Board Members

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.

Jacqueline M. Balthaser, Treasurer is the founding principal member and President of Goldberg and Balthaser, P.C.  Jacqueline has over 20 years of experience in Public Accounting.  She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.  Jacqueline prides herself on the personal involvement she provides to her clients.  She has extensive experience in the areas of tax and accounting for small business, non-profits, and individuals.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Jacqueline is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has earned the credential of a Chartered Global Managerial Accountant (CGMA).  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family and granddaughters, and creating artwork.

Amy Doherty, Secretary 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. She has experience with other CASA organizations, having previously volunteered with Washington 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 youth as an AmericCorps Fellow, Student Mentor and Assistant Girl Scout Leader. She is presently employed with the United States Department of Labor.

Jermaine Crosson 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.

Susan DiSanto, MD FCAP, has been a physician in Central Pennsylvania for over 30 years. Dr. DiSanto is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist. Her interest in the protection of children stems back to her residency training where she used her knowledge in forensic pathology to collaborate with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Inaugural Task Force on Child Protection. She was instrumental in establishing a medical clinic and laboratory services at the Bethesda Mission which has since expanded to services for homeless women and children. Over the years she has enjoyed working with children throughout the community and has volunteered in schools working with children to develop their interest in science, or volunteering in medical clinics in the inner city of Harrisburg. She is passionate about the establishment of the Dauphin County CASA program and feels that establishment of the program is overdue in our community and is committed to its success.

Dr. DiSanto has served on numerous community volunteer boards including the Harrisburg Symphony Society, Dauphin County Crime Stoppers, the Metzger Pennsylvania Clay Court Open, Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She has served as the Clinical Laboratory Assistant Director at Penn State University Hospitals and numerous national and international laboratories specializing in molecular diagnostics. She is currently a consultant establishing new commercial laboratories that specialize in molecular diagnostic testing for cancer and drug testing. She received her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and her medical training at Penn State University. She has completed post-graduate studies in Medical Science at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Toledo Medical College of Ohio specializing in public health and preventive medicine.

In her spare time she enjoys golf, tennis, pickleball, travelling and gardening and spending time with Mark, her husband of 33 years, her three children and six grandchildren.

Sarah Horton is a Community Psychiatry Project Manager with Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health.  Her home office is located at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Harrisburg, and her work is centered on assisting with strategic and performance improvement projects, improving access to psychiatric services, and enhancing quality of care, while concentrating on Social Determinants of Health, and Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion.  Sarah holds a B.S. in Health Policy & Administration from Penn State University and has been employed with Penn State University since 2013.  Prior to her role as a Project Manager, Sarah worked in Student Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg, as well as the Department of Pathology, Penn State College of Medicine.  Sarah completed an Administrative Internship with the Pharmacy Department at Penn State Health in 2019 and earned a Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma through the Office of Operational Excellence.  ​Outside of work, Sarah and her family serve as family mentors to a little brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. 

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.

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.

Gabriella Romeo believes that even the smallest gesture can profoundly impact a child's life. Her passion for helping children stems from growing up with a foster brother. She graduated from Duquesne University with Bachelor degrees in Integrated Marketing Communications and Political Science. She later obtained her Juris Doctorate from Widener University Commonwealth Law School. She is currently working at MidPenn Legal Services, a non-profit public interest law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in 18 counties in Central Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes at Pure Barre Harrisburg, enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her cat, Mia.

 

 

Phyllis I. Bennett, who has been committed to bringing CASA to Dauphin County for the past 10 years,  is a retired Administrative Law Judge and Executive Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Welfare.  She has served on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg and is the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Showcase.  She currently is owner of PIB 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.

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.

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.

Sarah Pearce 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.

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.

 

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