Dixon has been part of the Acadia team for over 33 years, serving both in clinical roles as a neuropsychologist and in governance roles as a member of the Board of Directors. In his previous operational roles as Director of Neuropsychology Services, Director of Strategic Initiatives, and CEO he has helped to guide the provision of clinical services, enhance quality of residential programming, and achieve key operational and strategic objectives.
Dixon is currently a Consulting Psychologist with TrueEdge Performance Solutions, where he works with business owners and leaders to accelerate and support individual, team, and organizational performance. Dixon earned a B.A. degree in Behavioral Science from Messiah College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Biola University. He is a licensed psychologist and a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. He is also an avid student of leadership and principles of organizational development.
Susan was involved with the founding of Acadia 28 years ago. After a period of time away from Acadia, she rejoined the Board of Directors in 2008 and in 2014 became a shareholder when the company was sold. Susan is President and CEO of Community Services Group (CSG) and has been with CSG for 40 years. She is active within the community, serving as Chair of Rehabilitation and Community Providers Service Organization (RCP SO), Chair of the National Council of Behavioral Health, Board Member of Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness.
Anne has worked for Acadia since 2000, previously serving the company and our clients as a Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist, and later as Clinical Director. Most recently, she served as Director of Clinical Services and Quality Management, overseeing the provision of therapies and structured day groups at Acadia, and leading the team to accomplish our triennial reaccreditation through CARF. She is a CARF surveyor, assisting in the accreditation process of other medical rehabilitation facilities. As a member of the IU13 BrainSTEPS team, she works with educators to understand brain injury and its implications for teaching students in elementary and secondary schools.
Anne earned a BFA from Old Dominion University in Virginia, and a MS in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and holds the Certified Brain Injury Specialist credential. She is dedicated to enhancing the quality and delivery of services to our program participants through focus on best practices in the field of neurorehabilitation. As CEO, she is committed to successfully navigating recent changes to an MCO environment, accomplishing strategic growth initiatives, fostering a psychologically safe work culture to promote positive teamwork, and to the professional development of our staff.
Melissa joined Acadia in 2012 as Controller, and was promoted to the role of CFO the following year. She has a BS in Accounting and an BS in Finance, both earned at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned her MBA from Lebanon Valley College. Prior to joining Acadia, Melissa gained experience in the accounting and finance fields through various positions of responsibility at EnerSys and Teleflex Medical. Each position offered experiences and honed skills that she utilizes today at Acadia. Melissa also taught Cost Accounting, Auditing and Payroll as an Adjunct Professor at Reading Area Community College.
Melissa finds great satisfaction in helping others in her role at Acadia. She enjoys working with the brain injury community, with staff at Acadia and with other professionals in the field to improve the lives of the people we serve. She finds pleasure in seeing the improvements our clients can achieve and life satisfaction gained when individuals are provided with quality programming.
Jack has been with Acadia since 1987, serving first as Program Director to oversee residential and clinical programming, and later as President/CEO. He currently serves in the role of Chief Innovation and Advocacy Officer, continuing his long-standing efforts to promote awareness of brain injury and the needs of individuals recovering from brain injury, and to voice the needs of service providers who deliver long-term care for these individuals to state regulatory agencies and legislative bodies.
Jack holds a BA in Psychology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and a Master's in Rehabilitation Administration (MRA) from the University of San Francisco. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He was a founding member of the Brain Injury Coalition/Caucus, and continues in his role as co-chair of the RCPA Brain Injury Subcommittee. He enjoys cycling and was honored to be invited to serve as a cycling official at the 2015 World Special Olympics Games in in Los Angeles.
Amanda has worked with Acadia since 2005. She graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology, and later with a MS in Clinical Psychology. Amanda began her employment at Acadia as a Case Manager and a Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist. Since that time, she has had held a number of different roles on the clinic team including Assistant Clinical Director, Director of Day Treatment Services, and now as the Director of Clinical Services, overseeing the provision of all therapies and structured day groups to clients in our residential and day treatment programs. She oversees our intake/case management services and our nursing services.
