Welcome

Scranton Counseling Center is a private, nonprofit organization incorporated in 1947. It is an integrated Behavioral Healthcare Delivery System providing services to people of all ages. We endorse the following National Consensus Statement on Mental Health Recovery:

“Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential.”

Our Team

Dr. Sarah Wodder

President/CEO

Dr. Wodder serves as Scranton Counseling Center’s President and CEO and is a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor. She is passionate about providing equal access to quality mental and behavioral health services in order to promote resilience and recovery.

Wendy Reed

Wendy Reed, LCSW

COO, Executive VP, Operations

Wendy has over 30 year of behavior health experience with a combination of management and clinical experience. Wendy joined the Center in 2014 as the Vice President of Operations. Wendy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and gerontology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Jeff Novak, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff oversees and is responsible for all financial functions of the center. He reports to the CEO. Jeff has coordinated the renovation and construction of SCC’s new campus in South Scranton.

Bill Citino

Bill Citino, MSW, LCSW

Executive VP | Clinical Services, Quality and Compliance

Bill is a PA Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in behavioral health services for over 15 years. He has clinical and administrative experience working in residential and outpatient settings where he specialized in working with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems as well as providing treatment services to survivors of trauma. Bill has strong interest in ensuring consumers receive quality clinical care at Scranton Counseling Center that remains in line with best practices and the organization’s mission.

Pam Macosky

Pam Macosky

Executive VP | Human Resources

Pam comes to SCC with over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, most recently in a not-for-profit long term care setting. She brings with her an understanding of the numerous challenges that a non-profit organization faces, especially in terms of identifying, hiring and retaining qualified staff, as well as leadership, on a limited budget. Pam is a graduate of King’s College and Misericordia University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees respectively.

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Our Mission

The Center’s Mission is to promote wellness and recovery by providing an environment which is considerate of and sensitive to the unique, personal and cultural attributes of those we serve, and which empowers them to make choices about their lives, pursue their personal goals and maximize their quality of life while respecting their individual dignity and confidentiality.

Medical Staff

SCC Doctors

Left to right: Kashif Khan, M.D., Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist; Tiffany Hughes- Eagen M.D., Adult Psychiatrist;
Dorothy Perillo, PA-C, Adult Physician’s Assistant; Muhammed Rahman, M.D., Medical Director

 

Muhammed Rahman, M.D.

Medical Director

Tiffany Hughes-Eagen, M.D.

Adult Psychiatrist

Nelson Asante, M.D.

Adult Psychiatrist

Nancy Flores-Migenes, M.D.

Adult Psychiatrist

Kashif Kahn, M.D.

Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist

Sanjay Chandragiri, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Marie Dona, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Peter Sandwell, Dr.

Psychiatrist

Jeannette Lasher

Physician’s Assistant

Dorothy Perillo

Physician’s Assistant

Bonnie Woodruff

Nurse Practitioner

Board of Directors

Philip Condron

Board Chair

Michael Ruane

2nd Vice-Chair

Karen Clifford

Secretary

Gavin Cerco

Treasurer

Francis J. Merkel, CPA

Lauren Allen

Peter Curtin

Mara Gavin

James Haggerty Jr

Attorney Jerome Musheno

Bob Liskowicz, Psy.D.

Bob Solfanelli

Mary Theresa G. Paterson, Esq.

Margaret McNulty

Lifetime Board Member

Brittany Corrigan

Controller

Brittany has joined Scranton Counseling Center as Controller. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from Marywood University. She has over eight years of experience in higher education and for-profit accounting.

Alyssa Heitzenroder, NCC, LPC

Director | Outpatient Services

Alyssa is a National Certified Mental Health Counselor and a PA Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in behavioral health services for over 10 years. She has clinical and managerial experience working in a multitude of settings where she specialized in working with children on the Autism Spectrum, as well as, providing coordination for Outpatient Services. Alyssa’s greatest passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. Her main goal is to assist all individuals seeking mental health treatment, in finding healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthening their own relationships, in order to bring peace into their lives.

Brian Victor

Coordinator | Outpatient Services

Brian has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and has also worked in the behavioral health services for over 10 years. He has clinical and managerial experience working in many settings which includes working with children in on the Autism Spectrum and working with consumers with ADHD. Brian has provided Mobile Therapy Services in the past where he also provides coordination for Outpatient Services. Brian’s main goal is to provide assistance with all individuals seeking mental health treatment, in addition to strengthening communication skills and coordination of care.

Brenda Bryan, MS, NCC, LBS

Director | Community and School Based Behavioral Health

Brenda is a Nationally Certified Counselor who also holds a Behavioral Specialist License. She received her Masters of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Scranton and has worked for 12 years with children and adolescents in various roles in Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services. Brenda has been the Program Director of Community and School Based Services for the past 3 years, where we strive to provide quality services to children, adolescents and their families in homes, school and community settings to help them develop skills to achieve their goals.

