COGI Administration

Alicia Fleischut, MA, LPC, CAADC, MAC, NCC – Executive  Director

A graduate of Penn State University, Alicia obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to complete her graduate work at Kutztown, obtaining her Master Degree in Counseling Psychology.  Alicia joined the COGI team in 2010 as the Clinical Supervisor for their Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program. In 2014, she became the Executive Director of the agency. As part of her responsibilities she must oversee all programs, budgets and personnel. She is responsible for program development, working with grant writers, community stakeholders and outside agencies. Alicia is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and she is certified as an addictions counselor.

Email: afleischut@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1011

Kelly A. Examitas, B.S. – Director of Financial Operations

A graduate of Millersville University, Kelly obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Kelly joined COGI in 2005 and has managed the financial side of COGI through the present. Part of her role is to handle all aspects of the agency budget as well as individual grant and project budgets, process payroll, manages accounts payable and receivable, and financial reporting to all funders. Presently, Kelly is the contact for the Naloxone Program for Emergency Responders in all of Schuylkill County where COGI has been designated as the Centralized Coordinating Entity.  Kelly manages the agency website and  the COGI Facebook page. Kelly is certified as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Shenandoah Community Ambulance Association, where she serves as Treasurer.

Email: kexamitas@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1013

Karen McCloskey, B.S. – Medication Assisted Therapy Supervisor

Karen obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Penn State University. Currently she is the MAT Supervisor at Clinical Outcomes Group. She has been with COGI since 2003 starting out in Tobacco Cessation. In 2012, she started in the Medication Assisted Therapy program and was made the MAT Supervisor thereafter. Previous to COGI, Karen worked for Avenues in Pottsville as a Vocational Evaluator and Penn Foundation in Sellersville as an MH Case Manager.

Email: kmccloskey@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1010

Shawn McGinley, B.A.  – Case Management Supervisor and Drug & Alcohol Counselor

A graduate of Kutztown University, Shawn obtained his Bachelors of Art degree in Sociology. Shawn joined COGI in January 2017 as the first care manager hired in the Center of Excellence Program, where he played a vital role in the development of the program.  In October of 2019, Shawn was promoted to Case Management Supervisor where he supervises the Prison Re-entry program and the Center of Excellence Program. Shawn also volunteers to help with the Schuylkill County Warm Handoff Program which helps clients connect to treatment after being admitted into a hospital setting.  In early 2020, Shawn added a new role, becoming a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  He is also a member of The Schuylkill County REACH program, formerly known as The Opioid Task Force for Schuylkill County.  Lastly, Shawn is a Certified SMART Recovery Facilitator where he runs a weekly SMART Recovery Group at COGI.

Email: smcginley@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1017

Courtney Tamagini, MS, NCC, LPC, – Clinical Supervisor

Courtney is a graduate of Lock Haven University where she obtained a Masters of Science. She started out at COGI in 2016 where she completed an internship. She then was hired in 2017 as a case coordinator in the newly developed Center of Excellence program. Within her three years employed at COGI full-time, she has worked in several programs including the Tamaqua’s PROMISE project, counseling, and administration where she currently serves as the Clinical Supervisor. Along with supervising counselors, case managers, and prevention staff Courtney also served as a Dialectical Behavior Therapist. Courtney is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors.  

Email: ctamagini@coginc.org

 

COGI Professional Staff

 

Daniel Blugis, B.A. – PROMISE Project Assistant

Daniel graduated from Franklin and Marshall College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and was a 4-year member of the baseball team. After graduation, Daniel joined COGI in 2019 as the Project Assistant for the Tamaqua PROMISE Project. As the assistant Daniel helps to plan, coordinate, and recruit for programs such as Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 and Communities that Care’s Social Development Strategy within the Tamaqua community as well as the Botvin LifeSkills Training program within the Tamaqua Middle School. He has also helped to plan and implement a PA START public messaging campaign within the Tamaqua community. As the Project Assistant, he is also responsible for data collection and input, the project inventory, purchases, and reporting of spending. Daniel loves working in the county that he grew up in and making a difference in any way he can.

