• Devereux Pennsylvania

Tweet Share on LinkedIn Send email Print

Leadership

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.

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
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.