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 victims/survivors of domestic violence and substance abuse to make positive changes in their lives, free of addiction, poverty, and violence.  

She started volunteering at Women In Transition (WIT) as Hotline Counselor in 1994. Soon afterwards, she accepted employment as Life Management Counselor, and was later promoted to Director of Community Education and Training, and designed and facilitated trainings, workshops, and panel discussions on safety and sobriety. Today, she is WIT’s Program Director and manages the Counseling, Community Education, and Volunteer programs. She is also the co-founder of two of our signature programs: Sister Circle and Survivors Network.

Irene is a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor (CDVC) and a graduate of Philadelphia University with an A.S. in Para-Legal Studies and a B.S. in Human Resource Management. 

In May 2007, she was the recipient of the Purple Ribbon Award presented by Lutheran Settlement House. 

In her spare time she 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

Mandy Santiago, BSW, MSS

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.