Amanda's personal experience with disability is part of what drew her to this field. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for the individuals we serve and identifying ways to improve work routines and processes in an effort to continuously improve the quality of the services we provide.
Andy has worked for Acadia since 2004, serving as our Residential Director for many years before being promoted to the position of Director of Information Systems. He earned a BA in Psychology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, an Associate's Degree in Information Technology from Harrisburg Area Community College, and holds a Master's in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Pennsylvania State University.
Andy coordinates the collection of and participates in the analysis of all of the company's performance data, producing our quarterly and annual reports. His passion for "behind the scenes" work to support and expand the technological infrastructure at Acadia allows our administrative, clinical and residential staff members to perform their jobs as efficiently and as effectively as possible. Fresh technological challenges each day keep his work menu varied! He enjoys his opportunities to work with staff in every department to make sure their technology needs are being met.
Tamara joined the Acadia team in 2018 as a Residential Client Care Director and continues to serve the company as Director of Residential Services, managing the staff, programming, and operations of the Residential Department. Tamara earned a BS in Psychology from Cedar Crest College and is licensed by the Department of Human Services as a Personal Care Home Administrator. Tamara has six years of experience in residential settings with ID/DD clients, probationary juveniles, and migrant children populations. Tamara's career transitioned towards serving youth and adults in the field of behavioral health and waiver services as Director of a regional Pennsylvania agency office where three years of valuable experience was gained before joining Acadia. Tamara is particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion, especially as it relates to accessibility and provision of services, and the development and support of an inclusive work environment. Tamara has participated in the Polar Bear Plunge, contributing fundraising efforts to the Special Olympics since 2012.
Dawn joined Acadia in 2010 as Director of Human Resources, and was recently promoted to the role of Director of HR & Training and Development. She also serves as Acadia's HIPAA Privacy Officer. She has a BS in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management, earned at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned her MBA from Lebanon Valley College. Prior to joining Acadia, Dawn was the Chief HR Officer at Auntie Anne's Inc.; Director of HR, Safety and Administration at The Jay Group; and HR Director at HCR ManorCare; providing leadership to each of her teams in HR, Risk Management/Safety, and Training. The positions she held previously helped to develop her skills and allow her to serve others in a variety of capacities.
Dawn enjoys having the opportunity to assist our staff and help in their growth and professional development, even as they strive to meet the needs of our clients. She believes our joint bond is created by our combined loyalty and dedication to improving the lives of the individuals we serve in our program. Dawn's focus is grounded in her belief in making the most out of every day and in the importance of nurturing a positive team approach in the workplace.
Kathleen joined the Acadia team in 2008 as a Case Manager and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist. She earned a BS in Music Therapy at Elizabethtown College, and holds the Certified Brain Injury Specialist credential. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation working with people with cognitive and physical disabilities. Kathleen oversees Acadia's Case Management team, and contributes to the professional development of our staff though our in-service training program. She is a strong advocate for the rights of our clients and dedicates positive energy and expertise in post-acute brain injury by facilitating a monthly brain injury support group for members of the larger community.
Briana joined Acadia in 2018 as a Case Manager and now serves as a Case Manager and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist. She has 8 years of experience working with those who have physical and mental disabilities, across many age groups. Her career working with people who have disabilities became focused on adult populations when she began a position under the state as a Service Coordinator. Within that position she secured funding, initiated services and assisted program participants in meeting their goals. Her passion for not only helping people set goals, but being actively involved in their personal growth, led to her join Acadia's team. Briana has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from York College of Pennsylvania, and is pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health at Walden University. She holds the Certified Brain Injury Specialist credential.
