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  • Roni VanDagna: Co-Founder

    rvandagna@peoplefirstsc.org

    After graduating from West Chester University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work, Roni went on to work for Chester County MH-IDD for thirteen years. Consistently recognized as a valuable addition to the staff, she was repeatedly promoted during her tenure working her way up from Supports Coordinator to ultimately Manager of the MH-IDD Supports Coordination Organization overseeing daily operations, twenty two Chester County case managers and supervisors that served 800 consumers.

    Recognizing the need for a premier supports coordination provider in the southeast region, Roni partnered with Jen Brodie and co-founded People First in 2012.

    Her functional title, Director of the Supports Coordination Organization allows her to work with state level entities such as the Office of Developmental Programs and advocate not only for People First consumers but all individuals with intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania State. Roni is also happily married and a mother of two boys.





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  • Jen Brodie: Co-Founder

    jbrodie@peoplefirstsc.org

    As an entrepreneur Jen focused on growing the family graphics and printing business for a number of years before going on to college. Upon graduating from Cabrini, she went to work for the County of Chester and during her tenure she worked her way up to the Supervisor level.

    Drawing from her previous experience as both a businesswoman and county supervisor, she collaborated with Roni to form their own Supports Coordination Organization - People First - focusing on the individual and family.
    Jen lives in Phoenixville with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family and her grandson.




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  • Michelle Rzucidlo: Coordinator

    mrzucdlo@peoplefirstsc.org

    Michelle graduated from Randolph Macon College in 2003 with a bachelors degree in Sociology. From there she went on to be a direct support professional at a school for children with Autism. She worked in this field for 4 years and within this time was promoted to primary teacher. The promotion allowed Michelle to work not only with students but in conjunction with parents and therapists in order to create and help progress education plans. Michelle began working as a supports coordinator for Chester County MH/IDD in February 2010.

    Through this position she was able to build many strong relationships with the individuals she supported but also service providers. This position allowed Michelle to learn the MH/IDD system and how to best support individuals with disabilities. In December of 2012, Michelle began working for People First Supports Coordination.

    Michelle’s natural leadership skills, combined with knowledge and experience, make her an excellent supervisor and an invaluable asset to all at People First Supports Coordination and the Consumers we serve . Michelle is a mother of 3, 2 girls and a boy.




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  • Patrick Rowland: Supervisor Manager

    pjrowland@peoplefirstsc.org

    Graduating from Penn State University in 2010 with a degree in Kinesiology, Patrick worked as a teacher as well as offering counseling services to At-Risk youths in a summer camp for over three years. Patrick enjoys teaching and uses this gift to train incoming supports coordinators.

    Patrick is solution focused. He likes to think outside of the box and bring new ideas to the table, while working within the regulations of the system. He is dedicated to assuring that individuals’ voices are heard and is a strong advocate for person centered planning. As a supervisor, Patrick is an invaluable resource to consumers and families in explaining the ID system assuring they are confidently aware of all their options and choices.

    Patrick lives in Coatesville with his wife, son and two dogs. He is a very active individual and enjoys hobbies such as running, weightlifting and golf. He enjoys woodworking and working on his house.






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  • Chad Christensen: Office Manager

    cchristensen@peoplefirstsc.org

    Chad is the Office Manager and Compliance Monitor for People First Supports Coordination. He has a military background and served in the US ARMY.

    Before joining People First Supports Coordination in 2013, Chad worked for 4 years for as a Warehouse Manager and has previous management experience. Chads military style organizational skills keep the People First office running like a fine oiled machine. His attention to detail is crucial in the monitoring and tracking of the many moving parts of People First Supports Coordination. His structured style of management serves as a motivator to his co-workers. He has a great sense of humor and respect for his fellow employees.

    Chad is an outdoorsman who enjoys hiking on the Appalachian Trail, camping, hunting, fishing, shooting and spending time with his wife and daughter. Chad regularly participates in mud runs and obstacle races.




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  • Allison Rowland: Supports Coordinator Supervisor

    arowland@peoplefirstsc.org

    Throughout her college career and prior to graduation Allison served as a Life Skills Instructor with The ARC of Chester County. She taught clients fundamental skills and principles, enriching their lives and lessening the burden of daily activities. Upon graduating in 2011 from West Chester University with a degree in Social Work, Allison gained employment with Chester County’s Department of Aging as a Service Coordinator providing support and guidance to the county’s elderly population.

    In 2013 Allison joined People First in a Supports Coordinator role. She has quickly become an integral part of the staff offering insight and acumen found in only the most seasoned social work professionals.




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  • Jennifer Wood: Supports Coordinator Supervisor

    jwood@peoplefirstsc.org

    Jennifer is a graduate of Bloomsburg University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Children, Youth and Family Studies.

