A FREE Opioid Awareness Event Featuring panel discussions with regional and national experts in the field of substance use disorder.
Free practical advice and help on-hand for navigating the legal system & the health care system. Speak one-on-one with experts and treatment providers who will discuss individual cases and assist with immediate treatment.
In response to the current Opioid Crisis, Friends of the Manor, a 501c3 charitable foundation affiliated with Manor of Hope and The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University presented an Opioid Awareness Seminar on Saturday, October 20, 2018 on the campus of Villanova University in suburban Philadelphia, PA. (Connelly Center – 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19083 – driving directions)
10:00-11:00 – Registration/Coffee
12:00-12:45– Lunch and Resource Area open
2:15-2:30-Break – Coffee, soft drinks, snacks and access to resource area
2:30-3:00-Therapeutic Community Concept: Origins and Outcomes
– Dr. Terry Horton, chief of Christiana Care’s Division of Addiction Medicine
3:00-3:30 -Building Futures
– Bill Pocklington, Director/Board member of Bellrock Intelligence and Board Member of Friends of the Manor and Manor of Hope Building Futures Partner
– Fredrick E Hubler Jr., Founder of Creative Capital Wealth Management and Chief Wealth Strategist and Manor of Hope Building Futures Partner
– Ben Steefel, Director of College Success Program at Caron Treatment Center
– Steve Killelea, Founder of The Manor of Hope
Remains open for people to ask questions and gather materials
Please consider making a donation to Friends of the Manor! You can donate $25, $50, $100 when registering for this event OR donate here
• Addiction and the impact on families
• The disease of addiction explained
• Changes in the justice system
• Therapeutic Community concept origin
There will be multiple Treatment Centers and Community based Advocacy Groups on hand with practical advice, information and immediate placement options if necessary.
- Caron Treatment Center
- Recovery Centers of America
- Banyon Treatment Center
- Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment
- Enlightened solutions
- Kacie’s Cause
- Malvern Institute
- Manor of Hope Addiction Support Program
- Behavioral Wellness & Recovery
- Foundations Recovery network
- Council of Southeast Pennsylvania
- Montgomery Child Advocacy Project
- Phoenixville Community Health Foundation
- Pro-Act: Ambassadors for Recovery
- Villanova University College of Nursing
- Be a Part of the Conversation
Lisa Thomas-Laury, Former Philadelphia News Anchor and Author of “On Camera and Off” & Event Moderator
Lisa Thomas-Laury was one of the first African American women to anchor TV news in a large U.S. city and her work put her in touch with celebrities ranging from Ronald Reagan and Ted Kennedy to Oprah Winfrey and Princess Diana. Within a few years at Philadelphia’s Action News, she became one of the most popular local TV anchors in the country.
Then Lisa received news that wasn’t so good. The strange pains she’d noticed in her feet and ankles might signal a rare, crippling and potentially deadly disease. Her doctors disagreed about the exact diagnosis, and they tried one treatment after another but her symptoms worsened. To search for an answer, Lisa took a leave from Channel 6. There was no time to waste. If her disease was the one with the odd name, POEMS syndrome, her life expectancy could be short.
Eventually, Lisa sought help at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where she found that she did have POEMS. She also learned the treatment for this plasma cell disorder was a grueling bone marrow transplant. After which she also developed an addiction to the pain medications that they had prescribed to her.
These harrowing experiences couldn’t help but change Lisa’s outlook on life. When she returned to Action News, she focused on stories of ordinary people overcoming obstacles and illnesses. She also made a point of giving back to the community by working with nonprofit groups and Mayo patients.
Bill & Pam Roberts, Authors of Standing in the Storm, Parent Support Group Manual and Resources
Pam has a BS degree from Temple University and has worked in Pharma for the last 20 years. Bill was educated overseas and has been the environmental business for over 30 years. Pam and Bill (and their children) are in long term recovery.
For the past 12 years, Bill and his wife Pam have been active in starting and expanding parent support groups on the East Coast, as well as interacting with hundreds of parents, therapists, recovery service providers, non-profits, and government representatives to educate and transform “parental behaviors” – something they consider to be a prerequisite to improving prospects for a reconnected family.