Sheree joined Acadia in 2008 as a Case Manager and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist. Her role was expanded to include the responsibilities of Admissions Coordinator several years later. Sheree has a BA in Psychology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and holds the Certified Brain Injury Specialist credential. She has 18 years of experience in the case management field. As Admissions Coordinator, Sheree facilitates all aspects of the intake process including responding to initial inquiries about Acadia's treatment programs, conducting assessments of readiness for our programs, arranging for tours of our facilities, helping families understand funding options and treatment planning. She leads the Intake Committee in the discussion of prospective clients for our programs. Once an offer of admission is made, she coordinates and oversees all activities leading up to and through the new client's admission. As a Case Manager, Sheree is the liaison between Acadia's treatment team and other external providers on the client's care team. Sheree is passionate about her work at Acadia, and ensures that new clients and their families feel welcomed and secure in the care we pledge to provide.
Gini Cormier, LSW, began working as a Case Manager for Acadia in 2020. She brings with her many years of experience as a mental health counselor working with individuals, families and groups. Gini attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree, and later attended Temple University where she obtained her Masters of Social Work. As a Case Manager, Gini enjoys connecting with our clients and their families. She also enjoys the camaraderie of the team and the focus on providing the best care possible for the clients we serve.
Rafael joined Acadia's team in 2017 as a Residential Site Supervisor, and brings a wealth of experience and a big heart to his work. He began his career in human services providing direct care and, for 11 years, specialized in one-to-one assistance with persons with autism. He worked as a one-to-one peer employment mentor specializing in behavioral support for an additional five years. He advanced to a Site Supervisor position with Community Services Group (CSG), overseeing operations at a residence for seniors with intellectual disabilities. At Acadia, Rafael is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Bentley Ridge 1 and Bentley Ridge 6. He has an Associates in Business Management from West Over Community College, and obtained his Personal Care Home Administrator license through Temple University.
Nathanael Haile joined Acadia in 2007 as a Neuro-Rehabilitation Assistant and currently works as a Site Supervisor at Bentley Ridge 4. He also manages the responsibilities of Operations Supervisor, where, in the absence of the primary supervisor, he provides staff support and directs emergency response for all residences in the evenings. He has 19 years of experience in working with adults with disabilities. Prior to coming to Acadia, Nate worked with adults with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges at Friendship Community. He helped his clients to meet daily needs, including managing their finances, following medication administration processes, and he assisted them with their medical appointments. While at Community Service Group, Nate was selected to participate in the company's leadership program. He supervised staff and served clients in the capacity of a Program Supervisor there. Nate takes great pride in being member of the team at Acadia, and is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for our clients. Nate received his PCHA license from Temple University. He earned an Associate's degree in Social Work from Harrisburg Community College, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Management at Immaculate University.
Kevenia joined the Acadia team as a Neuro-Rehabilitation Assistant and was promoted to Residential Site Supervisor in 2016. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Bentley Ridge 3, seeking to provide a comfortable, healthy, and friendly living environment to our residents there. She brings 8 years of experience in working with individuals with physical and mental disabilities to her current position. She earned a BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in management, from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Personal Care Home Administrator, having received this credential from Temple University.
Lourdes was hired by Acadia in 2016 as a Neuro-Rehabilitation Assistant, and was promoted to the position of Residential Site Supervisor after completing her PCHA training and obtaining her license in 2017. She currently oversees the operations of Bentley Ridge 2 and Bentley Ridge 5, and has most recently been assigned temporary responsibility for overseeing operations of our residence in the Greenfield Estates community. Lourdes is a DHS-certified trainer in Medication Administration, and works to assure our staff have the skills needed to safely assist our clients with their medications. Lourdes earned a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood at The University of Sacred Heart (Universidad del Sagrado Corazon) in San Juan, PR. She obtained her training and license as a Personal Care Home Administrator at Harrisburg Area Community College. She is also a certified Behavioral Health Technician.
Prior to coming to Acadia, Lourdes was a teacher and a teacher's recruiter to provide services to students during after school programs. She obtained experience within the field of disabilities in her work as a Personal Care Assistant for a student with cerebral palsy, and as a Personal Care Paraprofessional with students with autism. She continues to work part-time for another agency as a Therapeutic Staff Support for individuals with autism. She is a strong advocate for people who cannot advocate for themselves, and is passionate about serving those with acquired brain injury, desiring to meet their needs in the ways she'd hoped staff caring for her mother after her ABI would meet her needs.
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