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MEET THE WOODLANDS TEAM

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We love what we do! The Woodlands has a committed and passionate staff dedicated to doing the most impactful work every day for our participants. Our team has a thoughtful and professional appreciation for what it takes to do this work, and what it will take to play an even more powerful role in the lives of those with disability and chronic illness.
Joe Milharcic

Joe Milharcic

Executive Director

Joe joined The Woodlands team as Executive Director in November 2015. After attending Purdue University and prior to coming to the Woodlands, he dedicated over a decade to the Boy Scouts of America. Joe brings a unique passion for outdoor programming and the overall belief in the important work of The Woodlands.

Denise Balkovec

Denise Balkovec

Director of Development and Communications

Denise has dedicated her career to fundraising and fund development in the not-for-profit arena. As Director of Development and Communications, she is responsible for developing strategies and communications that will most effectively position the Woodlands for support from the private, corporate and government sectors.

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Jesse Solomon

Director of Programs and Marketing

Jesse touts leadership, direction and instruction for people with disabilities as well as for young professionals pursuing career paths in the field of disability health services. Before coming to The Woodlands, she was the summer program director for Camp R.O.C.K., a camp for children with autism spectrum disorder and was lead teacher for Camp S.P.E.A.K. held by the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.

Clarissa Amond

Clarissa Amond

Staffing and Volunteer Coordinator

Clarissa joined the Woodlands team after attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her degree in Disability Services. She previously served as a Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, was the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Westmoreland County Food Bank, and the Volunteer Coordinator for Gateway Hospice. Clarissa brings her unique perspective and understanding as a mother of a son with Spina Bifida.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Emotional Support Dog

Soup was rescued by our Director of Programs in 2010 and has been trained as an emotional support dog that focuses on teaching our campers personal space, combating home sickness and giving tours of the facility to new families.

Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark

Administrative Manager

Rachel helps to prepare materials and facilitates communications for the Board of Directors and its subcommittees. Additionally, she manages HR practices and compliance, facility rentals, and assists in resolving IT issues.

Mikayla DiCesare

Mikayla DiCesare

Special Events and Corporate Relations Coordinator
Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming

Facilities Manager

Tom joined The Woodlands in 2018 with a background in IT services and datacenter management after retiring from 34 years at BNY Mellon as a Managing director and CAO of end user computing. He now sits on the board of directors of the Western PA International Harvesters Collectors and board of trustees for Greenwood Historical Cemetary in Conneaut Lake, PA.

Peggy Harris

Margaret Harris

Food Services Coordinator

Peggy plans and prepares meals for retreats, summer camps, volunteer groups and guest functions. She also coordinates staffing and provides instruction during cooking class at retreats or summer camp. In her spare time, she teaches Religious Education, works with the youth group, and is a choir member at St. Ferdinand Church in Cranberry Township.

Heidi Matthews

Heidi Matthews

Program Marketing Coordinator

Heidi holds a degree in non-profit management from Robert Morris University. She has proudly volunteered for multiple non-profits and start-ups in addition to being employed in the non-profit sector over the past decade.

Frank Koziol

Frank Koziol

Building & Grounds Associate
Leia Mortimer

Leia Mortimer

Administrative Assistant for Programs and Services

Leia graduated from Slippery Rock University, where she obtained her Master of Science in Adapted Physical Activity. She continued to work with the University for their Adapted Physical Activity program at the university, helping to coordinate their “I Can Do It, You Can Do It” program – a both national and local physical activity mentoring program for individuals with all types of disabilities.

Tony Motta

Tony Motta

Building & Grounds Associate
Georgia Myers

Georgia Myers

Lead Nurse

Georgia obtained her nursing degree from Hartford Community College. Before joining The Woodlands, she worked as a nurse in a doctor’s office, an assisted living facility and in UPMC Passavant Hospital PCU. Georgia is proudly part of a military family with 3 beautiful daughters and have lived all over the world.

Anna Patsch

Anna Patsch

Marketing Content Coordinator

Anna joined the Woodlands’ Staff in 2016. She is a 2017 graduate of Carlow University, where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Communications and Mass Media.

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Dave Patton

Builiding & Grounds Associate
Maureen Patton

Maureen Patton

Adminstrative Coordinator

Maureen has been with The Woodlands as an administrative coordinator since October 2008.  She oversees the management of the database and assists with key administrative functions. She previously served with The Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania for 17 years.

