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.
Kelly A. Examitas, B.S. – Director of Financial Operations - 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.
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.
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.
COGI Professional Staff
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.
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.
Benjamin Fleagle - Administrative 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 met all clients and visitors entering the office and was 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. In the Fall of 2021, Ben was promoted from Office Assistant to Administrative Assistant. In his new role, Ben has taken over tasks to assist our management team. He reviews and updates reports and assists with payroll and fiscal functions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. As of the Fall of 2021, Jennifer has reduced her hours and is now per-diem with COGI.
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. Kaitlyn also has taken the lead in our Strengthening Schuylkill County Communities (S2C2) project in which COGI implements the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 for families residing in the Pottsville, Minersville, Schuylkill Haven, and St. Clair School Districts.
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.
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.
Lisa DeHaven - Prevention Specialist
Lisa is a graduate of Marywood University, and holds her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Lisa joined the COGI Team in December 2021 and will be coordinating a new evidence-based curriculum in high schools across the county called “Project Towards No Drug Abuse” beginning in early 2022.
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.
Morgan Murphy, B.S. - Drug & Alcohol Counselor Assistant
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.