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Melanie Beidler, M.S.

 

Melanie Beidler, M.S.
Vice President of Operations - Children’s Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Melanie Beidler, M.S., serves as Devereux’s vice president of operations - children's services. In this role, Beidler oversees the organization’s Pennsylvania operations, focusing on the care, education and treatment of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Beidler joined Devereux in 1982 as a group counselor for children with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since that time, she has taken on positions of increasing responsibility and authority, serving in multiple direct care and supervisory roles at three Devereux centers. From 2011-June 2018, she held her most recent position as executive director of Devereux Pennsylvania’s Children's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services center.

Beidler earned both a Bachelor of Science in Individual and Family Studies and Master of Science in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Main Line Program, an intensive leadership program. Beidler sits on the boards of the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) and the PCCYFS’ Southeast Region Council. She also will serve as a board member of Devereux’s new staffing agency - QualityHealth Staffing, LLC. In addition, Beidler participates on the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association Pediatric Care Work Group and Residential Treatment Center Work Group, and was a former board member of Safe Harbor, a shelter providing housing and services for Chester County’s homeless population.

 

Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA

   

Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA
Vice President of Operations - Adult Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

As Vice President of Operations - Adult Services, Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA, manages the care, treatment and outcomes of our adult population - living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Most recently, he served as executive director of Devereux Pennsylvania’s Adult Services center, where he oversaw the care and treatment of nearly 400 adults served by the center’s day habilitation and employment programs, and residences throughout southeast Pennsylvania.

Bruce brings more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership and behavioral healthcare experience to his role. Before joining Devereux in 2015, he was president and CEO of Midland, a provider of educational, residential and day services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Jersey. Prior to that, he served a significant part of his career at Bancroft, a nonprofit provider of services for individuals with brain injuries, autism and intellectual disabilities. During his 25-year tenure at Bancroft, Bruce held early roles such as director of pediatric and adolescent services, and more recent positions including: vice president of planning/marketing/admissions, vice president of clinical operations, and vice president of strategic planning.

Bruce holds a Master in Special Education, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Temple University. In addition, he is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University, where he has taught courses in Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

Christopher Betts, M.A.

   

Christopher Betts, M.A.
Executive Director, Devereux Pennsylvania - Adult Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Christopher Betts, M.A., serves as the executive director of our Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services center. In this role, he will oversee the care and treatment of nearly 400 adults served by the center’s day habilitation and employment programs, and residences throughout southeast Pennsylvania. Betts holds more than 20 years of behavioral healthcare experience.

He joined Devereux Pennsylvania in 2000 as a residential counselor at the organization’s Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services (CIDDS) center; he was promoted to lead counselor in 2001. In 2002, he became program coordinator and, that same year, was promoted to treatment manager. In 2010, he began working at Devereux Pennsylvania’s Adult Services center as a program director. Later, he became program administrator and, in 2016, was promoted to his most recent role as assistant executive director.

Prior to Devereux, Betts held behavioral health positions in the United Kingdom, including youth worker positions at the Somerset County Youth Service and the Somerset Rural Youth Project. He holds a Professional Diploma in Youth/Community Work and a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Youth and Community Work from the University College of St. Mark and St. John (Exeter University, UK). In addition, he holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Immaculata University.

As of July 1, 2018, Betts will serve as a board member of the South Eastern Pennsylvania provider organization Moving Agencies Toward Excellence (MAX).

 

Patricia Hillis-Clark, Psy.D., BCBA

   

Patricia Hillis-Clark, Psy.D., BCBA
Executive Director, Devereux Pennsylvania - Children’s Behavioral Health Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Patricia Hillis-Clark, Psy.D., BCBA, holds more than 20 years of experience in the child and adolescent behavioral healthcare field. She is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and Delaware, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist.

Dr. Hillis-Clark joined Devereux Pennsylvania in 2000 as a clinician at “Gateway,” which was located in Newtown Square, Pa. In 2018, she was named executive director of Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) after serving as CBHS’ clinical director since 2009. Hillis-Clark specializes in working with highly-traumatized populations, including sexually exploited and trafficked youth. Before joining Devereux, she was a social worker at the Children’s Aid Society.

Hillis-Clark has earned the following degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cabrini College; Master in Social Work from Temple University; and a Doctor in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. She has completed certification programs including: Financial Success for Nonprofits Cornell University; Behavior Analysis - Florida Institute of Technology; and School Psychology - Eastern University. She holds a Diplomate from the Academy of Cognitive Therapists. Hillis-Clark has presented locally on the topic of sexually exploited and trafficked youth, and has served as adjunct teaching faculty at the graduate level. She serves as an advisory board member of the Devereux Cleo Wallace and Devereux Cleo Wallace Foundation, and is the chair of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 12 Mentorship Sub-Committee. In addition, she has served as a past Division 12 reviewer for the APA’s Annual Convention Submissions for Presentation.

