Jeff Colbert, LCSW, President
Jeff has been a resident of Blair County all his life. Born and raised in Martinsburg, PA, he is a resident of Williamsburg, PA with his wife and twin daughters. He is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Pennsylvania working with children and families since his graduation from Juniata College in 1998 with a BA in Communication/Criminal Justice. Jeff earned his Master of Social Work (MSW) in May 2013 from Shippensburg University. He is also a trained outpatient therapist and nationally certified to deliver Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). He has experience working and supervising within the FFT and Delinquency Prevention programs. Jeff conducts supervision of a clinical licensure group and masters level interns at Evolution. Evolution ALLIES was developed by Jeff and is now successfully providing support for LGBTQI populations (kids and families) in multiple counties with multiple groups. Jeff has a wealth of professional and volunteer experience in various related child serving and social service agencies and organizations.
In the community, Jeff is an assistant varsity football coach for the Central Scarlet Dragons. He has coached football since 1998. He volunteers for Evolution Expressions holding position of President. He serves on the social work education advisory boards for Saint Francis University and Juniata College. He also has experience as an adjunct Social Work professor for Saint Francis and Juniata. Jeff brings a diverse commitment to success from his numerous educational, clinical and supervisory experiences.
Craig Clark, LSFW, Vice President
Craig currently resides on Beldin Hollow Farm in beautiful Cambria County. Craig met his wife of 25 years and started his family of three beautiful daughters during his 50 years of being a Blair County resident. If Craig is not in the office you will find him with his family, working on the farm, fishing along a stream, or just relaxing in a tree stand enjoying the great outdoors. Craig graduated from Penn State University in 1990 with a BA in Administration of Justice Degree and was employed shortly thereafter as a counselor at Adelphoi Village's Hilltop Home. In 1993, Craig was asked to join FICS where he worked for 23 years. He loves determining what is needed to help our Blair County youth and families and developing programming to create positive change within family systems. The Delinquency Prevention Program, Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Attendance Counseling Team 360⁰ (ACT 360), NCTI JPO Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups and Victim Awareness Classes are all programs which Evolution Counseling Services, LLC takes great pride in offering the residents of Blair County. Craig continues to actively collaborate and meet regularly with the Juvenile Probation Office, Children, Youth & Family Services, as well as many other county initiatives to strengthen our community. Craig is an active member of the Children's Round Table, Blair County Drug & Alcohol Advisory Council, Truancy Task Force Team, Youth Activities Committee, Suicide Prevention Task Force, Youth League, Integrated Family Service Plan Committee, CASSP Advisory Member, Blair County Providers Association, Provider Advisory Committee, System of Care, Attendance Task Force, Healthy Blair County Coalition and the Rural Impact Community Challenge. Craig was also appointed by the Joint State Government Commission as a Truancy Advisory Committee member to help draft new attendance legislation for the state of PA. As a member of all these important county and state wide initiatives, Craig is not only there to help others around the table, but also to identify what the community's needs are and how our programs will best serve them.
Amanda Kenney, Board Member
Amanda is a news anchor for WTAJ News, the CBS affiliate in Central Pa. She moved to the area with a mission to get involved with the community, and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of Evolution Expressions. Amanda is originally from New Jersey but her career has allowed her to also call New York, Texas, Virginia, and now Pennsylvania home. She studied Broadcast Journalism at Hofstra University with a minor in Political Science, and studied Italian Politics in Venice, Italy. Amanda is an Emmy award-winning journalist that has reported in the communities she's lived in for almost a decade, and now Evolution Expressions is giving her one way help give back.
Ashleigh Nearhoof, Board Secretary & Group Facilitator
Ashleigh, Delinquency Prevention Program Director and Counselor, enjoys working with kids and families to achieve their goals for success. Ashleigh was born and raised in Blair County and feels passionate about helping children and families feel supported so they can also be successful in our community. Ashleigh earned her degree at Penn State University in the field of Human Development and Family Studies. Some of Ashleigh's certifications and trainings include Family Development Credentialing, Expressive Arts for Healing, Motivational Interviewing, Childhood Trauma, LGBTQI, Mending the Cracks in the Truancy Pipeline, Recovery is for Everyone, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Zumba Fitness. Ashleigh also helps facilitate Kids Arts for Healing groups, Mom's Club/Group, Zumba Group and other organized prosocial community and family events. Ashleigh has found unique ways to help children and families feel empowered and motivated through not only counseling services but also dance, fitness, baking/cooking, arts, travel, exploration, hobbies, skill- building and community engagement.
