Clare of Assisi House, located in Reading, PA, provides transitional residential living in Berks County to non-violent women with a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, and/or prostitution upon their release from prison. Founder and Executive Director, Robin Ball, was concerned by the prison recidivism rate – a revolving door of incarceration and relapse. Robin recognized women had nowhere safe to go upon their release or had to return to the environment that sent them to prison in the first place. Clare House was established to give women solutions to and help with the challenging obstacles of rebuilding their lives.
Board of Directors
President: Andrea E. Mertz, Esq.
Vice President: Joe Boylan
Secretary: Claudia Wert
Treasurer: Juliette Rice, MS, EA
Rev. Thomas Kuller
Michelle R. Mayfield, Esq.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Brenda Russell, PhD
Robin Ball, R.N., MS
Robin Ball, President of the Board of Directors also serves as Executive Director of Clare of Assisi House and is solely responsible for its establishment and operations. The Executive Director is responsible for keeping the Board of Directors and Officers informed concerning the affairs and activities of the Clare of Assisi House. The Executive Director is also responsible for overseeing program and operations management, administration, and human resources. Robin has an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University, and is Board certified. She earned a B.S. cum Laude in Organizational Business Management from Cabrini College. She has a certification as a Clinical Research Associate from Villanova University and received her R.N. with the State of Pennsylvania from Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Her Certification as a Clinical Research Associate from Villanova University, led to a career at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, where she was a Principle Clinical Data Scientist. She has also been a recipient of a Clinical Excellence Award for success in leadership and management. During her graduate studies, Robin realized her call to ministry and ended her career at GlaxoSmithKline. She interned at Family Guidance Counseling Center working with diverse populations, and has been a religious volunteer at the Berks County prison for several years. While volunteering at Berks County Prison system, Robin recognized the dire need for transitional housing for women ex-offenders re-entering the community.
Robin began actively planning for Clare of Assisi House in 2013.
Sister M. Eileen Doherty, OSF
Sister M. Eileen Doherty, is a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia and has been a Religious Visitor to the Berks County Jail for three years providing one-on- one spiritual direction and communion. Sr. Eileen earned a B.S. from Neumann University, and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Villanova University. She taught in elementary school for 13 years and was a principal for 16 years. As a principal she formed and worked with school boards, recruited, and trained faculty. Sr. Eileen has a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Penn Relationship Council of Philadelphia, and maintains a membership in National Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Sister has been an Ombudsman and a foster parent for 13 years. Presently, Sr. Eileen is a member of La Salle School Board, Senior Citizens Advisory Board of the Sisters of St Francis, a Mobile Therapist for Concern 4Kids., and Assistant Director of Clare of Assisi House. The Assistant Director is responsible for the performance of those duties that provide safety and security to the residents. She will work in conjunction with the social work staff to organize treatment goals focusing on clients’ medical, social, vocational, educational, and therapeutic needs. The Assistant Director is a key member of Clare of Assisi House leadership team and will be working collaboratively with the Director, Program Director, Development, Staff, and volunteers.
The Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing program and operations management; administration; human resources; and assists in the evaluation of new and existing programs for appropriateness and in order to assess the need for change and improvement.