Meet Our Staff

Outpatient Mental Health Staff

Amy Carr, LSW, Director of Outpatient Therapy

Amy Carr, LSW (Licensed Social Worker).  Outpatient Clinical Director

Amy has worked with NTC for 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.  Ms. Carr spent five years working in the Family Based Program and ultimately managed the program. Ms. 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, Ms. 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. Ms. Carr completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Minor in Sociology from Mansfield University in 1996.  She received her Master of Social Work degree in 1997 from Marywood University.  She has maintained her license in Social Work since 1997.

 

Alan Cole, MSW Family Based Professional

Alan Cole, MSW, LSW
 OPT Supervisor

Alan Cole, MSW, LSW

Outpatient Department Supervisor

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 Binghatmon 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 joined the Outpatient Department as Supervisor in August of 2017.  Soon after joining the Outpatient Department, Alan took his LSW exam and passed.

 

 

Tamar Maryott, LCSW

Tamar Maryott, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)  Tamar specializes in the treatment of victims of trauma and abuse, individuals experiencing depression and/or anxiety, couples therapy, anger management skills training, parenting skills training, and issues facing the elderly/geriatric population.  Ms. Maryott completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey in 1979 and her Master of Social Work degree in 1983 at West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virgina with concentration in Gerontology.  Ms. Maryott’s graduate internship program at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Salem Virgina encompassed experience in the extended care geriatric program as well as in the inpatient psychiatric unit.  Contributions to the community include previously serving on the Main Link non-consumer Board of Directors as well as on the Monroeton Public Library Board of Directors. Other past interests on a part-time basis have been functioning as an Employee Assistance Counselor, as an Underage Drinking Intervention Instructor/Group Facilitator, a high school social work consultant and as a college instructor.

 

Charlene Moyer, LCSW

Charlene Moyer, LCSW

Charlene Moyer, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker )  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 (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), Ruth 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

 

 

Lisa Makris, M. Ed.

Lisa Makris, M. Ed., LPC

 Lisa Makris, M. ED, LPC, Lisa completed her Bachelors degree in Psychology at Oswego State University. She then went on to receive a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.  Ms. Makris has previous work experience with our Family Based Mental Health Program. Ms. Makris has worked extensively with family’s using the Structural Family Therapy Model. She also has experience working with children and adolescents having worked in the Student Assistance Program in various Bradford County Schools. Ms. Makris earned her LPC license in June 2016.  When not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling.

 

Nadya Gifeisman, LCSW Outpatient Therapist

Nadya Gifeisman, LCSW
Outpatient Therapist

Nadya Gifeisman, LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker).  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 relationshp 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, LSCW

 

Deanna Fish- Layton, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).  Deanna 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).  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.

 

 

 

Macie McClure, MSW

Mental Health Therapist

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

Macie McClure, MSW, Mental Health Therapist

Macie McClure began her career with NTC in August 2014 working in the Family Based program as a Family Based Worker.  Ms. McClure has 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.  Ms. McClure completed her internship at a local hospital working with a geriatric population.

Macie 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.

 

Medication Management Staff

Dr. George Sowerby, Jr.

Dr. George Sowerby, Jr.

George W. Sowerby Jr., M.D. has been practicing psychiatry with Northern Tier Counseling since 2000 and is currently their 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, and 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.

Teresa Fairchild Pitcher

Teresa Fairchild Pitcher, MSN, CRNP, PsyNP

Teresa Fairchild-Pitcher, MSN, CRNP, PsyNP - is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been at NTC since 2012. Her previous work experience includes outpatient and inpatient settings and also inpatient drug and alcohol treatment. She also has a strong background in adult physical health, working in emergency and critical care for many years. Teresa specializes in adults with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and intellectual disabilities. Other clinical interests include geriatric psychiatry and health and wellness in the SPMI population. Teresa completed nursing school at Arnot-Ogden School of Nursing in Elmira, New York, received a Bachelors of Nursing degree from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME, and received her Masters of Nursing degree with a specialization in psychiatry from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and maintains professional affiliations with the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PACNP), and Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA).

Drug & Alcohol Staff

 

Ruth Bresee, LCSW
Ruth Bresee, LCSW

Ruth Bresee, LCSW, 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 the agency.

 

 

Jennifer Gadow, LSW

Jennifer Gadow, LSW

Jennifer Gadow, LSW (licensed Social Worker). 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.

 

 

 

 

Nursing:

Lynsi Cobb, GPN, Decision Support Specialist

Lynsi Cobb, LPN,

Lynsi Cobb, LPN, Nursing Services Coordinator

Lynsi Cobb began her career with NTC in May 2015 as a Medical Office Assistant while attending Northern Tier Career Center (NTCC) in the Licensed Practical Nurse Program.  Lynsi graduated August 2015 earning her Practical Nurse Degree. In August 2015, Lynsi accepted the position of Decision Support Specialist/LPN position with NTC.  In  February of 2016 Lynsi accepted the position as Nursing Services Coordinator, as well as provides coverage in the Decision Support Center as needed.