Since 2012, Pam and Bill have prepared a series of Parent Support Group manuals – including personal experiences by dozens of Parent Group members and their therapists – as a resource for parents and other family members to gain a better understanding of the disease of addiction, how it impacts the whole family, and how behavioral changes associated with “parental recovery” translate to giving their kids a better chance at recovery.
The flagship manual for Parents of children with drug and alcohol disorders – Standing in the Storm – is available for download at no cost from Be a Part of the Conversation. And a list of over 20 regional Delaware Valley and NY Metro area parent meetings with times and locations can be viewed at: https://conversation.zone/meetings/.
There is no charge to attend the meetings.
Bill and Pam have been guest speakers at a variety of addiction providers and organizations including Caron Treatment Centers, NAATP, Montgomery County Drug Courts, Center for Families, Be a Part of the Conversation, and community organizations in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Allentown and others areas. They have carried the message of hope and change to new parent groups in CA, FL, MD, DE, NY, and CT.
What Pam and Bill have found is that parents contribute to their child’s well-being in both positive and negative ways. Parent Groups provide a safe, non-judgmental educational experience that allows parents to learn to change their behaviors to be the best support they can be for their kids.
Matthew, Julia, Parker & Bella, Members of the Manor of Hope family
Matthew, Julia, Parker and Bella will discuss how a therapeutic environment and the Manor of Hope program changed all of their lives.
They will also talk about their challenges through the rehabilitation and recovery process as well as challenges that still lie in front of them.
Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & Professional Studies at Drexel University; Vice Provost of Graduate Education; Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology
Dr. Van Bockstaele is the founding dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. She also serves as vice provost of graduate education at Drexel. She comes to the College of Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University where she was a tenured professor in the Department of Neuroscience, as well as the founding director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience in the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. For several years she was vice chair for research in the Department of Neurological Surgery of Jefferson Medical College, and she has held numerous leadership roles in graduate and medical school courses, including coordinating a dozen graduate courses.
The graduate neuroscience program Van Bockstaele founded at Jefferson was the first interdisciplinary, non–department-based graduate program at the University. She oversaw the development of a curriculum that bridges basic neuroscience and clinical neuroscience, and engaged clinicians in didactic coursework and as mentors of the graduate students. She has a demonstrated commitment to providing a mentoring infrastructure that supports graduate students and fellows in their pursuit of research funding, and several of her own recent pre-doctoral students have obtained NIH pre-doctoral fellowships.
Van Bockstaele’s research has been consistently funded throughout her career, beginning in 1994 when she was an assistant professor of neuroscience at Cornell University Medical College. She serves as principal investigator on two R01 grants and as PI on subcontracts for three other R01 grants with investigators at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Temple University.
She recently completed a project for a P20 Center Grant with investigators at the University of Pennsylvania. Data collected in her laboratory has been published in over 160 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters, and more than 80 symposium proceedings. She has been a member of, or chaired, several fellowship study sections for the National Institutes of Health, as well as center grant and program project reviews, and recently completed service as chair of a standing NIH study section, Neuroimmunology, Neuroendocrinology, Rhythms and Sleep.
Van Bockstaele has held a variety of leadership positions in the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization of scientists devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. She chaired the Membership and Chapters Committee, where she oversaw the development of a five-year strategic plan to enhance member benefits and growth. She was an active member in the Professional Development Working Group where she has organized annual symposia focused on careers beyond academia. She was a founding member of the Society’s Committee on Neuroscience Education and Training. Locally, she has served as past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, and previously served as secretary of the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs.
Van Bockstaele received her Ph.D. and master’s degrees in neurobiology from New York University, with a minor in biochemistry and molecular biology, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University Medical College before joining the faculty there. She is a 2010 graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® program for women.
Deni Carise, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Recovery Centers of America (RCA), Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Deni Carise, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and has been part of the recovery community for over 30 years. She is currently Chief Scientific Officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA). RCA is dedicated to creating neighborhood-based treatment and recovery campuses that include detoxification, residential, partial hospital, intensive and traditional outpatient, and family services, all available on one campus. From March 2016 – March 2018, they opened 6 such campuses, 2 in MA and MD, and 1 each in PA and NJ.
