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Two Devereux Center for Resilient Children National Trainers named "Exceptional Leaders" by Exchange magazine

Devereux is proud to announce that two colleagues from the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC), Nefertiti Bruce Poyner and Karen Cairone, have been named as “Exceptional Leaders” in the field of Early Childhood Education by Exchange magazine.  Exchange, a respected and well-read publication covering topics related to early child care and education, launched The Exchange Leadership Initiative in November of 2014 in an effort to recognize emerging leadership in the field of field of early child care and education.  Profiles of Ms. Poyner and Ms. Cairone can be found in the May/June issue of Exchange magazine.

Ms. Poyner and Ms. Cairone were among a very distinguished group of only 49 early to mid-career professionals selected by members of Exchange’s Emerging Leaders Review Team.  Candidates were measured using five criteria, which included demonstrated leadership, knowledge and experience, and demonstrated initiative.  “DCRC, and Devereux are very fortunate to count Nefertiti and Karen among our ranks.  We have a talented team at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and we continue to be proud of the wonderful work that Nefertiti and Karen do to advance the field, and the lives of young children and their families,” said Paul LeBuffe, Director of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. 

Karen Cairone, M.Ed., worked at DCRC beginning in 1999 as an Early Childhood Specialist.  She is currently a consultant for DCRC. She is the co-writer and co-producer of the Facing the Challenge DVDs, Classroom Moments DVD and accompanying training. Karen is also a co-author for DCRC’s 2011 award winning publication, Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure:  50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children.  Most recently she has co-authored Promoting Resilience in Preschoolers: A Strategy Guide for Early Childhood Professionals and Promoting Resilience For Now and Forever: A Family Guide for Promoting the Social and Emotional Health of Preschool Children

Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, M.Ed., is an Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer for DCRC. She has worked for the Devereux Center for Resilient Children for over 10 years. Most recently she has co-authored two resources, Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You and the award winning Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children.

Nefertiti Bruce, M.Ed.

Nefertiti Bruce, M.Ed.

Karen Cairone, M.Ed.

Karen Cairone, M.Ed.

  Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health appoints Carl E. Clark II as seventh president and chief executive officer in 105-year-history

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest, largest, and most-respected nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, announced today its Board of Trustees has appointed Carl E. Clark II as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

  Giving thanks: Celebrating Thanksgiving with your Child with Autism

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, and to give thanks for the many gifts we experience in our lives.

  Devereux Arizona’s Lane Barker Captures C-Suite Award

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona Executive Director Lane Barker was recently named Phoenix Business Journal's “CEO of the Year” in its inaugural “C-Suite Awards” event on October 19.

  Crucial Considerations When Conducting an Organizational Rebrand

A strong brand is one of an organization’s greatest assets. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw shares points to consider for nonprofit organizations looking to refresh or enhance their brands.

  New York Magazine article features Devereux AZ parents’ foster care journey

According to Sharicka McHenry’s life plan, she’d be married with children by the time she was 30. But by the time she and her wife, Donna, both found out they were medically unable to have biological children, Sharicka was 37. Click here to read this New York Magazine article about Devereux Arizona parents Sharicka and Donna McHenry - and their foster care journey.

  Devereux President and CEO Bob Kreider featured on Comcast Newsmakers

In September, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health President and CEO Robert Q. Kreider appeared on Comcast Newsmakers, where he shared information about the organization, his achievements as president and CEO, and details about the organization’s annual Hope Gala on November 11.

  Megan Russell-Currie appointed to APA Integrated Health Care Alliance Advisory Board

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Director of Clinical and Professional Affairs Megan Russell-Currie was recently appointed to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Integrated Health Care Alliance Advisory Board.

  Rayni Brindley joins RCPA Steering Committee to prioritize quality of care for children’s services

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Vice President of Operations and Organizational Development Rayni Brindley was recently selected to join the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) Children’s Steering Committee.

  Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to the residents of Texas both in Houston / League City and Victoria, where Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has programs.

  Devereux celebrates Direct Support Professionals Week

At Devereux, our direct support professionals are the lifeblood of our organization. During Direct Support Professionals Week (DSP) - September 10-16 - Devereux recognizes and celebrates its DSPs’ efforts to bring help and healing to the individuals we serve every day.

  Devereux’s Early Childhood Assessment Program turns everyday interactions into lifelong skills

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s “Devereux Early Childhood Assessment” (DECA) Program provides teachers and families with a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children ages four weeks to six-years-old.

