Beth Panilaitis earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in policy from the University of Connecticut. From 2008-2010 she served as the Executive Director of VADP which included conducting statewide public education on the death penalty, organizational oversight, development, serving as spokesperson and media contact and serving as the organization’s lobbyist in the General Assembly. She was also an Advisory Board member of the Dreams Project of Witness to Innocence to examine how to provide better supports for death row exonerees.
Beth currently serves as the Executive Director of ROSMY, a Richmond based nonprofit that provides support groups to LGBT youth in Richmond and Charlottesville and conducts trainings for human services providers throughout Central Virginia on working with LBGT young people. Beth’s policy and direct service experience has included working with homeless individuals and families, “at-risk” youth, incarcerated individuals, and individuals who are dually diagnosed. She has a long history within the Episcopal Church including helping to found the VCU Episcopal Campus Ministry, serving on the Episcopal national Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism from 2003-2009 and serving as an elected deputy to the Episcopal National General Convention from 2000-2006.