Who We Are

The Chester Community Coalition started when Sr. Jean Rupertus, of The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia learned of a grant from Catholic Health Initiatives (now CommonSpirit Health) focused on violence prevention.

Through the Sisters, a group of volunteers applied for, and received, funding to provide trauma-informed counseling to children and parents who had lost a loved one to violence.

Additional funding from Congregation Ohev Shalom, The Foundation for Delaware County, The Community’s Foundation, and Swarthmore Presbyterian Church allowed us to add groups for teens, an art group for children 4 to 7 and a support group for people healing from violent assault and their caregivers.

Our Counselors

Dr. Erika Dawkins, PsyD, MEd

Dr. Erika Dawkins, PsyD, MEd

Clinical Director

Shakyra Morales, LMSW

Shakyra Morales, LMSW

Therapist

Alex Johnson, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Alex Johnson, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Art Therapist

Lashira Council, LPC

Lashira Council, LPC

Therapist

Susanne Cianfaro, LSW

Susanne Cianfaro, LSW

Therapist

Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis

Art Therapy Aide

Our Board

Imam Haneef Mahdi

Imam Haneef Mahdi

Chair

Eric Bayne

Eric Bayne

Vice Chair

Rev. Ronald Hughes

Rev. Ronald Hughes

Treasurer

Fran Stier

Fran Stier

Board Secretary, Finance Officer

Pat Demiranda

Pat Demiranda

Camp Encouragement

Sr. Marijane Hresko

Sr. Marijane Hresko

The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Sr. Mary Vandergeest

Sr. Mary Vandergeest

The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Cornelius C. O'Brien, III, Esq.

Cornelius C. O'Brien, III, Esq.

Counsel to The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Barbara Muhammad

Barbara Muhammad

United Muslim Coalition Against Violence and Crime

Brock Roben

Brock Roben

Psychiatrist

Elayne DeSimone

Elayne DeSimone

Community Volunteers in Medicine

Ofc. Terrence Taylor

Ofc. Terrence Taylor

Police Representative

Captain Matthew Goldschmidt

Captain Matthew Goldschmidt

Police Representative

Our Team

Alexia Clarke

Alexia Clarke

Executive Director

Sr. Marijane Hresko

Sr. Marijane Hresko

Program Manager

Fran Stier

Fran Stier

Finance Officer

Edward Mack

Edward Mack

Case Worker

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