Leadership

JusticeWorks knows that quality services are entirely dependant on a quality staff supported and guided by committed managers. Our senior management team has a tremendous skill set and experience. Most importantly, they ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to doing whatever it takes to help youth and families succeed.

Dan Heit

Dan Heit, M.A.

JusticeWorks’ Founder

Dan Heit founded JusticeWorks YouthCare in Pittsburgh, PA in 1999 after a distinguished leadership career. A nationally recognized expert in behavioral health programs, he has been acknowledged as a leader in developing and managing innovative programs for troubled youth.

He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve on a 24 member Presidential Commission for model legislation and, as president of a national trade organization, met with President Clinton and served on subcommittees for health care reform. He was a founding member of The National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws and served two terms as President of the Therapeutic Communities of America. He is active in his community and serves a number of community organizations.

Dan’s commitment is to develop and manage programs that do “whatever it takes” to make a positive difference for troubled youth, their families and communities. Please contact him directly to see if JusticeWorks can provide a resource for your agency and community: danheit@justiceworksyouthcare.com


Matthew Davin - Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Davin

Chief Financial Officer

Matt Davin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has had a diverse career, starting as a staff auditor with the public accounting firm Arthur Young & Company. He excelled at senior finance positions for a number of companies in the metals, testing and electronic bank card industries.

In 2011, Matt was named CFO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Business Journal. For the past four years, Matt has been the CFO for Auberle, a long-standing and well-respected human services agency in Allegheny County.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys reading, biking on the Montour Trail and especially playing with his grandchildren.


Robert Herrod - Director of Finance

Robert Herrod

Director of Finance

Robert Herrod received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Vincent College, which is located in Latrobe, PA. He began his career with Westinghouse Electric Corporation back in 1985 at the Waltz Mill Site and worked his way through many of the locations around the Pittsburgh area as he advanced his way through the ranks. During his time at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, he served on several Process Improvement & Cost Reduction Teams. He became the Controller for a waste-to-energy facility located in York, PA in 1998 and remained in that position for the next 15 years. While there, he helped to create a Financial & Operations model that allowed Plant Management to better plan, estimate and track the $5M in annual outage costs. Utilizing this tool enabled the plant to consistently hit its scheduling milestones and as well as come in at or under budget for the outage year after year. From there he joined a local company in the health/retirement/nursing home industry where he was the Controller for seven different companies. Robert has had an impressive career where his vast experience has molded him into a seasoned, results-oriented Controller adept at maintaining and improving a company’s financial health, as well as providing accurate, detailed, and timely financial analysis.

In his spare time, Robert enjoys spending time with his family. He has six children, 4 sons and 2 daughters, including 2 stepsons with military experience (one of which served 2 tours in the Middle East), and 2 grandchildren. His hobbies include golf, camping, sports (huge Pittsburgh sports fan), famer’s markets and garage sales, and entertaining family and friends.


Becky Skone - Director of Corporate Systems

Becky Skone

Director of Corporate Systems

Becky brings depth and experience to our corporate operations with over 15 years of accounting and management experience. Becky’s experience ranges from company start-ups to managing accounting operations for one of the country’s largest non-profit organizations. She provides the background and real-world experience that has helped JusticeWorks become one of the Top 100 fastest growing companies in Pittsburgh (2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015) since joining the Team in 2011.

As Director of Corporate Systems, Becky oversees management and optimization of the financial management systems (accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll), client records tracking, billing systems, and all information technology systems that maintain the heartbeat of the organization’s day-to-day operations. Her commitment to quality of service at all levels of the business enables JusticeWorks to provide superior corporate systems to our field offices across the United States.


Dipesh Chauhan, M.A. - Director of Program Development

Dipesh Chauhan, M.A.

Director of Program Development

Dipesh has a depth of experience as a clinician, planner, manager, trainer and educator. He has worked in specialized services for adolescents and adults including criminal justice, drug & alcohol treatment and mental health. He has expertise in residential and home-based services and has taught at a local college. As our first Director for Berks County, Dipesh led our CYS and JPO programs to dramatic growth and stellar outcomes.

