Meet Our Staff

Outpatient Mental Health Department

 

Alan Cole, MSW, LSW Outpatient Dept. Mgr.

Alan Cole, LSW

 

Alan Cole, LSW

Outpatient Department Manager

Alan Cole began his career with NTC’s Family Based program in May of 2016 after earning his Master’s in Social Work  (MSW) from Binghamton University.  Alan brings with him 3 years of mental health experience.  Prior to earning his MSW, he earned his Bachelor of Sociology, and Bachelor of Business Economics in 2014 from State University of New York at Cortland.  His areas of interest include schizophrenia and related disorders.

Alan recently was promoted into the position of Outpatient Manager; prior to 1/1/19, Alan held the Outpatient Supervisor position from August 2017 to December 2018.  Soon after joining the Outpatient Department, Alan passed his LSW exam passed.

Charlene Moyer, LCSW

Charlene Moyer, LCSW

 

Charlene Moyer, LCSW 

Mental Health Therapist

Charlene Moyer specializes in individual, couples and family counseling in the areas of death/dying, grief and bereavement , trauma-based stress, concerns of the elderly population, managing life transitions that includes job changes/loss, and relational issues.  Ms. Moyer completed her education at Marywood University receiving a Masters of Social Work, a Bachelors of Social work from Mansfield University and an Associate of Science from Keystone College.

 

Ruth Bresee, LCSW

Ruth Bresee, LCSW

 

Ruth Bresee, LCSW 

Mental Health Therapist

Ruth Bresee draws on solution focused, psychodynamic,as well as behavioral and cognitive techniques to focus on reducing stress, dealing with depression and anxiety, as well as increase coping skills to deal with substance abuse, relationship issues and life transitions. Ms. Bresee completed her Bachelors Degree in Sociology with a Minor in Spanish and Art. Ms. Bresee has her Masters in Social Work from Marywood University. Ms. Bresee was a member of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center during the formative years and recently completed the 65 hours of training required to be a volunteer during an internship at

 

Nadya Gifeisman, LCSW Outpatient Therapist

Nadya Gifeisman, LCSW

 

Nadya Gifeisman, LCSW

Mental Health Therapist

 Nadya Gifeisman began her career with Northern Tier Counseling in April 2012 as a mobile therapist.  In August 2013, Ms. Gifeisman transitioned into the Outpatient Department in the capacity of Mental Health Therapist.  She became a Licensed Social Worker in December 2012.  She specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adult, providing individual, couples, group, and family therapy.  Ms. Gifeisman received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Connecticut School of Social work, majoring in case work and family therapy.  Her clinical expertise includes treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as relationship issues.  Her approach is guided by the need to attain solutions to problems while finding balance in daily living.  Her background includes specialized training to enable her to provide therapeutic interventions that respect diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds in order to meet each client’s individual needs.

Deanna Fish-Layton

Deanna Fish-Layton, LCSW

 

Deanna Layton-Fish, LCSW

Mental Health Therapist

 Deanna Fish-Layton works in our Mansfield office in Tioga County. She has accumulated 27+ years of working in the field starting in 1987 for the Tioga County Department of Human Services in several capacities:  case manager, supervisor of mental health and substance abuse services, therapist, crisis worker, and Director of the Clinical Services Department. In addition, she worked for Concern Counseling in Mansfield.  Deanna provides 27 years of experience in the field. Deanna Fish-Layton earned her bachelors degree in social work from Mansfield University in 1987 and a Masters degree in Social Work from Temple University in 1991

 

Jennifer Gadow, LSW

Jennifer Gadow, LSW

 

 

Jennifer Gadow, LSW (licensed Social Worker)

Mental Health Therapist

Jennifer Gadow, LSW, joined the outpatient Department in April 2016.  Jennifer earned her Master’s in Social work from the University of Connecticut.  Jennifer recently passed her Pennsylvania Licensing Exam to become an Licensed Social Worker (LSW).  She has been working the social work field since 2012.

