About Us

A Partnership for Change (APFC) is a New Jersey-based private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending intimate partner violence.

Meet our founders

A Partnership for Change (APFC) is a New Jersey-based private, non-profit organization dedicated to ending intimate partner violence.

Allison Bressler, MA, Co-Founder and Co-Director

Allison holds a Master's degree in Counseling and Human Development, has worked with victims of abuse since 1999, and is qualified as an expert witness in domestic violence cases. Her article on domestic violence in affluent communities was published by Scientific American Mind magazine, and she has been interviewed on ABC's World News Tonight & ABC News Radio as an expert in the field.

Ms. Bressler began her career in the field as the Director of Non-Residential Services for Hope's Door (formerly The Northern Westchester Shelter) where, she expanded the agency's counseling and community education programs, appeared on local radio and TV programs, and directed Westchester County's premier annual teen dating abuse symposium. She moved to The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation as the Director of Programs where she played a pivotal role in developing and implementing their strongest initiatives.

Later, she was the Director of the Non-Residential Counseling program at the YWCA of Union County where she also supervised the Union County Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRTs). In 2007, she co-founded A Partnership for Change with Gloria Sgrizzi to fill the gap in the availability of domestic violence education, awareness and prevention programs in New Jersey.

Ms. Bressler's passion to empower individuals and her knowledge of domestic violence has made her a sought-after speaker at many venues in New York and New Jersey, and has allowed her to inspire hundreds to play a role in breaking the cycle of violence.

Gloria Sgrizzi, Co-Founder and Co-Director

Gloria has worked in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1993. Ms. Sgrizzi has worked at the Center for Safety & Change (formerly the Rockland Family Shelter) and Hope's Door (formerly The Northern Westchester Shelter) in New York, and also worked at 180 Turning Lives Around in NJ.

Her experience includes serving as a director of development and community relations; coordinating volunteer programs; volunteering on a rape crisis hotline; managing community education programs; grantwriting and coordinating fundraisers; and spearheading public relations efforts. At Hopes' Door, she designed the shelter's first teen dating abuse education program, which included an award-winning and internationally-recognized peer leader component known as STAR (Students Terminating Abusive Relationships).

Ms. Sgrizzi worked as a freelance grant-writer for non-profits throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania before co-founding APFC in 2007 with Ms. Bressler. Since that time, they've developed the agency's programs and profile in community to the extent that APFC is now recognized as a leader in the field. Gloria is committed to supporting local, national and worldwide efforts to eliminate abuse in the lives of women and children.

Meet our staff

Leila Ostad, LCSW, PowerBack Program Manager

Leila joined APFC in 2019 to manage our PowerBack program in seven high schools in NJ. Along with facilitating presentations to teens, faculty, and parents and guardians, she also provides individual counseling to any student who discloses dating abuse or who witnesses family violence.

Joseph Mondi, Program Assistant/PowerBack & PREP

Joe joined APFC in April 2020 to provide support in PowerBack by helping us enhance our social media presence in order to better reach students. He created the agency's first YouTube channel for teens and produces content (scripting, filming, editing), oversees our Instagram account, and is working with us on launching our first podcast. For PREP, he oversees data collection and analysis, provides technical support on webinars, and plans marketing efforts to reach police officers across the state.

Jesse Kraft, Program Assistant/DATA & DV-SOS

Jesse joined APFC in December 2020 to provide support in DATA and DV-SOS. He provides tech support for webinars, handles data collection and analysis, and maintains contact databases for both programs. Jesse also oversees expanding outreach efforts to school counselors and social service agency personnel across the state by designing email marketing plans, developing and designing content for promotion, and enhancing social media efforts.

APFC's Board of Trustees

  • Susanne M. Caruso, President
  • Deborah Schaub, CPA, Treasurer
  • Peter Briggs, Jr., Secretary
  • Thomas Buchbinder, Trustee
  • Annie Scully, Trustee