Deni has held similar positions at CRC Health Group, providing behavioral health services to more than 42,000 men, women and teens every day at more than 140 programs in 33 states and Phoenix House, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider with over 100 programs in 10 states where Dr. Carise developed national standards for clinical care, Clinical Toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform. Dr. Carise was also Chief Clinical Advisor for Sierra Tucson, a premier facility treating substance abuse, pain, mood, eating and trauma disorders.
Dr. Carise was an NIH-funded scientist and Director of the Treatment Systems Section at Treatment Research Institute. At TRI from 1994 to 2010, she made significant advances in the quality of substance abuse treatment through the development, application, and research of new interventions, systems, and technologies through receipt of numerous NIH and other federal grants. She has published over 100 articles, books, and chapters.
Dr. Carise is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine (since 1997). She has been affiliated with UPENN since completing a NIDA Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry from 1994-1996. She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University, she interned at Homewood (part of the Johns Hopkins Health system) and Union Memorial hospitals in behavioral medicine.
She has worked extensively internationally, with treatment providers in Nigeria, Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Singapore, Brazil, and China and numerous other countries to help develop national systems that integrate scientifically-validated tools into clinical treatment delivery.
Committed to the accurate portrayal of addiction, treatment, and recovery in the media, Dr. Carise consulted on Martin Scorsese’s film, Wolf of Wall Street, working with the primary actors on depicting characters who are abusing cocaine and other drugs, and has been instrumental in other movies and screen plays accurately depicting drug abuse, treatment and recovery. She has also been featured in segments of Nightline, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBS evening news, Access Hollywood, New York news and many Federally-funded Web-casts and has also been quoted in popular newsprint media such as US News and World Report, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly, NIDA Notes and others. Dr. Carise has presented over 200 lectures by invitation (approximately 35 internationally). She is also a frequent blogger on Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deni-carise) on topics including treatment, recovery, prescription drug abuse, the media’s portrayal of drug problems, and emerging drug trends.
Jim Mendez, Ph.D., CRNP, ANP-BC, Assistant Professor at Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Dr. Jim Mendez has a BA from Swarthmore College, BSN from Wilmington University, MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD from Villanova University. He is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Assistant Professor at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University. Dr. Mendez teaches courses in Pharmacology, Bioethics, and Complex Care of the Acute and Critically Ill Adult. For the past 25 years, he has also maintained a clinical practice at the Penn Transplant Institute where he has seen the impact of opioid use disorder on patients, families, and organ donors. His research interests involve the impact of psychosocial factors, including substance use, on the outcomes that occur after organ transplantation.
Honorable Steven T. O’Neill, Judge for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
Judge O’Neill was appointed by Governor Mark S. Schweiker in April of 2002, and sworn in on July 29, 2002 as the 70th Judge for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Montgomery County is Pennsylvania’s 3rd largest county and currently has 23 full time judges. Judge O’Neill is assigned to the Criminal Division and presides over the Drug Treatment Court. Additionally, he serves as the Administrative Judge of all treatment courts and Adult Probation.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge O’Neill was a partner in the Norristown firm of Morrow, Broderick, O’Neill & Tompkins. He was a criminal defense practitioner during his 20 years in private practice. He also served as the Solicitor of Montgomery County, as well as the Zoning Hearing Boards of Lower Merion Township and Upper Merion Township. Judge O’Neill was an Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County from 1979 to 1984. He received his B.S. from Drexel University in 1975 and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1978
In April 2006, Judge O’Neill started the Montgomery County Drug Treatment Court. The program presently has 150 participants and over 530 graduates since 2007. Montgomery County Drug Court is part of a network of more than 3,000 Drug Courts nationwide that serve approximately 145,000 seriously addicted individuals in the criminal justice system. The program complies with the 10 key components and utilizes all Drug Court Best Practices Standards demonstrated to reduce recidivism and save taxpayer dollars. (NPC Research Findings, 2011).
Judge O’Neill is the Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals (PADCP) and is a member of the Drug/DUI Court Accreditation Panel for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. Judge O’Neill also currently serves as a member of the faculty of the National Drug Court Institute.
John I. McMahon, Jr., Esquire
John I. McMahon, Jr., has been a practicing criminal lawyer in Pennsylvania for thirty years with offices in Norristown, Montgomery County.
