The executive director of Dauphin County's Victim/Witness Assistance Program is taking her passion to the state level.
Governor Tom Corbett on Friday nominated Jennifer Storm to lead Pennsylvania's Office of the Victim Advocate.
For a decade, Storm has served Dauphin County and helped countless people in times of crisis. In her 11th year as director of the Dauphin County program, her state dreams came true.
"This job is a dream job for me," Storm said. "It's just ultimate to serve this administration. To be able to represent crime victims needs in this administration is truly an honor."
Storm, who always uses the terms "survivor" and "champion" instead of victim, is eager to tackle challenges involving abuse in Pennsylvania. Her duties will include helping lawmakers craft legislation, overseeing abuse cases, and monitoring criminal parole and restitution for victims.
Most importantly, she wants to begin a statewide outreach program.
"Unfortunately, so many people don't understand that crime victims have rights," she said, "I really can't wait to elevate that awareness so that people know what rights they have and where to access them."
According to an announcement by the governor's office, Storm will be paid an annual salary of more than $113,000. Her confirmation is scheduled to take place on December 2.
She will remain in her role until the end of November. Her current position will be posted immediately.
Storm is confident that her work in Dauphin County will be able to magnify at the state level. But, when reflecting on her years of hard work and dedication, it's easy for her to get misty.
"This is bittersweet," she said. "I love Dauphin County."