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Carol Oliver, M.S.

   

Carol Oliver, M.S.
State Director
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Carol Oliver is Devereux Pennsylvania’s State Director. Before becoming part of the Devereux family in 1983, she served as a junior high school teacher for ten years, teaching English and reading in Northeast, Pennsylvania. During her career as a teacher, Carol had similar experiences to those of Ms. Devereux—spending one to one time with selected students who were integrated in the classroom, but were challenged by a myriad of disabilities. This piqued her interest in working with people with disabilities, prompting her to seek a different career path. Upon visiting a friend who worked at Devereux, she became inspired by Devereux’s mission. Carol felt comfortable at Devereux, with its culture and strong sense of family.

In 1983, Carol joined Pennsylvania Adult Services (formerly the Whitlock Center) as the Executive Director. During her career at Adult Services, she oversaw the expansion of the community program from its original seven community group homes—for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities—to over 40 homes today. During her career at Adult Services, Carol was instrumental in winning the first Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit, fighting for the rights of people with disabilities to live in their own communities. Despite the stress of that daunting task, Carol never wavered. The outcome was exhilarating—Devereux won its appeal to move five young men into their own homes within the local community. She says it was one the most significant accomplishments of her career.

Due to Carol's unique relationship with the individuals and staff, as well as her outstanding management abilities, Devereux selected her to lead Devereux Pennsylvania in a new position as Pennsylvania's State Director. In her newest role, Carol oversees Devereux's Services for children and adults at all of our Pennsylvania locations.

Carol serves as a board member to both PAR (Pennsylvania Association of Resources) and local organization, Moving Organizations toward Excellence (MAX).

Melanie Beidler, M.S.

   

Melanie Beidler, M.S.
Executive Director, Children's Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Melanie Beidler is the Executive Director of Devereux Pennsylvania — Children’s Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services (CIDDS). Mel has nearly 30 years of experience working within residential treatment, where she began her career working as a group counselor with a population of children with autism and I/DD. Over the years, she has expanded her experience base by working in many direct care and supervisory roles in three different centers within the Devereux organization, serving children and adolescent populations with a range of mental health needs and developmental disabilities. Mel is most proud of her ability to see and understand residential treatment from “the ground up.” Her emphasis on systems and accountability has resulted in an increase in the center’s performance, productivity and delivery of treatment services to Devereux’s children. Mel earned her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, where she also earned her Masters of Management Degree. In 2010, Ms. Beidler graduated from Leadership Main Line Program, an intensive leadership program. Mel is a strong advocate for maintaining ties within the local community where she serves on the board of Safe Harbor, a Chester County shelter that provides housing and services for the homeless of Chester County.

Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA

   

Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA
Executive Director, Adult Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Steve Bruce is the Executive Director of Devereux Adult Services. He has close to 30 years’ experience in non-profit leadership with the depth of his experience in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, and intellectual and developmental disabilities with services spanning across pediatrics through the adult life span. Before joining Devereux in May 2015, Steve was President and CEO of Midland, a provider of educational, residential and day services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Jersey. Prior to that role, Steve was a team member at Bancroft for a significant part of his career - ranging from Area Supervisor early in his career to his most recent roles which included Vice President of Planning/Marketing/Admissions, Vice President of Clinical Operations, and Vice President of Strategic Planning. In addition, Steve is a board-certified behavior analyst and has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University, where he taught courses in applied behavior analysis.

Steve holds a Master’s Degree from Temple University in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. He also completed doctoral courses at Temple University in Educational Psychology.

Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D.</

   

Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D.
Executive Director, Children's Behavioral Health Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Dr. Rhea Fernandes is the Executive Director of our Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS). Dr. Fernandes has more than 16 years of Behavioral Health experience both in community-based and residential services serving both children and adults. Before coming to Devereux, she served as Executive Director of Children’s Services for a large not for profit organization based in Pennsylvania with operations in seven other states. Her career experiences span adult residential and children’s services across a broad continuum of care. She also has intern and extern experience in the areas of eating disorders and comprehensive assessments at Belmont Eating Disorders Unit and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) respectively. Dr. Fernandes received her Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and also attained her Psy.D from Chestnut Hill. She is a current board member of NAMI Montgomery County. She brings to Devereux not only clinical experience, but a strong business orientation and executive presence.

