Intake and Outreach Team
Needs Assessment Coordinator for Immediate Response Team
Elizabeth began her career by earning her Bachelor’s from Penn State University. She has been in the social services field since 2010, gathering over a decade of experience in behavioral healthcare. She began her employment with Pyramid Healthcare in 2015, pursuing her passion in helping those with Eating Disorders, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Disorders. She has been with the Seeds of Hope Lake Ariel team since its inception and works with clients one step at a time to assist them in beginning their path to recovery. Elizabeth’s main hope for all of our clients is that they recognize they are worthy of and sustain self love and long term recovery.
Immediate Response Team Specialist
Kelley graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Education and Nursing and has over 20 years of experience in the social services and healthcare fields. She joined Pyramid Healthcare in 2016, first as an Admissions Coordinator and then as an Admissions Supervisor for Pyramid’s inpatient substance abuse programs. She transitioned to the Immediate Response Team in 2019 to facilitate admissions for Seeds of Hope Lake Ariel clients. Kelley believes that an individualized, holistic approach is instrumental in helping those with disordered eating achieve success and works to ensure that each client gets the support and compassion they deserve to help them begin their recovery.
Lead Business Development Specialist
Kaitlyn joined our team in early 2020 and has been working in the field of Mental Health treatment since 2013. She previously worked in assisting treatment centers through medication monitoring services. She now works hand in hand with our clinical staff to assist our clients in the entire admissions process. Kaitlyn uses a compassionate approach, walking shoulder to shoulder with our clients so that they never feel alone while attempting to make a huge decision to better their lives. She is enthusiastic about this new role and is excited to be helping people and their families to enter recovery and live fulfilling lives moving forward.
Mary joined Seeds of Hope in 2017 as Community Liaison for the parent company Onward Behavioral Health and its outpatient programs, connecting with providers and members of the community to raise awareness for eating disorders, mental health, and substance abuse. In 2020, Mary transitioned to her new role as Community Liaison for all Seeds of Hope programming, focusing her outreach on helping those access the care they deserve for primary eating disorder treatment at the intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential levels of care.
Contact Mary at 267-414-9094 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Cunningham, M.Ed
Jackie has been with Seeds of Hope since 2017. She transitioned from Counselor in the Seeds of Hope outpatient to Lead Counselor at Seeds of Hope Lake Ariel Residential. Jackie has spent her career specializing in eating disorders and is very passionate about empowering individuals to help them be able to manage life’s stressors, recognize and recall the past, but live in the present. Her approach to therapy is integrated and she works to help individuals find a more positive perception of themselves and strengthen their relationships.
Jackie’s educational background includes a B.S. in Psychology from Townson University and an M.Ed from Lehigh University in Counseling & Human Services.
Angel Vaccaro, MA Sports/Exercise Psychology and MA Professional Counseling
Angel has worked with athletes for over 20 years. Specifically, she specialized in gymnasts who developed eating disorders in their years of training in the sport. Angel works to address the root issues that contribute to eating disorders such as trauma, low self-esteem, family dynamics, society, and perfection.
Angel’s clinical orientation includes an eclectic approach, using a variety of principles and philosophies in order to help individuals experience wholeness and healing. Her goals for clients include finding freedom without an eating disorder, living life to the fullest, and recreating new endings.
Jackie Costello, MS, LPC, NCAC
Jackie has been in the counseling field for over 30 years and in private practice from 1992 until the present. She has worked with a variety of treatment populations: small children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. She has experience with a variety of treatment issues, including various mental health issues, eating disorders, addictions, trauma survivors of physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse, and grief issues.
Jackie takes an eclectic therapeutic approach to treatment that incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet the specific needs of the client. She believes in partnering with clients to develop their goals, working on both past and present issues and challenges in order to achieve change and growth. Her goal is to help clients attain happier, healthier, more rewarding lives.
Eileen P. MacNamara, M.S.
Eileen has worked as a therapist for the past 32 years. She has worked in residential, partial hospitalization, outpatient, and private settings. Eileen’s areas of expertise are anxiety disorders, trauma, and PTSD, and has been working with eating disorders throughout her career. She is working toward certification as a Clinically Certified Trauma Professional, and plans to obtain LPC credentialing. Eileen’s goal for clients is to assist them in uncovering areas of unresolved trauma or other related issues presenting in eating disordered behaviors. She also plans to assist clients in developing coping skill sets for feelings of anxiety in the presence of stressful situations.
Carrie Ann Chernasky
Carrie has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry as a food and beverage director and as the owner of a home catering company, working extensively with eating disorders and medically compromised clientele. She loves to collaborate with horticulture therapy and implement cooking classes with clients so they are able to take home recipes and ideas for happy food plans. Carrie treats the kitchen at Seeds of Hope Lake Ariel as her own private restaurant, providing delicious and innovative meals for the residents on a daily basis and working collaboratively with them to replicate their home lives.
Carolyn Finnerty, MS, RD, LDN
Carolyn completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition, and her Master of Science through the Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her Dietetic Internship through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Presbyterian/Montefiore, including a rotation at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital’s inpatient Center for Eating Disorders. She has six years of experience in the field as well as in long-term care. She loves working individually with clients to create realistic meal plans to fit clients’ daily lives at home upon discharge. She believes in an all-foods-fit model that encourages food freedom is the best way to encourage recovery. She collaborates with our in-house chef to create a diverse menu that challenges clients to try new foods. She also loves working hands-on with clients in the kitchen to create their own meals.
Danielle Kamine, CRNP, MS, ANP-BC, PHMNP-BC
Danielle is a dual certified nurse practitioner who carries both designations in adult primary care as well as psychiatric mental health across the lifespan. She has worked in mental health since 2001, and as a nurse practitioner for the last ten years. Her background consists of a variety of experience including inpatient, outpatient, and chronic and acute care hospitals. These experiences have given her a diverse background and knowledge base that include caring for those with mental health as well as substance abuse diagnoses. She believes in empowering those she serves with the knowledge and support that gives them the confidence needed to be successful on their individual road to recovery.
Crystal Vatza, MSCC, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH
Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Board Certified Tele Mental Health Counselor. She has been in operational and clinical leadership for the majority of her career and enjoys a balance of both aspects in her work. She has received certifications and/or certificates of specialization in trauma, co-occurring addictions, and LGBTQ counseling. She has been specializing in Eating Disorders, Crisis, Trauma, and Personality Disorders for the past decade and has trained in and worked with a variety of methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.
It is with this same eclectic philosophical belief and guiding leadership principles of building on a staff or client’s strengths that Crystal utilizes in daily program and clinical development. In her most recent appointment as Executive Director and developer of the residential program, Crystal desires to live out partnership with her team and our clients to achieve each of their personal goals.