Aldersgate Staff by Specialty Area

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Executive Director

Deborah Sapin-Feldstein

Office Administration

Janet Zaro – Office Administrator
Evelyn Fair – Administrative Assistant

Clinical Staff

Pat Wilcke – Clinical Supervisor

Prevention Programs

Amy Duffey – Prevention Specialist
Gina Dunn – Prevention Specialist
Ellen Goldich – Prevention Specialist

School Based Counselors

Valerie Fahie – School-Based SAP Counselor & Consultant
Nicole Houck – School-Based Counselor
Carolyn Lamberth – School Based Counselor
Alicia Demko – School Based Counselor
Stephanie Seeley – School Based Counselor

Outreach Services

Bonnie Johns – Outreach Specialist


Administration

Deborah Sapin-Feldstein – Executive Director

Specialty Areas

  • Extensive experience as a psychiatric social worker, family therapist and social service administrator
  • Active participant in the social service community — committed to making the community a better place
  • Has guided Aldersgate to become an active, effective, and strong community resource, consultant, partner, and collaborator
  • Strong advocate for children and families
  • Community volunteer

Career Highlights

  • Over 30 years experience leading Aldersgate
  • First chairperson of the Abington Community Taskforce (ACT), helping to draw together different agencies, groups, and individuals to effectively serve young people and families
  • Masters Degree in Social Work (Columbia University); Bachelors Degree with Honors in Social Work, Sociology, and Psychology (Rutgers University & Cornell University School of Human Ecology)
  • Post-masters degree certificate in family therapy (Family Institute of Philadelphia)
  • Post-masters degree certificate in Nonprofit Management Center Program (LaSalle University Business School)
  • Post-masters degree training, approved American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

 

Office Administration

Janet Zaro – Office Administrator

Specialty Areas

  • Administrative support to the Executive Director and service program coordinators
  • Administrative support to the Board of Directors.
  • Oversees the Aldersgate computer network and provides website coordination and updating
  • Provides initial information, registers clients, serves as liaison for the Substance Abuse Alternatives (SAA) alternative sentencing program
  • Administration of payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable

Career Highlights

  • Twenty years experience at Aldersgate in human services administration
  • Over 12 years experience previously in the for-profit business sector

Evelyn Fair – Administrative Assistant

Specialty Areas

  • Data entry into the Performance Based Prevention System (PBPS)
  • Telephone support
  • Correspondence
  • Other helpful support services and administrative tasks

Career Highlights

  • Worked at for-profit organizations in IT and as manager of donor services at a large philanthropic organization
  • Currently combines volunteer work with her part-time work at Aldersgate
  • Bachelors Degree in History (University of Pennsylvania)

 

Clinical Staff

Pat Wilcke – Clinical Supervisor

Specialty Areas

  • Manages and monitors Aldersgate’s clinical programs
  • Clinical caseload provides counseling for adults, adolescents, and families
  • Clinical specialty areas include grief and loss, trauma-focused therapy, and drug and alcohol education and prevention and dating violence education and prevention
  • Supervises masters-degree level clinical staff and graduate school interns

Career Highlights

  • Joined Aldersgate in 1996 as a clinical intern, then hired as part-time therapist before becoming full time
  • Clinical Intake Coordinator in 2004; Clinical Supervisor since 2006
  • Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Gained experience in her private practice as a clinical therapist in Bucks County
  • Bachelors Degree in Sociology (Holy Family University); Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (Hahnemann University)

 

Prevention Programs

Amy Duffey – Prevention Specialist

Specialty Areas

  • Facilitates school-based student support groups for Montgomery County Elementary and Middle School Students
  • Conducts skill building programming on the importance of making healthy choices; topics include: managing stress, positive self-image/self esteem, stress and social skills training

Career Highlights

  • Pennsylvania Licensed Social Worker; Bachelors Degree in Psychology (Arcadia University) and MSW (Widener University)
  • Pennsylvania Certified Home & School Visitor and Elementary & Secondary School Counselor
  • Skilled Behavior Specialist Consultant with adult clients dealing with depression, anxiety and active psychosis
  • Gina Dunn – Prevention Specialist

    Specialty Areas

    • Implements and leads alcohol, tobacco, and drug classroom-based prevention programs for Montgomery County elementary and middle school students
    • Prevention specialist since 2014

    Career Highlights

    • Worked as a special education teacher for over 20 years in Philadelphia and New Jersey
    • Previously trained in Elementary School Student Assistance Program (IST Team Model)
    • Bachelors Degree in Science (Bloomsburg College) and Masters Degree in Education (Chestnut Hill College)

     

