PAVE leader steps down from post

April 11, 2019

BEAVER DAM -- Teresa Nienow has accepted a position with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and will resign Thursday from her position as the executive director of Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate, a nonprofit agency that provides domestic and sexual abuse services in Dodge County.

Nienow, who has been the director of PAVE for five years, has worked on numerous projects to improve services for victims and survivors in Dodge County. Those programs include: texting hotline, family services, services for Spanish-speaking victims, expansion of services into Jefferson County, and assistance in launching the Lethalilty Assessment Program used by Dodge County police agencies.

“The past five years have been extremely fulfilling,” Nienow said. “I’ve enjoyed working with the board of directors and advocates who are so passionate about their work. The people of Dodge County have been good to me and I will miss being a part of this great community. I look forward to watching PAVE grow in the future as they continue to provide quality services to victims and survivors in Dodge and Jefferson counties. PAVE is in qualified hands.”

Nienow will continue her work serving victims and survivors through the Department of Justice.

“My new role will allow me to focus on statewide issues that men, women and children face as they experience and recover from trauma related to violence,” Nienow said.

Ashley Welak was named PAVE’s interim director. She has been with the organization for nearly 10 years.

“I am grateful to have this opportunity and to continue serving victims and the community,” Welak said. “I look forward to working closely with other nonprofits and help continue to move PAVE forward.”

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