Newsmakers will air this Sunday, September 11, 2016. The Public Affairs show is hosted by
Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick
Newsmakers- the Public Affairs Edition, the focus will be on the Family Service Association of Northeast PA.
The panel will include Attorney Jenny Roberts, Assistant District Attorney -Luzerne County Special Victim’s Unit; Jessica Ives, FSA Case Management and Community Program Supervisor and Michael Zimmerman- CEO Family Service Association of NEPA
They will discuss upcoming family week conference.
The topic this year is human trafficking.
The panel will join Andy and Jayne Ann to talk about the growing concern in our communities.
This program airs on Sunday September 11 on WYOU at 6:30 am and then at 11:30 am on WBRE.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center
1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733)
Need Help or to Report Trafficking Locally
Call or text to 2-1-1
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Pennsylvania.
Meet our Guests
Attorney Jenny Roberts is an Assistant Luzerne County District Attorney and leads the Special Victims Unit. Attorney Roberts grew up in Roaring Brook Township (Lackawanna County and is a Scranton Prep Graduate. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from University of Scranton, M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and her J.D. from Villanova University.
Attorney Roberts has been with Luzerne County DA’s Office since July 2005. Prior to that she worked at the Blair County DA’s Office and as a Litigation Associate at Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald in Wilkes-Barre.
Jessica Ives, MSW, LSW is a Licensed Social Worker and is employed at Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania as the Case Management and Community Program Supervisor. She has been employed at FSA NEPA for 5 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Wilkes University and a Master of Social Work degree at Temple University. Ms. Ives has experience working with families and children in the Intensive Family Reunification Service and Outreach Prevention Program. She also co-facilitates Anger in Relationships groups, an adult anger management program and also has co-facilitated Making Changes, a youth anger management program. She also facilitates Family Group Decision Making conferences. She has experience working in community mental health; providing services to adults with acute mental health issues as well as trauma survivors. Ms. Ives has been involved with National Family Week Conference for 4 years as a volunteer and committee member. In 2014, Ms. Ives presented a workshop entitled, “Making the Connection: Domestic Violence & Mental Health” at the National Family Week’s Conference, Standing Up and Speaking Out: Ending Violence against Women. Ms. Ives is passionate about educating the community about social issues, specifically those pertaining to victimization of adults and children.
Michael Zimmerman is the ChiefExecutive Officer of the Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Misericordia University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management. He was previously employed by the American Red Cross as a Regional Executive from 1999
to 2009. He had worked at Family Service Association from 1981 to
1999. His last position before leaving was as Director of Community
Programs, overseeing Family Life Education programs, the Special Kids Network,
Help Line, and the Workplace Violence Prevention program. He returned to
Family Service Association in December 2009.