Chief Executive Officer
Cory has worked in the Behavioral Health field for over 15 years. He has a BA in Psychology from Temple University and an MBA from La Salle University. His passion for helping underserved communities began while working at an adolescent treatment facility in Bucks County, Pa. Since entering the Human Services field, Cory has worked with a variety of populations with diagnoses that range from Autism, IDD, Mental Health and Substance Use. His care philosophy revolves around not only understanding and empowering the individual, but embracing and aligning their stakeholders. His leadership focus is to build meaningful relationships and encourage mission-centered action. He started at Steps to Recovery in 2013 as the Director of Operations, opening one of the first true Extended Care providers in the Northeast Region. As the COO, Cory helped to form Civiq Health after a merge with Silver Pines Treatment Center in 2019. Outside of work, Cory spends most of his time with his wife, three young children, and dog (dinky).
Dr. Matthew Sommons, M.D.
Dr. Matthew Sommons attended college locally in Allentown, PA at Muhlenberg College. Upon graduation, Dr. Sommons received a Navy scholarship to attend medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. In his career as a Navy and civilian Psychiatrist, Dr. Sommons has worked in various capacities including inpatient psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, acute detox and geriatric psychiatry. As a private practice Psychiatrist, Dr. Sommons specialized in medication management of adult psychiatric conditions, addiction psychiatry and psychotherapy. His practice philosophy and approach varies between Rational Emotive Therapy and Insight Oriented Therapy depending on patient preference. In addiction treatment, Dr. Matthew Sommons relies heavily on the Motivational Interviewing philosophy to guide interventions as he believes this technique best honors individual responsibility, autonomy and choice, which are crucial in the recovery process.
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Matthew Sophy, DO
Dr Matthew Sophy is a graduate of DeSales University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internship and Family Medicine Residency at Delaware Valley Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Sports Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He maintains a family practice in Port Carbon, PA since 1984. He has worked at Silver Pines Treatment Center since 2018. He believes in a holistic approach to patients and draws on his vast experience to provide excellent patient care.
Chief Financial Officer
Lori Dumont, CPA
Lori has worked in the accounting field for over 15 years. She is responsible for maintaining and analyzing the financial records, budgeting, establishing and implementing accounting policies & procedures, and payroll and benefit administration. Prior to joining STR, Lori worked in public accounting in the areas of corporate and individual taxation, financial statement preparation & analysis, and auditing. She also served as the Controller for a major manufacturing company.
Lori earned her Master’s in Taxation and Bachelor’s in Accounting degrees from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Director of Quality Assurance
As Director of Quality Assurance, Lauren oversees the quality and efficacy of all of STR’s services, constantly striving to improve client care. Lauren is also our acting safety and infection control officer, ensuring that Steps to Recovery is a safe place for our clients to recover in. Lauren’s strong work ethic, attention to detail, and personal experience in recovery have made her a valuable asset to the team.
Executive Director | Silver Pines
Matthew Bartos MSW, LCSW, CAADC
Matthew Bartos has been active in Substance Use Treatment for close to six years. He started his career at Little Creek Lodge, a 90-day inpatient program for adult males, in Hamlin, PA. During his time with Little Creek he worked many positions from Residential Care Worker and ending his time there as the Director of Operations. While working, Matt obtained his Masters of Social Work from Marywood University and is currently set to complete his Masters of Public Administration in December of 2019. He is the active President of Speak Up for Ben, a non-profit based in Bethlehem, PA which focuses on helping family members who are experiencing grief due to the stigmatized death of a loved one. Matt is also the acting Northeast Divisional Chair of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). As regional chair it is his responsibility to advocate for the Social Work profession as well as all the NASW members in the Northeastern Counties of Pennsylvania. Matt joined the team of Civiq Health as the Executive Director of Silver Pines because of his commitment to helping those with Substance Use Disorder and their families. Matt is deeply aligned with our client-centered approach and is excited to bring his expertise and team-centric nature to the management team. His background as a Social Worker adds a unique layer to our clients’ experience as well Matt’s management style. Working with marginalized and disenfranchised persons has become Matt’s passion and he looks forward to continuing his mission of creating systems whereby both clients and co-workers can experience support and lives of purpose.