Maura Pinto

Clinical Supervisor | Community and School Based Behavioral Health

Maura is a PA Licensed Behavior Specialist who has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years. She has clinical and administrative experience working within Children and Youth, Foster care, Vocational Rehabilitation, IBHS/Mobile Therapy, Autism, Functional Behavioral Assessments, Data Analysis and SBBH. While working within these programs Maura provided quality clinical care to adults, children and their communities. Maura has worked for Scranton Counseling Center for over 21 years. She was educated at the University of Scranton receiving a Masters’ Degree in Counseling. Maura is dedicated to Scranton Counseling Center’s mission statement and has provided quality services to our consumers following that mission.

Susan Sczesniak

Clinical Supervisor | Community and School Based Behavioral Health

Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 25 years of experience in Community Behavioral Health Services. She has both clinical and administrative experience in the Outpatient setting. Susan has experience in working with both the child and adult populations and has worked collaboratively with many community agencies over the years. Areas of specialization include: Anxiety, Behavior Modification, Self-Esteem, Anger Management, and Self-Harming Behaviors. Susan remains committed to providing quality clinical care to consumers and their families.

Lori Burian

Director | Intensive Behavioral Health Services

Lori has worked in the Behavioral Health field for 30+ years. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, is Board Certified as a Behavior Analyst and is a PA Licensed Behavior Specialist. She has experience working in a variety of programs to include Center Based Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization programs, BHRS and now IBHS programs, Center and School Based Partial Hospitalization programs as well as having delivered direct care as a Behavior Consultant and Mobile Therapist. She has 20+ year of supervisory experience providing clinical supervision to both Master’s level clinicians and Direct Care staff. Lori has a strong interest in Autism and strongly believes in the benefits of early intervention and the use of evidence based behavioral interventions to effect positive change.

Ron Colbert

Ronald Colbert, MS, LPC, MCC

Director | Forensic Services

Ron earned a B.S. degree in Individual and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University; he earned a M.S. degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Professional Counseling from the University of Scranton. Ron is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor, board certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Ron has worked in the behavioral health / counseling professions for 37 years, and for the past 15 years has focused on providing mental health treatment services at various ‘Intercept Points’ within the Criminal Justice System. Ron joined Scranton Counseling Center in 2016.

Traci Leidel, MS

Coordinator | Forensic Services

Traci obtained a Master of Science degree in Counseling at The University of Scranton. She has worked in the behavioral health field for over 11 years in various positions including therapeutic support staff, case manager, and court liaison intervention program staff member. She currently acts as the Coordinator of Forensic Services at Scranton Counseling Center. Traci actively participates in various problem solving courts in Lackawanna County and supports case managers in the Forensic Services Department at SCC.

Nicholas Deneen

Director | Case Management

Nick has been with Scranton Counseling Center for over 11 years. He is a 2010 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in psychology. He began his career at Scranton Counseling Center as an intensive case manager, and has since held a variety of positions within the agency. Prior to taking on the role of director of the case management in November 2019, he spent time working in the Forensic Department as court liaison and served as the coordinator of the crisis/intake department. Nick has also been a certified instructor in safe crisis management (SCM) since 2016.

Denise Reilly

Coordinator | Case Management

Denise has been a part of the Scranton Counseling Center family for the past 28 years. She started as the assistant to the BSU coordinator then became the first Child Resource Case Manager. She then joined the first team of 5 School Based Intensive Case Managers. During this time she wrote and received several grants for a social skills program for children with Attention Deficit Disorder that she developed. After 5 years in case management she became the BHRS director for the next 10 years where she received another grant for a wellness program that she developed. She was also the Director for the Kids Interacting Positively Program. During this time Denise was the Northeast representative on the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association Steering Committee and founder and president of Northeast Partnership on Training and Education. She then moved into a position as a Coordinator for Case Management. Denise has always felt that case managers can help a person change their life by providing support and encouragement. Denise heads our Holiday Wish List. She is a HIPAA trainer and is part of a team that respond to crisis in the community.

Gerald Nitch

Coordinator | Case Management

Jerry has worked a little over 40 years at the Scranton Counseling Center having been in I.D. services, Partial Hospitalization, B.H.R.S., and Case Management. He enjoys working with children and adults. He continues also to help with autism services at the Center and other auxiliary functions such as Q.A., S.A.P., and community outreach.

Elizabeth Kinney

Director | Multisystemic Therapy

Elizabeth is a PA Licensed Behavior Specialist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She has worked in behavioral health for over 20 years including holding the position as Director of Multisystemic Therapy for 13+ years. Her clinical and administrative experience includes primarily child and adolescent community mental health services focused on addressing youth problem behaviors to maintain youth in their home and community. Elizabeth has a strong interest in maximizing youth and family strengths to leverage positive change and keep families together.