Mrs. Gadow currently provides services as a social worker in a local school district.

 

Macie Spencer, B.S., Children's Program Coordinator

Macie McClure, MSW

Macie McClure, MSW (Master of Social Work) 

Mental Health Therapist

Macie McClure began her career with NTC in August 2014 working in the Family Based program as a Family Based Worker.  Mrs. McClure transitioned into the position of Children’s Program Coordinator in September 2015 working with the Family Based program, Children/Adolescents Day Treatment program (CADT),  and Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation Services, (BHRS).

Ms. McClure earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Mansfield University in 2014.  Mrs. McClure completed her internship at a local hospital working with a geriatric population.

Mrs. McClure earned her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Edinboro University of PA in August of 2017, joining the Outpatient Department.  Macie works in the school district(s) providing services.

Tammy McAdoo, LSW

Tammy McAdoo, LSW

 

 

Tammy McAdoo, LSW

Mental Health Therapist

Tammy McAdoo recently joined the outpatient department.  Tammy began her career with NTC in 2016 where she worked within the family based department, later working within a local school district.  June 1, 2019 Ms. McAdoo moved into our Outpatient Department.

Tammy earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University in 2014, before going on to earn her Master’s degree in Social work from Temple University.  Tammy passed her licensing exam for LSW in August of 2016.   Tammy brings with her two years of mental health field experience to NTC.

 

Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips, Ph.d

 

Amanda Phillips, Ph.D.

Mental Health Therapist

Amanda Phillips, Ph.D., began her career with Northern Tier Counseling’s Outpatient Department in July of 2018.   Mrs. Phillips’ area of interests include treating anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem in children and adolescents.

Mrs. Phillips earned her B.A. in Psychology in September of 1999 from Ohio State University.  She followed up her bachelor’s degree by earning her MS in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton in /August of 2005.  Since earning her MS in Community Counseling, she has obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Capella University in March of 2016.

Prior to her joining NTC’s Outpatient Department, she worked with parents to improve their skills to care for children.

Mrs. Phillips recently accepted a position within a local school district working in the Community and School Based Behavioral Health Program (CSBBH).

 

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Jennifer Decker, M.A.

Jennifer Decker, M.A.

Mental Health Therapist

Jennifer Decker began her career as an Outpatient Mental Health Therapist in August of 2018, after receiving her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Empire State College in May of 2018. Prior to earning her M.A., she earned her B.S. in Human Services from SUNY in February of 2014.  Mrs. Decker also works within a local school district providing services.

Jennifer completed her college internship with Northern Tier Counseling in January 2017. In August of 2017 Jennifer accepted a position with NTC in their Family Based department working as a Mental Health Professional.

Currently she sees patients in NTC’s clinic, and works within several school districts in Bradford County.

 

Jessica Matthews, MSW Family Based Professional

Jessica Matthews, MSW

 

Jessica Matthews, MSW 

Mental Health Therapist

Jessica Matthews, MSW, has recently transferred into NTC’s Outpatient Department, working at our Mansfield location and our North Towanda location.  She began her career within our Family Based program in January of 2017.

Jessica earned her Bachelor’s in Human Behavior studies in Psychology from SUNY Empire State, Saratoga Springs, New York, before going on to earn her Master’s in Psychology from American Public University in Charlestown, Pennsylvania.  After earning her Master’s in Psychology, she went on to earn her Master’s in Social work from University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.  Jessica brings with her nine years of mental health field experience to NTC.

 

Medication Management Staff

Dr. George Sowerby, Jr.

Dr. George Sowerby

George W. Sowerby, Jr., M.D. 