Executive Director | Bucks County
Manny Rivera, MA, LPC, NCC
Manny is the Executive Director of Steps to Recovery in Bucks County and has over 10 years of experience in the treatment of Substance Abuse and Co-occuring disorders. Manny graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and in 2011 completed his Graduate degree from La Salle University with a Masters in Clinical/ Counseling Psychology. Throughout his educational experience, Manny had worked in various clinical settings providing treatment to adolescent populations struggling with various Social Skills Deficits ranging from Autistic Spectrum Disorder to Conduct Disorder. In addition to this, over the last 10+ years, Manny has been providing treatment to those struggling with SUD and other related disorders. In terms of approach, both as a director and clinician, Manny implements a strategy in understanding the capacity for human relationships as being both rewarding and challenging. Early on in his education, his Professor said, “You cannot hope to know yourself (or anyone else) without understanding how the love-loss dynamic plays out in your life.” This has been a template for his experience of the work in developing relationships with people in order to invoke growth through social situations; while incorporating an understanding of one’s own issues of transference and counter-transference that often gets lost in most relationships where growth can occur.
Director of Operations | Bucks County
Pat Spearing is the Director of Operations for Steps to Recovery in Bucks County. Previously Pat was the Phase 1 Program Manager, Pat helps create StR’s program structure both at the clinical office, and outside of normal business hours at housing. He does this by supervising the Care Coordinators, Housing Supports, Family Programming, and our client’s community integration. Pat also orients new clients to the program, addresses their individual concerns, ensures community engagement, and integrates their experience from daytime to night time programming. He has worked in every direct support role there is at StR. Pat uses that experience to teach others by leading through example and relating to both clients and staff. He is currently enrolled at Delaware Valley University, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. His years of experience, combined with a natural passion to understand and help people heal, makes him an ideal leader.
Brandon Williams, Clinical Director of Silver Pines Treatment Center obtained his Master’s Degree in addiction counseling from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in 2016. Brandon also holds a BA in Psychology and Education from Bucknell University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CAADC). Brandon has worked in multiple levels of care, including: intensive outpatient, correctional facility, and residential treatment. He is motivated by providing the best quality mental health and substance abuse treatment to every client that enters Silver Pines. Brandon says watching clients grow and begin to enjoy recovery is what he finds most fulfilling about his work. When he is not working, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family.
Dana has been with Steps to Recovery for over 7 years and has been promoted to Program Manager in Bucks County. Before becoming the program manager she was the Lead Certified Community Recovery Specialist for the STRide program. She enjoys connecting our clients with community and recovery resources, while encouraging them to become self-sufficient and confident in their recovery journey. Dana is also an advocate and ally for the LGBTQIA+ community and is passionate about the Harm Reduction approach to recovery. Dana has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services and is currently working on her Master’s in Organizational Leadership at Chestnut Hill College. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending as much time as possible with her children, friends and family.
Ryan Berger, MAE, PE, LEED AP
Ryan Berger joined the Silver Pines’ team in March of 2020. He brings with him ten years of experience related to recovery. Ryan is passionate, hard-working, driven, and client-focused. He brings a team approach to situations but never loses site of building relationships with clients. Before joining the Silver Pines leadership team, Ryan was a critical component of our Care Coordinator staff. Ryan quickly ingrained himself with our team and became an invaluable member. Before entering this field, Ryan obtained a Master’s in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Ryan’s client focused approach is complimented by his understanding of systems and how they work together to benefit organizations and their clients. In his free time Ryan enjoys spending time with his family. He also has a penchant for reading books on world history, hiking and mountain biking.
Rita Hartz, LPN
Rita Hartz, LPN. has over twenty years of nursing experience in various healthcare settings. She began her nursing career out of high school working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a Long Term Care setting providing care to fragile and elderly patients. While continuing to work she attended Schuylkill Training and Technology Center’s Practical Nursing Program. After taking her NCLEX as required by the State board of Nursing and earning her License to practice she progressed to various aspects of acute care nursing as well as telemetry and emergency care working as an LPN. She also has experience working in the home setting field where she worked closely with client families to provide quality care. Rita joined our team at Silver Pines Treatment Center as an LPN in our Detox Nursing Department in March of 2018 because of her passion to help those with substance abuse disorders. She progressed to the role of Lead Nurse with CIVIQ Health in October of 2019. Her compassionate and understanding nature as well as her dedication to caring for others brings comfort to our clients and their families. She looks forward to continuing her career and working closely with our team of Skilled Nurses, Clinical Team and Leadership team to offer comfort and support to our clients as they begin their journey into sobriety.