He graduated from the Widener School of Law where he served as Note and Comment Editor for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Thereafter, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office for three years in the drug prosecution unit, as well as prosecuting numerous homicide cases.
During his career as a criminal defense lawyer, he has defended clients in most counties throughout eastern Pennsylvania as well as in Federal Court. In 2015, Mr. McMahon was tapped by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman to serve as a Special Assistant District Attorney to assist in the investigation of former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane who was later convicted of multiple criminal charges.
Although well-known and very accomplished as a trial lawyer who has obtained a long list of acquittals for clients in many high profile murder, sexual assault, felony drug, aggravated assault and other cases, Mr. McMahon has recognized and staunchly advocated for treatment for his clients, most of whom have drug and alcohol, as well as co-occurring mental health issues. He is a staunch believer that, although the criminal justice system has made significant progress in making treatment available for substance addicted defendants, it is still woefully under- equipped to address the massive treatment needs of addicted defendants, particularly those suffering from opiate addiction.
In 2012 The Caron Foundation Treatment Center awarded Mr. McMahon its annual legal professional public service award in recognition of his efforts to advance treatment opportunities for clients and others. Mr. McMahon is a member of the Montgomery County Bench Bar Committee, Pennsylvania Association of Trial Lawyers as well as the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he serves on multiple committees.
Warren Kampf, Pennsylvania State Representative
State Rep. Warren Kampf is serving his fourth term as the representative of Pennsylvania’s 157th Legislative District in the House of Representatives.
In the 2015-2016 term, Kampf was first appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee where he now serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy. He is also a member of the House Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Liquor Policy Committees.
As a subcommittee chair on Appropriations, Kampf plays a role in examining tax and spending policy and other fiscal matters such as government debt.
Kampf was first elected in November 2010.
Kampf’s legislative agenda has focused on job creation, education, pension reform, crafting sustainable budgets, protecting open space, caring for those in need and improving Pennsylvania’s business climate.
During his tenure, Kampf helped pass several acts to combat the opioid crisis. In 2018 alone, Kampf worked to pass Act 47 of 2018, to allow parents to provide consent, over the objection of a minor, to provide medical care for substance abuse; and Act 69 of 2018, to authorize home health and hospice agencies to properly dispose of unused medications following a patient’s discharge;
Other laws he helped pass:
- Act 191 of 2014 to create a program to ensure that information on potentially harmful prescription opioids could be collected and monitored by appropriate authorities, giving physicians and dispensers the tools needed to ensure that patients are not being over-prescribed. The law also allows law enforcement to monitor physicians who may be over-prescribing.
- Act 139 of 2014 to allow law enforcement and first responders to carry and administer naloxone – the life-saving drug that can reverse ongoing opioid overdoses.
- Act 80 of 2015 to create a pilot program for grants to correctional facilities for addiction treatment, with the aim of avoiding relapse when offenders are released.
- Kampf also supported the Supplemental General Appropriation Act of 2015 to provide a $3.5 million increase in the Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s Assistance to Drug and Alcohol appropriation to expand substance use disorder treatment services provided through the Single County Authorities.
He also backed the General Appropriations Act of 2016 which provided $15 million in state funds ($20 million total funds) in the Department of Human Services to establish 45 Centers of Excellence to expand narcotic treatment programs at facilities and to increase the capacity and quality of care provided to individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorder.
As of 2018, Kampf has now supported eight budgets which have produced record levels of funding for education, and kept unnecessary government spending in check.
Legislation Kampf authored created a program to invest more than $75 million of seed capital into technology and life sciences start-ups here in the Commonwealth. Kampf also authored legislation, now law, which eliminated the sunset on the Research and Development Tax Credit. Kampf’s recent legislative successes includes saving Stoneleigh Gardens, which is preserved open space right around the corner from where we are today.
Kampf also led with a few others the effort to reform the public employee pension system, mandating for the first time ever that all new public employees enroll in a 401k type plan like people in the private sector have. He has also sponsored or co-sponsored legislation to free schools from costly state mandates, to provide incentives encouraging job creation for companies, and to create more efficient government with an online business filing portal.