Email: dblugis@coginc.org
Phone:  570-449-2563

Jennifer Brant, M.S., CAADC – Drug and Alcohol Counselor

An undergraduate of Pennsylvania State University, Jennifer studied Psychology and Criminal Justice and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree prior to attending Capella University where she obtained a Master’s of Science in Psychology Degree. Jennifer joined the COGI family December 1, 2010 as their first full-time drug and alcohol counselor. Since her start at COGI she has facilitated the Intensive Outpatient Program and has also worked with individuals stepping down to the Outpatient level. She had the opportunity to take part in treatment aspects of the Suboxone program and the Drug Court program. Over the years, she has embraced training in trauma-informed therapies such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She continues to work with both the intensive outpatient and outpatient populations with traditional substance use therapies as well as Seeking Safety and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Jennifer has earned her certification as a Certified Advanced Addiction & Drug Counselor and continues to pursue education and training in the psychology and addictions field.

Email: jbrant@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1008

Marie-Yacinthe Gustama-Coombs, B.A. – Center Of Excellence Case Manager

A graduate of Long Island University, New York.  Marie obtained her Bachelor of Art degree in Social Work. Marie joined the COGI team in November 2017 as the fourth care manager hired in the Center of Excellence Program.  Marie provides intensive case management to individuals suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) as part of the Center of Excellence Program.  She meets clients where they are in order to assist in the coordination of treatment.  In June of 2019,  Marie started working with the Schuylkill County Warm Handoff Program which helps clients connect to treatment after being admitted into a hospital setting.

Email: mcoombs@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1038

Christopher Cooper, B.A. – Center Of Excellence Case Manager

A graduate of Kutztown University, Chris received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Chris joined COGI in the summer of 2018 and has transitioned through multiple departments. First entering the organization as a Prevention Educator Chris spend a year and a half educating the county’s youth with the Too Good for Drugs program. Part of this duty was to implement the above program created by the Mendez foundation and participate in afterschool instruction. After a year with the agency Chris accepted a position in COGI’s Center of Excellence as a Community-based Care manager. Chris continues to cooperate with clients to connect them with the resources they need to be successful outside of the office. Outside of COGI Chris has been a member of the PA Army National Guard for 5 years now, and continues to serve PA at home and abroad. Chris is continuing to pursue his education at Kutztown with a Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family counseling.

Email: ccooper@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1015

Benjamin Fleagle – Office Assistant

Ben is a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School.   Upon high school graduation, Ben attended two years of courses at Penn State University Schuylkill Campus.  Ben joined COGI in March of 2014 as a full-time Office Assistant.   In this role, Ben meets and greets all clients and visitors entering the office and is generally the voice you hear when calling our office.   Ben assists clients and staff with scheduling appointments, updating demographic information, taking payments, and rescheduling appointments as needed.  

Email: bfleagle@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1000

Annette Fleming – Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Annette is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology.  She began her career as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in 1995.  Annette has experience in working with both inpatient and outpatient facilities and she has counseled both adults and adolescents.  Annette joined Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc.  2016.  In November 2020, she accepted the role of Lead Counselor. 

Email: afleming@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1002

Linda Hanson, B.A.- Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Linda is a graduate student at Kutztown University. She is working towards her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Telecommunications from Penn State University. She also holds a minor degree in English from Penn State.  Linda began her career at COGI in August of 2018 as an intern while working on her Psychology degree. In May of 2019, after earning her degree, she was hired as an Intake Coordinator. She currently works as a Substance Abuse Counselor and continues to have a passion for helping clients while she works toward her master’s degree and licensure. In addition to her passion for helping people, Linda also has a passion for decorating and is known around the office for putting up seasonal décor and spreading holiday cheer for all seasons.

