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Our Staff

Leadership Team

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Lynn Lopez

Vice President of Educational Services

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Education: Millersville University, Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
Lynn joined Austill’s in 2003 and has held many different roles at Austill’s over the years including administrative functions, database development and management/agency administrative support. In her current role she is responsible for the oversight of our ACE database system and its reporting features. In addition, Lynn participates in the analysis, acquisition, growth and development of new agencies.

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Laura Gladden, M.Ed., OTR/L

Vice President of Clinical Operations

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Education: University of Virginia, Masters in Education, specializing in Motor Learning, Ohio State University, Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, NDT certification, SIPT certification
Laura began working with Austill’s as a pediatric therapist in 1998 moving into a management role of Pediatric Coordinator in 2004. Laura brings a variety of clinical experiences including working in adult rehabilitation settings and also a clinical supervisor and mentor. She also has coordinated and co- founded continuing education programs in those settings. Currently, Laura works closely with our Educational Therapy Teams to lead the clinical operational management of Austill’s in collaboration with our educational school district partners including monitoring trends, services using our ACE database.

Educational Placement Team

Responsible for evaluating, and hiring qualified therapy professionals and to match the distinct needs of each educational agency that we work with, while also creating rewarding careers for our family of therapists.
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Laura Boyle Nester, OTR/L

Director of Placement

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Education: University of Pittsburgh, Occupational Therapy; Juniata College, BS in Psychology and Biology, SIPT certification
Laura has worked with Austills since 2006 as a pediatric school based therapist before joining the management team in 2011. Her background includes pediatrics, adult rehabilitation and management. Laura is responsible for oversight of the recruiting and hiring processes with our Educational Placement Team.

Financial Team

Responsible for managing our integrated database (ACE) and accounting/finance.
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Denise Mange

Database and Computer Coordinator

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Denise has been with Austill’s since 1996. She is responsible for data entry and accountability compilation and has extensive computer related office experience.

Educational Services Team

Pediatric therapists responsible for managing Austill’s school contracts, including programmatic and administrative oversight to analyze school programs in collaboration with school administrators, personnel and therapists.
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Glen Birmingham, PT, DPT

Manager of Educational Therapy

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Education: Texas Women’s University, Master in Physical Therapy; Arcadia University, Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Glen became a pediatric therapist with Austill’s since 2005 before joining the management team in 2008.  Glen brings a diverse background to the Austill’s team including an accounting degree, and PT experiences in many settings including outpatient pediatrics, adult rehabilitation and management.

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Wendy Coulter, OTR/L

Manager of Educational Therapy

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Education: Penn State University, Masters Degree in Health Services 1986, Quinnipiac College, Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy
Wendy joined Austill’s in 2008 as a pediatric therapist and then moved to a management position in 2017. Wendy brings to Austill’s an extensive background in management and program development in a variety of pediatric and adult settings. She is also a skilled clinician in pediatrics and adult therapy.

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Kristin Engel, PT, DPT

Manager of Educational Therapy

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Education: Temple University, Masters degree and doctorate degree in Physical Therapy
Kristin joined Austill’s as a pediatric therapist in 2003 and joined the management team in 2007.  Prior to joining Austill’s Kristin worked in both pediatric and adult setting and also have experience with aquatic therapy.

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Rachel Hykel, M.Ed., MPH

Educational Therapy Marketing Manager

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Education: St. Joseph's University, West Chester University
Rachel joined Austill’s in 2019 and was previously a classroom teacher and health educator, as well as a long-time salesperson and director of development for various organizations. In her present role, Rachel works with the contract services team in acquiring and developing partnerships with new agencies.

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Maria Lehman, OTR/L

Manager of Educational Therapy and Professional Development

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Education: Elizabethtown, Occupational Therapy Degree, SIPT certification
Maria joined Austill’s in 2007 as a pediatric therapist and then moved in to a management position in 2010. Maria brings to Austill’s a background in management, pediatrics and adult therapy.

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Amy Vanic, MPT

Manager of Educational Therapy

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Education: University of the Sciences, Bachelors in Health Sciences and Masters in Physical Therapy
Amy has been with Austill’s since 2005, joining the Management team in 2017. Amy has clinical experience in acute care, management, hippotherapy and pediatrics.

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Valerie Ames

Educational Services Coordinator

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Education: Eastern, Bachelor’s in Psychology
Valerie joined Austill’s in 2002, presently serving as Office Manager.  She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Eastern University.

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Rachael Danton

Educational Services Coordinator

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Education: Albright College
Rachael joined Austill’s in 2012.  Rachael graduated from Albright College and earned her Certificate of Completion from Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

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Carol Harding

Educational Services Coordinator

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Carol joined Austill’s in 1993.

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Elizabeth Huntsinger

Educational Services Coordinator

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Education: Bloomsburg University
Betsy joined Austill’s in 2003. Betsy graduated from Bloomsburg University.

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Tyiesha Miller

Educational Services Coordinator

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Tyiesha joined Austill’s in 2019. She has built herself a reputable career that has earned her great knowledge and experience in the clerical field.

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Michelle Ragghianti

Educational Services Coordinator

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Michelle joined Austill’s in 2008.  Michelle graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

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Elyse Veni, MS, SHRM-CP

Educational Services & Professional Development Coordinator

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Education: West Chester University, Master’s Degree in Counseling/Student Affairs, Millersville University, Bachelor’s degree in Communications
Elyse joined Austill’s in 2014 where she worked with the educational placement team and coordinated the clinical student program. In her present role, Elyse works with both the educational services and professional development teams.