Committees and workgroups

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Steering Committee

  • Chair: Terri Lacey
  • Members: Scott Koerwer, Jennifer Joyce, Karen Baker, Charles Barber, Kelly Ankenbrand, John Marsico, Steven Scheinman, Kathy Wallace, Carol Chaykosky, Jeffery Drake, James Gallagher, James Gavin, Jason Harlen, Michael Hogan, Steve Kafrissen, Tina Wydeen, Scott Constatini

Workgroup and task force initiatives

Information & Tools Workgroup:

  • Purpose: (1) To create and maintain a website and data serving as a data resource of behavioral health care providers and services in the seventeen counties of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania; (2) To create and support the platform for the Certificate Program.
  • Chair: Terri Lacey
  • Members: Charles Barber, William Buck, Heather Davis, Jeffery Drake, Jay Fortin, James Gallagher, Edward Heffron, Deanna Kimble, John Marsico, Tina Wydeen, Michael Zimmerman

Improving Patient Experience & Outcomes:

  • Purpose: (1) To Train the Primary Care (team) workforce in the course competencies needed to address BH needs of patients; (2) To encourage and support the implementation of collaborative care models of healthcare delivery.  
  • Chair: Terri Lacey
  • Members: Karen Baker, Mark Basinger, Andrea DiMattia, Malcolm Eldredge, Tara Finnerty, Bill Poray, Richard Silbert, Ron Simon, Olapeju Simoyan, Carien Williams, Sarah Diccicco, Carol Chaykosky, Marika Handakas, Cheryl Stayton, Kathy Wallace, Trisha Weldon, Michael Zimmerman, Jay Fortin, James Gavin, Tiffany Griffiths, Michael Hopkins, Jennifer Joyce, Kylie McColligan-Oleski, Tina Wydeen

Workforce Development:

  • Purpose: (1) To convene the stakeholders of educational institutions/programs to encourage and support the development of BH competencies as a thread throughout health and human service related curriculum; (2) To improve access to behavioral healthcare through deployment of a skilled, compassionate and dedicated workforce.
  • Chair: Terri Lacey
  • Members: Karen Baker, Mark Basinger, Barbara Buxton, Andrea DiMattia, Erica Hoot, Bill Poray, Karen Arscott, Trisha Weldon, Carien Willaims, Tina Wydeen, Jennifer Malinoski, Olapeju Simoyan, Richard Silbert, Kylie McColligan-Oleski, Gina Galli

Autism Task Force:

  • Chair: Terri Lacey
  • Members: Charles Barber, Sarah Drob, Jennifer Joyce, Corey O’Brien, Teri Ooms, Christa Martin, Steven Scheinman, Tina Clymer, Tina Wydeen, Jeremy Yale, Jim Gallagher, Kelly Ankenbrand, John Marsico, Malyhina Katsiaryna

Advisory Committee

Lackawanna County


Advocacy Alliance

William Buck
Alex Hazzouri

Catholic Social Services

Steve Nocilla

Center for Independent Living

Kelly Brown        
Joe Ross

Clarks Summit State Hospital

Monica Bradbury

Commonwealth Health – Moses Taylor Hospital

Kelly Ankenbrand

Community Intervention Center

Tara Finnerty
Maux Sullivan

Friendship House

Alex Hazzouri
Jim Martin

Healthy Northeast PA Initiative

Steven Szydlowski

Jewish Family Service of NEPA

Sheila Abdo-Nudelman

Lackawanna College

John Chilleri
Maryann Grippo

Lackawanna County Courthouse

Judge Michael Barrasse

Lackawanna County Department of Human Services

William Browning

Lackawanna County Workforce Investment Board

Virginia Turano

Lackawanna Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services

Kevin McLaughlin
Sarah VanBelle

Lackawanna/Susquehanna Counties Behavioral Health,
Intellectual Disabilities and Early Intervention Program

Jeremy Yale

Marywood University

Renae Courtney
Joseph Knecht
John Lemoncelli
Patricia Weldon

Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative

Kathy Wallace 

Scranton Counseling

Edward Heffron, EdD
Sal Santoli

The Greenhouse Project – Healthy Communities

Don Noll

The University of Scranton

Barbara Buxton
John Norcross, PhD
Thomas Smith

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education

Scott Constantini
Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD
Maria Montoro-Edwards, OhD

Tiffany Griffiths, PsyD and Associates, Inc.

