WHO WE ARE

President

Gerry Weaver

Gerry is the President of PFANB. She was born in Allentown, PA. She is the proud mother of three children, two adorable grandsons, and three dogs. She has been employed by Star Buick GMC since 2009, where she works in the administrative office. Gerry is very passionate about this cause having dealt with her son’s addiction and recovery. In her eyes, no one is too young to learn and be educated on the heroin and opiate epidemic that is plaguing our community. Besides her passion for PFANB she also donates to the homeless shelters and local animal shelters.

Vice President

Mary Kositz

Mary is the Vice President of PFANB. She was born and raised in New Jersey, moving to the Lehigh Valley in 1986. She currently resides in Upper Nazareth Township with her husband Frank. Mary has four children and 2 grandchildren. She has worked in the banking industry since 1984, and is currently employed at ESSA Bank & Trust as a Branch Manager. Mary became an advocate for families and those suffering from the disease of addiction after losing her oldest son Karl to a heroin overdose in 2011.

Vice President

Thomas Ritter, Ph.D., LPC, CAADC

Dr. Thomas Ritter is a doctorate level, licensed professional counselor & advanced certified drug and alcohol counselor. In his full time profession, he is the Supervisor of Contracts and Clinical Support Staff at Keenan House, a Division of Treatment Trends Inc. which is a 95 bed residential drug and alcohol treatment facility.  Dr. Ritter also has a private practice in Bethlehem treating persons with mental health disorders, and specializes in treating Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Healthcare Professionals.  Dr. Ritter has a Ph.D. in Human Services with a specialty in Addictions Counseling and Trauma. He is a member of the Eastern PA EMS Council Critical Incident Stress Management Team which provides debriefings, defusing and peer support for first responders following involvement in any event perceived to be a critical incident. Tom is also on the City of Bethlehem Health Bureau’s Medical Reserve Corps for disaster response which is in partnership with the county & state emergency management agencies and FEMA.

Prior to starting his second career in counseling Dr. Ritter was employed as a police officer for 25 years retiring as a Detective Sergeant where he was one of his departments Hostage & Crisis Negotiators. Tom also worked part-time with the Lehigh and Northampton County Coroner’s Office as a deputy coroner during his police career.

Dr. Ritter conducted his doctoral research study on determining if there was a prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder in medico-legal death investigators employed in Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices within the Mid-Atlantic States. Based on his own life experiences along with the increase in significant traumatic events throughout the nation Dr. Ritter is constantly looking for new research and treatments to assist in helping persons heal for trauma related experiences.

Dissertation Topic: The Aftermath: Vicarious Trauma, Providing care for our Colleagues

Treasurer

Brenda Rampulla

Brenda is the Treasurer of PFANB. She was born in Bethlehem, PA. She is from the Nazareth area. Brenda is the proud mother of two children, four grandchildren, two dogs, and a cat. She is employed as a professional cleaner. Brenda is very passionate about this cause. She is breaking the silence in memory of her nephew. She enjoys spending time with her husband, going camping and doing other family activities.

Treasurer

Jennifer Weaver

Jennifer is the Treasurer of PFANB. She was born in Allentown, PA. She is a 2009 graduate of Nazareth Area High School and a 2013 graduate of East Stroudsburg University. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jennifer has been employed by Victaulic since 2016, where she works as a customer care representative. Growing up with a brother who has an addiction made Jennifer want to help and educate others on addiction and let others know that they are not alone. Jennifer is a very caring and loving person who will help anyone. She is also passionate about dogs, especially her dog Peyton. Jennifer enjoys reading and going to the beach. Her dream is to move down south and open a no-kill dog shelter.

Secretary

Pam Inge

Pam is the Secretary of PFANB. She was born in Augusta, GA and was raised in Birmingham, AL. She is the proud mother of four sons, one daughter, two daughter in-laws, five grandchildren, and two dogs. Pam has worked in the dental field for over 25 years, training dental offices in practice management. She currently works with her husband, who is a dentist, as an assistant and office manager at Maple Tree Dental in Palmer Township. Pam is dedicated and passionate to this cause having experienced addiction and recovery with her son. Being in the dental field it is important to educate ourselves and our patients on addiction. Pam and her husband can be found traveling to bed & breakfasts throughout the country.

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