Now, as Director of Quality Assurance & Program Development, Dipesh works with all counties to make sure our programs are ‘best in class’ and we continually evolve to meet the needs of our county partners as well as youth and families in our care. He works to identify and introduce new approaches and technologies which enhance our services. Dipesh also presents our capabilities to new areas and helps JusticeWorks extend its reach to other locations.


Dana Malin, Director of Human Resources

Dana Malin

Director of Human Resources

Dana joined JusticeWorks YouthCare in April 2014 and oversees the human resources, recruiting, and benefit functions for the company. Dana graduated from Slippery Rock University in 1998 and is thankful she was able to stay in Pittsburgh to work with great companies like UPMC Health Plan, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and now (her favorite), JusticeWorks YouthCare!

Dana was drawn to JusticeWorks YouthCare by the passion of the people she met and the changes they were making in people’s lives. Dana looks forward to growing with the company and doing her part to help make the team even more successful.

Renee Kresge

Renee Kresge

Regional Director, Northeast

Renee is a native of the Lehigh Valley who graduated from Penn State with a degree in Human Development & Family Studies. Renee has more than 10 years experience providing and managing family-based services. Starting as a clinician, she has successfully adapted to the complex role of Program Director, balancing quality assurance of services, developing community resources, training, stakeholder relations and overall management. Renee’s committed leadership manages our programs in Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Wayne and Pike Counties.


Errone Cody

Errone Cody, M.S.

Regional Director, Western PA

Errone Cody joined JusticeWorks YouthCare as a Program Director in June 2011 and was promoted to Regional Director in November 2013. In her current position, she has served on several committees and workgroups. She served as a workgroup member with the Office of Children & Families in the Courts State Roundtable for Visitation. There, she was active in producing guidelines, tools, and training; all approved by the Pennsylvania State Roundtable to assist counties in examining their visitation practices. She has been a member of committees to develop and implement Anger Management Programming, Nurturing Parenting Skills, and Substance Abuse Services within JusticeWorks YouthCare.

Prior to her current position, she served as Supervisor for Washington County Children and Youth. She was an active participant in family engagement practices: FGDM and the County Educational Liaison. She has done several presentations at the local, statewide, and national conferences on the topic of implementing and enhancing the FGDM practices.

In 2001, Errone began serving children and families as a caseworker with Washington County Children and Youth Services. Within a few years, she accepted a promotion as Supervisor of Ongoing Services and soon transitioned to Intake Supervisor within the County. Shortly after, Errone was selected to oversee the Specialized Truancy Unit, managing staff dedicated to enhancing attendance through collaboration with Washington County’s 14 school districts.

Errone has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from Bethany College and a Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.


Jeffrey Ralph, MS, Program Director, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties

Jeffrey Ralph, MS

Regional Director, Southeast PA

Jeff has held various positions within the field of Juvenile Justice. The majority of his time has been spent as a Treatment Supervisor, at a residential placement for adjudicated youth. Prior to joining the JusticeWorks team, he oversaw clinical and operational systems as a Unit Manager in the Philadelphia Prison System. Jeff joined JusticeWorks in October of 2013.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice, both from Shippensburg University. Jeff’s expertise has been recognized by his appointment as an adjunct professor at Wilmington University, where he teaches part-time.


Tomeika Martin, MS, HS-BCP

Tomeika Martin, MS, HS-BCP

Executive Director of JusticeWorks BehavioralCare

Tomeika Martin is a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner, Child and Adolescent Needs and Strength Assessor, and holds a Masters degree in Human Services.

As a native of South Carolina with experience in the public and private sectors, Ms. Martin brings a thorough understanding of the State, its children in need, and how to make positive changes. Ms. Martin has an extraordinary proven track record which includes: working within the children’s therapeutic clinical service system for over a decade, serving as a strong advocate for children and families and exceptional leadership and management experience.