Andreana Ferrari, BS, Certified Nutrition Coach
Andreana was raised in the family restaurant business, learning the joy and importance of good food and hospitality at a young age. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science at The Pennsylvania State University in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management. Dre found her home at Silver Pines in 2017 as a place where she could combine her passions for culinary creation and helping others. In her role as Executive Chef, she focuses on holistic wellness by serving a variety of fare that addresses nutritional needs and comforts the soul. As Nutrition Coach, Dre works to educate clients about the benefits of a balanced diet and to facilitate the inclusion of healthy eating behaviors as a part of sustainable recovery and wellbeing.
William Guers, BS
William Guers started working at Silver Pines in 2019 as a care coordinator before moving up to nighttime supervisor. William earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University in 2018. William is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
William is in recovery himself for 5 years now. He is hard working and dedicated to carrying out our mission. He is also goal oriented, driven, forward thinking and passionate about helping individuals and families who suffer from substance abuse and mental health disorders.
In William’s free time he likes to play basketball, spend time with friends and family, and take his dog for hikes.
Director of Admissions
Jake is the Director of Admissions for Civiq Health. His work in the substance abuse field began in 2008, starting as a patient care advocate at Seabrook. His roles in the field since his start have included Recovery Coach, Admissions Counselor, Care Manager, Outreach Coordinator, and supervisor of case management and admissions department. In his time working in the field Jake found his passion was for helping clients and their families find the support they need to begin their journey of recovery. When he is not working you will find Jake spending time outdoors with his wife and his dog Lok
Rebecca works as an Admissions Coordinator for CIVIQ Health. She handled direct client care for Steps to Recovery since 2017. She has held various roles at Steps to Recovery from being a care coordinator to our Lead tech and Housing Support Supervisor. Since her start with us, Rebecca has developed and maintained meaningful relationships with clients and their families. She supports each client and staff member by creating a genuine, authentic approach to each person’s needs. Rebecca finds her own personal experience to be the most valuable tool when connecting, building trust, and providing consistency throughout a client’s stay here. She takes all of her client care experience into her role as an Admissions Coordinator. Rebecca has 2 young boys and a fiancé which she loves dearly, she is also enrolled in school working towards a degree in the healthcare field.
Alexys is an Admissions Coordinator here at CIVIQ Health. Lexy began working at Steps To Recovery in 2017 as a Care Coordinator in our PHP housing program working one on one with clients. Lexy holds addiction treatment close to her heart as her parent & sibling struggle with the disease. Lexy’s lifelong experience with addiction is what made her want to work in this field and gives her the ability to really empathize. Lexy’s goal is to make the process of getting into treatment as easy as possible for families and their loved ones. She is passionate about helping others start a new beginning. In her down time Lexy enjoys going on adventures with her two children and spending time with loved ones.
Katelyn, or Kate as she goes by, has worked as a crucial member of our team since 2020. Kate’s diverse experience in our program has had her working alongside our extended care as well as our outpatient clients, facilitating groups, earning her Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) accreditation, and presently working as a valued member of our Admissions team. Working in Admissions, Kate is able to use her own personal experience and extensive knowledge of our program to help meet the client right where they are at. Helping a person to begin to see the benefits of treatment even before they are admitted with us! Kate is very proud to be one of our clients’ very first impressions of the compassionate, equitable, and inclusive care they can expect to receive while at Silver Pines and Steps to Recovery. In creating that first impression, Kate is able to identify any potential barriers to their accessing our services in which she can provide assistance to, answer questions, involve family members and friends concerned for their loved one, and paint a clear and comprehensive picture of our Mission and how we can help return them to their true and authentic self. In addition to being the dedicated professional that she is, Kate is also a wonderful friend to many, a great Mother to her son and a Steps to Recovery Alumni!
Lauren Walden is an Admissions Coordinator with CIVIQ Health. She has practiced multiple roles at Steps to Recovery since 2019 from Care Coordinator to Certified Recovery Specialist. Lauren is also ASAM certified and is committed to helping others access treatment for SUD in whatever form they choose. She is an advocate for harm reduction and meeting people where they are at in their treatment journey. As a CRS she is able to utilize her lived experience as she is a person in long-term recovery. In her down time, Lauren is interested in environmental protection, music and holistic nutrition.
Amy is an Admissions Coordinator at CIVIQ Health. Amy began her career in substance use treatment with Steps to Recovery as a per diem Care Coordinator in 2017. She is a person in long term recovery. Her personal experience makes it easy for her to understand our patients and their needs. Amy is passionate about helping loved ones as well. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, two cats, and her bearded dragon.
