Sue works for Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates as Compliance Officer for our adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. She joined the team in January 2019.
Sue graduated from Millersville University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education-Biology. She is the mother of two adult children: one has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and intellectual disabilities, while the other is a special education teacher in Pennsylvania. She started her career in 1992 as a Parent Coordinator for an Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Agency and later became the Supervisor of the Early Intervention Program. From 2005 to 2011 she was the Executive Director of K.T.Services, a self-directed support corporation so her daughter could receive necessary supports and services. From 2014 to 2019, she worked as a compliance officer for an agency that provides unlicensed services to adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. She brings 27 years of professional and real-life experiences in the world of disabilities to Croyle-Nielsen.
Sue volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church as a Leader of the Special Needs Ministry alongside her husband. Her desire is for people with disabilities to have an everyday life!
In her spare time, Sue enjoys reading, hiking and kayaking with her dog, gardening, hanging out with her daughter and visiting her grandson.
Melody HartfielQuality Management Officer
Melody brings so much to the Croyle-Nielsen team! She currently is in the role of the Quality Management Officer for our adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. Melody has a broad range of experiences in the human services field which help her in ensuring that Croyle-Nielsen’s services are of the highest quality. She also uses her bubbly personality to keep both her teammates and clients feeling positive and uplifted.
Melody began working as a Direct Support Professional 38 years ago in a group home setting and continues to work at improving herself and support those around her. She became a Program Specialist, Residential Program Director, Supports Coordinator, and managed day programs in the Johnstown and Somerset areas. During her working career she also continued to further her education, earning an Associates of Arts in management communication and is working towards her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Leadership. Melody also is also a CPR and First Aid trainer, a certified Investigator, and a PA Med Administration Instructor.
When Melody has free time she enjoys camping, kayaking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Meet Our Behavior Support Specialists
Kate ShafferBehavior Support Specialist
Kate Shaffer works for Croyle-Nielsen as a Behavior Support Specialist for our adults with intellectual disabilities. Kate graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from Temple University where she also completed an internship at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services child welfare system. Kate has years of experience providing support to children and families through Children and Youth Services, mental health services through Bedford/Somerset Developmental & Behavioral Health Services and coordinating care management for senior citizens through the Somerset County Area Agency on Aging. It has always been Kate’s passion to serve others and she is truly dedicated to helping those around her. Outside of supporting her work family, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and three very active young children.
Carrie ShawleyBehavior Support Service Director
Carrie has worked in the human services field for the past 15 years and serves as the Behavior Support Supervisor at Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates. She graduated from North Star School District and went on to earn a B.A. in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Throughout her career, Carrie has devoted her focus to helping youth and their families in various roles including a drug/alcohol rehabilitation counselor, a mental health worker at a partial hospitalization program, and a therapeutic staff support.
In 2015, Carrie continued her education and earned a M.A. in human services counseling (marriage and family). After receiving her master’s degree, she became a Licensed Behavioral Specialist under the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and worked as a behavior specialist consultant and mobile therapist.
Carrie currently provides Behavior Support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supervises the program. Carrie resides in Somerset with her husband and children and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Ryan TabekBehavior Support Specialist
Ryan Tabek is part of the Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic team working as a Behavior Support Specialist. Ryan graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a concentration in Urban Education, completing his student teaching in Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Ryan has 8 years experience as an Elementary Educator and has served in various positions working with children ranging from elementary age through teenage years. His years of experience in the classroom have helped him to develop a passion for supporting people and affinity for dealing with the challenging aspects of people’s behavioral needs.
Ryan started his career with Croyle-Nielsen as a Direct Support Professional working in Croyle-Nielsen’s Residential Program prior to joining the Behavioral Support Team. Ryan chose to join the team at C-NTA because of the work we do with people with special needs individuals and his passion to serve and support these individuals.
Ryan enjoys spending his time serving at summer camps, assisting in various youth activities, and volunteering. When not working or serving others he enjoys reading, listening to records, playing music and spending time with friends and family.
Pam WasnickBehavior Support Specialist
Pam holds a master’s degree from Kansas State University in Drama Therapy and is working on becoming a Registered Drama Therapist as well as her MSW. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Aloysius College in Criminology and Theatre. Pam has been in the field working with individuals with disabilities for over 12 years because of volunteering with an inclusive theatre company. Professionally, she has 7 years of experience working professionally with individuals with disabilities.