Ms. Martin has worked for both the Department of Social Services and the Governor’s office Continuum of Care. During her tenure with the Governor’s Office, she was appointed to serve on a Work Task Force committee representing the Charleston region to improve clinical services to emotionally disturbed children and families. In addition, she held a leadership role with a non-profit organization, which quickly grew and was widely respected for innovation, responsiveness and high quality. Ms. Martin was responsible for overseeing and managing all Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services within this organization.

As the Executive Director of JusticeWorks BehavioralCare she will lead our expansion of services throughout South Carolina.


Theresa Fonalledas

Theresa Fonalledas

Program Director, Pike County

Theresa’s career started as a kindergarten teacher and her devotion to helping children grow safely and fulfill their potential led her to become a Therapeutic Staff Support worker for various in-home service providers. For six years she was a County Caseworker for Wayne County Children & Youth Services, specializing in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases. For the past several years, Theresa has brought her talents, experience and commitment to JusticeWorks’ Pike County programs as a Family Resource Specialist, Team Leader and now leads our CYS and Probation Programs as our Program Director. She is devoted to providing highest quality services to the benefit of children and families and the community.


Hilary Maugham, MSW - Program Director, York County

Hilary Maugham, MSW

Program Director, York County

Hilary joined the JusticeWorks team in November of 2007 at the start-up of the York County program. Several years of working in residential and outpatient settings showed her the need to provide quality care to families in home. A graduate of Temple University with a Masters in Social Work, Hilary brings an intensive clinical outlook to the JusticeWorks program. She was promoted from Family Resource Specialist to Assistant Director before becoming the Program Director. York County continues to grow, now servicing Children and Youth and Juvenile Probation, and Hilary is excited to challenge herself and her team further to break new grounds and offer additional services.


Lisa Snyder

Lisa Snyder

Director, Indiana County

Lisa is a native of Indiana County with over 20 years of experience in the Social Service systems of Indiana. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in psychology. Prior to joining the JWYC family, she worked her way through the ranks from a front line worker to supervisor to director at a local community mental health center. Lisa joined JusticeWorks YouthCare in July 2011 and has also moved up the ranks at JWYC to her current position as Director of the Indiana County Division. She assisted with getting the Indiana Branch started and has helped it grow to now include seven programs. Lisa has been instrumental in working with the county to add a new program, Independent Living, to the JWYC repertoire of services. Lisa is committed to using her experience with the county and its systems to ensure that JWYC is an effective and efficient provider of multifaceted services to children and families within our community.


Rebecca Bieber, LSW, Program Director, Berks County

Rebecca Bieber, LSW

Program Director, Berks County

Rebecca graduated from King’s College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduation, Rebecca worked for a year at the Commission on Economic Opportunity, where she had worked part time while earning her degree.

Rebecca was accepted to Catholic University of America in 2006 and graduated in 2008 with a Master’s in Social Work that emphasized policy analysis and community organizing. That same year she also became a licensed social worker with the state of Pennsylvania, and accepted employment as a Family Resource Specialist for JusticeWorks YouthCare in Berks County.

Rebecca Worked as an FRS until she was promoted to supervisor in July of 2009. In 2012, Rebecca became the Assistant Director for the Berks branch, and was made Director of the Berks County branch in September of 2013.

Kristen Irizarry, Program Director – Lehigh & Northampton Counties

Kristen Irizarry

Program Director, Lehigh & Northampton Counties

Kristen graduated from Cedar Crest College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Since then, Kristen has developed a well-rounded expertise in social services, working in psycho-social rehabilitation, Assertive Community Treatment, and Child Welfare Case Management Services.

In 2008, Kristen accepted a position as a Family Resource Specialist with JusticeWorks. Within a year, she was promoted to Supervisor. She quickly moved up the ranks to Assistant Director of Lehigh and Northampton Counties. As the Assistant Director, she was involved in implementing the Nurturing Parenting Program in Northampton County, and the Thinking for a Change program in Lehigh County.

In 2013, her skills and accomplishments made her the perfect fit to become the Program Director of our Lehigh and Northampton County programs. Kristen oversees the day to day functions of over ten specialized programs and is on the forefront of best practice approaches to support the youth and families of the communities she serves.