Email: lhanson@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1016

Angelica Harkins, A.B.A – Billing & Claims Specialist

Angelica obtained her Associate of Business Administration from McCann School of Business & Technology.  Prior to joining COGI, Angelica gained six years of experience in billing administration with a non-profit organization.  Joining COGI, as an Administrative Assistant in November 2019,  Angelica was introduced  to the organization’s mission upholding the daily operation.  In the Spring of 2020, Angelica was presented with the opportunity to advance established skills as she accepted the position of Billing & Claim Specialist.   A year into her career with COGI, she is accountable for insurance claim preparation and filing,  payment and claim denial follow-up, posting insurance reimbursements, collections on past due accounts, and monitoring insurance activity.  Ensuring her responsibilities are executed, she portrays communication skills, knowledge in insurance, and multi-tasking between projects.

Email: aharkins@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1001

Kaitlyn Herndon, B.S. – Prevention Specialist

A 2015 graduate of Kutztown University, Kaitlyn obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  Kaitlyn joined COGI in 2015, doing administrative work (scanning, filing, etc) during evening hours.  In 2017, Kaitlyn had  moved into the Prevention Specialist position at COGI.  Kaitlyn is responsible for implementing the Too Good For Drugs program and the Wanna Bet program throughout the school districts in Schuylkill County.  Kaitlyn also helps manage the Schuylkill Prevention and COGI Prevention Facebook pages.  When not in school, Kaitlyn helps with front desk and MAT coverage, as well as pre-screenings for clients conducted when scheduling assessments.

Email: kherndon@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1020

Kara Heitzman, M.S., CADC – Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor

A graduate of Walden University, Kara obtained her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental health Counseling where she specialized in Forensic Populations as well as Trauma and Crisis Management. Kara is also certified through the state of Pennsylvania as a certified alcohol and drug counselor and is also certified through the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists as a level one rational living therapist. Kara joined COGI in 2018 and has been a counselor in the substance abuse counseling program. Kara aims to provided trauma informed counseling services to our clients through individual and group therapies to help clients achieve their goals. Outside of her normal counseling duties at COGI, Kara works within Schuylkill County Prison, where she provides Drug and Alcohol Assessments to inmates as well as runs the vivitrol program, which provides individual and group therapy to inmates addicted to opiates and sets them up for vivitrol treatment upon their release.

Email: kheitzman@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1037

Kimberly Hunter, AAS, CRS – Certified Recovery Specialist

Kimberly joined COGI in March 2017 as it’s first Certified Recovery Specialist.  Her initial role was within the newly designated Center of Excellence program.  Throughout her employment, Kimberly also assisted clients under the Prison Re-Entry program and most recently has a huge focus on the Schuylkill Moms United in Recovery and Family (SMURF) Program.  As the CRS, Kimberly works with the clients to help them maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol.   She works with clients to develop coping skills, accompanying clients to NA and AA meetings,  goes over step work, and how to find a sponsor. Kimberly supports clients in positive discussion making, developing a resume,  interviewing for jobs, and any other things related to obtaining work.  Kimberly provides her  clients  in seeking housing and learning how to budget when shopping.   She supports clients in self-care days and self-esteem maintenance. 

Email: khunter@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1005

Estelle Kerestus, B.A. – Case Coordinator

A graduate of Alvernia University, Estelle obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications.  Estelle joined COGI in 2012 as a D&A Administrative Assistant, Case Coordinator, Office Assistant.  In the fourth quarter of 2019, Estelle, transitioned to the position of  SMURF Care Manager. She advocates for clients by connecting them with community services to improve quality of life.

