Jasu Acharya

Community Bank NA

Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager

Melissa Aleksak

Owner of Route to Independence, LLC

Occupational Therapist and Driver Rehabilitation Specialist

Irene Biondo

Council Member

Michele Bound

Merrill Lynch

Wealth Management Client Associate

Evelyn Burke

Council Member

Tiffany Coles

Council Member

Carly Dietz, BS, BHT

Council Member

Alyssa Espinoza

Council Member

Veronica Fajardo

Council Member

Amanda Fuerstenberg

Overwatch Home Inspections and Pest Control


Alelia Hall-Thompson

Awareness Committee Co-Chair

Dovr Business Consulting, LLC
Founder and CEO


Korri Hill

Council Member

Ximena Jimenez

Council Member

Allie Melnikoff

Council Member

Gloria Milan

Council Member

Christina Pantucci

Council Member

Krista Patla

PA State Parole Agent

Danielle Pettigrew

 Partner Therapeutics
Director; Corporate Accounts

Cecelia Portalatin

Council Member

Kristin Sabatini

Council Member

Rebecca Sarver

Council Member

Vanessa Thomas

Council Member

Elizabeth Warrick

Council Chairperson

Theresa Winer, BS

Council Member

Sydney Youngblood

Council Member

Purpose: To promote the CAC/NEPA’s mission throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania by spreading our message, engaging new supporters and championing our efforts:

  • Awareness of CAC/NEPA services
  • Awareness of child abuse issues and neglect
  • Child Abuse Prevention Education
  • Fundraising
  • Community education spreading our message and supporting our significance, ambassador, representative impact

Composition: The Council is a select group of community ambassadors within the NEPA region who have demonstrated interest and expertise in regional issues, specifically children’s issues.

  • Board of Directors Representation – Development Committee
  • CAC/NEPA Executive Director
  • CAC/NEPA Development Coordinator
  • Council Chair(s)
  • Committee Members


  • One Year Term
  • Attend Council Meetings
  • Attend Event Committee Meetings
  • Committee Leaders (appointed by council chairs)
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When it comes to making a difference in improving children’s lives, there is a place for everyone to contribute. Child abuse and neglect is a community problem. Child care and protection is a community responsibility.