Each year, Kampf sponsors a Martin Luther King Day of Service, honors local veterans at an appreciation breakfast, hosts a senior expo, honors local women who make a difference in the community at his annual Women’s Appreciation event, and brings families together for a Family Safety Expo and Movie Night.
Kampf’s career included serving as a deputy prosecutor in the York County District Attorney’s Office and, later, as an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. He also served seven years as a Tredyffrin Township supervisor, with two years as the chairman of the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors.
Born and raised in Devon, Pennsylvania, Kampf is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy of Exeter, NH, Yale University, and Emory University School of Law. Formerly a partner with White and Williams, LLP, Kampf today serves as Of Counsel for this firm.
The 157th Legislative District includes Tredyffrin and Schuylkill townships and most of Phoenixville Borough in Chester County, as well as parts of Upper Providence Township in Montgomery County.
Terry L. Horton, MD, Chief, Division of Addiction Medicine
Terry Horton, M.D., is the chief of Christiana Care’s Division of Addiction Medicine and a nationally recognized authority on substance abuse. He is also medical director for Project Engage and a scholar in Christiana Care’s Value Institute.
Dr. Horton joined Christiana Care in 2007 as director of the Consult Service at Wilmington Hospital. The next year, he helped launch Project Engage at Wilmington Hospital. This program embeds a peer engagement specialist at the hospital to reach substance-addicted patients when they most need help and provide a clear pathway to treatment. Project Engage has drawn national attention for its innovative approach and success in reducing health care costs and utilization by reducing emergency room visits and hospital stays.
Also receiving national recognition, from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Innovations Exchange of the national Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is the work of the Christiana Care Alcohol Withdrawal Working Group, which Dr. Horton chairs. This group developed and implemented protocols for screening and treating hospital patients for alcohol withdrawal.
Dr. Horton is also an experienced teacher. In his role as an internal medicine faculty member, he trains Department of Medicine residents in inpatient and outpatient work. He also teaches second- and third-year students from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Prior to joining Christiana Care, Dr. Horton worked for 15 years as medical director and vice president of the New York-based Phoenix House Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit substance abuse treatment program. His primary roles there were development of health services and serving as national spokesperson.
Dr. Horton’s areas of expertise include: addiction and primary care; addiction screening and interventions in hospital and primary care settings; detoxification programming and comorbidity. He is a frequent lecturer on these topics for Christiana Care staff as well as across the country and world. He has provided testimony before the U.S. House and Senate and lectured in Taiwan and Germany. He is regularly interviewed by the national press, including The New York Times and the Associated Press, and has appeared more than 40 times on local and national television and radio, including CBS News, ABC News and CNN.
Dr. Horton’s research on the science and treatment of addiction is well represented in the academic literature through numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.
Dr. Horton is involved in numerous professional organizations. He is an executive committee member and national steering committee representative for the Delaware Valley Node of the Clinical Trials Network of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for the Delaware chapter of the American College of Physicians. He is a diplomate for the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
A 1983 graduate of Brown University, Dr. Horton went on to earn his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1987. He was a resident in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in New York.
Bill Pocklington, Board Member of Friends of the Manor &Manor of Hope Building Futures Partner
Bill Pocklington has 30+ years of experience starting, building and growing technology and services companies. He has a strong background in Sales, Finance, Strategy and Operations.
Bill is an active investor in several companies including Array Health (GetInsured), Bellrock Intelligence, Clarip, Clutch, Jet.com, Matrix, Smarter Services and Warby Parker. Bill is also a Director/Board Member with Bellrock Intelligence, the Global Neurosciences Foundation and Friends of the Manor. He is also an advisor to Clarip and Smarter Services. Bill has been a Director for Adaptiv Learning, Array Health, Portico Systems and SMG, prior to their acquisitions.
Prior to May, 2017, Bill was with McKesson for six years following McKesson’s acquisition of Portico Systems. While at McKesson, Bill was a Vice President running Sales for Portico’s enterprise Provider Management platform to Healthcare Payers (to manage the Provider supply chain). Bill was a Founder/Investor/Director for Portico and led Sales, averaging 35% YOY revenue growth for seven years prior to McKesson’s acquisition.
