the community has received many awards, including the key to the city from former Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson in February 2013.

Corey L. Korinda, Esq. is a dynamic advocate of children’s rights. As a college student, she worked as a mentor for a YWCA Carlisle after-school program and volunteered with the charity Lisa’s Heart: Kids Cancer Research Fund. These experiences prompted her commitment to be of service to children in need.

As an attorney, Ms. Korinda has worked as an assistant public defender in York and Dauphin counties. She previously worked as a case manager in New Jersey, and volunteered with the local CASA program there.

Megan Madsen is passionate about collaborating with organizations that impact our youth. She is a founding board member of REDgen, a resiliency organization in Milwaukee that was formed following a number of teen suicides in the community. The organization is now a leader in advocating for the mental health and well-being of all youth.

Ms. Madsen is vice president of communications for Bravo Group, Pennsylvania’s top public relations firm. She helps companies, governments and organizations solve complex marketing and communication challenges.

Gloria Vazquez Merrick has an extensive range of experience related to community service. She is executive director of the Latino Hispanic American Community Center, a non-profit organization that serves the greater Harrisburg area by providing basic human needs such as food, clothing and shelter. In this role, Ms. Merrick maintains leadership and oversight responsibility, and oversees initiatives related to business and workforce development and quality-of-life programs.

Ms. Merrick previously worked as a special assistant at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She serves on various boards including the Harrisburg Public Schools Foundation and the Historic Harrisburg Association. She has received several awards, including the 2018 Martin Luther King Drum Major Award.

Heather Paterno has devoted her career to ensuring the underprivileged have access to the legal system. As a private attorney, her practice focuses on family law and children’s issue. For 17 years, Ms. Paterno handled child custody, adoption, guardianship and ancillary family law matters for Goldberg Katzman. In 2015, she became a court-appointed guardian ad litem for dependent children in Dauphin County, and has served on various county committees and advisory boards regarding issues related to indigence and children.

Ms. Paterno is an adjunct professor of paralegal studies at Harrisburg Area Community College where she oversees the paralegal internship program. Her pro bono services have been recognized by the Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Teresa C. Marino, Esq.  is sensitive to legal and emotional complexities in family law. Her practice at JSDC is focused extensively in family law. Prior to joining JSDC, she served as a law clerk in Lancaster County, and worked on family law and juvenile delinquency cases. This experience enabled her to observe thousands of litigants while she learned from their counsel on the most effective ways to advocate for clients.

Ms. Marino is an active member of the Pennsylvania, Lancaster and Dauphin County Bar Associations.

Michelle Blade

Kathy Weaver Myers believes in the spirit of community and is passionate about making a difference in the life of one or many. Professionally, she has owned her marketing business, created and coached sales teams for local business and served in director roles for a Fortune 500 corporation. She has served on the numerous boards and volunteers for Junior Achievement. She competed in the 2018 Comrade Ultramarathon as a World Vision team member while securing child sponsors.

She also enjoys interior design and golfing, bicycling, traveling and boating, with her husband and best friend Steve, attends LCBC Manheim and is proud mother of two sons, Dylan and Nick.

Phyllis I. Bennett