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

Lead Therapist

Shakyra Morales, LMSW

Shakyra Morales, LMSW

Therapist

Alex Johnson, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Alex Johnson, MA, ATR-BC, LPC

Art Therapist

Anneka Vanderveen, LSW

Anneka Vanderveen, LSW

Therapist

Lashira Council, LPC

Lashira Council, LPC

Therapist

Natasha Serrano, LCSW

Natasha Serrano, LCSW

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 Steir

Fran Steir

Board Secretary, Finance Officer

Pat Demiranda

Pat Demiranda

Camp Encouragement

Sr. Jean Rupertus

Sr. Jean Rupertus

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

Finance Officer, Board Secretary

Rev. Zuline Wilkinson

Rev. Zuline Wilkinson

Chester Eastside, Inc

Brock Roben

Brock Roben

Psychiatrist

Susanne Cianfaro

Susanne Cianfaro

Chester Charter Scholars Academy

Ofc. Terrence Taylor

Ofc. Terrence Taylor

Police Representative

Captain Matthew Goldschmidt

Captain Matthew Goldschmidt

Police Representative

Our Team

Alexia Clarke

Alexia Clarke

Program Director

Sr. Jean Rupertus

Sr. Jean Rupertus

Program Manager

Fran Stier

Fran Stier

Finance Officer

Diane Austin

Diane Austin

Childcare

Teja Bogle

Teja Bogle

Community Ambassador

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