Staff & Board

Carolyn Stewart, Executive Director

Carolyn came to New Directions for Women in 2005 and has over twenty years of experience working with the reentering female population. She is passionately committed to re-integration and trauma-centered therapy for women offenders. She is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) as well as the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) and has received numerous awards for her work with women in need.

Stacey Skiffer, Program Coordinator

Stacey joined New Directions in 2006 after successfully managing programming at the Wilmington, Delaware YWCA and shelter. She has a degree in criminal justice and over 20 years’ experience working with female offenders. She has successfully initiated, maintained and expanded services for residents at New Directions with little cost to our funders. She researches and locates volunteer facilitators for necessary instruction and acts as interim Case Manager before our graduates enter New Directions’ aftercare program.

Shekima Murray, Intake Specialist

Shekima has worked at New Directions since 2007. She performs essential functions both inside and outside the walls of New Directions. Shekima conducts intake interviews with potential program candidates at Philadelphia county’s correctional facility for women, corresponds with judges, attorneys and community corrections staff. Additionally, she escorts residents off-site for services and obtains the necessary identification and access to services they need to complete our program here and become ready to return to the community.

Gwendolyn Wilks, Facilities Administrator

Gwen has worked with the population at New Directions since 2002. She manages our administrative offices and provides for all our building’s and residents’ basic needs. Along with making her weekly shopping trips for supplies, Gwen supervises meal planning and food preparation in our kitchen.

Sherry Avery, Monitor Supervisor

Sherry began working with the population at New Directions in 2007. She is responsible for scheduling household events for the residents and maintaining for each woman a schedule of outings (for doctor appointments, counseling, etc.). With over 20 years of work in the behavioral health field, Sherry manages a staff of six part-time monitors.

Phillis Jackson, Aftercare Case Manager

Phillis joined New Directions in 2011 through generous support from the Barra Foundation. Mental health care was her professional focus from 1992 until 2005 when she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work. Since then, she has worked full-time as a Case Manager. She promotes our women’s progress through encouragement, mentorship and expression.

Liz Newlon, Communications/Development Specialist

Liz joined New Directions for Women in March of 2012; her position is supported by capacity-building grants from the Samuel S. Fels Fund and the Philadelphia Foundation. With a masters degree in fine art, Liz has a strong background in professional writing and higher education. Guidance from our Executive Director, Executive and Advisory Boards and Development Committee, is helping her map the best routes toward our organization’s growth.

New Directions for Women
Executive Board

Constance Kossally, President (Attorney, US Dept. of Health and Human Services)

Tom Zemaitis, Vice President (Attorney, Pepper Hamilton)

Kathleen Creamer, Secretary (Attorney, Community Legal Services)

Al Wadler, Treasurer (Director of Finance, HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy)

Jan Albaum (Nonprofit Consultant)

Bradley S. Bridge (Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia)

Anne Fisher (Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia)

Monique Delapenha (Attorney, Ballard Spahr)

Dick Fernandez (Nonprofit/Congregation Consultant)

Lydia Kirkland (Former Municipal Court Judge)

Robert Groves (Former Director of Community Services, New Courtland)

Rochelle Laws (Attorney, Fox Rothschild)

Eleanor Myers (Associate Professor, Temple Law School)

Carla Thompson Neal (Program Director, Turning Points for Children)

Jeanette Palmer (Supervisor, Adult Probation Department)

Monte Partee (Vice President, Inventiv Health)

Shea Rhodes (Attorney, District Attorney’s Office)

Richard Shore (Criminal Defense Attorney)

Lauren Vidas (Government and External Affairs Specialist, Office of the Mayor)

Sara Woods (Executive Director, Philly VIP)

New Directions for Women
Advisory Board

Amy Carder

Phil Goldsmith

Ellen Greenlee

Anne Hagele

Yvonne Haskins

Tom Innes

Gerry Kaufman

Edmund V. Ludwig

Marcia Makadon

Mary Posner

Jane Siegel

Nancy Warren

Fora Wolf