  ‘Success Through A Change In Perspective’ - Advice From Robert Kreider

OPEN MINDS recently caught up with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health President and CEO Bob Kreider to get his thoughts on leadership. Answering three questions, Bob highlighted the importance of getting involved in an organization’s culture, focusing on budget process and listening to employees at all levels of the organization.

  Devereux: Providing compassionate care and evidence-based practices for 100+ years

In this Philadelphia Medicine Magazine article, Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw shares information about the more than 100-year history and evolution of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. (see pgs. 18-21).

  Launching an organizational rebrand? Here's some crucial considerations

In this Philadelphia Business Journal article, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Clark and Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw offer advice and items to consider for any organization undergoing a rebranding effort.

  Amy Kelly gives a voice to families through American Board of Pediatrics Foundation project

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Director of Family and Community Services Amy Kelly was recently selected to participate in a new mental health initiative sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The project focuses on better understanding the emotional support and mental health needs of patients and families dealing with a chronic illness.

  Former Devereux student shares her high school experience

“Devereux taught me that I am appreciated and that I do matter,” said Shante Chapman, a former Devereux Day School student. When Shante was younger, she was labeled a “brawler” who was prone to bouts of anger and fighting. After her freshman year in high school, she and her family made the decision to continue her high school education at the Devereux Day School in Pennsylvania.

  2017 Golf & Tennis Classic generates nearly $120,000 for Devereux PA programs

Devereux Pennsylvania’s 30th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic - held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club - included a golf and tennis tournament, along with live and silent auctions and a cocktail/dinner reception for attendees.

  Devereux article on Positive Behavior Support featured in Fostering Families Today

An article written by Devereux employees - Rachel Eisenberg, Ph.D.; Laura Rutherford, Ph.D.; and Barry McCurdy, Ph.D. - was recently featured in Fostering Families Today magazine. The focus: Positive Behavior Support in treatment foster care.

  Devereux Senior Vice President and COO Carl E. Clark II Elected to RCPA Board

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl E. Clark II was elected to the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association’s (RCPA) Board of Directors.

  Tips for Navigating the Special Needs World with Your Child’s Doctor

In a two-part series about fostering strong relationships between physicians and children with special needs, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Director of Family and Community Services Amy Kelly shares her experiences - Tips for Navigating the Special Needs World with Your Child’s Doctor - with Philly.com’s Healthy Kids Blog.

  Devereux celebrates teachers and nurses during recognition weeks

At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we celebrate our nurses and teachers all year long. But during National Nurses Week and National Teacher Appreciation Week, we really want to give our nurses and teachers a special shout out!

  Adoption brings the gift of family to four siblings in foster care

Donna and Sharicka McHenry were satisfied with their lives in Phoenix, Ariz., but something was missing. “We always wanted children,” said Donna. “We wanted one of our own, but we also knew we would go through the foster care process because there are nearly 18,000 children living in the child welfare system in Arizona.” The couple are now parents to four siblings who previously were in foster care.

  Devereux Announces 2018 Retirement of President and CEO,
Robert Q. Kreider


Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, recently announced that Robert Q. Kreider, President and CEO, will retire in January 2018, following more than 20 years of extraordinary service.

  Nearly 300 attend N.Y. screening of Oscar-nominated movie Life, Animated

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s special screening of the movie Life, Animated was presented to a near sell-out crowd on February 13 in Pelham, N.Y. The event, held in partnership with The Picture House, was followed by a Q&A session with Ron and Cornelia Suskind, the parents featured in the film.

  How Art and a Zoo Help Students with Differences Learn Positive and Healing Behaviors

When working to improve educational outcomes for students with learning differences, it is essential to focus on cultivating behaviors that will equip each student to reach his or her true potential. At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Leo Kanner Learning Center, creative forms of learning are taking center stage when it comes to building confidence, generating positive behaviors and putting children with differences on a level playing field.

  New Social Enterprise Aperture Education Focuses on Students’ Social and Emotional Competence

Assessment company Apperson, Inc., and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children a prevention-focused service of the nonprofit organization Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health today announced the launch of a new company, Aperture Education, that provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help schools and out-of-school-time organizations address the whole child.

  Devereux leaders featured in FFTA newsletter; share insight into launching a rebrand

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health leaders Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Clark were featured in a recent issue of the Family Focused Treatment Association’s newsletter - FOCUS. The topic: launching an organizational rebrand.

  Dr. Barry McCurdy elected to APBS Board of Directors

Devereux Center for Effective Schools Director Dr. Barry McCurdy was recently appointed to the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Board of Directors. Dr. McCurdy was elected by his peers to serve a three-year term (2017-2020).