Janice Mecca, PhD, CPRP

Director | Assertive Community Treatment

Janice has worked in behavioral health for the past 8 years. She has experience in community residential facilities as well as community mental health facilities. She has a doctoral degree in Human Development with a primary focus on Health Promotion. She is passionate about supporting individuals with mental illness in their recovery.

Joann Pesavento

Director | Partial Hospitalization

Joann is a Licensed Behavioral Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. Throughout her career, she has provided therapy in the outpatient setting as well as the public school system, foster care system, and homeless assistance programs. Joann has a strong background in trauma informed care and has been working with families in NEPA for over 20 years.

John Rosengrant

Executive Director | Katie’s Place Clubhouse

John is the Executive Director of the Katie’s Place Clubhouse through Scranton Counseling Center. He has over two decades of experience working with children and adults in the Social Service and Mental Health system. He has a passion for program development and enjoys helping people find hope and opportunity in their recovery from mental illness. John is a Licensed PA Social Worker as well as a Master of Public Administration and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. He also serves on several Boards on Directors at organizations within the community.

Kerri Drzechowski

Kerri Orzechowski

Director | Early Intervention

Kerri Orzechowski is the Director of Early Intervention. Her primary experience is serving children birth to three and coordinating developmental services for these children in Lackawanna/Susquehanna Counties. She has worked for Scranton Counseling Center for over 23 years. She has worked in Early Intervention for 18 years and takes pride in providing high quality services for children birth to three. Kerri truly loves working with children and their families in Early Intervention and leading the Early Intervention team.

Kristen Simpson, MS

Director | Intake and Emergency Services

Kristen has her Masters of Science in Community Counseling from the University of Scranton. She has worked in behavioral health services for 26 years and has both clinical and administrative experience working in residential, community-based treatment and outpatient settings. Kristen served as the behavior health representative for the start-up and implementation of the Crisis Intervention Team with law enforcement in Lackawanna/Susquehanna Counties.

Melanie Galli

Coordinator | Intake and Emergency Services

Melanie is the coordinator of intake and emergency services. She has been employed at Scranton Counseling Center since 2014. Prior to her position, Melanie worked as a case manager, and was part of Lackawanna County’s Mental Health Court Program. Additionally, she served as a crisis worker with the focus of helping those in urgent need throughout the area. Melanie believes in the leadership and the mission of Scranton Counseling Center to continue providing the utmost quality and compassionate care.

Judy Nauroth

Director | Family Home-Based Services/FIT

Judy has a Bachelor and a Master degree in clinical psychology and has worked locally in children’s’ behavioral health services for more than 30 years. She has clinical and administrative experience with a variety of programs such as Family Based Mental Health Services, School Based Behavioral Health Services, Partial Hospitalization, Case Management and Intensive Behavioral Health Services. Judy is also a member of the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative, which is a local organization that focuses on raising awareness, clinical training, and survivor support activities. Judy has been steadfastly committed to providing exceptional support to the families and children in our community.

Peggy Demont

Director | Drug and Alcohol Services

Peggy is the Director of Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Services who is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania and a Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of New Jersey. Her experience consist of 10 plus years in the field of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. She has been working at Scranton Counseling Center since July 2019 and is passionate about serving those with Substance Abuse Disorders and Mental Health issues in our community.

Lisa Tisdel

Director | Reimbursements

Gabriela Cianci

Gabriela Cianci, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner | Adult Outpatient Services

Gabriela is board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been a registered nurse since 2014 and has spent the last 6 years working as a psychiatric nurse on an inpatient behavioral health unit, before obtaining her advanced practice degree in 2021. She is excited to continue her career serving a community she holds dear to her heart. She has a strong passion and dedication to the mental health community and is committed to providing the best patient care to the consumers at Scranton Counseling Center.

Billy Iyoob

Bill Iyoob

Facilities Coordinator | Plant Services

Bill has been employed in various roles throughout his 20+ year career with Scranton Counseling.  He had started in the residential setting, then eventually, Plant Services Department and transportation.

Kelly Domenick

Kelly Domenick

HR Generalist | Human Resources

Kelly recently joined Scranton Counseling Center as Talent Acquisition Specialist. In this new position, Kelly focuses on recruitment and retention and is chair of the spirit committee. Kelly is born and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania and has her B.S. in Business from Lackawanna College.

Len Colangelo

Len Colangelo

Liability Specialist | Finance

Len currently serves as the Liability Specialist at Scranton Counseling Center. He has a background in the insurance industry working at some of the larger insurance companies in the area. Len is responsible for helping our consumers with applying for medical assistance and other insurance-related functions. Len started his career at Scranton Counseling Center in the child department and fiscal area.