Email: ekerestus@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1025

Brittany Ketchem, B.A. – Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Brittany graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelors degree in the social sciences and worked with the geriatric population before transitioning to the field of Drug and Alcohol, where she found she belongs. During her first year with COGI, she was the Forensic Case Manager with the Re-entry program .  Brittany is currently a Drug & Alcohol counselor and does on-call work with the  Warm Handoff Program.  In addition to working at COGI, she is simultaneously working on her dual masters degree of Social Work and Health Administration at Marywood University. She is a member of the Columbia County United In Recovery Coalition, which is where her personal recovery journey began. Brittany is also a dog fanatic and a breakfast-food connoisseur.

Email: bketchem@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1029

Mary Ketterer, AAS, LPN –  Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Mary is a graduate of Luzerne County Community College with an Associates Degree in Human Services and is also a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  She is an experienced counselor with a demonstrated history of working in the health and addiction industry.  Mary is skilled in Crisis Intervention, Case Management, Dual Diagnosis, and Interventions. She is also a  licensed Notary Public.

Email: mketterer@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1036

Jamie L. Nabholz, Certified Medical Assistant –  MAT Coordinator

Jamie has been a Medical Assistant for 18 years and became Certified in 2014.  She joined COGI in July 2020 as a part-time Office Assistant.   In October 2020, Jamie transitioned into a full-time MAT Coordinator.  She assists MAT clients with scheduling, medication issues, urine screens, and blood draws.

Email: jnabholz@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1009

April Panzarella, B.A.  –  Drug & Alcohol Counselor

A graduate of Alvernia University, April received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Behavioral health with a concentration in Chemical Dependency. April joined COGI’s staff in April 2017 and has been an outpatient counselor since. She assesses, treats, connects to other services, and supports clients throughout their recovery journey. April has many years of experience in yoga and meditation practices, which helps her to co-facilitate a mindfulness group here at COGI. During her weekly mindfulness group, clients are able to learn coping skills such as breathing techniques, gentle chair yoga stretches, and meditation practices.

Email: apanzarella@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1027

Beth Pattay, B.S., CADC  –  Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Beth is a graduate of Penn State University where she obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology.  Upon graduation, she worked in the field of mental health.  Joining COGI in 2010, Beth was one of the first counselors to work in our newly established Drug and Alcohol Program.  Since working at COGI, she has obtained her Certified Drug and Alcohol Counseling credential.  On a daily basis, Beth assists clients by completing assessments, coordinating appropriate level of care treatment, and providing counseling services.

Email: bpattay@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1028

Brandon Radziewicz, MA  –  Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Brandon holds his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and later obtained his Masters of Art degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kutztown University.  Brandon first joined the COGI team in the Spring of 2019 as an Intake Coordinator.  Subsequently, Brandon was promoted to a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the Fall of 2019.  In March of 2020, Brandon played a pivotal role in the implementation of Schuylkill County’s Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI) program by accepting the position as the program’s first Case Manager in Schuylkill County.  In addition, Brandon coordinates with the Center of Excellence Program by performing data entry and analysis duties.

Email: bradziewicz@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1024

Helen M. Rebuck, B.A., CADC, CLL   –  Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Helen is a graduate of Alvernia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Health Studies with an emphasis on Addiction.  Helen is an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Certified Laughter Leader by the World Laughter Tour,  Certified in Phycological First Aid, trained in trauma informed counseling, first aid and CPR.  Helen Joined Clinical Outcomes Group in 2013.
Helen’s role is to provide both individual and group counseling to those effected by drug and alcohol addiction, as well as their families.  She uses a number of techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, and The Matrix Model of treatment to name few. Although Helen’s main focus at COGI is counseling, she is also involved in community outreach education, fundraising and agency activities.  In November 2020, Helen accepted the role of Lead Counselor.

Email: hrebuck@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1031

Larry Schew, MSW, LSW, CADC – Drug & Alcohol Counselor, Abuse Intervention Services Program Coordinator, Anger Management Education Services Program Coordinator

Larry holds his Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, his Master of Social Work degree from Temple University, is a licensed Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania, and is certified from the Pennsylvania Certification Board as a certified alcohol and drug counselor.  Larry is a substance abuse counselor and program coordinator for two of our addition programs designed to help others manage both their anger and abusive behaviors toward their domestic partners. He joined the team at Clinical Outcomes Group Inc. in 2015 as a group facilitator and quickly worked his way up to full time counselor and program coordinator. 

