Bethany Bower

Bethany Bower

Director, Berks Teens Matter

Bethany Bower is the Project Manager for Berks Teens Matter, with a background in community advocacy and working with youth. Bethany worked for Berks Women in Crisis (now Safe Berks) for over 9 years, including as a counselor to victims, medical advocate and community educator. She’s an active volunteer with The Reading Pride Celebration, The LGBT Center of Greater Reading, and Spectrum, an LGBTQ safe-haven run by Planned Parenthood. She also volunteers at CatWorks, a non-profit rescue organization working with homeless cats and dogs. Bethany enjoys time with her partner Jamie, their two cats, and dog Chesney.

 

Alexandra Banks

Alexandra Banks

Youth Ambassador Coordinator, Berks Teens Matter

Youth Ambassador Coordinator with BTM. B.S. and M.P.H. in Public Health from East Stroudsburg University. Work experience as reproductive health educator and nutrition program evaluation for youth. Hobbies include anything outdoors, spending time with family, seeing new places and spending time with animals.

 

Nadine Smet-Weiss

Nadine Smet-Weiss

Liason for Community Engagement, Berks Teens Matter

Liaison for Community Engagement with BTM. Graduated from Reading HS, earned a BA in Social Science from Wagner College and an MA in Humanities from California State University. Has worked in public and non-profit social services for 30+ years. Enjoys biking, walking/hiking, Bikram hot yoga, RHS basketball, Reading Phillies, beverages with friends and contemplation/spirituality.

 

Courtney Dixon

Courtney Dixon

Senior Coordinator for Community Wellness, Reading Hospital

Senior Coordinator for Community Wellness at Reading Hospital. Works with the community/population health program development and implementation. Degree in Exercise Science from Immaculata University with a minor in Business. Past work experience with the state government. Community involvement includes BTM, Greater Berks Food Bank Board, Regional Reading Food Policy Action Council, Leadership Berks and Penn State Schuylkill ESTEEM Mentor. Enjoys her family, Penn State football, Philly sports, traveling, exploring new places, spending time with her boyfriend and his 2 children, Lily Pulitzer and going out with friends.

 

Sylvester Durrant

Sylvester Durrant

Case Manager/Program Coordinator , ELECT

Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT)

Case manager/program coordinator with the Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT) program for 5 years. Degree in Education from Philadelphia Biblical University and degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Katie Hettinger

Katie Hettinger

WIC Nutritionist and Office Coordinator, Maternal and Family Health Services

I work for Maternal and Family Health Services as a WIC nutritionist and office coordinator. I received my BS degree in dietetics from Framingham University just outside of Boston, MA. I have been working in the field of nutrition and health for over 12 years.

 

Kris Leaman

Kris Leaman

Gynecologist, Tower Health

I work at Tower Health All About Women as a gynecologist. I grew up in New Jersey and have lived in PA for 20 years. I live in Sinking Spring with my husband and 3 kids. I see women of all ages at my practice and love seeing teens and talking about ways to stay healthy in every aspect of life.

Kathy Behm

Kathy Behm

Community Prevention Partnership (CPP)

Registered Nurse for 36 years. Worked at Reading Hospital for 20 years. School Nurse in Reading for 10 years. Has been at CPP for 6 years, Home Visitor for 2 years and now Program Manager for 4 years. Mother of 3 and grandmother of 2. Lifelong resident of Berks County.

 

Patricia Murray

Patricia Murray

Care Coordinator, All About Children Pediatrics

Care Coordinator at All About Children Pediatrics for 2.5 years. I have 25.5 years experience working as a caseworker for Berks County Children and Youth Services/I have also worked as a substitute teacher and have almost 10 years experience working in the mental health field.

Colleen Sauls

Colleen Sauls

Family Advocate, The Children's Helath Center (CHC) at Tower Health

Family Advocate at CHC since 2005. Graduate of Alvernia University, Undergraduate degree in addiction studies and graduate degree in counseling. Lifelong advocate of children and families of Berks County. Married and the mother of 3 children.

Sheila Bressler

Sheila Bressler

CASSP Coordinator, Berks County Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Program

Employed by the Berks County Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Program as the CASSP Coordinator. Sheila works primarily with all the child serving systems and helps to identify gaps in services and develop programs that will benefit children and families in Berks County.

Michelle Smith - Upload Pic

Michelle Smith - Upload Pic

City of Reading Deputy City Clerk and staff liaison to the Reading Board of Health, City of Reading

City of Reading Deputy City Clerk and staff liaison to the Reading Board of Health. Graduate of RACC. Born, raised and remain in Reading. I am involved with BTM because I can help navigate the political system and advise on ways to accomplish systems change

Tricia Ludgate

Tricia Ludgate

Financial Advisor, Financial Planning Advisors

Graduate of Reading HS and Kutztown University with a degree in business administration. Has been a financial advisor at Financial Planning Advisors for 27 years. Mother of 2, Katie and Tim, and a dog Rudy. Loves to travel, hike, explore new places and experiences. Past President of CCWS’s Board and over 30 years volunteering for CCWS. (She said to see LinkedIn if you want more info.)

Zuleima Villalba

Zuleima Villalba

Assistant, Senator Schwanks' Office

Attend meetings on behalf of Senator Schwank when she is unable to attend. Help refer constituents to appropriate offices. Basic office duties.

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