Psychiatrist

Dr. Sowerby has been practicing psychiatry with Northern Tier Counseling since 2000 and is currently the Medical Director.  Dr. Sowerby is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and in 1976 graduated *** Laude from Vassar College where he earned a bachelors degree in Biology and was a Student Fellow. He attended Drexel University College of Medicine where he was awarded Distinction in the Mental Health Sciences, graduating in 1981. Dr. Sowerby is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He completed his Internship and Residency in Psychiatry at The Medical College and Hospital of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he was Chief Resident and an Instructor in Psychiatry in the Medical School, and was an active member of The Speaker’s Bureau. He subsequently entered private practice, worked as a full-time staff psychiatrist for one and a half years at an inpatient Substance Detoxification and Rehabilitation Program, and later worked for fourteen years at John F. Kennedy Community Mental Health Center in Philadelphia, the clinical structure of which is very similar to that of Northern Tier Counseling. Dr. Sowerby has a special theoretical and clinical interest in psychiatric disorders involving disturbances of narcissistic equilibrium, and in personality disorders in general. He is highly trained and experienced in both dynamic and biological psychiatry.  At Northern Tier Counseling he sees children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients, treating those with behavioral, psychotic, personality and mood disorders, as well as persons with developmental and substance-induced disorders. He works both at the North Towanda office and in the Children and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program.

 

Shannon Nobles PMHNP-BC

Shannon Nobles, PMHNP-BC

Shannon Nobles, PMHNP-BC

Shannon Nobles began her career with NTC Outpatient Department in April of 2017. Shannon earned her Diploma of Nursing in 1994 at the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing in Elmira, New York.  Shannon then worked as an RN in an Operating room for 9 years then went onto working within a behavioral science center for 1 year providing team treatment, group therapy and skilled nursing services to clients, before going onto earn her B.S.N. from Kaplan University in 2012.  From there Shannon worked 8 years in a residential behavioral treatment center before going on to earn her M.S.N. in 2016 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shannon brings with her 24 years of nursing experience, and enjoys working in the psychiatric outpatient settings.  Shannon’s services with NTC include medication management, Genomind Assay Testing, and PE’s.

Shannon’s certifications include Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Pennsylvania and New York, is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PMHNP-BC, and carries her prescriptive authority and DEA certifications in Pennsylvania.

 

Nursing

Stacey Bowman, LPN Nursing Services Coordinator

Stacey Bowman, LPN

 

Stacey Bowman, LPN

Nursing Services Coordinator

Stacey Bowman, LPN, began her LPN career with NTC in our Outpatient Department in April 2017. Stacey was recently  promoted into the Nursing Services Coordinator position in February 2018.

Stacey graduated from Northern Tier Career Center and earned her LPN license in October of 2016; thereafter she began her career as an LPN in January of 2017. She also earned her  BLS provider certification in July of 2017.

 

 

Lindsay Vincent, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Lindsay Vincent, LPN, began her career with NTC in our Medical/Outpatient Department in June of 2018. Ms. Vincent graduated from Northern Tier Career Center in August of 2016. She obtained her Practical Nursing License in October of 2016.

Drug & Alcohol Staff

Christina Lyon, BS, CPS, CRS, CFRS

Substance Abuse Counselor

Christina Lyon was promoted into her current position of substance abuse counselor with Northern Tier Counseling’s Outpatient Department in November 2017. Christina earned her Bachelor of Science degree, *** Laude, from Keystone College in May 2016.   In November 2018 she became Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) certified as a Certified Associate Addiction Counselor.

Christina earned her certificate to be a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) in August 2016. In November 2016 she began her career with Northern Tier Counseling with the Recovery Services Department as a CPS, and continues working as a CPS currently.  In August 2017, she earned her certificate for Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) from Penn State Wilkes-Barre.  In July 2018, Christina went on to earn her Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) from Penn State Wilkes-Barre.  Since September 2018 she has been certified with the PCB as she has met the professional standards and competencies as a Certified Family Recovery Specialist; May 2018 she became certified through the PCB as a Certified Peer Specialist; September 2017 she became certified through the PCB as a Certified Recovery Specialist.