Tyler Scicchitano, MSPAS, PA-C
Tyler began his work in the field of addiction treatment 7 years ago at a halfway house for men located in Edwardsville, PA. In 2014 he enrolled at King’s college where he earned his BS in Medical Sciences and eventually a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2019. He became certified as a Physician Assistant and began his career in Internal Medicine in Scranton Pennsylvania. After one year of Internal Medicine Tyler joined our team to begin his practice in Addiction Medicine. He was drawn to Silver Pines by our client-centered focus and team approach. Tyler is enthusiastic about providing medical care and education to our clients to enable and empower them to build a foundation for a meaningful, positive and fruitful life.
Jessica Schauer PA-C, MA
Jes is a certified physician assistant that graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies in 2014. Ever since she became a PA-C, she has worked clinically seeing patients in addiction medicine and family medicine. In 2019, she started working at Silverpines and later Steps to Recovery in 2020. At both locations, she examines and manages patients who battle substance abuse disorders and co-occurring disease processes. She treats individuals in all levels of care, which includes detox, residential, PHP and IOP. Jes graduated with a Master of Arts for Medical Sciences in Biopsychology from Liberty University in 2022. After graduation, she created an addiction-based neuroscience lecture series, that she presents to both locations. She is passionate about educating people regarding addiction to better serve them during their recovery processes.
Jessica Hoffman MSPAS, PA-C
Jessica is a physician assistant who has worked in various fields of medicine. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies at Arcadia University. After years of clinical practice, she took some time away as a stay-at-home mother to take care of her three children, including being an advocate for her son who is on the autism spectrum. Returning to clinical practice after navigating the healthcare system for a child with special needs helped Jessica gain a perspective and approach to patient care which is unique. Her focus on compassionate care fits well with Step to Recovery’s client-centered approach. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym, reading, and listening to her vinyl album collection.
Dr. Newman, MD
Dr. Newman is a graduate of Temple University Medical School. She did her residency in psychiatry at Hahnemann University. Her undergraduate training was at The University of Rochester where she obtained a B.A. in Music. Following this, she spent some time in New York City working in the musical theatre.
Her areas of concentration in psychiatry have included substance use disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and other process addictive disorders. She has worked in long-term recovery programs, including mother-child programs substance use recovery treatment programs in Philadelphia, and was in private practice previously.
Dr. Newman believes that evidence-based, relational, and holistic approaches are the guide to optimizing care. She seeks out team-based treatment settings and continues to be enthusiastic about working with individuals on their journey and the advances in our field.
Erin Carey, MS
Erin is a Clinician at Steps to Recovery, focusing primarily in StR’s Phase II Outpatient Program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Desales University and received her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, specializing in Addiction Treatment at Chestnut Hill College. Erin has worked in the field since 2008 at various levels of care and specializes in treating the high-risk/chronic relapse population as well as young adults. Erin believes in both an eclectic and holistic approach to treatment; treating the individual as a whole. Erin strives to individualize treatment, instill hope and utilizes CBT, motivational interviewing and strength-based modalities within the treatment process. Erin is compassionate and her passion for the field fuels her work.
Jesus Carmona started at Silver Pines as a Care Coordinator in 2021. After building a strong foundation at Silver Pines, Jesus re-enrolled in school to further his education and advance in the addiction field, specifically with Silver Pines. Jesus transitioned from a Care Coordinator to Counselor’s Assistant, into his current role as a Clinician. Jesus is working towards obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration in substance abuse. Jesus’s passion to help others struggling with addiction derives from being a person in long term recovery. Jesus prides himself in helping clients feel comfortable and safe enough to be themselves and helping clients find love for themselves again. In his free time, Jesus enjoys spending time with his family, taking walks with his dog, watching & playing basketball, and designing clothes.
Pate DuBois MS, AMFT
Pate DuBois joined the team of Silver Pines Treatment Center in May of 2023. Pate had been living in California for the past 10+ years. Pate moved to Pennsylvania in December of 2021. Pate obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology at the University of Valley Forge in 2010. Pate obtained a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Sacramento in 2015. Pate approaches life with curiosity and wonder—often responsible, a serious-minded pragmatist, and thinks systemically. Pate in particular enjoys assisting in the process of improving the welfare of people and making things better for the greater good. Pate sees an abundance of situations to improve and accepts the dynamic chaos of life as it is. Pate has a strong sense of justice and fairness and is willing to tolerate and understand the diversity of humanity to further progress for the greater good. Pate achieves an ideal work-life balance, understands how to relax, and the importance of self-care. Pate often incorporates and utilizes therapeutic techniques and interventions from REBT, CBT, ACT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and narrative therapy.
