Corinne Lagermasini – Executive Director

Corinne became WIT’s ED in January 2017 after serving as WIT’s Prevention Director for two years.  She has over 20 years of experience leading, growing and evaluating programs for nonprofits. Prior to WIT, she worked at the Health Federation of Philadelphia, where she helped Community Health Centers implement pharmacy initiatives and she led the National Health Corps (NHC) AmeriCorps program, promoting health care access and health education to medically underserved communities.  At Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, she coordinated violence prevention programs for youth and families in North Philadelphia.  Corinne received her Master of Public Health degree from Temple University where she studied the impact of domestic violence within the Early Care & Education community in Philadelphia.  Corinne is a WAVE self-defense instructor and she loves teaching students to use their voice, body and attitude to set boundaries and advocate for their wants and needs.  Her goal is to help create a world where everyone feels safe at home, in their communities, and in all their relationships.  

Irene L. Brantley – Program Director

Irene Lindsay Brantley’s passion is working to empower survivors of domestic violence and substance abuse to make positive changes in their lives, free of addiction, poverty, and violence. As Women In Transition’s (WIT) Program Director, Irene is the force behind WIT’s free and confidential domestic violence and substance abuse services. Irene created WIT’s Sister Circle Peer Support group and Survivor’s Network, in addition to expanding WIT’s services to include therapy and multilingual programs. Irene is a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor (CDVC) and a graduate of Philadelphia University with a B.S. in Human Resource Management.

In her spare time, Irene enjoys gardening, dancing, and training her dog not to chew wallpaper.

Our Board of Directors

Nancy L. Heffner, CRCP

Melissa Landsmann, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice Chair

Jennifer Keith, MPH

Jerry Burhop, CFA®

Corinne Lagermasini, MPH
Executive Director


Debra Davenport, MSA

Brenda Dawson, MSW
PathWays PA Liaison

Peggy B. Greenfeld, Esq.

Adesanya Karade, MSW

Tesia Lemelle, MSA

Annette Saggiomo, MBA

Marta Sicinska, MSW

Karen Singer, MFA

Our Team

Our WIT team has many years of experience, in fields ranging from homeless advocacy to public health to veterinary care. 


We are dedicated and passionate professionals who are inspired to make the world a safer and healthier place. We do this work to educate people so they can feel empowered to protect themselves from violence, to be a compassionate listening ear for those who feel like they are suffering intimate partner violence alone, to be a loud voice in the streets drawing awareness to the fact that the fight for safety is not over, and to be powerful advocates for collaborative systems change. 

In our lives outside of WIT, we hike, hang with cats, volunteer for adult literacy, make soap, catch up on the latest movies, play the ukulele, crochet, read sci-fi and romance novels, and garden.