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.
Dexter Davis, PhD, was born and raised in the City of Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended the Chester Upland public schools and is a proud graduate of the Chester High School Class of 1973. He graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. Dr. Davis earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from West Chester University and a Doctorate in School Administration from Widener University. Dr. Davis is a member of several boards that impact the lives of children and adults in Delaware County. He currently serves as an advisor to Chester City Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and City Council on education-related matters. Dr. Davis retired from the Chester Upland School District where he served as a teacher, coach, dean of students, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Dr. Davis has worked in educational institutions throughout the Philadelphia region. He has been the recipient of many educational, community, and leadership awards. In addition to his public education career he has served as an adjunct professor at Widener, Cheyney, and Drexel Universities.
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.
Joseph Griffin, MA, became the new CVCA Campus Director in mid-August 2016. He brings a wealth of professional skills and experience working in residential and education settings with at risk youth as well a powerful commitment based on his own childhood. "I was separated from my mother and father and placed in multiple foster homes and shelters due to hard economic times," Joe explained. "However, I did not let my family situation become an excuse for not aiming high. With the help of exceptional people, I achieved personal goals as a star track athlete and high school graduate." Joe received his BA in Social Relations with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Cheney University and MA in Organization Development and Leadership from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Joe worked at The Villa in Fort Washington, PA for over eight years, most recently overseeing the residential and education programs. Prior to that, he held program management positions at Wordsworth Academy, Community Education Partners, and Devereux. Through his profession as well as in his personal life. Joe has had the opportunity to motivate and mentor youth. Joe is passionate about making positive changes and fostering growth in all individuals including himself and doing so with enthusiasm and integrity.
Diane Kiddy, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Carson Valley Children's Aid (CVCA). She has more than 30 years of experience in not for profit as well as for profit health and human service organizations. Kiddy came to CVCA in 2014 after serving five years as the Vice President for Adult Behavioral Health at NHS Human Services, Eastern Region in Erdenheim, PA. Prior to that, she was Director of Government Affairs for Universal Health Services, Inc. for three years, CEO of Fairmount Behavioral Health System in Philadelphia from 1998 to 2004, and Vice President of Behavioral Medicine and Director of Program Development at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center from 1987 to 1996. Ms. Kiddy was Chair of the Mayor's Mental Health/Mental Retardation Advisory Board in Philadelphia for 20 years. 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, has served as the full-time Medical Director of CVCA since March of 2015. Dr. Matthews is spearheading CVCA' s agency-wide trauma informed focus to service delivery. Prior to coming to CVCA, Dr. Matthews was the psychiatrist for the partial hospital program of the Horsham Clinic. She is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and served as the Chief Child/ Adolescent Fellow at Thomas Jefferson University and Medical Center. In addition to a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine, she holds a Master's in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology. Dr. Matthews grew up in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School. Her volunteer activities include serving as an Associate Minister of the Enon Tabernacle Church and board member of Einstein at Enon; she also lectures to local churches on prevention and health maintenance and tutors/mentors college bound minorities who are interested in health professions.
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.
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.