2017 Spring Conference Presenters
Patricia E. Adams, DMin
Is the Operations Manager of the Healthy Innovative Processes (HIP). HIP is a non-profit agency that provides business development, training, coaching and leadership development to licensed professionals who desire a career in mental health and wellness. Ms. Adams also serves in the roles of Adjunct Faculty at San Antonio College for Licensed Professional Counselors and as a Chaplain in the Methodist Health Care System where she provides critical Incident debriefing to survivors of sexual trauma within 1 hour of reporting to the emergency room for medical treatment. She is a longstanding member of several Boards and her published works include: The ABC’s of Change (2007), and Between Mothers and Daughters (2016) She is the 2011 recipient of Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women’s Award: an annual program designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential businesses founded by women entrepreneurs.
Patricia has earned a Doctorate of Ministry from the Christian Counseling -American International Theological Institute and Seminary, A Masters of Art in Individual Marriage and Family therapy from St. Mary’s University, a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an Associate degree in Radiological technology from Lamar University.
Dr. Richard G. Allen
Is presently the Director of Clinical Services for Devereux Pennsylvania’s Community Services Division, where he oversees the clinical services for home, school and community based programs. Dr. Allen has extensive experience providing psychological assessment, consultation and clinical supervision in community programs. He completed his doctoral degree in School Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and both his BS and MS in psychology at Saint Joseph’s University. Dr. Allen has presented on research studies involving, program-wide positive behavior support, clinical outcomes in community services, quality of life, data-based decision making and strength-based assessments.
Is the Director of Training and Consultation Services at Familylinks. He has over 35 years of clinical, managerial and training experience in social services. He is a certified trainer for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center. Since 1985, John has delivered hundreds of workshops and has provided consultation and training in the areas of leadership, and team development. He has also provided trainings on chemical dependency and recovery and at-risk youth related issues. John earned his Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980. In February 2014, John became a Certified Situational Leadership Experience trainer. In 2015, John became certified as a Predictive Index Analyst.
Yacov Crawford, MPH
Is an expert in multi-sector strategic and operational solutions resulting in not just a sustainable entity, but a thriving one, often through increased market penetration and diversification. He is a specialist in community and economic development. His experience includes time as Under Secretary of Educations for the City of Philadelphia and as a key advisor to a number of elected and government officials in the U.S. and internationally. He has had the honor of advising and working with such highly respected entities as the U.S. State Department, the City of Philadelphia, SONY, and the Red Cross, to name a few. He is known for his expertise in ecosystem analysis, strategic planning, geo-political and community analysis, as well as specialized methodologies for social return on investment and impact evaluation.
Is nationally certified as a TF-CBT Therapist and is a licensed professional counselor. Dominick is currently the Director of Clinical Services at KidsPeace. Dominick is also currently an adjunct instructor at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Is an International Certified Prevention Specialist employed by The Council of Southeast Pa, Inc., with over 14 years experience working in the drug and alcohol field. He collaborates with communities, families, schools, small businesses, treatment providers and local law enforcement to facilitate prevention and education programs. Mr. Fialko chairs the Bucks County Overdose Prevention and Education Collaborative where he oversees the distribution of naloxone and facilitates naloxone trainings to communities as well as participating Bucks County Police Departments.
Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth, MSW
Joined Millersville University in 2013. Her primary teaching areas are policy, and social work and healthcare. With the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office, she is working on several research projects including one on the financial exploration of elders. Dr. Granruth is also responding to a request from the Millersville University’s Board of Trustees, and in conjunction with state officials from the Human Rights Commission, she is researching state expenditures on K-12 education versus prison spending.
RICHARD H. KING, MA, LPC
Is a Program Supervisor for Wesley Spectrum Services In Home Program, in addition a part time outpatient therapist as well. Richard has a 14 year career with this organization, 11 of which has been in a leadership role. Along with his team of therapists, Richard has been the co-recipient of the JCJC award in 2012 for the Pennsylvania State Program of the Year. During his 14 years, Richard has gained valuable experiences with program development and implementation, model fidelity planning and implementation, outcomes measurement, electronic medical records implementation, staff safety trainings and safety in the community issues. Richard has worked extensively with supervisory models for clinical leadership and therapeutic success. Richard is a board member of the Center for Creativity and Change at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he assists in the plan to provide trainings for therapists on various key topics. Richard has also done professional consultation and counseling on a private basis.
Is the Bureau Director for the Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Support within the Department of Human Services' Office of Children Youth and Families. This bureau provides support to and oversight of the county children and youth agencies through its four Regional Offices. Ms. Gilligan has worked in child welfare for 15 years; beginning in Jefferson County Children and Youth Services in 2001 and moving to the Office of Children, Youth and Families in 2008. She assumed the Bureau Director role in 2014.
Jason James Raimes, MPA, MBA
Is the Director of Systems Improvement and Business Analytics for KidsPeace. Jason is currently working on his Doctorate. His dissertation is on the use of continued improvement methods and tools in behavioral health care. Jason is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. Jason is the Chair of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Citizen Review Panel for the North East Region of Pennsylvania. In addition, Jason is a member of the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Advisory Board. Jason is also a Six Sigma Black Belt and certified Lean Sensei.
