March 2013 NewsFlash

Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. Welcomes Two New Board Members

The Board of Directors for Safe Haven of Pike County is pleased to welcome new board members from the local community. Safe Haven makes it a practice to engage active and justice-minded residents of Pike County to work as part of their Board of Directors.

Safe Havenís Board recently selected two influential women who are pivotal members of our community: Dr. Lisa Pathak, M.D. and Ms. Valerie Seitz, to join the effort against domestic violence and sexual assault.

Ms. Valerie Seitz, a Pike County resident for the past twenty years, is a proud graduate of Delaware Valley High School. She has been with Wells Fargo Bank and its predecessors for the past fifteen years, and is currently one of their Store Managers. Ms. Seitz has spent a great deal of her time involved in altruistic endeavors for the community including volunteering for The United Way, where she worked on specific events for many years. In addition, Ms. Seitz offered her time to Pike County Children and Youth Services, working their Backpack Drive for seven years. When asked about her recent appointment to Safe Havenís Board, Ms. Seitz stated, ďHaving been a victim of violence myself, I felt it was my duty to do whatever I could to help others. I didnít know about Safe Haven at the time and luckily I had my family that stood by me and took me in when I needed them. Not everyone has that luxury. If my being part of Safe Haven can help others know about the services offered then Iím all in.Ē
Dr. Lisa Pathak, M.D. is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She received her Doctorate of Medicine from Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York City; and is licensed to practice Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Pathak holds hospital privileges at Newton Medical Center, NJ and Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis, NJ; as well as serving as a Major in the United States Air Force Reserves, recently joining the Air National Guard. Dr. Pathak expressed her purpose for joining the Board of Safe Haven by saying, ď"Because abuse is still happening in this world: right in our own backyards. There are people who still think it is ok to OWN other people and control and terrorize their lives. I feel honored to be able to do my part in trying to educate and restore human dignity to people dealing with these issues"

Safe Haven of Pike County is honored to join with these two extraordinary women, and is anticipating their contributions to be a significant addition to the mission of the agency.

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