Family Program Clinician
Marianna “Mace” Cooper-Drew, MA, LPC
Mace is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over twenty years experience in community treatment services. She has a passion for helping people and is committed to individuals and families impacted by trauma, loss, substance abuse, and neglect. As Vice President of Behavioral Health Services for one the largest providers in Southeastern PA. she has the opportunity to provide consultation and supervision to therapists, clinical administrators, and interns. Mace also maintains a private practice in Bucks County working with individuals and couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy. A certified anger management specialist, she is also trained in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; ESFT (Eco-Systemic Family Therapy); the ARC (Attachment, Regulation, Competency) Model. Mace’s work at StR includes developing and leading our Family Program, Anger Management Curriculum, and Trauma informed Resiliency groups. Always passionate about ensuring quality clinical care, promoting self-motivation, and learning, she is left believing that “sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” (Brene Brown).
Alisha Barnes MS, LPC, CCTP
Alisha is a primary therapist at Silver Pines Treatment Center. She holds a BA in Psychology from West Chester University and a Masters in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. As a primary therapist, Alisha is responsible for providing individual and group therapy, as well as insuring case management needs are coordinated in the treatment setting. Alisha presents with a focus in trauma-informed care and is continuing training in furthering this skill set. Alisha began working in Human Services at various clinical settings, providing treatment to young children presenting with behavioral difficulties as a result of both traumatic experiences and in-utero substance dependence. Services focused on offering assistance to both the children themselves, as well as legal guardians, in order to begin the healing process. Over the last 3 years, Alisha has focused on providing services to adults with substance use disorders, as well as other related co-occurring disorders. Her fundamental philosophy is in providing client-centered treatment that attends to the unique needs of each presenting individual. Alisha aims to build a therapeutic alliance, based upon providing a safe and trusting environment that allows for further exploration. As noted by Shannon L. Alder, ” “Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”
Tiffany Kennedy, BA
Prior to working at Silver Pines, Tiffany worked at White Deer Run and Caron Treatment Centers bringing 12 years of experience to the Silver Pines Treatment Team. She worked in various roles including Student Assistance Program as well as development and running of Family Treatment Programs. Tiffany’s numerous professional experiences have instilled in her a love of working with clients with Substance Use Disorder as well as their families. Tiffany brings a unique family perspective to our team. Tiffany has also developed a keen understanding of how to best address the unique challenges and barriers of clients with Substance Use Disorder. Tiffany joined Silver Pines in March of 2020. She has brought with her extensive experience of working on multidisciplinary teams. Tiffany came to Silver Pines because of our client-centered focus, team mentality and mission to provide individualized care to our clients. Tiffany lives out our values of authenticity and integrity and is an integral part of our team. While at Silver Pines, Tiffany has engrained herself in the program and participates in such things as the APA Committee, Culture Committee along with various department meetings. In her free time Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer Fisher, BS
Jennifer Fisher started at Silver Pines as a Lead Care Coordinator in 2018 decided to go back to school in 2019. Worked full time, attended school full time, and graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation and Human Services. Jennifer left Silver Pines to further her career as a Program Manager for young adults in an Independent Living setting. Jennifer’s passion has always been to help those in recovery due to battling with addiction. She returned to Silver Pines to be a clinician to fulfill her desire and passion. Jennifer herself has been in long term recovery. She is currently pursuing her master’s in social work at Marywood University.
Zachary Houser, BSW
Zachary is a primary therapist at Silver Pines Treatment Center. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his work at Silver Pines, Zachary has worked as a clinician at Firetree Ltd. and in various case management and therapeutic roles at other agencies including Access Services, and Merakey. Zachary brings a total of 12 years of experience to his role in Silver Pines treatment team. His varied work experiences have instilled in him a desire to help people in need, a respect for granting people’s autonomy, and the practice wisdom to help people make the changes that they want to make. Zachary joined Silver Pines in January of 2023. He has brought along skills of working with various populations including both adults and children, intellectually disabled individuals, autistic individuals, people with mental health diagnoses, as well as people struggling with substance use disorders. Zachary came to Silver Pines because of our client-centered approach, our mission of individualized care, and our willingness to go above and beyond for every one of our clients. When not working, Zachary serves as a volunteer staff member of a local non-profit live-action role-playing organization, Wyvern Rising, and plays bass guitar and ukulele in two bands. He also enjoys spending time with his family and 3 dogs.
