Karen Markle
MA, BCBA

Executive Vice President
of Education and Autism Services

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Executive Vice President of Education and Autism Services
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As the Executive Vice President of Education and Autism Services at Merakey, Karen provides oversight to all children's services within the company, including the Education and Autism Centers in Pennsylvania and Louisiana. Karen holds a Master's Degree in Adult Education and Counseling. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a certified Marriage and Family Counselor with more than 19-years of experience in the mental health field and more than 16 years specifically dedicated to children and families impacted by an autism spectrum disorder. She has presented at various conferences to include PA's Child and Adolescent Service System Program (PA CASSP), Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (PAR), Pennsylvania Community Providers Association (PCPA), and NADD, an association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Rebecca Mann
MS

Vice President of Operations

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Vice President of Operations
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Rebecca holds a Master's Degree in Psychology and supports the higher level clinical and day-to-day operations of the Merakey Education and Autism Centers. She reviews and manages the financial budget and ensures compliance with state regulations and Merakey Policies.

James Sharp
MA

Executive Director of Behavioral Services and Development

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Executive Director of Behavioral Services and Development
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James has a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and brings more than 25 years of experience in the juvenile justice and child welfare system. He has led nationally recognized programs in transitional reintegration, work programs and violence reduction partnerships, as well as the implementation of several evidenced-based and promising practice programs. His experience as the Chief Probation Officer in Philadelphia Juvenile Court, and most recently as the Regional Executive Director of the Northwestern Academy, has provided the arena for strategic planning of policy development and operational efficiencies across programs and schools.

Christiana Show
MA

Director of Autism Services

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Director of Autism Services
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Christiana holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Duquesne University, as well as an Applied Behavior Analysis Certification from Penn State University. She has over 17 years of experience in practice with individuals on the autism spectrum and extensive expertise regarding Functional Behavior Assessments, Positive Behavioral Support Plan Development, and Crisis Intervention planning and implementation.

Leanne Gilligan
 

Administrator of Education & Autism Services

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Administrator of Education & Autism Services
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Leanne is the former Administrative Assistant for the first NHS School, in Herminie PA, which opened its doors in 2005. She is a seasoned professional that maintains service line consistency across all the Merakey Education and Autism Centers. Leanne also provides the team with additional support in the role of Administrative Assistant to Karen Markle, Corporate Vice President of Children's Services. She is experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks. Leanne is a person who is exceedingly well organized, flexible and enjoys the administrative challenges of supporting diverse people and programs.