Email: lschew@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1034

Kate Spofford, B.A.   –  PROMISE Project Director

A graduate of West Chester University of PA, Kate obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2013. Kate joined COGI in 2019 as the PROMISE Project Assistant and quickly advanced into the role of Project Director. The Raiders PROMISE Project is a community based opioid misuse prevention project in Tamaqua, PA. In her role, Kate manages all aspects of the project including planning, coordination and implementation of Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14, Communities that Care’s Social Development Strategy Trainings, Botvin LifeSkills Training and a prevention messaging campaign. She also manages data collection and reporting and assists in budget management while overseeing project spending and inventory. Kate also runs the Raiders PROMISE Project’s social media pages including Facebook and Instagram and is responsible for communications between project partners and stakeholders. She is grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead such an important project and is excited to see its continued impact on the Tamaqua community.

Email: kspofford@coginc.org
Phone: 570-391-6808

Tina M. Staller, A.S.   –  Administrative Coordinator

A graduate of Schuylkill Institute of Business and Technology, Tina earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration/Accounting. Tina joined COGI in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant and is currently working as an Administrative Coordinator. In this position Tina does many things some of which include insurance benefit authorizations and billing, data entry / reporting and supplies ordering. In the last five years, Tina has also taken on the role of System Administrator for COGI’s electronic health records system.

Email: tstaller@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1000

Karyn Stevenson, BSW   –  Center of Excellence Case Coordinator

Karyn is a graduate of College Misericordia.  She has worked in the social work field since graduation and brings over 20 years of experience to COGI. .Karyn has been with COGI since September of 2019.  Her original position was under a grant that served Woman and Children.  However in October of 2020, Karyn transitioned into the Center of Excellence Program (CoE).   Under the CoE, she continues to work with the women with children population as well as others suffering from opioid use disorder.   In her position, she coordinates all aspects of care to treat all of the clients needs.

Email: kstevenson@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1039

Courtney Stewart, B.A. – Prevention Specialist

A 2018 graduate of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Courtney joined COGI in March of 2020 as a Prevention Specialist. Courtney is responsible for implementing the Too Good For Drugs and the Incredible Years programs in school districts and child care centers throughout Schuylkill County. Courtney also helps manage the Schuylkill Prevention and COGI Prevention Facebook and Instagram pages. When not working in the schools, Courtney researches new and emerging drug trends in the youth population and works on seasonal prevention activities to keep youth engaged year-round.

Email: cstewart@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1022

Nicole Tag, M.A. – Drug and Alcohol Counselor

As a graduate of Liberty University, Nicole obtained her Masters in Human Service Counseling with a cognate in addiction and recovery. Nicole joined COGI in 2019 as a counselor for the Schuylkill Moms United in Recovery and Family program. Her current focus is working with woman who are pregnant or have children under the age of 3 who struggle with an opiate addiction. 

Email: ntag@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1035

Grace Wolfe, B.S. – Forensic Case Manager

Grace  is a part of COGI’S Care Management Team (CMT) under the umbrella of Re-entry Services. The Forensic Care Manager provides direct services to individuals and ex-offenders upon release from incarceration. The care manager will be the link between the substance-addicted individual to recovery services from crisis to care. The Forensic Care Manager will meet individuals where they are in their addiction and work with community partners to help navigate the recovery process from referrals to substance abuse and/or mental health counseling to actual treatment and follow-up. They will re-engage individuals who disengage from treatment to prevent relapse. The Forensic Care Manage will follow an individual through his or her recovery for at least 1 year or as long as needed to support recovery activities.

Email: gwolfe@coginc.org
Phone: 570-628-6990 ext. 1007