Matthew Kurowsky, Program Director, Washington County

Matthew Kurowsky

Program Director, Washington County

Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California University of Pennsylvania. His work experience includes working for Washington County Juvenile Probation, and as a counselor in mental health and substance abuse, and a caseworker. Matt came to JusticeWorks in 2011 as a Family Resource Specialist in Westmoreland County. In July, 2012, Matt became a Supervisor at our Washington County branch. After providing 2 years of exceptional support to the community he served, Matt was promoted to Director of Washington County in August, 2014.

Emily Knauer – Program Director, Dauphin County

Emily Knauer

Program Director, Dauphin County

Emily is a native of Dauphin County who graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Emily has extensive experience as a direct service worker and manager. Emily started her professional career as a Dauphin County Juvenile Probation Officer in the aftercare unit. She started with JusticeWorks in 2008, serving as a Community Habilitation Specialist and quickly promoted to a Supervisor in Berks County. Emily relocated back to Harrisburg in 2010 to open the Dauphin County branch as an Assistant Director. In July of 2015, Emily transitioned to the role of Director of Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties. The three counties continue to grow with Emily overseeing services with Children and Youth, Juvenile Probation, Area Agency on Aging, Adult Probation, and local homeless shelters.

Sean Lazarus – Program Director, Adams County

Sean Lazarus

Program Director, Adams County

Sean grew up in Orange County, New York and moved to the area to attend York College of Pennsylvania. Following graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Sean began working as a Crisis Intervention Specialist. In 2007, Sean was one of the original staff hired to start the York County Branch for JWYC. Sean has been a supervisor at JWYC for the past four years and has been an integral part of the JWYC winning York County Juvenile Probation Program of the Year award twice, in 2012 and 2014. Sean is currently in the Millersville University Masters of Social Work program with a strong interest in advocacy and community leadership. JusticeWorks will be providing a complete suite of services to Adams County Children and Youth Services, and Juvenile Probation.


Ian Nutt, MS – Program Director, Lycoming County

Ian Nutt

Program Director, Lycoming County

Ian graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Bucknell University in 2005. He immediately accepted the position of counselor at a private residential facility. Ian worked his way through the organization to Program Director and ultimately oversaw the daily operations of all facets of the program including Residential, Foster Care, Day Treatment and Alternative Education services.

In February of 2015, Ian joined the JusticeWorks team as Program Director of our Lycoming County location. He will be working with the Juvenile Probation Office to provide our Violation Initiative Program®.


Kieshia Martin, LSW – Program Director, Philadelphia County

Kieshia Martin, LSW

Program Director, Philadelphia County

Kieshia joined the JusticeWorks team in July, 2015. Kieshia has a record of accomplishment in the child welfare system; starting as a Counselor in the Berks County Youth Shelter; as a Caseworker for Berks County Children and Youth Services; a crisis worker for a private provider; a Casework Supervisor for the Pennsylvania Childline and Abuse Registry. Since 2009, Kieshia has been a Human Services Representative for the State Northeast Regional Office of Children & Youth.

Kieshia is a Licensed Social Worker who earned her MSW, and BS in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University. Her dedication to life-long learning is evidenced by her working to obtain a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Walden University.

Kieshia’s expertise and commitment working with youth and families will ensure the highest quality of care in Philadelphia County.


Amber Stewart – Director of Westmoreland and Armstrong Counties

Amber Stewart

Director of Westmoreland and Armstrong Counties

Amber started her career with JusticeWorks YouthCare in 2011 as a Family Resource Specialist. She was quickly promoted to a Supervisor position in 2012, and in June of 2015 promoted to Program Director for Westmoreland and Armstrong counties.

Amber is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology. Amber has over 11 years’ experience with helping children and families; bringing a wide array of experience to the JusticeWorks YouthCare team. Her professional experience ranges from Early Intervention, Preschool Teaching, Youth Shelter, and other social service experience. Amber is a role model for our “Whatever it Takes” mission, and is committed to providing quality service to the families and stakeholders we serve.