    Prior to joining People First Supports Coordination, Jennifer worked in licensed child care centers, eventually working her way to the role of Director. As the center Director, she sharpened her leadership skills and gained insight into the importance of communication, especially with family members.

    Jennifer is a natural leader with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. This allows her to successfully juggle many tasks simultaneously. Jennifer is well respected by both families and providers who count on her creative thinking and clear communication style. She has earned a reputation as strong advocate whom works tirelessly until resolution has been found and implemented. She regularly shares her resources and experiences with co-workers to help them create solutions for their own cases.

    Jennifer loves being mom to her son Alex who keeps her busy with baseball (both spring and fall). When not cheering her son on, Jennifer can be found gardening or at the beach either lounging with a good book, fishing, crabbing, or clamming.



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  • Leanne Cernero: Supports Coordinator Supervisor

    lcernero@peoplefirstsc.org

    Leanne graduated from Valley Forge Christian College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. This degree has allowed Leanne a great understanding of the basics of human social and behavioral needs and how they apply to daily interactions, forming the perfect background for a career in Supports Coordination.

    Prior to joining People First, Leanne worked as a Supports Coordinator at the Chester County Department of MH/IDD, where she gained experience and knowledge working with this population. She is passionate about providing quality supports to her consumers and their families. She prides herself in really listening to her consumers’ needs and wants, advocating for them no matter what—always completing the challenge.

    Leanne also brings this willingness to go above and beyond to the office. Her proactive thinking, problem-solving, and determination are just a few of the qualities that make her such a great supervisor. She has truly become an invaluable member of the staff at People First.

    Leanne lives in Phoenixville with her husband Mark, her daughter Olivia, and her sweet dog Buddy Poochie.




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  • Anne Zaccarelli: Supports Coordinator

    azaccarelli@peoplefirstsc.org

    Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Kutztown University. Anne is successful in understanding and working with consumers and families with diverse backgrounds, drawing from the experience in earning her degree.

    Anne has over a decade of experience working in the Intellectual Disability field. She is an excellent communicator and advocate, often drawing on her many years of personal and professional experience, thus ensuring her consumers the life they want.

    In addition to the many years of experience as a Supports Coordinator, Anne is known for the extra care she brings to ‘her people’. She establishes deep connections with consumers, family, and staff. It is not unusual to find Anne at a consumer’s birthday or holiday celebration. She a great source of strength and support as her ‘people’ go through some of their most trying times. Anne truly ‘walks the walk’ and is an excellent example for her co-workers at People First Supports Coordination.

    Anne lives in Downingtown and enjoys spending time with her fiancé Terrell, son Zachary, and large extended family. She enjoys traveling, going to the theater, and enjoys boot camp clases to stay active.




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  • Samantha Cerminaro: Supports Coordinator

    scerminaro@peoplefirstsc.org

    Samantha has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Kutztown University. It was in high school, after she spent time working with students with disabilities, her passion for this field started. It was an easy career choice for her after that. Samantha’s education combined with her experience has made her an invaluable asset to each team she is a part of.

    Samantha has had countless accomplishments since starting at People First. This is mainly due to her high level of organization that allows her to stay ahead and make sure nothing slips through the cracks. In addition, her genuine desire to see individuals succeed at what was thought by others to be impossible and finding joy in watching this happens. She is willing to go the extra mile to advocate and support those she works with.

    Samantha comes from a big family with whom she is very close with. Samantha lives in Royersford and is a proud puppy mom to her Golden Retrievers. Samantha enjoys doing crafts such as personalized decorations/gifts, scrap booking and DIYs.



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  • Ashley Herr: Supports Coordinator

    aherr@peoplefirstsc.org

    Ashley graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She has also earned Certifications in Special Education K-12 and Secondary Education English 7-12. Ashley excelled in school (consistently making Dean’s List), and was an NCAA Division II Athlete. Ashley draws from her teaching background to help understand best practices in supporting individuals of all different levels and abilities. Ashley is a great resource for parents when their child is still in school, and understands the importance of preparing for the transition from school to the adult system.

    In addition to her professional experience, she has the personal experience of having a sister, Kelly, with Down syndrome. Ashley is extremely proud of Kelly and states that havIn addition to her professional experience, she has the personal experience of having a sister, Kelly, who has Down syndrome. Being a family member gives her a unique perspective and insight allowing her to relate to families and individuals on a different level. Since joining People First Supports Coordination, Ashley has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of the individuals and families she supports. She is always proactive and shows great creativity when working with teams and families. As a supports coordinator, she is deeply compassionate and dedicated to making sure the individuals she supports have full and happy lives

    In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her sister Kelly and visiting extended family in Maryland. Ashley has run many half marathons and is working towards a goal of running a race in every state. She is also a coach for Special Olympics Montgomery County. She also enjoys taking spin classes at a local studio and can be found at the beach in her free time!