 

Carol Anne McNellis, Psy.D., BCBA

   

Carol Anne McNellis, Psy.D., BCBA
Executive Director, Devereux Pennsylvania - Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Carol Anne McNellis, Psy.D., BCBA, holds more than 30 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field. She joined the Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services (CIDDS) center in 1989 as the coordinator of behavior management services. Since that time, McNellis has served in various roles of increasing responsibility. She was appointed executive director of CIDDS in 2018 after serving as clinical director since 2003. While in that role, McNellis supervised a team of 21 psychologists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts and clinicians, and served as the primary clinical supervisor for CIDDS’ doctoral interns through Devereux’s APA-accredited psychology internship program. Her career highlights include: developing/opening a short-term, intensive residential program for children with autism and severe behavior problems, and opening the Devereux Pennsylvania Autism Assessment Center, which provides comprehensive autism diagnostic services.

Prior to joining Devereux, McNellis was a core team coordinator for Applied Behavior Systems in Newtown Square, Pa., and owned a private practice behavioral consulting company. McNellis is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University, and has presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to evidence-based assessment and treatment practices for children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities, autism and behavioral challenges.

 

Tina Skoda

   

Tina Skoda
Executive Director, Devereux Poconos
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

As Devereux Pocono’s Executive Director, Tina Skoda oversees the center’s day-to-day operational, clinical and administrative functions.

Skoda holds more than 20 years of behavioral healthcare experience. She joined Devereux Pocono in 2003 as director of operations where, among other things, she oversaw the center’s residential, day and community programs. In 2012, Skoda moved into the role of assistant executive director, where she was responsible for the center’s overall operations and quality improvement initiatives, as well as all licensing, financial, and administrative processes. She was promoted to executive director in November 2017.

Prior to Devereux, Skoda worked with the elderly as a behavioral health program director for Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. In addition, she worked with children as a regional director of behavioral health rehabilitation services for New Hope of Pennsylvania, Inc., in Wyoming, Pa.

Skoda is a licensed social worker and has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Marywood College. She is also a certified paralegal.

 

Stewart M. Shear, Ph.D.

   

Stewart M. Shear, Ph.D.
National Director of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Dr. Stewart Shear is a licensed psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania and serves as Devereux’s national director of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Services. In this role, Shear oversees the development and implementation of best practices for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Prior to his current position, Shear was the director of Clinical Services for Devereux Pennsylvania’s Adult Services center in Berwyn, Pa., where he was responsible for the implementation of clinical services, community-based services and day programs for adults with I/DD, dual diagnosis and brain injury. He also held the role of Devereux Pennsylvania senior clinical director. During his 24-year tenure with the organization, Shear also served as Devereux New Jersey’s administrator for Community Services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and Devereux Pennsylvania’s clinical director for children with intellectual disabilities.

Shear is a supervising psychologist for Devereux’s Doctoral Internship Program and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. He also 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.

Throughout his career, Shear’s passion can be found 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. Shear 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. In addition, he earned his doctorate with a specialty in School Psychology from Lehigh University.

 

Megan Robinson Joy, Ph.D., BCBA

   

Megan Robinson Joy, Ph.D., BCBA
Director of Autism Services
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

Megan Robinson Joy, Ph.D., BCBA, joined Devereux Pennsylvania in June 2017 as the director of autism services. In her role as state director, Dr. Joy provides clinical oversight of Devereux’s autism programs and services in Pennsylvania, including: the Center for Autism Research and Educational Services (CARES), the CARES consultation program, and the Community Adult Autism Partnership Program. She also oversees the implementation of the Devereux Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (D-PBIS) Autism model across our Pennsylvania centers.

Prior to Devereux, Dr. Joy was the regional director of Home and School Consultation at the May Institute in Randolph, Mass. There, she provided clinical and operational oversight to more than 70 clinicians providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with autism in homes and in public schools.

Dr. Joy earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Dr. Edward Carr, one of the founders of Positive Behavior Support. She also holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hamilton College, Summa Cum Laude. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Dr. Joy’s work focuses on using the principles of ABA to develop contextually appropriate interventions to teach skills and reduce problem behaviors in natural settings. She has presented at a number of regional and national ABA conferences on supporting families with children with autism, functional behavior assessment, training therapists and educators on the principles of ABA, and using multi-tiered systems of support to develop effective staff training and supervision models.