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Who We Are
NEPA Inclusive was founded on the idea that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Autism, and other forms of disabilities should be able to work and live inclusively in the community the same way anyone else does. To that end, the agency focuses on job training, employment services, community living and day services, housing services, and a myriad of other types of advocacy and support services all designed to help people with disabilities live a truly inclusive life.
Frank Bartoli, Ellie’s dad, along with a small group of ‘Founding Contributors’ who shared the same vision of inclusion for everyone, founded NEPA Inclusive in December of 2013 as a conduit to help people with disabilities achieve their goals and dreams of becoming fully engaged members of their communities.
Their inspiration was Ellie, and other people like her. Seeing what she could accomplish, they wanted to make sure that Ellie and others like her, had the opportunity to develop and achieve their goals with a little help. After all, we are all disabled at some point in our life, and we all need a little help from time to time.
A local 501c3 charitable organization, NEPA Inclusive has a long-range strategy to help people through their lifespan and through transitions in their lives. From high school job training, to finding a job as an adult, living with parents, moving into their own apartment, and helping them age-in-place, NEPA inclusive has developed a series of supports all designed to be person-centered, person-focused, sustainable, and as inclusive as they want to be – they represent the individual’s wishes.
A concept at the core of our work is including people with disabilities in everything we do. We involve people with disabilities in the decision-making process. From leading a team, to telling us how they want to be supported, to involving people with disabilities on committees and the board of directors, NEPA Inclusive believes each person should have the ability to make their own choices, advocate for themselves and their peers, and be a part of the planning and decision-making process.
“PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES COULD BE LEADERS. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS ASK THEM.” – Frank Bartoli
Another core concept is diversity. In the discussions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Autism, should also have a part to play, alongside people of color, LGBT, and native Americans. To that end, our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility policy and actions reflect that all these groups be represented, including people with disabilities.
NEPA inclusive is more than a provider of services. NEPA Inclusive is an idea, a concept, a movement–that all people, including people with disabilities, should be able to determine their own path in life, including where they work, where they live, who they live with, and how they live. Our role is to support them in achieving their goals.
What started as a small, local agency in Pittston, PA, NEPA Inclusive now supports people in 12 counties and advocates for and creates awareness of inclusion in countless others. With social media, video conferencing, website, email marketing, and other means of telling our story, NEPA Inclusive reaches people all around the country and even the world in promoting the idea of inclusion.
Direct services through the Office of Developmental Programs IDD Waiver system and OVR PETS (high school students) and Adult Services are offered in the following PA counties: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton, Monroe, Montgomery, Wyoming, with more counties emerging all the time.
NEPA Inclusive headquarters are located in the ‘Quality Tomato Capital of the World’, the City of Pittston, PA, with regional offices in the Lehigh Valley, PA, and Reading, PA, and soon to come in the Pocono Mountains of PA.
Our vision that people with disabilities are fully engaged members of our communities is alive and well and growing. Contact us to see how we can help you or your loved one live a truly inclusive life!
To learn more about who we are, meet our Leadership Team.
Board of Directors
Mark Soprano, Luzerne County (he/him/his)
Mark graduated from Bishop Hoban High School and then furthered his education by graduating from King’s College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Has been employed at Catholic Youth Center since 1985, serving as Executive Director since 2010. Board Member and volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Board Member and classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement of NEPA. Co-Owner of StudioSoprano letterpress printing.
Brett Johnson, Luzerne County (he/him/his)
Brett joined the Board of Directors nearly two years ago and soon took on the role of Chair. A claim manager for 22 years, Brett’s days are filled with managing, auditing, organizing, problem-solving, and other customer service responsibilities. He completed FINRA Series 6 and Series 63 and is the Wilkes University Leadership Development Certificate recipient. A graduate of Towanda High School and Lock Haven State University, Brett has been married to his wife, Kelli, for three years.
Bonnie Arnone, Luzerne County (she/her/hers)
Bonnie joined the Board of Directors in 2020 because she feels NEPA Inclusive is an extremely worthwhile non-profit organization that can make a difference in the lives of so many individuals. With over 30 years of experience, Bonnie has been the Manager at Forty Fort Borough for Forty Fort for six years where she manages day-to-day operations and has been responsible for receiving over $4 million in grant funding for the borough. Bonnie is married to Joe and together they have three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, traveling and socializing with friends and family.
Richard Drust (he/him/his)
Richard D. Drust is the Senior Vice President and Retail Banking Officer of FNCB Bank. Mr. Drust’s responsibilities include overseeing the retail branch network, the marketing unit, treasury services, and the residential mortgage origination team, and he has held the position since February of 2014. Richard has over 35 years of banking experience serving in various bank management positions.
He is a graduate of the Institute of Financial Education. He has been active in numerous community organizations and presently serves on the board of Wyoming Valley Challenger Baseball and NEPA inclusive, serving individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Elena Berzins, Montgomery County (she/her/hers)
Elena received a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a master’s in Nonprofit Leadership at Lasalle University in Philadelphia. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for many years, including at Teacher’s College at Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical College. She served as Vice President of the Board of the Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks and Event Coordinator at the ARC of Delaware County, PA. She served on the Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group Board. Elena currently works as the Development Coordinator for the nonprofit membership association LRFA. She also founded the local parent group, UMSEA, 2021 (Upper Moreland Special Education Alliance) to support families of children with disabilities in her school district. She is glad to be on the Board of NEPA, helping people live inclusive lives of their choice.
