I am a former foster youth in the state of Pennsylvania and this is my sole background/experience in child welfare. I am currently employed full time at MedExpress Urgent Care in Greensburg, PA and a full-time student at the Penn State Eberly Campus.
I graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Elementary and Kindergarten Education, and a Master's Degree in Special Education from Slippery Rock University. Some of my past work experience includes teaching kindergarten, teaching special education and working with the geriatric population. In December 2001, I was hired as the Parent Involvement/Transition Specialist at the Mercer County Family Center. I immediately fell in love with the services that Family Center's offer, and witnessing amazing growth and development in families. In July 2005 I was hired as the Director of the Farrell Family Center, and I have been there ever since. Some of the programs that we offer are Parents as Teachers, Incredible Years, Nurturing Families in Recovery, and Supervised Visitations.
Emily Snow has been working with children in Western Pennsylvania for more than 20 years in a variety of settings. She is the Family Engagement/ERSEA Director at Butler County Children’s Center, Inc. and supports Family Service Worker staff and the enrollment team. Prior to her current position she worked for a Behavioral Health agency for 14 years as a clinician and administrator. She is a member of the Butler Collaborative for Families and The Child Abuse Prevention Council (BCF sub-committee). Mrs. Snow has her BS in Health and Physical Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her MEd in Special Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She is excited to join the panel and help identify needs and gaps and help be part of the system of change.
I was born and raised in Indiana County, Armstrong Township. I completed my degree in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For the past 32 years I been employed in the county providing services to individuals, families and children. Past employment has included I & A Residential Services, Indiana County Sheltered Workshop, Community Guidance Center and my current employer, JusticeWorks YouthCare. I am currently a branch Director for both the Indiana and Armstrong Branches of JWYC as well as the Director over JWYC Statewide Adoption (SWAN) program. My experience has been in both non-profit as well as for profit settings providing services to those with Intellectual disabilities, Mental health concerns and those involved in the Child Welfare or Juvenile Probation services.
I am a licensed clinical social worker that counsels youth and adults, individual and marital. I have been involved in our county's Human Trafficking Response Team for 3 years, and had involvement with our child welfare system and local group home for minors, law enforcement, and various other agencies as a result.
I currently work as an Early Intervention Supervisor at the The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers, Allegheny County's Early Intervention Service Coordination. I have been at The Alliance for Infants and Toddlers for over 20 years and served in various positions throughout these years. I also coordinate the Early Intervention SC team working specifically with our Immigrant, Refugee and International Guest community members. Previous experiences include working as a caseworker for Children and Youth Services in two Central PA Counties; caseworker at two agencies providing child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health services to children and their families; and in the Social Service Department at Somerset Hospital. I direct Project Hope, a non-profit ministry though my congregation. This "non-profit connector" matches resources and individuals/groups with their skills and gifts to both local and global organization's wish-lists and needs. I have served on various committees/boards within the communities I live and work, as well as within my congregation and larger church body.
I have worked in the Human Service field for 33 years working in various capacities with children with traumatic backgrounds. Currently, I am the Executive Director at Adoption Connection, PA. My husband and I have been foster parents for 20 years. We have 5 sons that became a part of our family through adoption, foster care and biologically.
Rick Wynn resides in Alleghany County. He recently retired from a 40-year career in the human services field. Rick started out as a mental health childcare worker at St. Francis Hospital, followed by two years as a mental health Child Care Supervisor St. Francis Hospital and five years as Adolescent Activities Director, Weedville State Hospital. After leaving the hospital setting, Rick spent ten years as the Contract Monitor and Supervisor for Allegheny County MH/MR/DA, followed by eight years as a Children and Youth Services Supervisor and MH/MR Administrator for Mercer County, four years as Human Services Director for Washington County, four years as Human Services Director for Dauphin County, and twelve years as Human Services Administrator for Franklin County. Rick has a B.S. from Penn State and an M.Ed. from University of Pittsburgh in Rehabilitation Counseling.
Rick joined the Citizen Review Panels because he had an interest in improving children’s services throughout career and this opportunity provides a chance to contribute to improve system even while retired.