PAVE operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with just a handful of staff! Each and every individual is deeply dedicated to their program and PAVE's mission. Please take a minute to learn about us and be sure to give them kudos for their efforts when you see them out in our community.
Family Advocacy Team
Sarah Saverino - Family Advocacy Team Leader
Melissa Rivera - Bilingual Family Advocacy Team Leader
Underserved Populations Specialist
Kayla Grams and Mercedes Serrato - Family Advocacy Program Team Partners
Legal Advocacy Team
Ashley Welak - Legal Advocacy Team Leader
I have a associates degree in Criminal Justice – Corrections from Moraine Park Technical College. I started with PAVE as a volunteer for over a year helping with child care and job shadowing when I could. I became a member of the teams as the legal advocate in March 2010. My job is to feel like I really can make a difference. I am looking forward to continue my journey here at PAVE and here to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
I am proud to be a part of the PAVE staff and to continue to bring awareness to the community about domestic violence and sexual assault. I am here to help with any legal questions you may have or help you navigate through the legal system. I know it can be difficult to understand the process, but I will do my best to help you through it and start the healing process. I hope that justice can be served and abusers are held accountable.
I have been a part of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer) Committee since 2011. The LGBTQ Committee is made up of other agencies collaborating on issues regarding intimate partner violence. We do trainings all around the state regarding LGBTQ issues. We also discuss how we can bring awareness and prevention to the public. I am here to help with any issues, questions, or discussion anyone may have concerning LGBTQ. I want everyone to have a safe person to talk to about anything that is bothering them.
If you would like to contact me, please call PAVE's crisis line or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
D.J. Mayo - Legal Advocacy Program Team Partner
Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Team
Bobbi Jo Bentz - Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Team Leader
Agency Direction Team
Jess Tiffany - Director of Services
I have been with PAVE for over a year and a half, and as a Program Manager working to ensure that our community and clients has the knowledge and information about domestic abuse and sexual assault. As a Program Manager at PAVE Inc., my role takes many forms. Program oversight for Legal Advocacy, Sexual Assault Advocacy, Family Advocacy, Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach are just the titles of the programs that I am involved in. As I continue to work with clients the need for change becomes more obvious every day. My role allows me to advocate for our clients in house, as well as within my community. The push for greater awareness, more resources as well as societal stigma are some of my focuses. Forming alliances and partnerships within the community to take positive approaches are some of my immediate goals.
As a single mother of 5, I spend my free time cheering for the sports that my children play, and lots and lots of time doing and checking homework. We like to be outside, at the same time we like our down time for family movie nights. We are an active family and as a mom there is nothing better than seeing my children shine, smile and have compassion.Feel free to contact me through the crisis hotline or by email: email@example.com
Teresa Nienow - Executive Director
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website; my name is Teresa Nienow and I'm PAVE's Executive Director. I’ve been in the human services field for over ten years and am passionate about helping those in need. I first became aware of PAVE as a community member researching our local non-profits. PAVE’s mission and services resonated with me and I knew PAVE was an organization I wanted to be involved with. In 2012 I became a part of PAVE’s team as a graduate intern working with the previous Executive Director. During my internship experience I was able to witness firsthand the amazing work PAVE does and the incredible people we serve. In 2014 I become a part of PAVE’s permanent team as our current Executive Director and have spent the past few years helping to ensure our organization provides the best services possible.
In addition to my work, I enjoy spending time with my husband Rex, black lab named Darwin, and cat named Baxter. We like to play outside, sit in the sun, and visit the local dog park. Besides relaxing with Darwin and Baxter, my favorite activities are anything that involves quality time with family and friends. I also enjoy staying fit and active and can often times be found jogging near my home, participating in charity 5K’s, or working out at the YMCA.
The staff at PAVE are an amazing group of people and will be able to help you in your journey. Please let us know if you need anything and we will do our best to help in any way we can.
Please feel free to contact me at 920-887-3810 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Board of Directors