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Staff and Management
Staff and Managementadmin2021-06-22T16:11:59-04:00
Jesper P. NielsenChief Executive Officer
Jesper P. Nielsen
Jesper is the Chief Executive Officer of Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic. Jesper has worked for years in executive management, most recently as the Director of Strategic Planning of a large business headquartered in Johnstown. Jesper brings a keen understanding of what it takes to run a successful and responsible business and manages the day-to-day operations of Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic in close cooperation with Amy Nielsen.
In addition to his role as company executive, Jesper is also trained as a Behavior Support Specialist and manages a small caseload of clients. “This work is a passion and a calling, which is why I feel it is essential to work directly with those we serve and their support teams. Amy (Nielsen) and I want to work side-by-side with our staff and our clients to ensure that the entire organization works for those we serve and never forget why we do what we do”, Jesper explains.
Jesper serves as a member of the boards of directors of Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies, Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board and the Somerset Lion’s Club. Jesper also serves as leader of the Social Issues Capture Team under the Vision2025 initiative, designed to re-vitalize the greater Johnstown area.
Jesper is also involved with the Entrepreneurial Alchemy program at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and serves as a “shark” at the entrepreneurial “shark tank” student pitch competition on campus.
Jesper is passionate about community and economic development, donating his time and resources to several organizations and efforts aimed at improving the local communities and bringing jobs to the region.
Amy is the President of Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic and has a background in Social Services and Business Marketing. Amy has worked for years in the social services field, most recently as a Behavioral Specialist, and has an intimate understanding of the importance of providing outstanding therapeutic services and the positive difference excellent mental health therapy can make in a person’s life.
Amy is the niece of practice founder Dr. Grant Croyle and heads up the Behavioral Support Services division of Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the entire organization in close cooperation with Jesper Nielsen.
Amy maintains a small caseload herself, in order to stay connected with our clients and support teams, ensuring that the organization continually anticipates and adapts to their changing needs. “I’m a behavioral specialist, not only by trade, but it is what I am passionate about. I care so deeply about our people and I never want to lose that connection with them”, Amy explains.
Being passionate about ensuring that the area, its residents and businesses thrive, Amy serves a Vice-Chair of the Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) Growth Fund Board. Additionally, Amy serves as a volunteer member the Cambria County Human Rights Committee, tasked with ensuring that the human rights of area residents with intellectual disabilities are protected. “I care deeply about ensuring that the rights of those with disabilities are upheld and protected. This is a population that often is vulnerable to exploitation and abuse who depend on passionate people to advocate on their behalf to help ensuring their well-being, safety and quality of life are being prioritized”, Amy explains.
Dicia is a graduate of Indiana University of PA with a Master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, and Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Park Management. Dicia is SHRM-CP certified through the Society of Human Resources Management and PHR certified through HRCI. She has over 15 years experience in helping employers and employees successfully work together for the betterment of the business by handling complaints, finding resolutions and offering excellent service in the process. Throughout her life in human resources, she has written numerous policies and handbooks, worked through legal issues, and navigated the Affordable Care Act and implemented benefits across a 200 person company. She has created performance review systems and implemented retention strategies making strategic efforts to maintain employee satisfaction.
In a previous career, Dicia had sales and marketing experience working for a minor league baseball team, concert arena and a hotel and was even a certified wedding planner! In her free time she enjoys shopping, cheering for her kids at all of their activities and being outdoors with her family biking, walking on trails, playing any type of sport in the backyard and sitting around a campfire.
Kelly is a graduate of Duquesne University with a duel major in Accounting and Finance. Kelly has 9 years of experience in compiling financial statements, budgets, tax returns, payroll, and many other accounting related functions. She works closely with owners, Jesper & Amy, to provide them with reports and tools to help improve the success of C-NTA.
Outside of work, Kelly can been seen chasing after her four children, three of which are triplets. She loves spending time with family and friends, sports, and traveling.
Amanda is the Office Manager at our Administrative and IDD Services Office. She has been a member of our C-NTA team 2018. She started as DSP at one of our residential homes an moved up to the position of House Manager. She then moved to the position of Office Manager with the opening of the new office and is the glue that keeps the Budfield office running smoothly.
She enjoys helping with the organization of the office and making sure every staff, individual, and guest has everything in order and everything they need. Amanda is a caring and welcoming individual who genuinely enjoys working with all the people we support. When she is not working, she enjoys days on the boat at the lake, camping and spending time with her two children.
Elizabeth “Liz” ThomasJohnstown Therapy Office Manager
Elizabeth “Liz” Thomas
Liz is the Office Manager of our Johnstown location. Liz is a top graduate of Cambria Rowe Business College and is an extremely talented and dedicated member of our team and family. Liz is highly skilled in medical office administration and is passionate about providing only the best client experiences through uncompromising integrity, a stellar work ethic, a keen sense for detail, and a deeply caring personality. We are fortunate to have Liz on our team and we are proud that she chose to join Croyle-Nielsen!
Rich began his career working with the ID population with his younger brother. He joined the Marines after high school, and after discharge moved back to Pennsylvania with the goal of continuing to work with the ID population.
Rich worked at the Somerset State Hospital as a Psych Aide and Activity Aide. After leaving the State Hospital, Rich began employment with Development and Behavioral Health Services initially as a Residential Program Worker, and worked his way up through the ranks to a Program Director, Transportation Coordinator, and Training Coordinator.
Rich enjoys his current position at Croyle-Nielsen, and having the best staff and co-workers in the business.
Luna joins C-NTA as Chief Happiness Officer after graduating with honors from Bugg University with a Master of Cuteness (MC) degree. Although this is Luna’s first full-time job she has proved to be a natural at her new position. Luna takes her new job very seriously, working to make people feel comfortable and happy when they visit the office. She spreads a real spirit of fun and joy throughout the office and to the individuals we support. You can always hear laughter and see smiles when she is around! Luna is working on improving her job performance by learning new job skills such as fetching and hopes to eventually be able to do stairs independently.
In her free time she enjoys playing with her two doggy “fur sisters”, going for walks, snacks, and snuggling with her family on the couch.