Chad Landeck, Board Member
Chad Landeck currently resides in Lakemont with his wife Dawn Landeck and three children. Chad enjoys spending time with his family at camp in Cresson, riding ATV's and hunting. He also enjoys riding motorcycles and participating in fundraiser bike runs. Chad is a Leadership Blair County graduate, class of 2018. Chad dedicates his free time to helping our community through several volunteer organizations. Currently, Chad is the President of the Lakemont Lions Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a volunteer at John's Way, and a board member of Evolution Expressions. Chad has the heart and passion to help others and has been a key member to our board.
Donna Gority, Treasurer
Former Blair County Commissioner, Donna D. Gority, served in that office beginning in January 1984, the first woman elected to do so in Blair County history. She continued to serve for 28 years, choosing not to seek reelection in 2011. Prior to her election she had been President of the League of Women Voters of Blair County and of the Penn-Mont Academy, one of the earliest Montessori schools in the country. Commissioner Gority served as President of the County Commissioners Association of PA in 1993. She was known by many across the state for her involvement with human services programs and was appointed by multiple Governors to serve on a variety of state level advisory boards. She has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Aloysius College. Donna grew up in upstate New York and graduated from the State University of New York with a BS in Elementary Education. Donna continues to serve her community through service on numerous boards and committees, including ArtsAltoona, Leadership Blair County, WISE Women of Blair County, the United Way of Blair County, CONTACT Altoona, Operation Our Town,Healthy Blair County Coalition, Adelphoi Village, Child Advocates of Blair County, Penn Highlands Community College and the Booker T. Washington Community Revitalization Committee among many others. She and her husband, John, a disabled Vietnam veteran, enjoy spending time with their two adult daughters and their families, including four grandchildren. They own Gority Enterprises and Broadway Sharpening, a small business in Altoona.
Michelle Passarello, Board Member
Michelle is married to Attorney Steven Passarello and they have a son named Dominic. They live in Altoona where Michelle works as a Paralegal in her husband's law firm. Besides her day to day duties running a law firm, she generously donates her time as Chair of the March of Dimes Signature Chef's Auction and is active with the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art where she is on the Board of Trustees. She is an active member of the Gala Planning Committee as well as the Think Pink Committee, which raises money to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Michelle enjoys helping her community as much as she can. In her free time she likes to spend time with friends and family and travel, especially to Connecticut where her husband hails from. She says she loves being a Board Member for Evolution Expressions because she admires the amazing work that the organization does and loves to see how the group continues to make such positive impacts on kids and families in the community with the work they do.
Taylor Clark, MA, Program Director
Born and raised in Blair County, Taylor developed a passion for helping individuals in our rural community, and became determined that she would be a Clinical Psychologist one day. Taylor completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology through Mount Aloysius College in 2015, with specializations in counseling, expressive arts for healing, studio art, and criminal justice and addictions. While working as the Program Director for Evolution Expression’s Arts for Healing Program, Taylor has continued her graduate schooling and earned her Masters of Arts Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology through Fielding Graduate University in 2020.
In continued pursuit of her dreams, Taylor is finishing her clinical training as a doctoral Clinical Psychology student with Fielding Graduate University. Taylor has completed her dissertation research titled, “Creative Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, and will beginning her final year as a predoctoral psychology intern at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Behavioral Health Clinic and Innovative Tech program in Rochester, New York. Here, she will receive advanced clinical training to prepare her for her future career as a Clinical Psychologist. Taylor will be graduating from her doctoral program at the end of June 2023.
In her free time, Taylor enjoys creating her own artwork, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and quality time with her pets. At Evolution, Taylor focuses on providing a warm, welcoming, supportive, and therapeutic space that allows children and families to process trauma through imaginative platforms such as drawing, painting, and a variety of other creative modalities. In addition to this focus, Taylor is also a certified NCTI Crossroads and Real Colors facilitator, strength-based family worker, and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Taylor's long-term goals include: securing licensure as a Clinical Psychologist; working to grow and expand Evolution Counseling's scope and reach; and continuing a life of learning, research, and compassion toward others.