Pam is a very caring and creative Behavior Support Specialist, who is very detail oriented and loves thinking outside the box. Pam loves getting to know her clients and their supports and trying new things with them. Building positive relationships with the individuals she serves and using creativity to support them in the goals they would like to attain is something that is very important to Pam. She is a great team player who loves bringing new ideas to the table to support and help her team. Pam is loves bringing new sensory tools and drama tools which include games, and puppets to support individuals as well as starting social clubs and anything that will give people something out of the normal to do.
Pam primarily serves Cambria County but has a few Somerset cases.
Pam loves theatre and the arts and loves to incorporate in her work when she can. When not working, Pam is a competitive Irish dancer and is involved in local theatre companies in Johnstown, Altoona, and Bedford. She also loves relaxing with her zoo of cats and dogs at home (aka: “her 7 furkids”).
Meet Our Residential Services Specialists
Lori SodanoResidential Program Director
Lori is exceptional at providing care for vulnerable populations. With a Bachelor’s from California University and a Master’s from Geneva University, she has gained the skills needed to deliver quality care. She has honed her skills in program coordination for residential placement for children over the years dealing with complex and intensive situations and providing seamless and compassionate care for those around her.
Transferring her skills over the years to day programming and adult with intellectual disabilities, Lori was able to use her creative yet analytical approach in order to maximize the quality of programs and experiences for others. She applies this skill set and attention to detail to be an effective leader in our program. Her compassion really shines in leading the staff as Residential Program Director as well as being exceptionally active in Special Olympics as a coach and unified athlete.
In her spare time, Lori enjoys the outdoors, including camping and kayaking, with family and friends.
Merissa BeamResidential Program Specialist
Merissa works for Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates as a Residential Program Specialist. She has a degree in Human Services and 10 years professional experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities. It has always been Merissa’s passion to serve others.
Merissa has a special interest in non-verbal individuals and those on the autism spectrum. This passion grew once she had her son, Jaidyn, who is on the spectrum himself along with having spina bifida.
Merissa is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace and is looking forward to sharing techniques with her co-workers and staff.
In her spare time, Merissa enjoys spending time with her friends, family and her son, Jaidyn. Merissa also coaches three Elementary Cheer squads and the Varsity Cheer squad for Richland School District.
Sabrina BarnoskyDirector of Employment Services/CPS and Residential Program Specialist
Sabrina is a graduate of Mount Aloysius College with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After working in the therapy field for two years, primarily with the elderly population, Sabrina discovered her passion with working with individuals with disabilities. Sabrina made a career change and became an Employment Training Specialist. She found great joy and success working one on one with the people she supported while assisting each with finding employment of interest and advancement in the workforce. Sabrina also continued her career by developing an HCH/Companion program for the agency she was working with. She worked in the Employment/HCH field for 10 years before transitioning into a manager role of a day program. With that combined time, Sabrina has more than 15 years’ experience. Throughout her career progression, Sabrina has gained experience working with various age populations, individuals on the Autism Spectrum, IDD, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and mental health diagnoses.
Sabrina believes in being an advocate for the people she supports. That everyone has a right to make choices that affect their lives and live in a safe, healthy, happy, respectful environment. Sabrina takes pride in the work she has accomplished throughout her careers and the friendships she has made.
When not at work, Sabrina is a nature girl and a music lover. She loves to embrace the comforts and simplicity of nature. She feels that music is her therapy and believes in the quote “ Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything”.
Meet Our In-Home and Community Professional
Joanne SpaidIn-HCH Services Director
Joanne has been working with the ID population for 26 years. She began her career as a Residential Program Worker with DBHS, where she was later promoted to Program Supervisor and then Program Director II. She supervised ID Services group homes for over 20 years.
Currently, Joanne shares her years of experience working with Croyle-Nielsen, working with individuals who receive services from the In-home and Community Services Program.
Meet Our Supported Employment Specialist
Laquita RobertsSupported Employment Specialist
Laquita is a Supported Employment Specialist with Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates and is able to support clients across the Cambria, Somerset, and Bedford Counties.