Megan is a committed, longtime advocate for survivors and in this role will bring her years of experience working with prominent organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She brings with her knowledge on the issue of domestic violence and a deep passion for social justice, especially lifting up and supporting women. Megan is a licensed attorney with experience in nonprofit management and a passion for policy. She earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Ohio University and Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law. She resides with her family in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

You can reach Megan at: or 412-894-4571

Senior Account Executive

Mary Onufer, M.S. is the Senior Account Executive at STANDING FIRM. In her role as consultant and trainer, Mary works one on one with our clients to help build an organizational culture that supports employees who may be dealing with the realities of partner violence. She worked in higher education for 24 years and comes to STANDING FIRM with deep experience in online education having designed and taught fully online undergraduate and graduate programs in business, technology, and cybersecurity as well as hybrid and on-ground courses. At STANDING FIRM, Mary leverages her experience and passion for teaching to develop creative educational content and materials. Through training and mentoring, Mary helps organizations understand the important role they can play in a partner violence survivor’s journey to a life free of fear and a path to realizing their full potential. Mary is a graduate of Carlow University. Latest publication: The Role of Financial Institutions in Combating Human Trafficking, Human Trafficking-Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 2021

You can reach Mary at: or 412-894-4569

Program Associate

Karen Sellers is the Program Associate at STANDING FIRM. Karen supports the program administratively and strategically. She handles communications with clients, plans and executes events, researches and publishes content on the website, via newsletters, and social media and assists with training module editing/preparation. Prior to joining STANDING FIRM, Karen worked for 35 years in the financial services industry with 26 years at the executive level. Karen works to help employers understand the power they hold in helping victims move to survivorship via support, equity, and economic stability. She brings compassion, empathy, and leadership to the role as well as expertise in compliance, safety, coaching, policy, writing, training, and regulatory knowledge to her current role. Additionally, Karen is a Certified Master Life and Business Coach with a focus on Leadership, Facilitation, and Employee Engagement. Prior to moving into her current role, Karen was a volunteer at the Women’s Center and Shelter for eight years.

You can reach Karen at or 412-894-4568

Meet our Founder!

Patricia Cluss, Ph.D., is the Founder of STANDING FIRM and continues to work with us as a Special Projects Consultant. Retired from her faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she works as a licensed psychologist and consultant for regional nonprofit and health-related organizations. At Pitt, she engaged in research and program development in partner violence, smoking cessation for special populations, and pediatric obesity and published a number of articles about partner violence in academic journals. Dr. Cluss has been an expert member of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Intimate Partner Violence Homicide Review Team and a consultant for a PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency-funded research project at the University of Pittsburgh that is describing the methodology and impact of batterer intervention programs in the region.

Security Alert

Internet usage can be monitored and is impossible to erase completely. We recommend opening up our website on incognito to ensure there is no browser history after your visit. 

Click the red “X Exit” Button in the bottom-right corner at any time to leave immediately.