Audrey Williams – Director of Compass Academy

Audrey Williams

Director of Compass Academy

Audrey graduated from Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and spent several years working as a senior staff counselor in a residential treatment facility for adolescents with conduct disorder diagnoses. While in this position, Audrey realized her true calling was in education. Audrey spent the next few years working towards and earning her bachelor’s in secondary education, again from Kutztown. Then, she became a substitute teacher in an intensive residential alternative education program and supervised two group homes for adults with autism.

Audrey joined JusticeWorks in August of 2011 and helped open the doors as a classroom teacher at Compass Academy. After her initial year of teaching she was promoted to the Academy’s lead teacher. Audrey has always excelled at gaining the respect and trust of students, and inspiring them to control their behavior and learn.

In August of 2015, Audrey became the Director of Education at Compass Academy and the Truancy Remediation Manager for JusticeWorks in Northumberland County.


Ty Kanouff – Educational Director

Ty Kanouff

Educational Director

Ty graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Messiah College in 2012. Upon graduation, Ty immediately started working for a residential treatment facility as a direct care counselor. After gaining experience there, Ty moved to work in an autistic needs classroom and served as a caseworker in a day treatment facility. Ty also served as a supervisor for a weekend wilderness program designed at getting “at-risk” youth out of their comfort zone and into the wilderness.

In April of 2015, Ty joined the JusticeWorks team as a Family Resource Specialist in Lycoming County. Ty served in this capacity for several months and eventually became the supervisor. When Compass Academy – Lycoming opened their doors, Ty moved into the school supervisor role, overseeing the daily operations. Ty looks forward to his new role as Director of Education for Compass Academy – Lycoming and continuing to grow the Violation Initiative Program (VIP)® in Lycoming County.


Nicole Hall, LCSW, Director of Montgomery County

Nicole Hall, LCSW

Director of Montgomery County

Nicole graduated from Eastern University with a Bachelors of Social Work degree, then pursued her Masters in Social Work degree at Widener University. Nicole then obtained her LCSW. She has over 15 years of experience working with families involved with the child welfare and juvenile probation systems. Most recently, Nicole worked at a non-profit social service agency specializing in residential and supportive services. There she was the clinical supervisor and had oversight over multiple programs and projects for the agency. Nicole has spent a considerable amount of her career developing programs with measurable outcomes, and mentoring staff. She currently teaches a Strength Based Family Worker Certification Program through Temple University. Nicole looks forward to using her experience and skills in her position as Director.


Steven Snow, Director of Butler County

Steven Snow

Director of Butler County

Steven graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration while also earning a minor in Accounting from Waynesburg University in 2014. Following a summer of mentoring inner-city youth with leadership education through wilderness and recreational programming, Steven accepted a Part-time Family Resource Specialist position with JusticeWorks YouthCare in Washington, PA. Steven provided many of JusticeWorks YouthCare’s services including JustCare®, STOPP®, WhyTry, Anger Management, and Nurturing Parenting. He was quickly promoted to Full-time and achieved Supervisor in April, 2016.

In July of 2016, Steven accepted the task to manage and expand independent living and other services in Butler County. He is enthusiastic to join the youth in activities to meet individual’s needs and provide quality service to youth and families. Steven’s community collaboration, strong work ethic, and “Whatever It Takes” attitude, promoted him to Program Director in May, 2017.


Jaclyn Conklin, Director of Chester & Lancaster Counties

Jaclyn Conklin

Director of Chester & Lancaster Counties

Jackie graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. Her career started in BHRS services providing one-on-one interventions to youth experiencing Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Jackie joined JusticeWorks YouthCare in April of 2012, where she served as a Family Group Decision Making Coordinator in Pike, Wayne and Susquehanna Counties. After serving our clients in the field for 3 years, Jackie promoted to Supervisor in our York County branch then subsequently moved to our Chester branch to serve as a Supervisor of Chester and Lancaster Counties. In April of 2017 Jackie was promoted to Program Director of Chester and Lancaster Counties.