Prior to Portico, Bill led sales and consulting services for more than twenty years for Strategic Management Group, Inc. (SMG), a highly successful computer-based business simulation software company. Under Bill’s leadership, SMG grew from $200K to $27.5M in annual revenue, averaging over 15% YOY growth over twenty years. SMG proudly consulted with over 150 of the Fortune 500 during Bill’s tenure.
Bill graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Finance and Accounting. Bill and his wife have a ten year old daughter and a myriad of animals on their farm in suburban Philadelphia. Bill is also an avid golfer.
Frederick E. Hubler, Jr., Manor of Hope Building Futures Partner
Frederick is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 25 years of success spanning financial services and technology. He is responsible for founding the Creative Capital Wealth Management Group, growing the firm to 11 states, executing a first-of-its-kind national product, and building a retainer-based wealth management program. In his current role as Chief Wealth Strategist, Frederick works with individuals and families to better serve their financial management needs and utilizes a national technology platform. He became a certified Behavioral Financial AdvisorTM, BFATM for short, as of July 2018. He is an innovative leader with a keen eye for unique solutions and knowledge in due diligence and protection strategies.
An industry leader, Frederick built a framework to allow third-party experts to collaborate and assist clients. Frederick consistently exceeds company goals and client expectations through his use of creative product development and his proactive approach to business development and technology innovation. He is an inspiring leader drawing from a breadth of knowledge in market leadership, business development, goal execution, and wealth management.
Frederick attained his MBA from the University of Phoenix and his BS in Business Administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. As a seasoned board member, Frederick has held board positions with Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation, Rotary, Phoenixville Senior Center and the LGBT Equality Alliance. He is married to Elizabeth, has seven-year-old twins James and Abigail, and loves Eagles football. His hobbies include technology, cigars, and cars.
Ben Steefel, Director of College Success Program & Caron Treatment Center
Benjamin Steefel is Caron’s Coordinator of College Success Services. In this role, he manages program development and implementation throughout the Caron Pennsylvania continuum, provides supervision to necessary clinical and college success staff, and works individually with students both in treatment and around the United States to achieve their academic goals in recovery.
Benjamin has been working with recovering individuals to engage in school since 2010 and joined the young adult team at Caron Treatment Centers in 2014. He achieved his master’s degree in business administration and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. He also holds P.C.B. certifications in drug and alcohol counseling, gambling addictions counseling, and counseling in co-occurring disorders and is a credentialed teacher by the Pennsylvania Board of Education.
Benjamin works closely with Caron’s strategic partners to further shape the landscape of collegiate recovery across the country.
Steve Killelea, Founder of Manor of Hope & Friends of the Manor
Steve has always had an extraordinary drive for excellence. A Brooklyn N.Y. native, he excelled in both the classroom and the athletic field while attending Lynbrook Senior High School. Although he was the Senior class scholar/athlete award winner, he was always most proud of being voted by his peers as the person in the senior class with the best personality.
Steve’s drive for excellence has always served him well but that drive has now turned in to a passion for enhancing the quality of life for young men battling the disease of addiction. He is committed to creating a world class program that will change current views on what effective addiction recovery programs look like in the U.S. His finely honed business skills combined with his interpersonal skills and ability to build and lead a team make him uniquely qualified to do exactly that at the Manor of Hope.
Upon graduation Steve went on to matriculate at the University of Delaware where he earned a BS in Accounting. After spending four very happy years in Delaware, he headed back to New York to start his business career in the Manhattan office of the international accounting firm Price Waterhouse . After a short stint in accounting, Steve was convinced that he was best suited for a career where his natural ability and love to work with people was a focal point of each day. To that end, he accepted a sales position with the Fortune 500 company Armstrong World Industries where he excelled, winning numerous prestigious corporate awards while also leading the United States in sales volume in his division. As he rose quickly through the corporate ranks, he accepted promotions with increasingly more responsibility, Steve was approached one day by a small customer, Bob Wagner, who had become a a close friend. Bob wanted to expand his small family floor covering business and thought Steve’s skill set would be a perfect fit to help him accomplish his goal.
Although this opportunity totally caught Steve by surprise, he accepted the offer and has been an instrumental part over the last 30 years in growing Bob Wagners Flooring America into a regional powerhouse employing more than one hundred people.