Holistic Care Counselor
Kate Blonsky, BS
Kate facilitates Holistic Care Counseling at Silver Pines Treatment center. Kate’s Holistic approach is tailored to the individuality of each person and their unique journey & healing process. Kate’s education includes a BA degree in Psychology & Philosophy at Lock Haven University. Kate is a Reiki Master Teacher and practitioner for over 17 years & trained through schools of the Usui lineage. Kate’s trainings also include Mindfulness teachings through Dharma mentorship of the Thich Nhat Hanh community and Shamanic, Native American teachings within Wellbriety, as well as Interfaith Ministry ordination. Kate implements within group therapy and individual sessions, healing methods of Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery, Drumming & Sound healing, Meditative processes, Reiki & Full Body Reflexology techniques. For Kate, it’s important that each person feels free, in the treatment experience, to explore one’s affinities, interests and what truly brings one to align with happiness and peace within. Also, that each person who would like to discover Spiritual deepening and flourishing–that a Path be opened and lead to well-being, personal freedom from affliction and addiction and find ongoing, Life-Purpose fulfillment.
Deidre Grieder, MAAT
Deidre is a kind, compassionate, and dedicated professional who received her Master of Arts in Art therapy from Cedar Crest College in Allentown Pennsylvania. She holds a minor in psychology and is certified in Trauma Art Narrative Therapy. Deidre has been a team member at Silver Pines Treatment Center for two years. She believes that getting to know each individual, their strengths, and perceived weaknesses as a person is key to the therapeutic relationship. She treats each person with respect, patience, and loving kindness throughout their treatment process. Deidre utilizes both art as therapy and art psychotherapy approaches. As an art therapist Deidre acts as a guide alongside the patient through the art process. She facilitates both group and individual sessions, using art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore individuals feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, encourage self-awareness, introduce the art making process as a way to recognize and manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.
Noelle Parisi is a Care Manager at Silver Pines Treatment Center. Noelle’s job includes helping clients when they first arrive in treatment for their intake, as well as, helping them once they are ready to transition to another program or return home. She also helps clients to secure their jobs, legal matters, and anything else that she can assist them with to make their stay here less stressful. Noelle is currently working towards an associate degree in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children and going on vacation. Noelle hopes to become a Primary Therapist when she completes school.
Danielle Swolensky is the Care Manager at Silver Pines Treatment Center. Danielle’s job includes helping clients when they first arrive to treatment for their intake, as well as helping them once they are ready to transition to another program or return back home. She also will help clients with securing their jobs, legal matters, and anything else that she can assist with in order to make their stay here less stressful. Danielle is also a trained SMART Recovery facilitator. In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her daughter, hiking, being outdoors, and traveling to new places near and far.
Megan Toroni, LPC
Meg began her career in the Drug & Alcohol field in 2011 after graduating with a BA in
psychology from Shippensburg University. She has worked a variety of different positions at a residential rehab and detox center until 2015 when she received my master’s from La Salle in Professional Clinical Counseling. After nearly 10 years in the D&A field, Meg decided to transition to family-based services working with high-risk adolescents. She was able to enhance her family therapy skills. She found that it was not the right fit for her because she missed the dynamics of the D&A field. She was able to use what she learned to apply it to her current work at STR.
Meg thinks family/marriage counseling is a crucial asset in strengthening sobriety since
relationships most often are strained. Working with the individual and their support system
is a large component of Adlerian Therapy. This is the therapeutic style she tends to practice in session because there is great focus on perception, trauma, family roles, and goal directed behavior. She believes ultimately the goal is to re-establish a new healthy sense of self through recovery. Early recovery is difficult but how STR designs our program to coordinate with housing and accommodate individual needs is unique. She believes it provides stability and safety with genuine staff that care.
Meg is very proud to be a member of this clinical team. So other than feeling passionate
about the power of recovery, Meg is devoted to her family – a husband and three ginger
babies. Meg’s major interests are live music, scary movies, gardening, Egyptian culture, and Sixers basketball. During the winter, you will find her refereeing youth basketball.
