Board of Directors:

Mary Achilles

Mary brings decades of activism and victim services advocacy to the C4CJ Board. In 1995, Mary was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge to serve as the Commonwealth’s first Victim Advocate. She was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate and served as the state’s Victim Advocate until 2005. Prior to her service as Pennsylvania’s Victim Advocate, Achilles served as the Director of Victim Services for both the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Mary earned her masters degree from Messiah College and is a recognized Nationally Certified Counselor specializing in Trauma and ADHD coaching.

Ruth Kolb

Ruth brings a passion for justice and strengthening families to the C4CJ Board. Ruth championed systems improvement and evidence-based services, including home visits for parents with young children, during her professional career with the Office of Child Development (OCD) at the University of Pittsburgh. She also oversaw the Allegheny County Family Support Policy Board. Since leaving OCD, Ruth continues her commitment to families, particularly families facing economic and social hurdles, through her law practice specializing in disability law.

Cathleen Palm

Cathleen is a child protection activist and Founder of C4CJ. She has spent twenty-five years working to improve systems that intersect with the lives of children and families. She has served as a consultant with a variety of non-profits, including the Pennsylvania Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers/MDTs, The Coalition for Low-Income Pennsylvanians, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the United Way of Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Alliance for Children and Families. In addition, she worked for the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and within the Pennsylvania Department of Auditor General and Pennsylvania Senate. She serves as an appointed member of a variety of state-level committees, including the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Addiction Treatment and the Governor’s Early Learning Council.

Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Schmoyer

Betty Ann brings her rich and long legacy of service to children and families to the C4CJ Board. For more than 30 years, she has worked – professionally and through her volunteer service - to improve the health and safety of children and their families. She has volunteered through the years for a diversity of organizations, including the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Berks County Juvenile Probation Department, and Opportunity House. Prior to her professional retirement, she daily connected with and influenced children as a school nurse and school guidance counselor.

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