Our Staff and Board



Nancy Gordon, President

Shawn Kraemer, Vice President

Nickolas Certo, Treasurer

Nancy Grogan, Secretary


Karen Buck

Maureen Buckley

David Ellowitch

Dr. Miriam Harden

Lynne Honickman

Scott Lynett

Kathy Ochroch

Daniel Stern

Harriet Weiss





Ade Fuqua

David Scholnick

Ben Stango 

Rick Taylor

Fritz Walker

Jill Zipin



Shira Goodman is CeaseFirePA’s Executive Director.  She has extensive experience in the nonprofit world and joined the organization following ten years as a public policy advocate working for better courts in Pennsylvania and a career in labor law. She is involved in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, and serves on the board of the Legal Intelligencer and several community nonprofits.

Rob Conroy is our Director of Organizing. He is an attorney and former prosecutor, an activist who serves on the boards of several Pittsburgh nonprofits, and a journalist who has published in numerous Pennsylvania publications.

Jeff Dempsey is our Program Director. He has worked within the private and public sectors and most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  Jeff will be overseeing of the implementation of the redesigned Courtwatch program as well as working to develop other engagement opportunities for our volunteers and support existing educational programming.

Shanon Williams is our Director of Community Education. She has experience in community outreach, social services, program development, and volunteer management and runs our Motivating Young Citizens Project in Pittsburgh.

Michael Cogbill is a Community Organizer focusing on Philadelphia and the five-county region. He has extensive organizing and campaign experience and is  expanding our connections to neighborhoods and partners that are experiencing gun violence on a daily basis.

Rhona Gerber is CeaseFirePA’s Development Director.  Rhona has over twenty-five years of development experience with non-profit and political organizations both as a staff member and as a consultant during her tenure as a partner at Fleischman Gerber and Associates.  She is active in many civic organizations, including her local board of elections, Wintershelter and the steering committee for the Center City Kehillah.

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