Joe Beck, CADC
Joe Beck is a Clinician at Steps to Recovery who has worked in the field of Substance Abuse Treatment since 2014. Joe is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC) in Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Penn State. He is also a 200-Hour Registered Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Currently, Joe is pursuing his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University. Fueled by his passion for recovery and wellness, Joe believes in treating the individual through a holistic approach. He strongly believes that his ability to help others comes directly from his own personal work. Utilizing a blend of modalities such as Person-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Narrative Therapy, Joe believes that all beings have the capacity to heal and recover. In his personal life, he is a devoted partner and father who has a passion for life, movement, and spirituality.
Pete Demeester, MS
Pete Demeester is a Master’s level Clinician who has over twenty five years of experience in the mental health and drug and alcohol field. Throughout the years, Pete has worked at a variety of providers and therefore has a strong Clinical background and supervisory experience. Pete has extensive experience in Individual and group counseling, trauma and addictions counseling, Treatment planning, discharge planning and case management. He’s also been trained in crisis prevention (CPI) and management of aggression using the Mandt System. As a clinician, Pete focuses on developing and enhancing skills for clients that include budgeting, after-care planning, goal setting and relapse prevention.
Michelle is a Clinician at Steps to Recovery, focusing primarily in the STRIDE/MH program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Widener University and received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College. Michelle has over eight years of experience in the field, providing treatment in various levels of care with a number of different populations. Michelle utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral practices (CBT), specifically focusing on the Socratic Method, as her main goal is to provide awareness and security for one’s core values, principles, and beliefs. Michelle strives to ensure that each client’s care is individualized and meaningful to one’s own needs and grasps strongly on not just what is being communicated, but also what is not being communicated through nonverbal cues. Michelle’s passion to help others continues to be the driving force in her work daily, which has allowed the opportunity for opening trust and communication and ultimately witnessing great successes.
Locations: Bucks County
Jennifer Bell is a Clinician at Steps to Recovery. Jennifer attended Delaware Valley University where she received her B.A. in Counseling Psychology and is now working toward her Master’s in social work through Rutgers University. Jennifer’s personal experience with recovery and passion for helping others has been her motivation for working in treatment and continuing her education. Jennifer has worked as a direct support professional, group facilitator, and case manager in this field. She believes there is a path to healing for all those who face challenges and is dedicated to individualizing client care to uncover that path to wellness. Jennifer employs a humanistic approach to treatment that is one of exploration and compassion, using techniques such as motivational interviewing while implementing CBT, and DBT skills practice. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and finding binge-worthy television series to watch or a good book to read.
As someone who has been employed in the profession since 2017, Chalain is
knowledgeable in both the domains of mental health and substance use. Chalain graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science from Central Penn College and is presently pursuing her master’s degree at Rosemont College in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Chalain believes that everyone should have access to a supportive environment where they may work through their personal challenges. Chalain likes to read, listen to live music, go on hikes with her dog Max, and spend time with her family, especially her three nephews.
Zaria works as a Clinician in the Outpatient program at Steps to Recovery. Throughout her college career, she has devoted time to studying the effects of racial microaggressions in a college environment. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and has provided counseling to children and adolescents who have been given a variety of mental health diagnoses. She is interested in looking at family systems to understand each person as a whole and focuses mainly on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Zaria is passionate about helping each person develop their autonomy and confidence so they can successfully navigate the challenges of life. She has experience working with people at different levels of care in the SUD field and is passionate about creating an environment that fosters growth and development. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, parasailing and activities rooted in self-growth and development.
Brenda Walker, BA CFRS
Brenda received her BA in Spanish from the College of Wooster after a year of study abroad at the University of Madrid, Spain. She has experience in sales, international business, teaching, healthcare, and hospice. She was also the Activity Director/Assistant Director of an Adult Day Center where she developed therapeutic activities for and engaged with adults living with varying degrees of cognitive decline and intellectual disabilities.
Brenda entered the Recovery field in 2020 when she became the first grant funded CFRS in the state of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience as a group leader and is certified as a facilitator for the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), SMART Recovery, the Invitation To Change Approach (ITC), and as a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor for the prevention of suicide. She is also certified in Mental Health First Aid and Basic Life Support.
Brenda has done extensive outreach with the local homeless population in the Lehigh Valley, providing resources and planting seeds of hope for a better future. She most recently developed a reentry program and provided case management services for individuals being released from Northampton County prison where she ran weekly woman’s empowerment groups.
In her free time, Brenda enjoys listening to music, gardening, crafting, and caring for her pets. She is a horse mom and is part of the therapeutic riding community at Manito Equestrian Center where she enjoys riding and caring for the horses.