Mary Seeley LPN

   

Mary Seeley LPN
Executive Director, Devereux Poconos
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Mary Seeley has been at Devereux Pocono for 29 years, 26 of which she has served as Executive Director of Devereux Pocono Programs and Services. Under Mary’s direction, Devereux Pocono has flourished as a solution for struggling special needs families in the Pocono Northeast.

Devereux Pocono began modestly in 1982 as a 25 bed intermediate care facility in the rural Pocono Northeast hamlet of Newfoundland, with a staff of 33. When Mary was hired, Devereux had no affiliations with any local public and private organizations and no solid leads for growing business. Today, Devereux Pocono consists of six unique residential, training and rehabilitation programs serving hundreds of special need individuals in 12 locations. What began with a $500,000 operating budget is currently over $11 million. It is Mary’s prudence and innovation that has driven Devereux Pocono’s growth and success. Programs such as School to Work, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services for children, and the creation of Community Homes were developed under Mary’s direction. Mary’s determination and desire for quality programs has produced a community of hope for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

You will not see Mary take credit for these achievements. Mary modestly reminds us “it is the staff.” From her first days as Executive Director, Mary is all about rewarding and advancing her employees. Mary was a leader in the first regional Direct Support professional credentialing program that opens new local career paths for persons working in human services. Mary earned her Pennsylvania Nursing Home Administrator's license in 1986 and is a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is currently completing an advanced degree in business administration at Keystone College.

   

Todd Harris, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Dr. Harris is presently the Executive Director of Autism Services for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. In his current role, he coordinates the design and leads Devereux’s national autism initiatives, assesses and provides consultation and professional development to Devereux centers, and provides direct oversight to Devereux’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (D-PBIS) Autism model. Dr. Harris received his graduate degree at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, where he focused on the use of applied behavior analysis techniques to instruct and support individuals with autism, and their families, under the direction of Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff. Dr. Harris has taught Autism Specialization courses at the University of Delaware, and has published and presented research in the areas of teaching functional communication skills and PECS, staff and family support and training practices, community-based transition programming, and methods to reduce unwanted behaviors through positive approaches. He serves on the advisory board for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and is a member of the Council on Autism Services, a participant on the Delaware State Autism Task Force and a participant on the Pennsylvania State Workgroup on MNGs for ABA Services. In addition, Dr. Harris is the chair of Devereux’s National Autism Committee and sits on the Peer Review Committee for the Delaware Autism Program.

Stewart M. Shear, Ph.D.

   

Stewart M. Shear, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Dr. Stewart Shear is a licensed psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania and for the past 16 years has worked as the Director for Clinical Services of Devereux’s Pennsylvania Adult Services (formerly the Whitlock Center). In his role as Clinical Director, Stewart oversees the implementation of clinical services for adults with intellectual disabilities, dual diagnosis and brain injury. Stewart also supervises the implementation of clinical services for Devereux’s community-based wrap around services and day programs. He has recently been appointed as a Senior Clinical Director for Devereux to provide oversight, consultation and assistance to regional and state-wide programs serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, emotional/behavioral disorders, and brain injuries. Prior to his position at Pennsylvania Adult Services, he served as the Devereux Administrator for Community Services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in New Jersey and was the Pennsylvania Clinical Director for children with intellectual disabilities. He is also a supervising psychologist for Devereux’s Doctoral Internship Program, serves on the IRB Research Review Committee, is a member of Devereux’s National Ethics Committee, and is an advisory board member for the Pennsylvania Communities Faith Leadership Project.

Currently, his interest is in applied research related to self management as well as the practice of faith and quality of life issues for adults with disabilities. His research has resulted in various publications and presentations at local and national conferences. Stewart earned his Master’s Degree in Psychology with a clinical concentration from Marywood University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton. He earned his Ph.D. from Lehigh University with a specialty in School Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.