Our Board of Directors & Staff

The Board of Directors serve as volunteers to support the mission of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach. The team brings a variety of perspectives and skill sets to their monthly Board meetings, committee work, and fundraising for the non-profit. Our staff is

Cheryl Messere

Cheryl Messere, Founder & Board Member, since 2015

“As a lifelong ‘Phoenixvillian,’ I know when this community has a need, we find a way to fix the problem. Single homeless women needed housing, and then low-income housing, Phoenixville Women’s Outreach, addresses these needs along with a program to break the cycle of homelessness and move the women into independence and self-sufficiency.”

Mike Bryson, Senior Vice-President, Operations, PJM; Board member since February 2019; Board President

“While I had served on other nonprofit boards and teams, I was looking for a nonprofit to work with which was close to home. I immediately connected with the mission of PWO – and I was impressed with the staff and the board and their passion for this mission.”

Diane Campbell, Retired CFO; Board member since 2015


“What brought me to the Board was that I saw a lot of divine intervention going on and wanted to be a part of it.”

Elizabeth Carrabine, Retired; Founding member

Accomplished executive with experience in all areas of human resources. Confident leader with the ability to address issues and make decisions necessary to maintain profitability and promote organizational growth. Thrives in dynamic and high-stress environments while maintaining a positive attitude and clear decision-making capabilities. A founding Board Member of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach.

Karen Dobson, Administrative Assistant to VP at Allan Myers; Board member since 2015; Board Secretary

“Barry and Cheryl Messere invited me to join when The House was first opened its doors because they felt my creativity and written communication skills would be an asset to the organization.  Being on the Board has allowed me to serve by assisting with written communications including newsletters, brochures and presentations.”

Dave Evans, Teacher of the Gifted at Downingtown Area School District; Board member since April 2019

“I was impressed with PWO’s commitment to the women of Chester County as well as Phoenixville Borough. I was inspired by the selfless commitment of the other board members and value their diverse opinions and backgrounds.”

Tienfong Ho, board vice-president

“A Midwest transplant, I was born in Kansas and grew up in Michigan and Ohio. Before moving to Phoenixville for graduate school, I was living and teaching high school science in Chicago’s northern suburbs. I have a doctorate in art and film history with a focus on race and gender identity, and have taught college courses in these subjects at Bryn Mawr, Tyler and Moore. I currently work for a property appraiser and stay current in USPAP and art appraisal through AAA and NYU. I believe in empowering women and PWO gives me the chance to assist women in my own community.”

Liz Howard, Lawyer in Phoenixville; Board member since 2015

“I knew Cheryl Messere from the Institutional Review Board at Phoenixville Hospital, and she asked me to serve on this new venture. I also knew a friend from my church who needed housing, and I was pleased to be involved with an organization that could assist her.”  

Joanne Kusko; Retired Housing Director of PWO; Board member since July 2020

“After spending the last 6 years working with women in need, it was important to me to continue this mission.”

Sean Maloney; local real estate professional; Board member since August 2019

“I was recruited to the board as a subject matter expert in property acquisition to help provide the housing needed for our organization. I work and play in Phoenixville, an area that has been good to me and my business and I’m excited to be in a position where I can give back. Currently I’m on the infrastructure committee which allows me to use my diverse background in construction, property management and maintenance to keep the properties above standard in terms of quality.”

Althea Smith, Revenue Cycle Lead at Main Line HealthCare; Board member since June 2020

“As a new board member, I am beyond excited to be part of the PWO’s mission  of providing resources for women who needs assistance in regaining their independence.”

Marie Walters, Retired; Board member since January 2020

“I support the mission and believe that I can contribute my business and project experience.”

Andrea Nero Blue, Executive Director

“I am thrilled to join this dedicated, humble and ambitious team. I look forward to working with our participants, our volunteers and our community partners.”

Melissa Bravo, Housing Director

“I come to Phoenixville Women’s Outreach with a background in social work. I love the idea of using the empowerment model to build habits of self sufficiency that then reduce social and economic inequality one person at a time. I feel humbled and excited to join such a dedicated team and to be able to further the mission of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach.”

If you are interested in joining the Board, reach out to a Board member who can explain the process and time commitment in detail.