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Turning Point Staff

The strength of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley has always been the commitment of its staff and volunteers. Since 1978, Turning Point has worked unceasingly to make our mission a reality — to eliminate domestic violence in the Lehigh Valley through empowerment, education, and engagement.

Our agency has grown from a group of formerly battered women answering a hotline in their homes, to a nonprofit agency serving victims of domestic violence and their children in the Lehigh and Northampton Counties of Pennsylvania. During our 38-year history, we have served more than 85,000 victims.


Lori G. Sywensky - Executive Director

Lori G. Sywensky of Walnutport is the Executive Director of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley.

Sywensky, who previously served as the deputy director of the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development, has a diverse background in management of nonprofit social services and local and statewide public administration.

With Northampton County, Sywensky coordinated and directed grant, loan, and technical resources aimed at improving quality of life and economic resiliency in the county.  She served on various community boards and authorities, including:  the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, the Northampton County Housing Authority, the Lehigh Valley Regional Homelessness Advisory Board, the LV Land Recycling Initiative, the Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, the Eastern PA Continuum of Care for Homelessness Services and the Slatebelt Community Partnership.

Sywensky’s background includes the management of the Victims’ Services Program for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. She was responsible for planning, policy development, and administration of more than $30 million annually in federal and state crime victims’ funding

A former counselor and advocate, Sywensky also served as director of the YWCA/Wise Options & Helpline, Williamsport, PA. During that time, she was on the boards of directors for both the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).  She directed the 24-hour victims’ services agency with programs for those affected by domestic and sexual violence, and managed the operations of a 61-bed emergency shelter.

A native of Northampton, PA, Sywensky is a graduate of Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, with a degree in psychology.

Tara M. George – Program Director

Tara M. George of Allentown is Turning Point's Program Director.  Tara, who holds a BA in Psychology and English from Muhlenberg College and an MA in Psychology from Boston University, is the former Assistant Director for Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley.

She was also an individual and group therapist for the Justice Works Youth Care Girls’ Empowerment Program (GEM), based in Bath, PA.

Kimberly Townsend

Kimberly Townsend - Medical and Community Services Advocate

Kimberly Townsend of Allentown is the new Medical and Community Services Advocate for TPLV. Townsend received a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from East Stroudsburg University and recently interned with the Pocono Medical Center’s community outreach department.  She is a volunteer with Girl Scouts of Eastern PA and the Second Harvest Food Bank.  Townsend will be working in the community to enhance knowledge and heighten awareness on domestic violence issues, primarily with medical and community partners.

Lu Novak - Fiscal Director

Lu, a lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley, joined Turning Point in November 2010. She has degrees in Accounting and Business Management from Northampton Community College and Moravian College, and is a certified Professional in Human Resources. Prior to joining Turning Point, Lu spent the majority of her career in corporate manufacturing and service organizations. Her work includes more than 20 years in accounting and 15 years in human resources on both the division and executive levels.

Lu has volunteered in the Lehigh Valley community as a board member and committee member for several nonprofit organizations, and has been a Musikfest volunteer for 20 years. 

When not managing the fiscal activities for Turning Point, Lu enjoys spending time in her garden.


TPLV Board of Directors

  • Joan Marcus – President
  • Rev. Donald Hayn – Vice President
  • Thomas Domin – Treasurer
  • Sharon Pratt – Secretary
  • Celeste Coffey
  • Debra Cummins
  • Joanna Jaindl
  • Lisa Pammer


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444 E. Susquehanna St.

Allentown, PA 18103
(610) 797-0530

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