Who We Are

The Chester Community Coalition started when volunteers from Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence noticed the heavy burden of grief carried by Chester residents impacted by gun violence at the t-shirt demonstrations they organized.  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, including cofounder and current Advisory Board member, Frances Stier, 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.  More recent funders include the Sisters of St. Francis Mission and Ministry Fund, the Scattergood Foundation, and the Green Family Foundation, who have helped us expand to hospital-linked violence interruption and strengthen our outreach capacity.

With a commitment to client-centered care and community-informed decision making, Chester Community Coalition continues to provide trauma-informed therapy, case management, and training services through a diverse, culturally competent, well-trained, and dedicated team.

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

CCC Board Chair

The Islamic Center of Chester, Inc. Masjid Mustaqueem

Eric Bayne

Eric Bayne

CCC Board Vice Chair

Chester Workforce Development Center

Rev. Ronald Hughes

Rev. Ronald Hughes

Treasurer

City of Chester Police Chaplain

Fran Stier

Fran Stier

Board Secretary, Finance Officer

Pat Demiranda

Pat Demiranda

Camp Encouragement, The Trippley Foundation

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

Brock Roben

Brock Roben

Psychiatrist

Elayne DeSimone

Elayne DeSimone

Community Volunteers in Medicine

Dr. Bridgette Montgomery DSW LCSW MSNPM CSOTS

Dr. Bridgette Montgomery DSW LCSW MSNPM CSOTS

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Nationally Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist

Board Liaisons

Ofc. Terrence Taylor

Ofc. Terrence Taylor

Police Representative

Captain Matthew Goldschmidt

Captain Matthew Goldschmidt

Police Representative

Mrs. Janet Brown

Mrs. Janet Brown

Clerk, Shiloh Baptist Church

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

JaNyiah Rothwell

JaNyiah Rothwell

Outreach Worker

Rebecca Tone

Rebecca Tone

Director of Development

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