 

 RECOVERY SERVICES PROGRAMS

Miranda Peffer, BSW, M.ED

Recovery Services Program Director

Miranda Peffer Peer Support Program Manager

Miranda Peffer, BSW, M.ED
Recovery Services  Program Director

Miranda Peffer began her career with NTC in March of 2009.  Miranda’s previous work experience includes working with NTC’s Family Based Mental Health Program Mrs. Peffer was promoted to Recovery Services Program Director July 1, 2019. 

Miranda completed her education at Mansfield University with her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Education (with a concentration in Special Education) Degrees.

Through her education and career, Miranda has received specialized training in the recovery model and assisting consumers with intellectual disabilities.

Peer Support Services

Chelsey Fallon BSA, CPSS

Peer Support Supervisor

Chelsey Fallon, BSA

Chelsey Fallon, BSA, CPSS

Chelsey Fallon began her career with NTC in July 2011.    Chelsey specializes in the area of recovery and peer support services. She takes great pride in providing the best service possible to her consumers and fellow Certified Peer Specialists.

Chelsey completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2010.  Chelsey received her CPS certification in August of 2011 and her CPS Supervisor certification in 2013.

Mindy Luchaco, AAS, CPSS

Mindy Lantz, M.Ed., AAS, CPSS

 

 

Mindy Lantz, M.Ed,  AAS, CPSS

Peer Support Supervisor

Mrs. Lantz began her career with NTC in October of 2011 earning her Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) certification.  Mrs. Lantz accepted her current position as Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor in April of 2015.

Mrs. Lantz completed her Bachelors of Art Degree in Child Development with honors through Ashford University in 2016.  She completed her Masters of Education with a specialization in Special Education graduating  in August 2017.

When not working, Mrs. Lantz enjoys spending time with her daughters, Kayaking, gardening, camping, and routing for the Red Sox.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Amy Carr, LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker)

Clinical Director of Children’s Programs

Mrs. Carr has worked with NTC over 20 years working in various programs during her tenure at NTC.  She began her career in the Family  Based Department working as a Mental Health Professional and gaining Certification from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center for successful completion of a three training module in the Structural Family Therapy model.  Mrs. Carr spent five years working in the Family Based Program and ultimately managed the program. Mrs. Carr then transitioned into the Children/Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program where she spent another five years working as a Mental Health Professional and eventually the program Manager. After spending ten years providing direct care, Mrs. Carr felt drawn to the administrative operations of the agency and for the past seven years she has over seen the Children’s Clinical Services and beginning in July 1, 2013 assumed the role of the Outpatient Clinical Director for Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services in the N. Towanda and Mansfield offices. Mrs. Carr completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Minor in Sociology from Mansfield University in 1996.  She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 1997 from Marywood University.  She has maintained her license in Social Work (LSW) since 1997.  Mrs. Carr received her Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in September 2018.

Family Based Services

Morgan Shaw, M.Ed FB Program Manager

Morgan Shaw, M.Ed., Program Manager

 

 

Morgan Shaw, M.Ed

Family Based Program Manager

Morgan Shaw, M.Ed., began her career with NTC in May 2007 as a Family Based Worker.  Morgan returned to NTC in November 2016 as Program Manager.  Morgan earned her Master’s of Education from Lockhaven University in December 2012.  She returned to NTC November of 2016 bringing with her 8 years of experience in the mental health and management fields.

 

 

 

Haley Brown, B.S. in Psychology Family Based Worker

Haley Brown, B.S.

 

 

Haley Brown, B.S. in Psychology

Family Based Worker

Haley Brown  began her career with NTC’s Family Based program in February of 2017. Haley earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a Minor in English Literature from Elmira College in 2013.  Haley’s volunteer work includes Elmira Heights Youth Center, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Elmira Animal Shelter, student volunteer at Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, and People To People Sports Ambassador.

