About Us


The Chester County ACEs Coalition is a collective impact initiative to bring awareness, knowledge, prevention, and initiatives throughout the county on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and toxic-stress.  Building resiliency and fostering hope can offset the cycle of trauma as well as contribute to long-term health benefits, bringing strength to our communities. 

Current members include:

Nadine Bean    
Graduate Social Work Department, West Chester University

Lou Beccaria     
Phoenixville Community Health Foundation

Tracy Behringer
Chester County MH/IDD

Jennifer Brion   
Chester County Department of Human Services

Chelsea Melrath
Home of the Sparrow

Jeanne Casner 
Chester County Health Department

Lynn Detwiler   
Barnstone Art for Kids

Alyson Ferguson            
Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation

Wendy Gaynor
Chester County Food Bank

Kaitlyn Genthert           
Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services

Justin Gruber    
Chester County Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Dana Heiman   
Brandywine Community  Health Foundation

Jennifer Lopez  
Chester County Adult Probation & Parole

Brian McGinley
Chester County Intermediate Unit

Vicki McGinley 
Department of Special Education, West Chester University

David McKeighan           
The Chester County Medical Society

Cheryl Miles      
Bridge of Hope

Victoria Morgan             
Owen J. Roberts School District

Kevin Olivo        
Child Guidance Resource Centers

Abner Santiago
La Communidad Hispana

Kara Winchester            
Chester County Department of Juvenile Probation

Janet Zeis          

Chester County Department of Emergency Services

For more information or to get involved, please contact Chelsea Melrath.


Home of the Sparrow partners with women and children who are facing or experiencing homelessness in Chester County. Our goal is to address the critical barriers to long-term self-sufficiency and create transformational change in the lives of the women and children we serve. For more than 22 years, Home of the Sparrow has served as a regional leader in the provision of unique and successful housing programs, supportive services and access to education and vocational training for women, children and senior women throughout Chester County and surrounding communities. During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, our programs directly served 549 women and children seeking to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.