 

 

Peer Support Staff

Stanley Johns, II, M.a. Clinical Director

Stanley Johns, II, M.A.
Clinical Director

Stanley J. Johns II, MA

Director of Recovery Services

Stanley began his career with NTC in September 2008.  He initially started in the role as the Outpatient Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Program Manager.  In 2010 he was promoted to the Clinical Director role.  Stanley is currently the Clinical Director over the Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Certified Peer Services Programs (since 2010). Stanley’s has a diverse background of experience as he has been employed as a Clinician working with Children and their Family, in the community and in a Residential setting (7+ years experience), and Counseling adults in Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol focused treatment (10+ years). Stanley also has 8+ years of Supervisory/Administrative experience as well. Stanley completed both his Bachelors (History) and Masters Degree (Social Science-Counseling) at Binghamton University.

 

Miranda Peffer, BSW, MED

Peer Support Program Manager
Miranda Peffer Peer Support Program Manager

Miranda Peffer, BSW, M.ED
Peer Support Program Manager

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. 

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.

Chelsey Fallon BSA, CPSS

Peer Support Supervisor
Chelsey Fallon, BSA

Chelsey Fallon, BSA, Peer Support Supervisor

Chelsey Fallon began her careerWith 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 Cerfitied 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 Luchaco, AAS, CPSS Peer Support Supervisor

Mindy Luchaco, AAS CPSS

Peer Support Supervisor

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

Ms. Luchaco completed her Bachelors of Art Degree in Child Development with honors through Ashford University in 2016.  She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education with a specialization in Special Education and expects to graduate in August 2017.

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

 

Family Based Services Staff

 

Morgan Shaw, M.Ed FB Program Manager

Morgan Shaw, M.Ed
FB 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. in Psychology Family Based Worker

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 n English Literative from Elmira Collge 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 Eisenbury, B.S.
Family Based MH Worker

Brittney Eisenbury, B.S.

Family Based Worker

Brittney Eisenbury 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
Family Based Worker

 

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 Family Based Professional

Britney Grant, M.ED

Family Based Professional

Britney Grant recently treturned 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, 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 childhoold in 2010. Ms. Grant moved on to obtain her Masters 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, B.S. of Psychology Family Based Worker

Desiree Kyle, B.S. of Psychology
Family Based Worker

 

Desiree Kyle

Family Based Worker

Desiree Kyle began her career with NTC’s Family Based program in May of 2016. Desiree earned her Bachelor’s of Psychogy 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.

 

 

Jessica Matthews, MSW

Family Based Professional

Jessica Matthews, MSW Family Based Professional

Jessica Matthews, MSW
Family Based Professional

Jessica Matthews began her career with NTC’s 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 Americal 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.

 

 

Tammy McAdoo, LSW Family Based Professional

Tammy McAdoo, LSW
Family Based Professional

Tammy McAdoo, LSW

Family Based Professional

Tammy McAdoo began her career with NTC’s Family Based program in August of 2016. Tammy earned her Bachelor’s dgree fromMansfieldUniversity 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.

 

 

 

 

Kari Rogers, B.S. in Psychology Family Based Worker

Kari Rogers, B.S. in Psychology
Family Based Worker

Kari Rogers, B.S. in Psychology

Family Based Worker

Kari Rogers began her career with NTC’s Family Based Program in February of 2017. Kari earned her Bachelor of Science inPsychology from Mansfield University, *** Laude, in May of 2014.  Kari brings with her three years of mental health experience.  Prior to beginning her career with NTC she worked as a case manager at a therapeutic foster care and adoption agency where she earned her cerification in therapeutic foster patent.  Her affiliations include Psy-Chi International Honor Society in Psychology.

Tyler Spencer, M.Ed

Family Based Professional

Tyler Spencer, M.Ed Family Based Professional

Tyler Spencer, M.Ed
Family Based Professional

Tyler Spencer began his career with NTC in January of 2014.  Tyler has considerable experience working in the field of mental health.  He has worked as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant in both the public and private sector before transitioning into his current position of Family Based Professional in 2014.  Prior to beginning Family Based, he studied childhood development and diversity in Copenhagen, Denmark, while working at a Danish kindergarten and after-school program.  Following Graduation from Lehigh University in 2006 with his BA in Psychology, Mr. Spencer went on to complete his graduate studies at Bloomsburg University in 2009 earning his Master of Education degree.  While in graduate school, Mr. Spencer completed an internship training in Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention.  In addition, he also experienced working at the Drug/Alcohol and Wellness Network in Bloomsburg.

 

 

 

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.