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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 11 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
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’s 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 recipient of the Wilkes University Leadership Development Certificate. A graduate of Towanda High School and Lock Haven State University, Brett has been married to his wife Kelli for three years.
Mark Soprano, Luzerne County (he/him/his)
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)
Katrina Sapiego, Luzerne County (she/her/hers)
Katrina is the proud mother of two children, including Quentin, a child with Down Syndrome. She joined the Board of NEPA Inclusive because her experience raising her son instilled in her a strong belief in inclusion. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Wilkes University.
Elena Berzins, Montgomery County (she/her/hers)
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. She was awarded the 2021 Best High School Athletic Coach by Access NEPA; 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.
Jeffrey was recognized by NEPA Inclusive 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.
Erin Linnen Berlew
Rebecca Spirito Dalgin
- 2021 Annual Report
- 2020 Annual Report
- 2019 Annual Report
- 2018 Annual Report
- 2017 Annual Report
- 2016 Annual Report
- 2015 Annual Report
- 2021 Audited Financial Statement
- 2020 Audited Financial Statement
- 2019 Audited Financial Statement
- 2018 Audited Financial Statement
- 2017 Audited Financial Statement
U.S. Form 990
- 2020 U.S. Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax
- 2019 U.S. Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax
- 2018 U.S. Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax
- 2017 U.S. Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax
- 2016 U.S. Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax