Mark Butler, MS, is the Director of Community Life for CVCA. He has been with CVCA for 21 years, having started his career here directly after graduation, and holds a BS from James Madison University and a Masters’ Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. As the Director of Community Life, Mr. Butler is responsible for all of the community-based programs operating in Philadelphia, specifically Foster Care, Community Homes, Supervised Independent Living, Truancy Intervention, Out of School Time programs, Parent Education and a federally funded housing program; Community Homes and a Group Home in Montgomery County.
Dana Grace, MS, is the Director of Behavioral Health Services for CVCA. She has worked in the behavior health system for more than 28 years. In the early part of her career she worked in both mental health and substance abuse programs. For seven years she was the supervisor of an Intensive Case Management Team working with individuals discharged from Philadelphia State Hospital. In addition to her extensive knowledge of behavioral health services, she has more than 17 years of experience working with the requirements of the Health Choices contract. While at Community Behavioral Health, Ms. Grace held several positions including Provider Operations and Compliance.
Sharon Jessar, MA, is the Director of Family and Community Services in Montgomery County. Ms. Jessar has been with the organization for 29 years, first as Associate Director of Helpline Center, a youth service bureau in the North Penn area. When Helpline Center merged with Children’s Aid Society of Montgomery County, she became the Director of Family and Community Services for the merged organization. She has extensive knowledge of the Child Welfare, Drug and Alcohol, and Behavioral Health systems, having created and directed outpatient, community based, and in home programs for families and children in each of these areas. Ms. Jessar holds a BA from Boston University and an MA in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University.
Diane Kiddy, MSS, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Carson Valley Children's Aid (CVCA). She has more than 30 years of experience in corporate for-profit organizations and within the behavioral health profession. Kiddy comes to CVCA having recently served as the Vice President for Adult Behavioral Health at NHS Human Services’ Eastern Region. Prior to that, she was Director of Government Affairs for Universal Health Services, Inc., CEO of Fairmount Behavioral Health System in Philadelphia from 1998 to 2004 and also served as Vice President and Director of Program Development at Presbyterian Medical Center from 1987 to 1996. Ms. Kiddy is a current Chair of the Mayor’s Mental Health/Mental Retardation Advisory Board in Philadelphia. She is a past member of the Board of Governors of the Federation of American Hospitals and a former co-chair of the Grassroots Advocacy Committee of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. Ms. Kiddy has served on the faculty of La Salle University, University of Saint Francis, and Temple University, as well as the American College of Healthcare Executives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from West Chester University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work Planning and Administration from Bryn Mawr College.
Lisa Matthews, MSW, LSW, MS, is the Director for the Center of Excellence in Quality of Care. She has been employed by CVCA for over 21 years and has provided management for a range of in home, out of home and prevention programs. Ms. Matthews has designed and implemented agency-wide quality improvement practices that address agency operations, service delivery and child and family outcomes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College.
Nicole Matthews, DO, MS, is the Medical Director of CVCA. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Prior to joining CVCA, Dr. Matthews served as Attending Psychiatrist for the Horsham Clinic Partial Hospital Program and as Chief Child/Adolescent Fellow at Thomas Jefferson University and Medical Center.
Joseph Niezgoda, MBA, is Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of CVCA and served as Interim Chief Executive Officer July of 2013 through February of 2014. He has over 20 years of experience with large non-profit organizations such as Wordsworth and Valley Youth House in Montgomery County. His expertise includes negotiating and managing contracts with city, state and federal government organizations and school districts such as Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Philadelphia School District, PA Department of Education, PHMC, and CBH. As a CFO, he has researched, selected and brought on line IT Billing Systems, General Ledger packages and Payroll systems, and numerous other special projects. Mr. Niezgoda earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from King’s College and his MBA from DeSales University.
Julie O’Connor, M. Ed., is the Director of CVCA’s Norristown Family Center. Ms. O’Connor has over 30 years of experience working with children and families in the private non-profit child welfare sector. In 1984, Ms. O’Connor joined Children’s Aid Society of Montgomery County and worked in parenting programs with families of young children. For the past eight years, Ms. O’Connor has been the program director for the Norristown Family Center and serves as the Southeast representative to the Pennsylvania Family Center planning committee. In addition, Ms. O’Connor serves on multiple collaborative boards such as Montgomery County Systems of Care, Norristown Interagency Council, Montgomery County Central Advisory Board, Communities That Care and Norristown Area School District subcommittees.
Jackie Szeliga, M. Ed, is the Director of the Nursery School and Day Care (The Schoolhouse in Flourtown). She has been with CVCA for 16 years and holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Chestnut Hill College. She is a member of local pre-school groups and collaborates regularly with the local elementary schools. During Ms. Szeliga’s eight years as Nursery School Director she launched a Kindergarten Program and a Before and After School Program with Springfield Township.
Barbara Warliga, is CVCA’s Chief of Professional Development with over 30 years of experience, she joined the non-profit world by starting up the new Human Resource function within Children’s Aid Society. Shortly thereafter, she became responsible for IT functions, and administration of the business office. Her experience prior to Children’s Aid Society was in the industrial sector in positions of Human Resource management, recruitment and safety. As Children’s Aid Society merged with Carson Valley School, Ms. Warliga assumed the role of Co-Interim Executive Director for approximately 18 months prior to the merger being finalized. Her current role encompasses human resources and staff development.