Leslie C. Book, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is providing integrated behavioral health assessments and screenings, brief interventions and referrals for treatment alongside primary care medical providers and specialists at Lancaster Health Center. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky. Leslie previously developed and implemented an integrated behavioral health model of care in a primary health care setting, as the Director of Behavioral Health at the Esperanza Health Center in Philadelphia, for 9 ½ years. Leslie focuses on helping patients learn skills that will help them manage not only their mental health, but also their physical health. She lived and worked in Nicaragua and Colombia for 13 years and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Daniel Pardo, Psy.D. is a Psychology Resident, providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults at MAPS Behavioral Health. Dr. Pardo completed his Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology and also his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. He has participated in specialized training to provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Dr. Pardo’s previous professional experience obtained as part of completing internships and practicums for the doctoral program, included: providing outpatient individual and family therapy, conducting psychological assessments for children through adults in varied settings such as community-based, specialty and rehabilitation hospital, school based and a university clinic. Dr. Pardo conducted universal prevention programs for depression and anxiety among college students and facilitated behavioral therapy and applied behavioral analysis for groups of children with ADHD and individuals with Autism, respectively. In addition, Dr. Pardo has training and experience in working with refugees, including the use of an interpreter in order to provide mental health services.
Vanessa Simmons, M.S. has been providing assessments, individual and group therapy at MAPS Behavioral Health and CSG’s partial hospital programs in Lancaster, since 2017. She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University. Vanessa has participated in post-graduate specialized training re: trauma-informed care; trauma-focused therapies, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); and child-centered and directive play therapy. Vanessa sees children and adults and also includes an emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her previous professional experience includes working in an inpatient mental health unit and providing community-based behavioral health rehabilitation services. Vanessa also previously provided direct care for adults and was a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional for CSG residential programs.
Bruce Cohen is Vice President, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at CSG. He assumed this role in August 2017. Bruce began employment with CSG in 2002 and was CSG’s Vice President, Quality Management and Learning and Compliance Officer until July 2016. Bruce provides leadership for strategic planning, development of CSG’s playbook, attainment of strategic goals and objectives, quality management, compliance and communication.
In addition to working at CSG, Bruce’s professional experience includes employment as Senior Product Manager at Geneia LLC; Senior Analyst at PMSCO Healthcare Consulting; and Director of Outcomes/Research at Continental Medical Systems. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Health Administration from Penn State University. Bruce is a board member at Jewish Family Services of Greater Harrisburg.
Tara Wiker, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides therapy for children, adolescents and families at our CSG outpatient locations including: MAPS Behavioral Health, The Factory Ministries Together Community Center and school-based therapy. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and has completed a Certification to provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Tara has also been trained to facilitate the Incredible Years Parent and Child Small Group Curricula. Tara has more than five years professional experience providing outpatient therapy in the school setting and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Kate Sechrist, MS, LBS, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults and also Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), for adolescents and adults at MAPS Behavioral Health. She completed her Master of Science degree in professional counseling at Loyola University in Maryland. Kate has also completed Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based therapy. Kate is a Licensed Behavior Specialist and holds certifications as a National Certified Counselor and to do EAP Critical Incident Response. She has participated in specialized training in Play Therapy with a focus on sand tray and Trauma-focused therapy. Kate’s previous professional experience includes providing outpatient therapy; working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the home, school and community settings; and facilitating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups and care-giver support groups.
Rebecca L. DiSarro, MSW, LSW, is a Licensed Social Worker who is providing school-based outpatient therapy for children, adolescents and families. She completed her Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University. Rebecca’s previous professional experience includes providing case management for a therapeutic foster care program; nephrology social work at a kidney dialysis center; and mobile therapy and behavioral specialist consultation in the home, school and community settings.
Community Services Group and the Factory Ministries are pleased to announce the opening of a CSG mental health outpatient therapy office at the Together Community Center, 3293 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562. John Spychalski, Licensed Psychologist, will be at The Together Center on Tuesdays beginning December 6th, with appointment times from 9am to 3pm for individuals ages 18 and over. Kristina Dundore, LSW, will be at The Together Center on Thursdays beginning December 1st, with appointment times from 8am to 2pm for children and adolescents. To schedule a counseling appointment, please call (877) 907-7970, ext. 3 for new referrals.
Lori Wilcocks, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Western Ontario in London Ontario in 1993 and also completed a certificate in addiction studies in 1995. She Attended Georgian College in Orillia, Ontario and received a diploma in addiction studies in 1998 and moved to the Williamsport area. In 2005 she graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University and joined the Community Services Group as an outpatient mental health professional in 2015. Lori has worked as a licensed Drug and Alcohol counselor working in inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation and hospital facilities. She has also worked within the mental health field as a Therapeutic Staff support or Behavioral Specialist. Her expertise and compassion offer her clients the support and knowledge to make the necessary changes to increase the quality of their lives.
Karen Kaskie, CRNP, is an Adult Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who joined CSG in July 2016 to provide outpatient psychiatric services to adults in the Williamsport and Mill Hall offices. Ms. Kaskie began her nursing career in 1988 in medicine, but knew her heart was in providing mental health services. While working full time in various psychiatric settings, she pursued additional education to achieve the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner in 2010. Her initial nursing degrees were from Montgomery County Community College and LaSalle University; later she obtained both a Masters degree and post-Masters certificate from University of Pennsylvania. She maintains an active RN license, Nurse Practitioner license, DEA certification and Board certification through ANCC. Her past experience includes working with clients in outpatient, residential and inpatient programs, the state correctional system, and nursing homes. While in Philadelphia, she participated in clinical pharmacology research and NIMH genetic research studies of schizophrenia and depression. Ms. Kaskie moved to central PA in 2002 and enjoys gardening, knitting, reading, walking and yoga, and is looking forward to the challenge of meeting the needs of the community.