Melissa Pavlovsky

Melissa Pavlowsky

Programs Assistant

Melissa graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Recreational Therapy. Before joining The Woodlands in 2017, she worked at The Children’s Institute as a recreational therapist in the inpatient hospital. Melissa also serves as a board member for The Team Alex Fund, a nonprofit that provides grants for children with spinal cord injuries.

Terri Stevens

Terri Stevens

Financial Coordinator

Terri joined the Woodlands as Financial Coordinator and official accountant in 2008. She brings 15 years of experience as a corporate accountant to the position. Terri is a graduate of La Roche College.

Marissa Steyer

Marissa Steyer

Wellness Center Coordinator

Marissa is a 2015 graduate from Slippery Rock University where she studied Recreational Therapy with a minor in aquatics. Before joining The Woodlands in Summer 2015 as the Activity Coordinator, Marissa worked at Jumonville Camp and Retreat Center as a lifeguard, volunteer counselor, and a dean.

2018 Summer Staff

Shania Barnhart

Camp Coordinator

School: Allegheny College

Major: Psychology & Global Health

Katelynn Mastrorocco

Activities Coordinator

School: Slippery Rock University

Major: Exercise Science & Adapted Physical Activity

Sarah Mathews

Summer Volunteer Coordinator

School: California University of Pennsylvania

Major: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Alyssa Besong

Counselor

School: Slippery Rock University

Major: Social Work

Lauren Betts

Counselor

School: University of Pittsburgh

Major: Athletic Training & Physical Therapy

Casey Boreland

Healthcare Associate

School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Major: Nursing with a minors in Psychology, Child Development & Family Relations

Lauren Ehrreich

Counselor

School: Skidmore College

Major: Psychology with a minor in Education

Michael Feroce

Counselor

School: Edinboro University

Major: Social Work

Abigail Fisher

Counselor

School: Chatham University

Major: Human Biology

Elise Foster

Counselor

School: University of Pittsburgh

Major: Rehabilitation Science with a minor in Music

Richard Galimberti

Counselor

School: Westmoreland County Community College/ Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Major: Criminal Justice & Psychology

Meghan Grainer

Counseor

School: University of Pittsburgh

Major: Psychology

Morgan Harper

Cooking Activity Instructor

School: University of Pittsburgh

Major: Nutrition

Maia Joiner

Counselor

School: Allegheny College

Major: Pre-Med & Biology with a minor in Psychology

Cory Kephart

Healthcare Associate

School: Allegheny College

Major:

Cassandra Long

Counselor

School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Major: Nursing with minors in Child Development & Psychology

Alissa Monette

Mind, Body, Spirit Activity Instructor

School: Duquesne University

Major: Health Sciences

Sofie Patzak

Counselor

School: University of Pittsburgh

Major: Sociology & Biology

Nicole Popp

Counselor

School: Allegheny College

Major: Neuroscience & French

Kelsey Prough

Counselor

School: Waynesburg University

Major: Sociology with minors in Child Development & Psychology

Jessica Ramirez

Counselor

School: Westminster College

Major: Biology & Pre-Physical Therapy

Kayla Reardon

Sports Activity Instructor

School: Slippery Rock University

Major: Exercise Science & Adapted Physical Activty

Amanda Shiflet

Counselor

School: Slippery Rock University

Major: Recreational Therapy & Pre-Physical Therapy

Amber Shojaie

Music Activity Instructor

School: Penn State University

Major: Rehabilitation & Human Services

Megan Small

Nature Activity Instructor

School: University of Pittsburgh

Major: Applied Developmental Psychology with focus on Children with Special Health Concerns

Katherine Soller

Counselor

School: The Ohio State

Major: Psychology

Myah Spicer

Art Activity Instructor

School: Slippery Rock University

Major: Early Education & Special Education

Madison Thrasher

Health Care Associate

School: California University of Pennsylvania

Major: Pre-Med Biology with a minor in Chemistry

Olivia Van Dyke

Counselor

School: Duquesne University

Major: Occupational Therapy with a minor in Special Education

Taylor Vigneri

Counselor

School: Allegheny College

Major: Biology with a minor in Psychology

Tabitha White

Counselor

School: Grove City College

Major: Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology

Alexandra Zielinski

Counselor

School: Allegheny College

Major: Neuroscience & Psychology

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