Catherine Moffa, MSS
Catherine Moffa joined Juvenile Law Center's staff in July 2013 as the Associate for Youth Engagement, having previously served a one-year social work internship. As the Associate for Youth Engagement, Cathy coordinates the office's youth engagement programs: Youth Fostering Change, Juveniles for Justice, and the Youth Speakers Bureau, and supervises the yearly social work intern. Cathy graduated with dual master's degrees in Social Service and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Saint Joseph's University. Prior to her work at Juvenile Law Center, Cathy worked for Bryn Mawr College's Civic Engagement Office as the Partnership Liaison and Praxis Placement Coordinator.
Has overseen the Devereux Philadelphia foster care system for 6+ years and has managed multiple programs for Devereux Community Services of Philadelphia for over 12 years. He has a Masters degree in Bio-Psychology and has recently acquired a certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA).
Is currently privileged to be the CEO of Wesley Spectrum (WS) serving southwestern Pennsylvania. WS provides transformational support for children and families as they strive to become more independent, responsible and caring members of the community. Their talented and committed staff, of 500+, serve over 5,800 consumers annually. A wide service array includes autism, education, behavioral health and community support. WS was created in 2006 through a merger of The Wesley Institute and Family Spectrum Network. WS has had multiple discussions with potential partners leading to a potential merger before the end of calendar 2017.
Roseann is the Bureau Director for the Bureau of Children and Family Services within the Department of Human Services' Office of Children Youth and Families. This bureau provides support to and oversight of the county children and youth agencies through its four Regional Offices. Ms. Perry has worked in the Office of Children, Youth and Families for 24 years beginning as a Program Representative and eventually the Director of the Western Region Office before assuming the Bureau Director role in 2009. Prior to her joining the Commonwealth, Ms. Perry worked in the county children and youth system in both Armstrong and Clarion Counties.
Devin N. Petruski, M.S.
Has a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bloomsburg University in Criminal Justice. Her graduate thesis focused on evidence based Victim Awareness Programs and her undergraduate research stressed the important of victim restoration. She has been employed through Northumberland County Juvenile Probation since 2009.
Alex Is an Associate with Wanner Associates. He has extensive experience in corporate, government, non-profit and political sectors. Prior to joining Wanner Associates, Alex successfully ran his own state, municipal and federal government relations firm. Alex has worked with PCCYFS for almost 9 years as their Government Affairs Consultant.
Dr. Karen Rice, LCSW
Associate Professor, Department Chairperson, and DSW Co-Director, joined the School of Social Work in 2006. An alumnus of Millersville University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology, Dr. Rice later earned her MSW from Temple and PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Rice has been at MU since the inception of its joint MU-SU MSW program and played an integral role in the reaffirmation of accreditation of that program. She was also the lead developer of the joint KU-MU DSW program. A licensed social worker in Pennsylvania, Dr. Rice has practiced in the areas of child welfare and adult and juvenile mental health and sexual perpetration. She was a trainer for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center where she trained child welfare workers and assisted with the development of curriculum related to the investigation of child abuse and neglect and working with families with substance abuse issues. Most recently, Dr. Rice was the lead developer of the Mandated Reporter and Child Abuse Recognition training that meets the ACT 31 of 2014 mandates.
Lisa Schiller, LCSW
Lisa is the Executive Director at MHY Family Services in Mars, PA. Prior to MHY, she formerly served in various roles with Lutheran Services America including Director for Knowledge Strategies, Vice President, and as Acting President and CEO. Lisa has worked in other nonprofit youth serving organizations in both western and eastern Pennsylvania. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and MSW from Marywood University.
Is an author, business owner, and Child Welfare Risk Management Specialist. She overcame abuse, homelessness, and poverty to become a successful entrepreneur, spokeswoman, and advocate for abused children. She currently serves as the chair for the Successful Survivors Foundation, a non-profit organization created to help survivors of adversity to create personal and professional success.
Amy Smith, BSW
Is the Development Director with MHY Family Services in Mars, PA. Prior to MHY, Amy led volunteer coordination including recruitment, evaluation and management in an Arizona school district. Also, Amy has extensive experience working in the area developmental disabilities including management and supervision in both Ohio and Arizona. Amy earned a BSW from Youngstown State University.
Is a thanatologist, mindfulness speaker, and author of the grief book Mindfulness & Grief: With Guided Meditations To Calm Your Mind & Restore Your Spirit. Heather is the founder of the Frederick Meditation Center and Hagerstown Meditation & Yoga Therapy, where she is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and mindfulness meditation instructor.
Sabrina A Townsend
Is the Director of Quality & Accreditation at Humana Behavioral Health in Irving Texas. In her position she is responsible for Implementing a Quality Improvement Program based on the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC). She has extensive experience in Quality management and the provision and supervision of clinical services that spans over 6 states (New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas) and the federal district of Washington DC. She has held several Adjunct Faculty positions at Alvernia University, Delaware Community College and Temple University and provided clinical supervision to Masters level students.
Sabrina obtained a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, a Masters of Art in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. She also holds a Yellow belt certification in Six Sigma LEAN for Health Care and is a certified Cultural Competency Trainer.
Marsha Zibalese-Crawford, PhD, MSW
Is an Associate Professor with a secondary appointment in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies.. She combines a focus on the needs of women, children and adolescence with a rich array of experience developing organizational partnerships in the community, both public and private. Her CBPR community-based participatory research focus provides her the unique opportunity to apply and test theory in a practical setting in the US and globally (e.g. Israel), as well as present the results at conference, through trainings/workshops, and roundtables. Most recent publication: Urban Communities and Human Services, A Study on the Preparedness of Medical Social Workers in the Treatment of Adolescent Alcohol Abusers, and Non-profit/NGO capacity building and sustainability in a global context.