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  • Christopher Fick: Supports Coordinator

    cfick@peoplefirstsc.org

    Chris obtained his bachelor’s degree in History and an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Kutztown University in 2012. He has studied abroad in Germany and Austria and learned much about people’s differences and how to adapt to new situations.

    Before joining People First Supports Coordination, Chris was a team lead for a company that specializes in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Chris is extremely knowledgeable about the rules and regulations surrounding individual privacy protection under the law. He is able to take this specific area of expertise and generalize it to his role as a Supports Coordinator at People First Supports Coordination. In addition to his professional experience, Chris is the proud uncle of a nephew who has Autism, which has broadened his perspective.

    Chris is able to connect with his consumers on a personal level. He takes the time to learn the characteristics and traits that make each consumer unique. Chris understands the importance of his role as supports coordinator and enjoys being able to make a difference in individuals’ lives. His positive approach and dependability has made him invaluable at People First Supports Coordination.

    Chris enjoys spending his free time with his 7 nieces and nephews. He like to walk trails with his chocolate lab, Mia. Chris loves travel and has been to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy; among other places.




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  • Gina Greco: Supports Coordinator

    ggreco@peoplefirstsc.org

    Gina graduated on the Dean’s List from Kutztown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She gained experience in the art of human interaction while at Kutztown, an invaluable skill that Gina carries to her career choice of Supports Coordinator. The experience gained in human interaction while earning her degree helps Gina build positive relationships with her consumers.

    Since joining People First in August of 2016, Gina has worked hard to get to know and understand her consumers, striving to build positive, lasting relationships with each and every one of them. Having the experience of working in early childhood education, Gina also has a great understanding of the challenges her younger consumers and their families may face. Both in the office and out Gina possesses the patience and perseverance of a saint, qualities appreciated by her consumers and co-worker alike.

    Gina lives in Collegeville and has a dog named Missy, rescued all the way from Mississippi. In her free time, she likes to cook and spend time with friends and family.




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  • Kelsey Wheeler: Supports Coordinator

    kwheeler@peoplefirstsc.org

    Kelsey holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from West Chester University and did her undergrad studies in Social Work and Messiah College. Her education provided her with the knowledge and skill set to work alongside a broad range of populations with a strong emphasis on taking a holistic approach. After graduating, Kelsey worked as an outpatient therapist where she learned the importance of being sensitive to multiple perspectives as she worked with individuals, families and other team members. She is able to directly apply her education and field experience to her work as a supports coordinator.

    Since starting at People First, Kelsey has shown through her hard work and advocacy that she strongly believes that people should have the opportunities to grow, succeed and live fulfilled lives. Kelsey has shown that she understands the importance of building trusting relationships with individuals and their teams. She supports open communication amongst team members to assure there are no barriers to success. From day one, Kelsey showed that she believes in hard work and never fails to rise to the challenge.

    Kelsey lives in Coatesville, Pa with her precious dog Zoey. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her nephews and niece. Throughout the week she spends time volunteering at The Bridge Academy Community Center in Coatesville, going to Bible study, and being an active participant in her church community. Kelsey enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She also enjoys reading and writing in her spare time as well as shopping for antiques and old furniture as she loves home design and organization.




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  • Lindsey Martin: Supports Coordinator

    lmartin@peoplefirstsc.org

    Lindsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bloomsburg University. She uses her background in Social Work to bring a creative and goal-oriented approach when working with consumers, their families, and other professionals.

    Lindsey joined People First in December of 2016, bringing with her 10 years of valuable experience in the field of social work. Before joining our team, she worked in the field of Drug and Alcohol, working in such capacities of Addictions Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Business Development Specialist. In addition, Lindsey has the beneficial experience of working as an Intake Caseworker for Children and Youth. With her diverse clinical, business, and advocacy roles, Lindsey has quickly become a wonderful addition to the People First Supports Coordination Team.

    Lindsey lives in Collegeville with her husband Ryan, and three wonderful cats. She enjoys home renovation projects on her new house, gardening, and working on various craft projects. Lindsey also loves spending time outdoors either hiking or kayaking.



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  • Sarah Eckbold: Supports Coordinator

    seckbold@peoplefirstsc.org

    Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Chester University. After graduation, she began working at Child Guidance Resource Center, where she gained experience in working with individuals with ID. The experience Sarah has gained through her education in the Mental Health/ID Fields gives her a true understanding and empathy for the consumers she supports.

    As a Supports Coordinator, Sarah brings determination, perseverance, and commitment in achieving the most challenging of goals. She recognizes each of her consumer’s individuality, and is a great advocate for person-centered care. Sara is also well-organized, managing her diverse caseload efficiently. Always showing a willingness to help and positive attitude, she has established great rapport with her consumers’ teams and co-workers alike; since joining the People First Supports Coordination Team in August of 2016, her positive attitude and witty sense of humor has been a welcome addition to the office
    When not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with her wife and taking walks with her dog. She also enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and relaxing by the pool.



