PAVE Finds New Executive Director

(Beaver Dam) Dodge County’s only domestic abuse shelter has a new executive director. PAVE’s Board of Directors has named Emily Shier to the post. She succeeds Ashely Welak, a 15-year employee of the organization who recently left to become a grants specialist with the Office of Crime Victim Services at the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Shier says she has a deep appreciation for the treasury of human resources in our local community. She adds that PAVE has a strong and impressive history of responding to the needs of the most vulnerable citizens.

President of PAVE’s Board of Directors Ken Ostermann says they are excited to bring Shier on board. He notes that her many talents and skills will enable PAVE to achieve its mission of providing a new shelter and enhancing their ongoing services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Shier is a 16-year resident of Dodge County whose volunteer experience includes serving as president of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater, leading BSA Scout Troop 724, and licensed foster parenting for Dodge County Human Services. She holds a master’s degree in education from UW-Stout and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UW-Platteville.

Shier started her new job on December 30th.

PAVE’s crises line is 920-887-3810, their 800 number is 1-800-775-3785, and their texting line is 920-344-0123.

To call the Dodge County Adult Protective Services unit dial 920-386-3580. For Child and Adolescent Services call 920-386-3750.

The Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.

Click HERE to visit PAVE’s website.