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PAVE operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with just a handful of staff!  Each and every individual is deeply dedicated to their program and PAVE’s mission. Please take a minute to learn about us and be sure to give them kudos for their efforts when you see them out in our community.

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Shelter & Crisis Advocacy Team

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Marissa Ramos- Lead Shelter Advocate

Hi, my name is Marissa and I am the Lead Shelter Advocate here at PAVE. In my free time you will find me at the gym, reading, traveling or baking. I am currently enrolled at Moraine Park Technical College to obtain my associates degree in business management. I hope to pursue my bachelor’s degree after. My biggest hope is to be in a career where I can make a difference in people’s lives. I have always been a very empathetic person and try my best to be a shoulder to lean on. I believe in PAVE’s mission and I hope to help make an impact on the community.

Our dedicated Shelter & Crisis Advocacy Team provides support, options counseling, and emergency services to victims and survivors in Dodge and Jefferson Counties 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  They are here to answer your questions, provide support, and be a listening ear.

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Program Lead Victim Advocates

Holly U’Ren- Family Advocate

Hi! My name is Holly. I am the Domestic Abuse Survivor Family Advocate for PAVE. I have 3 amazing children who keep me very busy. We also have two pleasantly plump cats and a sweetheart of a pup. I enjoy cheering my children on in their many activities. I also love spending quality time with my family traveling, camping and just being goofy together.  

I am currently working on a bachelor’s degree in human resources management at Capella University. I’ve worn many hats through the years including; Military Police officer for 6 years, 15 years as an ER Tech, CNA and Medication Tech, and 3 years as an activity’s director. I am confident that my work as a police officer as well as in the medical field has given me the knowledge and compassion to work in this position.  

I am honored to be serving our community here with PAVE. I am excited for all the changes happening within the organization. If you find yourself or anyone you know needs our services, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Sylvia Ortiz- Bilingual Victim Advocate

I was born and raised in Long Beach, California. I have a loving husband, 3 children, and a tiny 2-pound chihuahua. We love to host gatherings at our place, we enjoy camping, hiking, and the outdoors. Every year we plant a huge vegetable garden, and have a love for house plants and flowers.

I have always loved working with the community and contributing where the need is great. I love everything about my work with PAVE from working closely with the community and watching how freely they give to those affected by violence. It is my goal to help raise awareness to reach as many people as possible, this helps prevent abuse and helps victims to know where they can reach out for help. I take pride in my work and love seeing how I can help someone come to us as a victim and help them blossom into a survivor and regain their dignity and independence.

In the past, I have worked with the Madison Metropolitan School District as a Bilingual Teacher’s Assistant and as the School Clerk, I have worked at a Law firm for 7 years, and then as a Bilingual Teller and Personal Banker, in these positions, I have learned communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, emotional intelligence, helping students gain self-confidence, and a lifetime of helping many, many people who have a language barrier to communicate with others.

I am honored to be a lead advocate for an organization that lives up to their mission of “Empowering those affected by violence”.

Our team of leads all have something in common (A deep passion for helping others).


Nací en Long Beach California. Tengo un querido esposo, 3 hijos y una chihuahuita pequeña de 2 libras. A nuestra familia nos encanta ser hospitalarios, nos gusta salir a acampar, ir a caminatas, y cada año plantamos un jardín grande para poder cosechar y compartir de sus frutos, también amo las plantas de casa y las flores.  


Siempre me ha gustado trabajar en la comunidad y contribuir donde hay gran necesidad. Me encanta todo lo de mi trabajo con PAVE, desde trabajar muy de cerca con la comunidad y ver como son tan dadivosos para los afectados por violencia. Es mi meta ayudar a aumentar la concientización y que alcance a una multitud de personas ya que eso ayuda a prevenir el abuso y también ayuda a las personas afectadas a saber dónde pueden ir para recibir ayuda. Tomo orgullo en mi trabajo con los clientes y amo ver cómo puedo ayudar a alguien llegar como víctima y desarrollarse en sobreviviente y recuperar su dignidad e independencia.  


