Director of PAVE, a Dodge County social service agency, steps down

April 3, 2019

Teresa Nienow has accepted a position with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and will resign April 11 from her position as the executive director of Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate, a non-profit 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 several projects to improve services and accessibility for victims and survivors in Dodge County. Included are the agencies 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 dedicated Board of Directors and talented advocates who are so passionate about their work. The people of Dodge County have been welcoming beyond my expectations 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. I know PAVE is in qualified hands.”

Nienow will continue her work serving victims and survivors through the Department of Justice. Nienow said, “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.”

A succession plan is in place allowing the agencies board of directors to set future leadership goals and has named Ashley Welak as PAVE’s Interim Director.

Welak has been with PAVE for nearly 10 years.

“I am honored to take on a new role and to continue serving victims and the community,” Welak said. “I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with other nonprofits and help PAVE move forward.”

Ken Ostermann, PAVE’s Board Chairperson, said, “PAVE and our community have been truly fortunate to have Teresa as our Executive Director for the last 5 years. She has done a great job of advancing PAVE’s mission and services to those most in need in Dodge County and now Jefferson County as well.”