Tiffany Griffiths, PsyD

United Cerebral Palsy of NEPA

Sarah Drob

United Neighborhood Services

Sarah Diccicco


Luzerne County


AllOne Health

Corey O’Brien

Children’s Service Center

Michael Hopkins
Ron Simon

Commonwealth Health – First Hospital

Richard Fischbein
Stephen Kafrissen
Mederic McLaughlin
Kelly Petherick
Rhonda Sod

Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley

Tom Foley
Michael Zimmerman

Luzerne County Office of Human Services

Michael Donahue
Tara Vallet

Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc.

Bette Saxton

Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium, Inc.

James Gallagher, CEO

Northeast Counseling

Jeffrey Drake
Francis Emershaw
Joseph Mulé
Crystal Otero 

Piso and Associates, LLC

Craig Piso

The Luzerne Foundation

Charles Barber

Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

Mirza Ali, MD
Tara O’Donnell, PsyD

Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc.

Jason Harlen


Bradford County


Bradford County Human Resources

Debra Sharp

The Guthrie Clinic

Laura Manning


Carbon County


Carbon/Monroe/Pike Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services

Sheila Theodorou 
Tina Clymer


Centre County


Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural PA

Julianne Hayes


Clinton County


Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Program

Deanna Kimble


Columbia County


Behavioral Health Research Institute / Bloomsburg University

Jeffrey Leitzel, PhD


Lebanon County


Lebanon VA Medical Center

Dr. Erica Hoot


Lycoming County


Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

Carole Gilberti

Divine Providence Hospital

Bob Kane 

Lycoming/Clinton MH/ID Joinder

Keith Wagner


Monroe County


East Stroudsburg University

Dr. Lloyd Lyter

PMC Physician Associates Psychology

Tammy Heskeyahu

Pocono Medical Center

Jonathan Goldner, DO


Schuylkill County


Schuylkill County Government

Melissa Kalyan


Susquehanna County


NEPA Community Healthcare

Mary Wetherall 

Susquehanna Health

Steven Johnson
Cheryl Stayton
Malcolm Eldredge


Tioga County


Tioga County Human Services

Nancy Clemens


Wayne County


Federally Qualified Health Centers

Rashesh Dholakia, MD

Wayne County Human Services 

Jennifer Dovin

Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Development Programs

Margaret Ennis
Michelle Valinski

Wayne Memorial Hospital

Fred Jackson
Julie Pacheco


Wyoming County


The Burke Center

Donald Miller


(Federal Government)


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Jean Bennett, PhD, Ex Officio Member


(State Government)


Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)

Dale Adair, MD




Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Carol Chaykosky NEPA
East Central PA: Shelba Scheffner

Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural PA

Julianne Hayes

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

James Gavin, MSW
Tina Wydeen
Richard Silbert


New York


Hogan Health Solutions

Michael Hogan, PhD 

Guthrie – Big Flats

Dr. Brian Cassetta


Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Tina Wydeen, PhD, Director, Behavioral Health Initiative

Karen Arscott, DO
Karen Baker, CRA 
Ida Castro, JD, MA
Heather Davis, MFA
Andrea DiMattia
Jay Fortin
Marise Garofalo
William Iobst, MD 
Jennifer Joyce, MD
Jane Kanyock
Malykhina Katsiaryn, Student
Venard Scott Koerwer, EdD 
Julia Kolcharno
John Marsico, MBA
Andrea Mulrine, CFRE
Robert Naismith, PhD
Ann Noon, CPA, MBA
Steven Scheinman, MD
Sarah Schreiber, Student
Olapeju Simoyan, MD
Janet Townsend, MD
Carien Williams, MD


Mark Basinger
Poray William
Christa Martin
Brenda Finucane