    Ellen Goldich – Prevention Specialist

    Specialty Areas

    • Implements and leads alcohol, tobacco, and drug classroom-based prevention programs and school-based student support groups for Montgomery County Elementary and Middle school students
    • Provides lessons on the importance of making healthy choices; topics include: drugs, alcohol, positive self-image/self-esteem, stress, and social skills training
    • Career Highlights

      • Worked as a Trauma Clinician, BHRS/ICM Supervisor and School-Based Behavioral Health Counselor at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
      • Prior experience as a D&A individual and group therapist for adjudicated Philadelphia youth
      • Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies (Pennsylvania State University) and Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology (University of Pennsylvania)

       

      School Based Counselors

      Valerie Fahie, School-Based SAP Counselor & Consultant

      Specialty Areas

      • Former Student Assistance Program (SAP) High School and Junior High School Counselor at Upper Merion Area and Abington School Districts
      • As SAP Consultant, provides training and support for agency school-based counselors at other SAP sites in collaboration with the Executive Director
      • Skilled Prevention Specialist, Supervisor and Drug and Alcohol Individual and Group Therapist
      • Current SAP Counselor at Abington and Cheltenham High Schools

      Career Highlights

      • First joined Aldersgate in 2000 through 2008; rejoined agency in 2014
      • Prior to rejoining Aldersgate, worked as a Prevention Specialist for the Southeast Pennsylvania Council and a Training Facilitator for Penn State
      • Experienced Drug and Alcohol Trainer and Presenter
      • Bachelors Degree in Psychobiology (Arcadia University); Masters Degree in Counseling (Arcadia University); and Post Masters Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine)
      • Has attended the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program, SAP, certification training and completed the state’s SAP Bridge Training Certification
      • PA Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

      Nicole Houck, School-Based SAP Counselor

      Specialty Areas

      • Student Assistance Program: Provides school-based counseling services

      Career Highlights

      • Worked as a drug and alcohol counselor with teens and their families at Penn Foundation Recovery Center and Rehab After Work
      • Previous to Aldersgate worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Bucks County
      • Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice (Villanova University) and Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology (LaSalle University)
      • Has attended the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program, SAP, certification training.

      Carolyn Lamberth, School-Based SAP Counselor

      Specialty Areas

      • Student Assistance Program: Provides school-based counseling services

      Career Highlights

      • Founder of the Women’s Mentoring Project, former therapist at Cornerstone Center for Change and private practice training
      • Previous to Aldersgate worked at various area school districts as a School Counselor and Director of Pupil Services
      • Bachelors Degree in Health and Physical Education (Rutgers University) and Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology (LaSalle University) with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy
      • Has attended the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program, SAP, certification training and completed the state’s SAP Bridge Training Certification
      • PA Certified in School Counseling

      Alicia Demko, School-Based SAP Counselor

      Specialty Areas

      • Provides counseling and support to children and teens at home and school as an individual therapist
      • Facilitates small groups in area elementary schools.
      • Professional experiences include supporting children with autism spectrum diagnoses and assisting parents in managing behavior.

      Career Highlights

      • Joined Aldersgate in January 2011
      • Prior to joining Aldersgate, worked in BHRS (wrap-around services) in Adams and Montgomery Counties
      • Bachelors Degree in Psychology ( magna cum laude, Arcadia University)
      • Currently enrolled in Masters Degree in Counseling Program (Arcadia University)

      Stephanie Seeley, School-Based SAP Counselor

      Specialty Areas

      • Student Assistance Program: Provides School-Based Counseling Services & Prevention Services at various Montgomery County Schools

      Career Highlights

      • Joined Aldersgate in November 2014
      • Experienced Mental Health Counselor and Drug and Alcohol Educator
      • Skilled Facilitating School-Based Support Groups and Implementing Behavioral Interventions with Children and Teens
      • Worked as a Mental Health Counselor and Drug & Alcohol Educator at Valley Forge Military Academy and College Counseling Center
      • Adjunct Professor in Undergraduate Psychology – Immaculata University
      • Bachelors Degree in Psychology (summa cum laude, Immaculata Univeristy) and Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology (summa cum laude, West Chester University) with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy

    Outreach Services

    Bonnie Johns – Outreach Specialist

    Specialty Area

    • Has worked for Aldersgate as a Teen Facilitator for over the past twenty-two years
    • Facilitates the Teen Rap Session Group at the LaMott Community Center

    Career Highlights

    • Retired Community Navicate, Montgomery County Community Connections Program
    • Taught at Germantown High School and Stetson Jr. High School
    • Business experience includes senior sales representative for Xerox Education Publications and Blanton Insulation Products.
    • Was Director of the Salem Baptist Church Group Day Care Home in Jenkintown.
    • Worked for Montgomery County Day Care Office as an Educational and Special Projects Specialist and a Resource and Referral Manager
    • Is a long-standing member of the Board of the Interagency Council of Norristown
    • Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education (St. Joseph’s University)