About Us

OUR MISSION

At MST Services, we're on a mission to transform the lives of troubled youth and their families. Our approach, Multisystemic Therapy®, is scientifically proven. We'll do whatever it takes to reach families in need so that their children can realize their potential.

 

MST'S CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS

Unquestionably, the disparity in minority youth coming in contact with the justice system is a problem. Multisystemic Therapy (MST) has been shown to be part of the solution. MST is a family-driven treatment that is culturally responsive and centered in homes and communities. When partnered with law enforcement and the juvenile justice system, it plays a unique bridge-building role in achieving shared outcomes for minority youth, families, schools, and communities at large. For more information on how MST helps combat racial disparity in the juvenile justice system, click here.

MST PARTNERS WITH PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICE SYSTEMS
TO TREAT AT-RISK YOUTH

Our team of Ph.D. and Master level mental-health specialists train providers to implement Multisystemic Therapy. We deliver ongoing support and consultation to our partners to ensure the highest quality clinical outcomes. In many cases, MST collaborates with Network Partners, which are prominent youth services organizations that are responsible for clinical quality and consistency.

Program support & training
Quality assurance services
Hiring & retaining staff
Marketing & public relations
Budgeting & business planning

Meet MST Services 

Research Leadership

 

Scott Henggeler, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Developer of MST

Dr. Henggeler has published nearly 300 journal articles, book chapters, and books. He is the recipient of prestigious national awards including Points of Light Foundation President’s Award, Families Count Award, and he was named one of the twelve people who saved rehabilitation by the American Society of Criminology. Dr. Henggeler has also served on numerous editorial and review boards. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Sonja Schoenwald, Ph.D. Co-Founder

Dr. Schoenwald, a co-founder, has published extensively and served on numerous editorial, research, and advisory boards. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her doctoral degree from Duke University.

Melisa Rowland, M.D. Co-Founder

Dr. Rowland is a recognized leader in the field of psychiatry. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Louisiana State University and a medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Senior Management

 

Brenda Szumski, MSW Executive Director

Ms. Szumski received her master's in social work from the University of Denver and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She joined MST Services in 2007.

Bernie Centeio, MSW Adaptations Director

Ms. Centeio holds Bachelor of Arts degrees and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She joined MST Services in 2007.

Michelle Dean, M.S. Team Support Services Director

Ms. Dean received her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill. She joined MST Services and began implementing our juvenile treatment programs in 2006.

Lori Moore, M.A. Network Partner Support Director

Ms. Moore began her work in MST in 1999 at Adelphoi Village, PA, as an MST Therapist, there she was promoted to the MST Supervisor and MST Expert positions. Lori joined MST Services in June of 2008 as an MST Expert, was promoted to the Manager of Network Partnership position, and recently was promoted to the Director of the Network Partner Support (NPS) Division. Lori has over 30 plus years’ experience working with children, youth, and families in a wide range of community-based settings.

Thomas Pietkiewicz Director of Business Development

Mr. Pietkiewicz has a background in leadership, business strategy and new business development. In addition to serving six years in the United States Marine Corps, he received a bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Laura Shortt, Ed.D. Clinical Resources Director

Dr. Shortt started in 2000 as an MST therapist serving families in her current community of Clarksville, TN. She joined MST Services in 2006. Laura has a passion for clinical supervision and teaching mental health professionals. She received her M.S. in Community Psychology from Austin Peay State University and her EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University.

Keller Strother Co-Founder & Director

Mr. Strother, as a Co-Founder of MST Services, has been a driving force in scaling the dissemination of Multisystemic Therapy. He holds a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and master’s degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University.

Network Partner Managers

Kellie Allison, M.A., LPC
Vice President 
 
Betsy Clipper, LICSW, MST-CAN
Vice President  
 
Marisa Licata, LCSW
 
  
Joanne Penman, M.Ed., LMSW
Vice President
 
Angelia Watson, M.A.
Manager of MST-CAN Transport
 
 
Jamie Bunch-Sanfilippo, M.A.
 

Anne Dailey, M.S., LCSW-R
Vice President
 
Melina Fazzolari-Napoli, LCSW-R, CCTP
 
 
Ellen Shifko, M.S.Ed.
Vice President
Joshua Chinitz, Ph.D.
Vice President
 
Susan Dee, LCSW
 
 
Kimberly Pascucci, LCSW-R 
Vice President 
 
Laurie Spivey, M.A., M.A.Ed 

MST Consultants

  • Marie Andersen-Strait, LMSW
  • Nick Angers, LCPC
  • Richard Aucoin, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Bachicha, Ph.D.
  • Lori Bargesser, MSW, LMSW
  • Liz Buchanan, LCSW
  • Jamie Bunch-Sanfilippo, M.A.
  • Sandy Crotts, M.S., NCC, LPC
  • Sara Epperson, MA
  • Kelly Freeman, LCSW
  • Melissa Golba, M.A.
  • Renee Haines, MSW, LCSW
  • Lara Jackson, AMFT
  • Diane Kooser, M.S.
  • Joshua Leblang, LMHC, LCPC
  • Janelle McKinnon, LMSW
  • Michael Mulqueen, LCSW-R, SIFI
  • Amy Myers, M.S.
  • Michelle Robinson, MS
  • Jessica Slomiany, LCSW
  • Wyvetra Smith, MAPC
  • Amber Stark, MA, LCMHC
  • Tricia Wiltse, MA, LMHC

 

Operations and Development

  • Mikayla Berry, Senior Marketing Manager
  • Courtney Chapman, Events and Training Coordinator
  • MiKaela Davis, Operations Coordinator
  • Melanie Duncan, Ph.D., Program Development Coordinator
  • Emily Gaylor, Marketing Associate
  • Chris Hamel, Ph.D., ITM Implementation Manager
  • Nancy Hill, IT and HR Manager
  • R. Howard, Accounting Manager
  • D. Kelley, Staff Accountant
  • Alyssa Schneider, Executive Assistant to Clinical Director

 

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