• Devereux Pennsylvania

Tweet Share on LinkedIn Send email Print

Leadership

Carol Oliver, M.S.

   

Carol Oliver, M.S.
Pennsylvania State Director and Vice President of Operations
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania

As Pennsylvania State Director and Vice President of Operations, Carol Oliver oversees all programs and services for children and adults at our Devereux Pennsylvania locations. She has been in this role since 2010.

Oliver joined our organization in 1983 as a community home supervisor for the Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services center (formerly the Whitlock Center). She served in roles of increasing responsibility until 1990, when she was promoted to Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services executive director. During her time in this position, Oliver oversaw the expansion of the center’s community program from seven community group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to more than 40 homes. She also was instrumental in winning the first Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit, fighting for the rights of individuals with disabilities to live in their own communities.

Prior to joining Devereux, Oliver served 10 years as a junior high school teacher focusing on the areas of English and reading - in Northeast Pennsylvania. As a teacher, Carol had similar experiences to those of our founder - Helena Devereux - spending one-on-one time with students who were integrated in the classroom, but were challenged by a myriad of disabilities. Working with individuals with disabilities piqued her interest and prompted her to seek a new career path at Devereux.

Oliver earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Misericordia College (now University), and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Wilmington University. She has been a long-standing member of the Pennsylvania Association of Resources (PAR) - including serving as a board member and executive board member.

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.
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.