A diverse collection of dedicated individuals work to fulfill VIBS' mission. Volunteers are the back bone of the agency, providing leadership on the Board of Directors; support and networking on the Resource Council; and direct services as Emergency Room Companions, Speakers Bureau, and child care volunteers.
A caring and knowledgeable staff of over 40 individuals provide hotline intervention, counseling, advocacy, court accompaniment, outreach, and community education. In addition to their educational training, the staff receive issue-specific, on-the-job training and continuing professional development. VIBS' employees have distinguished themselves in public advocacy and leadership and have received numerous awards and honors for their work.
Following are a few of these dedicated people.
Pamela C. Johnston, M.A., Executive Director
Clarice Murphy, M.S., Associate Director
Donna Filiberto, Director of Finance
Laura Sisak, L.C.S.W.-R, Director of Counseling Services
Ruth Reynolds, Director of Advocacy
Anna Marie Weber, M.A., R.D.T., Director of Children's Services
Marlene Gregory, Director of Community Education
Melissa Macko, Director of H.A.L.T.
Astoria Federal Savings
Lynne Adair Kramer
Touro Law Center
Secretary / Treasurer
Venture Title Agency Inc.
People's United Bank
Janice M. Taraskas
Rizzi, Schwarz & Taraskas LLP
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