En el pasado, he trabajado en el Distrito Escolar de Madison Metropolitan School District como ayudante de maestra y secretaria de la escuela, Trabaje 7 años en una firma de abogados, y también como una cajera de banco y banquera personal bilingüe, aprendí en estas posiciones como mejorar en mi forma de comunicar, trabajar en equipo, resolver problemas, inteligencia emocional, ayudando a los estudiantes a recuperar confianza en si mismos, y una vida entera de ayudar a personas que tienen una barrera de lenguaje para facilitarle comunicación con otros de español a Ingles, o Ingles a español.  


Siento gran orgullo ser una defensora principal para una organización que cumple con su misión “Empoderando a los que son afectados por violencia”  

Nuestro equipo de defensoras principales tenemos en común (Una pasión por ayudar a otros).

Cody Greene- Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate

My name is Cody and I am a Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate with PAVE.
I was born and raised in Virginia and came to Wisconsin in December of 2022. My wife and I love the Midwest. Once we settled in we were blessed with the news of our first child.

PAVE is a great way for me to give back to the community and be a role model for my child. We also have two cats that don’t act like cats but little humans, which provides much entertainment.

I obtained my degree in 2012 in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Behavioral Psychology and worked for several years as a Campus Officer. I have also been a caregiver, an ordained minister, and Mixologist. In my free time my hobbies consist of Competitive Archery, Mixology, and learning new musical instruments.

I am very honored to be a part of PAVE and the services we provide to the community. I am passionate about helping those in need to create a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

Alex Martinez- Child and Teen Advocate
Hi, my name is Alejandro Martinez and I am the Child and Teen Advocate for PAVE. I am a first generation Mexican-American and I am the oldest of two siblings. I recently got married on a Disney cruise to my beautiful wife. We have three amazing pets: two bearded dragons named Tiko and Emee, and an English cream golden retriever named Myla. I love spending time with my wife and our families.

I am a graduate of the University of Green Bay-Wisconsin. I have a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. I have worked as a behavioral therapist, a teacher’s assistant, and an ELL teacher before joining PAVE. I feel extremely privileged to be able to work with our community through PAVE.

Hola, me llamo Alejandro Martinez y soy el Defensor de Niños y Adolescentes de PAVE. Soy mexicano-estadounidense de primera generación y soy el mayor de dos hermanos. Recientemente me casé en un crucero de Disney con mi esposa bella. Tenemos tres mascotas increíbles: dos dragones barbudos que se llaman Tiko y Emee, y una golden retriever que se llama Myla. Me encanta pasar tiempo con mi esposa y nuestras familias. Soy un graduado de la Universidad de Green Bay-Wisconsin. Soy Licenciada en Psicología con énfasis en Desarrollo Infantil. Trabajé como terapeuta conductual, asistente de maestro y maestro de ELL antes de unirme a PAVE. Me siento muy privilegiado de poder trabajar con nuestra comunidad a través de PAVE.

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Executive Team

Emily Shier – Executive Director

I am proud to be a part a powerful and meaningful mission to support staff and continue to bring awareness to the community about domestic and sexual violence.  I work with the program leads to help our organization create new and exciting ways to help survivors and also provide prevention and education about domestic and sexual violence.  We have a great team of advocates who assist in finding ways to cope, heal, and move toward healthy relationships.

In my free time, I enjoy live music, reading, traveling, and chasing sunshine!

Angela Rheingans- Associate Director

I’ve worked with PAVE since early 2023. First as a child and teen advocate; and then in my current position as associate director. My employment and education journey has given me experiences working with children participating in the treatment foster care program in the state of Wisconsin, children currently living in third world countries, and with families enrolled in Head Start/Early Head Start programming. I’ve also worked on mission trips and for private family foundations. For fun, I LOVE to travel and I like to play games… board games, video games, card games… etc. My current childhood movie: Goonies.

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The Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is an important part of our Agency Director Team.  Everyone on the Board volunteers their time for the good of the agency.

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