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  • Sara Graul: Supports Coordinator

    sgraul@peoplefirstsc.org

    Sara’s degree in the Sciences lends itself nicely to her Supports Coordinator position at People First. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology with a Minor in Environmental Studies from Randolph College in Virginia.

    Sara finds that many aspects of neurobiology, psychology, health and wellness, and sociology that were part of her degree requirements give her a great understanding of the diagnoses and medical challenges of her consumers. In addition, much of Sara’s education focused on research and observation, which she finds extremely useful in gathering information during ISP meetings and monitorings. She is extremely skilled in incorporating this information into a plan that brings positive change to the lives of the individuals she touches. Sara works diligently to keep her consumers and their families well-informed, believing that empowerment is one of the greatest gifts she can give in her role as Supports Coordinator.

    Prior to joining the People First Team in August of 2015, Sara worked as a Room Assistant in a veterinary hospital, where she learned to work in an extremely hectic and emotionally challenging environment. Sara carries this skill to her role as Supports Coordinator and is extremely efficient in juggling a caseload with a long to-do list, always remaining calm in the most challenging situations.

    Sara resides in Spring City. During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, bird watching, and reading.





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  • Steph Rickards: Supports Coordinator

    srickards@peoplefirstsc.org

    Individuals with disabilities have been a huge part of Stephanie’s life, as she has three cousins with special needs; two with Autism and one with Down Syndrome. Growing up in a close-knit family, Stephanie saw firsthand the great joys and struggles families, especially parents, go through.

    In selecting a career path, Stephanie focused her education on students with special needs; she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Rowan University. Prior to joining People Fist Supports Coordination in 2014, Stephanie worked for The Vanguard School in Paoli and the Chester County Intermediate Unit as a job coach. Her personal experience, coupled with her education and work experience, make Stephanie a natural advocate and Supports Coordinator. Families and consumers describe Stephanie as compassionate and attentive, always following up with requested information.

    Stephanie has always had a passion for dance and has been studying many forms of dance since the age of 2. She recently took up ballroom dance, salsa, and rumba. She loves to travel, recently taking a trip to Spain, where she enjoyed learning about the culture and cuisine. She also finds joy in spending time with friends and family.




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  • Steph Valle: Supports Coordinator

    svalle@peoplefirstsc.org

    Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Science/Criminal Justice with a concentration in psychology & sociology from Johnson & Wales University in Providence Rhode Island where she was a Member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma).

    As a Criminal Justice Major, Stephanie learned to be objective when analyzing data, gained knowledge on the different forms of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Before joining People First, Stephanie held several customer service positions where she learned to be a great multi-tasker and think under pressure; skills she uses regularly in her role as a Supports Coordinator for People First Supports Coordination.

    As a Supports Coordinator at People First Supports Coordination, Stephanie prides herself on building strong relationships with consumers and their families, believing that trust is the foundation of any relationship and is essential to having success as a Supports Coordinator. Stephanie is bilingual and able to take on a more diverse case load.

    Stephanie grew up in Puerto Rico and now lives in Sinking Spring, PA with her boyfriend Alex and her handsome “mutt” Oakley. Stephanie feels strongly about and is involved in anti-drunk driving campaigns. In her free time she enjoys baking and decorating cakes, taking pictures, and going for long motorcycle rides (as a passenger)




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  • Susan Landolf: Supports Coordinator

    slandolf@peoplefirstsc.org

    Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Cabrini College. As a Supports Coordinator, she applies her knowledge in Psychology to better understand her consumers. Susan enjoys working on the most complicated of cases, which she feels gives her the opportunity to “think outside the box”. She also enjoys working with individuals who have a dual diagnosis (ID/MH), allowing her to also employ her knowledge and experience in the specialty of Mental Health to use.

    Before joining People First in 2016, Susan was employed as a Lead Teacher in a day care for 2 years. She also has 8 years of experience as a Social Worker, with experience in both the medical and mental health fields. Susan feels her experience in social work helps her in establishing great connections to her consumers on an individual basis. Since joining People First, Susan has helped a few of her consumers to “come out of their shells”, assisting them in establishing strong community connections.

    Susan shows the same dedication in the office as she does in the field. She loves being part of a team and is a great source of knowledge to her co-workers. Susan is always more than willing to share her experience and act as mentor to the newer members of the People First Team.

    Susan lives in Royersford with her husband and 2 daughters, in addition to 2 dogs and a cat. She enjoys spending time with her family and spending summers camping at the Jersey Shore. Susan likes to shop, travel, going to the movies.