About Us

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

Meet our Staff & Board

Allison Bressler, MA, Co-Founder/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 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/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.

PowerBack Program Manager (Open Position)

Jesse Kraft, PowerBack Program Assistant

Jesse joined APFC in December 2020 to provide support across all programs providing outreach, tech support for webinars, and handling data collection. Since 2022, he's been working solely in the PowerBack program to help us expand outreach efforts to schools and students. He co-facilitates presentations on teen dating abuse to high school students, guides our peer leaders in implmeneting awareness events on campus, develops and designs content for Instagram, and supports with data collection and evaluation.

Trisha Espinoza, MA, EdS, NCC, LPC

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Susan J. Gleason, PREP Training Specialist

Susan joined APFC in August 2021. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Scranton and earned her law degree from Widener University, Commonwealth Law School in 1995. Susan served as an assistant prosecutor in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for more than 25 years. During her tenure, she supervised the Domestic Violence Unit and worked on cases involving intimate partner violence throughout her career. She was passionate about working with victims to assist them through the judicial process, to guide them towards supportive services, and to seek justice for all individuals affected by violence. She brings that passion to educating law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and victims advocates about the impact of domestic violence on victims with the ultimate goal of ending the cycle of abuse.

Joseph Mondi, Videographer/Editor

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), develops promotional and educational videos on teen dating abuse, and is working with us on launching our first podcast.

Lisa Palermo, Program & Outreach Coordinator

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Meredith Collins, DV-SOS Program Assistant

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APFC's Board of Trustees

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