FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2017
Presents Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Awards
Harrisburg, PA. — On
behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and
Delinquency (PCCD) presented the Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Awards on
May 9, 2017 to five individuals and one program in recognition of their work to
enhance the lives of crime victims.
The Pathfinder Awards recognize individuals and
organizations who have gone above and beyond in their efforts with the victims
of crime. By highlighting their achievements, PCCD honors their notable
contributions to their communities and the victim service provider field.
The Pathfinder Individual Direct
Service Award was presented to Tracey Cook of Johnstown. Ms. Cook has been
employed with Victim Services, Inc. of Somerset and Cambria Counties since
1995, and currently serves as the Victim Compensation Coordinator and Somerset
County SART Coordinator. After more than two decades of service, she is still a
driving force in Victim Services and in the community.
The Pathfinder Allied Professional
Award was presented to Jennifer Gettle of Palmyra. Ms. Gettle is employed as
Chief Deputy District Attorney with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s
Office. Ms. Gettle has taken an innovative approach to advocacy, including
implementing a dog therapy program in order to help victims overcome their fear
The Pathfinder Organizational
Capacity Building Award was presented to Alison Hall of Pittsburgh. Ms. Hall is
employed as Executive Director of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). Under
her leadership, PAAR does innovative work often leading the way in the county,
state, and nationally. Ms. Hall has also pushed through
organizational change that showed great vision and added innovative services.
Pathfinder Prevention, Education, and Outreach Award was presented to Leon
Strimel of Canonsburg. Mr. Strimel is employed as Lead Prevention Educator with
Crisis Center North (CCN). Mr. Strimel has been instrumental in growing
curriculum and the impact of CCN’s prevention education programming.
The Pathfinder Survivor Activist Award was presented to
Eric Stiles of York. Mr. Stiles is employed with the National Sexual Violence
Resource Center as a Project Manager. A survivor of sexual assault when he was
very young, Mr. Stiles has dedicated his story of survivorship to the
betterment of all victim services and communities through his training and
The Pathfinder Program Award was presented to the Victim
Assistance Canine Program (VACP) with Crisis Center North of Pittsburgh. CCN’s
VACP is an innovative program which has attracted regional, state, and national
attention. From canine selection to the training employed, CCN's VACP is
forging the way in utilizing canines to address trauma with this
awards were presented during PCCD’s fourteenth Pathways for Victim Services
Conference at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Dauphin
County. PCCD is the Commonwealth’s lead agency for criminal justice policy
issues. PCCD also provides essential support services to law enforcement
agencies and offers financial assistance to victims of crime.
Our Mission is to enhance the quality, coordination and planning
within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of
services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Kenyon, (717) 265-8505