(Beaver Dam) The executive director of Dodge County’s domestic violence shelter is taking a job with the state Justice Department. Theresa Nienow of PAVE has submitted her resignation effective April 11. In her five years with the organization, Nienow worked on several projects to improve service and accessibility including PAVE’s texting hotline, services for Spanish speaking victims, expanding services into Jefferson County and launching the Lethality Assessment Program.
Nienow says her time with PAVE has been extremely fulfilling and that she enjoyed working with the dedicated Board of Directors and talented advocates who are passionate about their work. She says the people of Dodge County have been welcoming beyond her expectations and will miss being part of this great community.
A succession plan is in place allowing the Board to set future leadership goals and has named Ashley Welak as PAVE’s interim director. Welak says that she is honored for the opportunity to work closely with other nonprofits and to help PAVE move forward. Nienow’s new role will be with the Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services. She says this new position will allow her to focus on statewide issues that men, women and children face as they experience and recover from trauma related to violence.