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Andrea Dennis, Director of Education

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Andrea Dennis is the Director of Education for the New Story Throop School. She has 16 years of experience in the field, both as a teacher and educational leader. She has worked within the public, county and private school sectors, educating children from K-21.

Andrea earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Millersville University and her master’s degree in school administration from Western Maryland.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys traveling, playing sports and spending time with her family.

“What is most rewarding about my job is celebrating each child’s success, whether small or large, and fostering an environment that encourages children to continue to grow and acquire the skills they need throughout their lives.”

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Kelly Greenish, Assistant Director of Education

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Kelly Greenish is an Assistant Director of Education for the New Story Throop School. She began her career at New Story in September of 2015, and was promoted to Assistant Director of Education in February of 2016. Kelly has 15 years of experience in teaching, with 11 years in special education with varying exceptionalities.

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in exceptional education from the University of Central Florida. She also obtained additional certifications in elementary education, gifted education and ESL.

Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

“The most rewarding part of my job is to see children succeed and believe in themselves.”

“I never teach my students. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they learn.” – Albert Einstein

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Dina Newberry, Assistant Director of Education

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Dina Newberry is an Assistant Director of Education at the New Story Throop School. Dina started working at New Story in 2005 as Therapeutic Support Staff, and she eventually became a Special Education teacher for middle school autistic support. She moved to the Throop School when it opened in 2010 and taught high school emotional support. She became the floating lead teacher in 2013.

Dina earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from Marywood University and obtained certifications in elementary and special education.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with family, reading Stephen King novels and watching Horror Movies.

“The most rewarding aspect of my job is watching the students change and grow throughout the years. Their successes, big or small, makes each day unique and important.”

“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.” – George Santayana

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Tammy L. Rade, LCSW, Clinical Director

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Tammy L. Rade, LCSW, is the Clinical Director for the New Story Throop School. Tammy started with New Story in 2008 as the school counselor and BSC, and she has 14 years of experience in her field.

Tammy has expertise in counseling and crisis intervention; behavioral intervention and enhancing social skills in the autistic population; counseling children, adults, couples, and families dealing with a variety of Axis I and Axis II diagnoses; developing diagnostic impressions according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and working with a wide variety of experts on treatment planning; maintaining safety for staff and students in the Throop school. She is also a certified trainer in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) through the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI).

Tammy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree in theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a master’s degree in social work with a focus in family systems from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.

Tammy started out piloting the counseling program in the Wyoming and Berwick schools and became a licensed clinical social worker. She worked as the site supervisor for the Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP) in Berwick in 2009.

When the Throop school opened in 2010, she transferred as the School Counselor and also took on more responsibilities by supervising the crisis intervention specialists. In 2013, she was promoted to Clinical Supervisor and then eventually to Clinical Director. She was CPI trained as an NVCI trainer in 2013, and is currently taking classes with intention to sit for BCBA certification.

In her community, Tammy enjoys assisting with her children’s sports teams, participating as a family member at the YMCA, and preaching the monthly children’s sermon at her church. She also is on the church council at her congregation and actively participates in her sons’ Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts meetings and events. Tammy loves to knit, crochet, read, play with her cat, and go on adventures with her boys.

“New Story strives to work together to write new stories for everyone’s lives we touch, including our own. My job is never the same one day to the next and I have the opportunity to get to know some amazing people of all ages. I come to work with the intention of helping students with special needs achieve their goals, but I leave with a greater understanding of a caring community. I learn more each day from our students about patience, love, and talent than I have learned from any group of people in my life. We laugh together, we cry together, and we celebrate accomplishments together. I consider myself blessed because I enjoy going to work every day. I have not always had that pleasure and I know few people in this world can say the same. It truly is a family here at New Story.”

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Carina Baldacci, Clinical Supervisor

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Carina Baldacci, M.A., BCBA, LBS, is the Clinical Supervisor for the New Story Throop School. She has more than six years of experience in the field and has expertise as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavioral Specialist.

Carina started as an Intern with New Story at the Harrisburg school in 2012, and within months she was offered a Behavior Specialist Staff position. She was then promoted to the Behavior Consultant position in November 2012. She transferred to New Story Throop in the summer of 2014 and was promoted to Behavior Analyst during the summer of 2016. Her most recent promotion was to Clinical Supervisor in May of 2017.

Carina obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State University and her master’s in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism from Ball State University.

Originally from Scranton, Carina now resides with her family in Moosic. In her free time, Carina enjoys traveling and spending time with her three children and her husband.

“The quality of human life, perhaps even the survival of life as we know it, depends on finding ways to make everyone’s environment more nurturing, less coercive and more caring, supportive of human development, and focused on doing what works.” – Anthony Biglan

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Nicole Pinterich, Regional Director of Education

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Nicole M. Pinterich is the Regional Education Director for New Story’s Northeast Region. She has 25 years of experience in her field. Nicole started with New Story in 2005 as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant and was promoted to Education Director soon after.

Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree in childhood and elementary education and her master’s degree in special education and exceptionalities, both from Bloomsburg University.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys reading, spending time with my family, and traveling.

“The most rewarding part to me about my job is that I don’t view what I do as a ‘job,’ rather I consider what I do my career and a passion of mine.”

“There’s a world of difference between insisting on someone doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.” – Fred Rogers  

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Beverly Strunk, Regional Clinical Director

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Beverly Strunk, Ph.D, BCBA, LBS, is the Regional Clinical Director for New Story’s Northeast Region. Beverly has 15 years of experience in her field. Beverly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Specialist, and has expertise in the areas of community-based mental health services, staff development, program growth and expansion.

She started with New Story in 2004 as the Behavioral Specialist Consultant and was then promoted to Clinical Director in 2009, and Director of Operations in 2012. Beverly earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from King’s College, her master’s degree in counselor education from Marywood University and her Ph.D. in human development from Marywood University.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, biking, hiking and skiing. She is also interested in reading, traveling and photography. Beverly also spends time supporting S.A.F.E. (Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere); Autism Coalition of Luzerne County; Pastoral Council, St. Jude Parish in Mountaintop; Social Action Committee and St. Jude Parish in Mountaintop.

“The most rewarding aspect of my work is seeing children and families accomplish their goals. I am grateful to be part of a company that shares in the mission of helping people to overcome their challenges in life.”

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