Jim Dalkiewicz MBA,MHA, Lehigh/Northampton Counties (he/him/his)
Jim joined the Board in 2021 to help expand the reach of the organization to meet the needs of people with disabilities in more communities. Jim is the Manager of Graduate Medical Education (West Region) at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem where he has developed and implemented operational goals for graduate medical education (GME) programs. He leads GME business development across the health network, and has developed over 15 brand-new medical residency/fellowship programs. Jim is an FAA licensed pilot, ultra-marathon runner, and active triathlete. He holds a position on the Board of Directors for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) – Eastern PA Chapter, and at Dale Realty LTD, Plains, PA, and Red House Realty Inc, Scranton, PA.
Kathy Healey, Luzerne County (she/her/hers)
Kathy Healey is the Health and Physical Education teacher at Hanover Area High School and a member of the Pittston School Board. She is an active community volunteer, including Downtown Pittston events, projects to help the less fortunate, and events to collect school supplies for students in the Pittston Area. Access NEPA awarded her the 2021 Best High School Athletic Coach; the 2020 Attorney Joseph A. Saporito Award; 2018 Educator of the Year by the System of Care of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties; Best of the Best High School Athletic Coach in the Pittston Area 9 years; Coach of the Year multiple times for basketball; and was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2020. A Pittston native and Seton Catholic graduate, Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Marywood University and a Master’s Degree from Wilkes University.
Jeffrey Mazur, Luzerne County (he/him/his)
Jeffrey shared a home with his mother until she passed away several years ago during the holidays. Determined to move through his grief and loneliness, Jeffrey started In-home Community Supports and Employment Support with NEPA Inclusive and in a short time, he was working a part-time job which enabled him to successfully maintain a home on his own, start new friendships, and soon become chair of the NEPA Inclusive Recreation Committee.
NEPA Inclusive recognized Jeffrey as Volunteer of the Year last year and by Luzerne County Mental Health and Developmental Services during their Celebration of Abilities awareness event.
Lucille Piggott-Prawl (she/her/hers)
Lucille Piggott-Prawl is a Special Education/ Disability Rights Advocate. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Urban Studies from Rutgers University. Presently she is working on completing her Masters in Community Economic Development at Penn State. Lucille has certification from Temple University in the fields of Grant Writing and Nonprofit Fundraising.
Her professional experience includes Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities, State and Federal Government, Education, Intensive Case Management, and Housing.
Lucille serves on the boards and committees of the Pennsylvania Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP), Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, Monroe County’s Women’s Commission, Pennsylvania Right to Education Task Force, Local Right to Education Taskforce IU 20 and 21 – Past Co Chair, Co-Founder Pleasant Valley School District Diversity Task Force, and the United Way of Monroe County PA – Funds Distribution Committee Member. Lucille is a former elected Pennsylvania Monroe County, Polk Township Auditor.
Kelly Bronson, Luzerne County (she/her/hers)
Kelly is a Human Resources professional passionate about connecting people with meaningful employment and development. Her own career began in supportive employment after she graduated from Elmira College with a degree in Psychology. Kelly naturally transitioned into Human Resources where she has found her niche primarily recruiting for the past 7 years. As the Senior Human Resources Generalist for Pride Mobility Products/Quantum Rehab, she has always supported strong inclusive programs for individuals with disabilities and will further influence these opportunities as a member of the NEPA Inclusive Board of Directors.
Kelly’s mission is personal through her unconditional loving support of her disabled sister. Their bond is strong and purposeful in all that they do. Kelly is always helping others even in her down time as she hikes trails with her rescue dog or enjoys crafting and spending time with family and friends.
Jeff McLaughlin (he/him/his)
Jeff McLaughlin. Jeff is a Solution Specialist with Golden Business Machines with expertise in assisting regional businesses to leverage technology to improve business operations. A resident of Forty Fort, Jeff was elected to two terms on the Borough Council and is a Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority board member. In addition, he is a lifetime volunteer firefighter with the Swoyersville Hose Company #2.
Robyn Plesbiarski, Lehigh County (she/her/hers)
Robyn Plesniarski. Robyn is currently a physician liaison with LVHN. She has been in healthcare since she was 17 starting her career at Sacred Heart Hospital as a Radiologic technologist assistant. After that, Robyn decided Robyneventually extend her career into Cancer Care and completer her Master’s in Hospital Administration, where she excels in Physician and community relationships. Robyn believes in becoming one with your community and is involved in many committees that support Carbon and surrounding residents. She sits on the board of Turn to Us and is a grant reviewer for the Greater Lehigh Valley United Way. In addition, she is a Rotarian and Friend of the Dimmick Memorial Library. Robyn’s partner in crime is Jeff and their twin boys, Alex and Luke. The family recently adopted two boxer puppies, Rori and Jax. If Robyn could share a mantra, it would be to find something to smile about every day.
Joleen Lazecki works full-time for Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a realtor with Homes of NEPA, and is a Barre instructor at The Salt Barre. In addition, she is an active community volunteer serving on the Board of Directors for Scranton Civic Ballet Company and an active Paint Pittston Pink committee member.
She had also served on the Tomato Festival committee and the 5K race committee for more than 20 years. She was also a member of the Pittston Art Walk and the Pittston Arts Council. In addition, she was on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki School of Strings and a Board Member for the Greater Pittston YMCA. She had the honor of being the recipient of the Greater Pittston YMCA Sam Milazzo volunteer of the year award on two occasions (2005 & 2018). A Pittston native and Pittston Area high school alum, Joleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from King’s college. Joleen is a mother of four children T.J., Hannah, Abby, Liam, and one son-in-law.
Erin Linnen Berlew
Rebecca Spirito Dalgin
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- 2020 U.S. Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax
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