We believe and are invested fully in the mission and vision of our nonprofit and community-based clients. Our passion lies in helping an organization grow and develop, obtain funding, and live out their mission and vision successfully.  We do not view ourselves as just a consultant, we consider ourselves part of your organization.

ACH Clear Pathways would not be able to achieve our mission without Farester Consulting’s grant writing and organizational development talents. Erika’s research and writing skills have connected us with the right funding opportunities and have helped us to create compelling and successful applications. She is available for advice or just to be a sounding board for ideas. She assists with brainstorming, addressing data gaps, and truly understands the purpose and mission of ACH. I consider Erika and Brian a part of the ACH Clear Pathways family.



Tyian Battle, Executive Director 

ACH Clear Pathways 

Erika L. Farester, Ph.D.

Erika has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Master of Science in Administration of Justice from Mercyhurst University, and a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her previous work experience includes more than 5 years as a U.S. Probation Officer, positions as a graduate assistant and research analyst at the Mercyhurst University Civic Institute, a position as an adjunct faculty member at a local community college, and work experiences in the mental health and juvenile justice systems.


Through her previous experience as a research analyst and current work as a grant writing and organizational development consultant, Erika has discovered that her passion lies in helping nonprofit and public organizations improve and obtain funding to support their missions.

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Brian J. Farester, Ph.D.

Brian has over 20 years of service with one of the nation’s largest public pension funds as a Regional Administrator. He is a certified consultant for Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards for Excellence program. He is also an Iraq war veteran serving in the Army Reserve for 20 years, retiring at the rank of major.


Brian’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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