Locations: Lehigh Valley
Leah has held a variety of positions ranging from healthcare, mental health, and finance. Leah graduated from Cedar Crest College in 2015 after 10 years of night school. She has worked as a counselor at Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley as well as a Mental Health / Intensive Case Manager across Lehigh County. She is also an interfaith ordained minister. She believes that equality means “everyone, all the time” and there is always a solution, for every problem. Leah knows first-hand that doing things differently and making changes in ourselves is possibly the hardest thing a human can do. In her free time Leah makes soap, lotions, and lip balms, researches her health and organic living, digs up the garden on weekends, raises bunny rabbits, and does crafts.
Amanda Dea is the Care Manager for Steps to Recovery. Amanda attended Rider University for human resource management and has a long history of working in the treatment field . Being in long term recovery herself, Amanda relates easily to many of the struggles our clients face trying to handle day to day business while incorporating treatment into their lives. Her responsibilities include client intakes, communication with legal entities and employers, and planning discharge aftercare. In her free time, Amanda enjoys cooking and spending time with her three small children.
Pamela Weiner is the Office Manager at Steps to Recovery. Pam graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in early and Elementary Childhood Education. She has many years of experience in the field of education, as well as customer service. As an alumnus of Steps to Recovery and a person with long term sobriety, Pam likes to use her own personal experiences to help and relate to Clients as they enter treatment. As the Office Manager, some of Pam’s duties include overseeing the medical department, arranging transportation, ordering, and organizing inventory, and getting new clients acclimated to the program. Pam acts as a liaison between departments and takes pride in her organizational skills, making sure to be available whenever and wherever needed. Pam is highly motivated and strives to provide authentic care to each client. In her spare time, Pam enjoys being around her family, shopping, and helping others.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Andrea Harris started at Silver Pines in August 2021 as a Care Coordinator. After 6 months, she accepted the position of Executive Administrative Assistant. She previously had a career in Sales for 20-plus years prior to working at Silver Pines. She became passionate about addiction and mental health after being a client at Silver Pines and knew quickly that she wanted to work with others like herself! Andrea’s purpose is to help change the stigma surrounding around addiction and mental health and to share her own experience, strength, and hope so that she can help others along their journey.
Andrea is happily married with two adult children and two fur babies and may have a small obsession with leopard and cheetah prints. She loves to kayak, read self-help books, crochet, the beach, and make others smile. She is super excited to grow within the organization and to help make a difference!
Jennifer Cataldi is the Alumni Coordinator at Silver Pines. Jennifer came to Silver Pines in July 2020 as the Executive Administrative Assistant with 15+ years of experience in the medical field and 3+ years of experience in Drug and Alcohol Treatment. Prior to Silver Pines she worked as a Behavioral Health Associate and then advanced to becoming the Admissions Coordinator at an inpatient residential treatment center. Among her duties she is also involved in the Silvers Pines Culture Committee and CIVIQS Equality Committee. Jennifer was drawn to Silver Pines because of the client-centered approach and values. She takes extreme pride in working for Silver Pines and believes that we offer a loving and caring environment that helps clients feel safe on their journey through recovery. Jennifer feels grateful that she is able to share her own experience, strength, and hope and help clients engage in their own recovery journey. She plans on furthering her education and working towards a degree in Addictions and Mental Health Treatment. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, reading, attending concerts and sporting events.
Matt Leonard is the Alumni Coordinator at Steps to Recovery. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with Majors in Marketing and Supply Chain Management and a Minor in Economics. Matt’s background in the healthcare field includes working on National Institutes of Health grant funded research. Matt’s role at STR includes client engagement in all levels of care (both current and alumni) to ensure their needs are being met to best support their personal recovery. He organizes events for the community and engages in our Family Programming to bridge the gap between clients and their loved ones. Matt offers a unique perspective to clients and the organization as an alumni of the STR program himself. In his personal life, Matt loves to lift weights and is a certified personal trainer. He also enjoys playing saxophone and piano, self-development, and learning.
National Director of Alumni Services
Stefan leads Odyssey’s efforts in developing the alumni communities at each of their facilities. Stefan’s approach sustains treatment effectiveness by providing timely, systematic, and supportive engagement for all clients who have completed treatment. With extensive experience developing and directing robust alumni communities in the addiction and mental health fields, he focuses on engaging people within their specific recovery journeys and developing community partnerships with a belief that long-term recovery is an attainable life goal.