Staff

Betsey Mauro, Executive Director, Womens Support Services

Dr. D. Elizabeth Mauro, Executive Director

Dr. D. Elizabeth “Betsey” Mauro, Executive Director.  Betsey joined the WSS staff in January, 2016, after a career in ministry and higher education, which also included work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Betsey is a native of northwestern Connecticut and is excited to be part of the important work of WSS.   She is committed to excellence in all WSS does and believes the services and support WSS offers clients and our communities can and does change lives for the better.

Liz Davis, Adult Counselor Advocate, Womens Support Services

Liz Davis, Adult Counselor Advocate

Liz came to WSS in September 2007. Liz has worked in the human services field for more than 29 years, with 16 of those focused in the field of domestic violence. Liz’s experience also includes substance abuse and HIV/AIDS work. As a formerly battered woman, Liz is passionate about the Battered Women’s Movement, her work with victims of domestic violence and our collective work for social change.

Rebecca Cohen, Child Advocate/Community Educator, Women's Support Services

Rebecca Cohen, Child Advocate/Community Educator

Rebecca joined the WSS team in October 2011.  She has her M.S. in Secondary School Counseling from Marywood University in Scranton, PA.  Rebecca has worked with children of all ages both in the classroom and outside of the school setting for several years; she brings a wealth of knowledge, new perspectives and energy to her position.  During hr tenure she has increased our networking contacts and significantly expanded our violence prevention and education programs in the Northwest Corner. WSS is fortunate to have Rebecca as part of their team.

Lisa Waldron, Family Violence Victim Advocate

Lisa Waldron, Family Violence Victim Advocate

In December 2012, Lisa joined the WSS staff. She spends most of her working days at Bantam Criminal Court advocating for victims of domestic violence. She has been a clinician, counselor/advocate, support group facilitator and DCF social worker.  She brings expertise in the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy fields.  

Vicki Kirkpatrick, Fund Development Coordinator

Vicki Kirkpatrick,Trade Secrets Event Coordinator and Financial Administrator

Vicki started at WSS in September 2009 as the Office Administrator and then promoted to the position of Fund Development Coordinator in 2014.  In 2016, she took the position as the full time Trade Secrets Event Coordinator and Financial Administrator. She has worked at a variety of non-profits in the New York area, including work with the underserved and impoverished communities as well as with mediation centers. Her primary responsibilities include managing the Trade Secrets event, our annual fundraising event, as well as administrates the financial processes of the agency. She currently resides in Lagrangeville, NY with her family.

Jessica Troy, Adult Advocate

Bio coming soon

Maggie Ianello, Program Manager

Maggie joined the WSS team in April 2015. She has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault fields as a crisis intervention counselor, victim advocate, and community educator.  In addition, she has worked in the child welfare field as a social worker, domestic violence consultant, and supervisor.  Throughout her career, Maggie has been dedicated to raising awareness and improving community responses to domestic violence.  Maggie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University, and a M.S. in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.

Ashley Gille, Hotline Counselor

Ashley started at WSS in December 2014. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in American Studies in 1993. She later received her MSW from Rutgers University in 1998. Since graduating, she has worked as a social worker in a variety of settings. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, watching the Investigation Discovery Channel and hiking. She loves dogs, particularly German Shepherds.

Noemi Medina, Hotline Counselor

Noemi first started with WSS in 2007 as a certified tri-lingual hotline volunteer. Noemi speaks Spanish, English and French. She came to the U.S. in 2001. After a brief break from volunteering, Noemi joined the WSS staff as a Hotline Counselor in 2014. Noemi also teaches Yoga and practices Reiki.

Elly Roraback, Hotline Counselor

Elly came to WSS in 2014, first as a volunteer and then as a staff person. Through her own personal experience and healing, Elly developed a great passion for the battered women’s movement. She completed the training necessary to become a certified Battered Women’s Crisis Intervention Counselor in August and volunteered on our crisis hotline. In December, Elly accepted the Hotline Counselor position and has been counseling and supporting battered women and their children through our 24 hour crisis hotline.