 

 

 

 

 

Brittney Eisenbury, B.S. Family Based MH Worker

Brittney Stickler, B.S.

Brittney Stickler, B.S.

Family Based Worker

Brittney Stickler began her career with NTC’s Family Based program in May of 2016. Brittney earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mansfield University in May of 2013.  Prior to working with NTC, she worked as a mental health residential shift manager and residential care professional at a behavioral health system facility.

 

 

 

Tabatha Gardner, BSW Family Based Worker

Tabatha Gardner, BSW

 

Tabatha Gardner, BSW

Family Based Worker

Tabatha Gardner began her career with NTC’s Family Based Program in December of 2016.  Tabatha earned her Associates Degree in Human Services from Lackawanna College, before going on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mercyhurst University.  Tabatha brings with her three and a half years of social work experience.

 

 

Family Based Professional

Britney Grant, M.Ed

 

Britney Grant, M.ED

Family Based Professional

Britney Grant returned to the Family Based Department in May 2017, after working as  a Mobile Therapist for 9 months with NTC.  Britney began her career with NTC in April 2013, thus beginning her career path in the mental health field. She began her career path in the field of education, following her graduation from Mansfield University earning her Bachelor of Education degree with a certification in early childhood in 2010. Ms. Grant moved on to obtain her Master’s of Education with a Reading Specialist Certification from Mansfield University in 2012. Ms. Grant worked at Mansfield University with at-risk college students. In addition, as a student teacher she served as Director of Summer Readiness Camp. She has also been involved in the “Big Brother/Big Sister Program” as a “big sister”.

 

 

Desiree Kyle

Desiree Kyle

 

Desiree Kyle

Family Based Professional

Desiree Kyle began her career with NTC’s Family Based program in May of 2016. Desiree earned her Bachelor’s of Psychology from  Lockhaven University in May of 2016.  Desiree brought with her one year’s experience working within the mental health field.  Her area of special interest is abuse and crisis work.  Prior to beginning at NTC she worked at an abuse and rape crisis center gaining experience.  Desiree is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and studying for the National Counselor’s exam in order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Based Mental Health Department Team Members:

Family Based MH Team Members

 

Front Row:  Tyler Spencer, Desiree Kyle, Tabatha Gardner, Jessica Matthews.

Back Row:    Alan Cole, Macie McClure, Brittany Myers, Morgan Shaw, Program Manager, Brittney Eisenbury,Tammy McAdoo, Christine McMahon.

 

Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Staff (BHRS)

Melissa DeVincentis, PHD, LMFT, BCBA-D

Dr. Melissa DeVincentis, Psychological Evaluator in the Behavioral Health and Rehabilitative Department performs psychological evaluations for children and adolescents from ages 2 through 18. Dr. DeVincentis specializes in maladaptive behaviors as well as Marriage Counseling.  Dr. DeVincentis’s area of interest include dual diagnosis, anxiety, depression, self-injurious behavior, autism, severe maladaptive behaviors, family therapy, relationship issues, and couples issues.

She completed her Doctorate of Philosophy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida. She is licensed in New York and Pennsylvania as a behavioral analyst; she is a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level. In addition, she is also licensed in Pennsylvania and New York as a marriage and family therapist. She has been published and has done research and presentations both nationally and internationally. She is also a professor at a university teaching in the College of Psychological Studies teaching 3 to 4 courses a semester. Dr. DeVincentis previously worked in NTC’s Children and Adolescents program. Dr. DeVincentis brings with her 10 years of experience, and continues to work in private practice. Her affiliations include being a clinical member of AAMFT, as well as being a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Approved Supervisor.

 

Julie Manchester

Julie Manchester, LMSW

 

Julie Manchester:

Hello, my name is Julie Manchester.  I am a Mobile Therapist with the BHRS Staff.  I am a licensed Social Worker and earned my Master’s Degree from Marywood University; I earned my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Elmira College.  I have been with NTC for over a year.  When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family.