Our therapists and counselors at Evolution Counseling Services, LLC
have a combined experience of over 150 years
working with adolescents and families in the community. Our staff
consists of Master level clinicians and Bachelor level
clinicians with many years of experience. Our staff matches to the
cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the youth/families that we serve.
Our therapists/counselors have been recruited locally within the
community and we recognize that successful treatment requires
cultural competency and diversity. Both, in which, create successful
completion of treatment for youth/families that have traditionally
resisted treatment. Our experienced staff is here to make sure each
case is handled properly and that we meet the needs you are seeking.
Craig, LSFW, Co-Owner & Executive Director of Evolution Counseling Services, LLC.
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
Jeff, LCSW, Co-Owner & Clinical Director of Evolution Counseling Services,
LLC 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. Jeff works as Evolution Counseling Service's Clinical Director.
He is also a trained outpatient therapist. He has experience working and
supervising within the FFT and Delinquency Prevention programs. Jeff
leads the supervision of bachelors and masters level interns at Evolution.
Evolution ALLIES is a passion of Jeff's in implementing and providing
support for LGBTQI populations (kids and families). Jeff also provides
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) at Evolution in an
outpatient setting. Jeff has a wealth of professional and volunteer
experience in various related child serving and social service agencies and
In the community, Jeff is an adjunct professor at Saint Francis University in
Loretto, PA as well as an assistant varsity football coach for the Altoona
Mountain Lions. He has coached football since 1998. He also is the
president and a coach in the Williamsburg Youth Baseball and Softball
League helping lead the league for the betterment of the young athletes.
He serves on the social work education advisory boards for both Saint
Francis University and Juniata College. Jeff brings a diverse commitment to
success from his numerous clinical and supervisory experiences.
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.
Ashley, Act 360 Counselor, grew up in Blair County and graduated from Bellwood-Antis. In 2013, Ashley relocated to Dover, Delaware due to her husband’s career in the United States Air Force. While in Delaware, Ashley began employment as a Lead Teacher in an Early Childhood Center and was later promoted to Center Administrator. Ashley began working with children to make a difference in their life as well their family’s life. She has a passion for helping others and making a positive impact within her community. Ashley doesn’t believe that one theory is right for everyone, as we are alldifferent and unique in our own way. She strives to help and strengthen each child and family she works with through a combination of theories.
Ashley graduated with honors from Ashford University in 2017, achieving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minoring in Social Criminal Justice. In 2019, she graduated with honors from American Military University achieving her Master of Arts in Psychology. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, going on outdoor adventures and playing sports.
Chelsey, ACT 360 Counselor, loves working with children and families to make a positive impact on their lives. Chelsey earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in interdisciplinary studies at Mount Aloysius College, minoring in Psychology and Criminology. Chelsey also earned her Criminal Justice Addictions Certificate at Mount Aloysius College. Chelsey is very passionate about helping others. Chelsey loves spending time with family and friends, babysitting, shopping, making others smile and going to the beach.
Dan, B.A. FFT Therapist, grew up in the mountains
of western Maryland and has been a resident of Blair County since 1988.
Dan values his family time with them where they reside in Altoona. Dan
enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and having leisure time hunting in
the woods or fishing in a nearby stream. Dan has been working with youth
and families since 1991. Dan attended IUP and received a B.A. in
Criminology in 1991 and was employed shortly thereafter by Adelphoi
Village's Hilltop Home for eight years. Dan accepted a position with
the FICS agency in 1999 and had worked in different counseling programs
such as reunification & permanency planning and the delinquency prevention
program. Dan has been a Functional Family Therapist since 2007. Dan enjoys
helping kids and families work on a path towards becoming successful as
well as improving and strengthening their relationships. Through the
years, Dan has strived to offer a quality service to the youth and
families he serves.
Gretchen, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy. Gretchen has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and Bachelors Degree in Psychology
and Crime, Law, and Justice. Gretchen has past experience working with Addiction, Autism,
Anxiety/Depression, Behavioral Modification, ABA, ADHD, as well as other behavioral/cognitive
concerns. Gretchen exhibits passion to use animals in the therapy process. Gretchen has a passion for
helping others, animals, traveling, and learning. Hobbies include spending time with her girls, husband,
family and friends, listening to music, watching TV/movies, photography, traveling, going to the beach,
and enjoying life.
Layla, the Attendance Counseling Team 360 Program Director, is a Licensed Social Worker
who has provided strength based in home counseling services to at-risk children and their
families for over a decade. Layla earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human
Development and Family Studies from Penn State University, in 2008 and her Master of
Social Work degree from The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA in 2013. Layla has
completed Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training and is in the process of
becoming a nationally certified TF-CBT Therapist. Layla is an NCTI Crossroads and Real
Colors Facilitator who has provided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups to an at-risk
adolescent population. She is also trained in Motivational Interviewing and holds the Family
Development Credential. Layla has a passion for using eco therapy techniques in her
practice, inviting others to connect with nature which in turn allows them to experience the
therapeutic and healing benefits of spending time outdoors. Layla enjoys gardening,
fishing, relaxing in the sun, playing sports, watching football, going on adventures, baking,
laughing and spending time with her loved ones.
Micah got his Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Communication at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.
He was a camp counselor for 6 years at Camp Allegheny in Stoystown, PA. While in college, he played football for two years and he still
plays today as the left tackle for Moshannon Valley Vikings. Micah is also a varsity line coach at Cambria Heights. His favorite quote is
"Assumming gets you nowhere but learning gets you everywhere". He'll stick by this quote forever.
Michelle serves as an administrative specialist at Evolution, handling client communications and billing
functions. Originally from Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in rural Williamsburg,
Blair County with her husband and their three children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural
Science from Penn State with an emphasis on communications. Michelle has worked in a variety of
communications and administrative roles throughout her career and takes pride in helping clients,
through determination of appropriate program participation and insurance coverage, become their best
selves. Away from the office, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband, spends countless hours at her
children’s sporting events, visits family, and hangs out with friends.
Olivia is currently a senior at Penn State Altoona undergoing her Bachelors degree in Psychology
with a minor in Criminal Justice. She was recently an Intern at Evolution before accepting a
position as an ACT 360 Counselor. She is involved within the Big Brother Big Sister program and has
been a research assistant at Penn State Altoona. She is planning to pursue grad school for clinical
psychology in hopes to have her own practice in the future to counsel families, children, and/or
adolescents. She chose the counseling field because she has a strong passion for helping others.
Everyone has a story, but everyone should have the opportunity to live a genuinely happy life.
In order to overcome any struggle, you need a proper support system -- which can sometimes be
difficult to find. She hopes to be a huge part of that support system in all of her future client's lives.
Sarah completed the honors program at Mount Aloysius College with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology, as well as a specialization in counseling in 2015. Sarah was raised in Bellwood, PA. She is a Delinquency Prevention Counselor and is certified in NCTI Crossroads, NCTI Real Colors, and NTCI Victim's Awareness Curriculum. Sarah has a passion for helping others and is driven to assist others through their journey of learning how to cope, adapt, and grow. She is an animal lover who enjoys spending time with her family, being in the outdoors, traveling, playing sports, and reading. Sarah's favorite travel destinations are beaches and amusement parks. Sarah is currently working towards her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and hopes to become a Licensed Social Worker shortly after graduating.
Taylor, Evolution Expressions Program Director, is a 2015 Mount Aloysius College Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She has completed specializations in counseling, expressive arts for healing, studio art, and is certified in criminal justice and addictions. Taylor is also a certified NCTI Crossroads and Real Colors facilitator and has received her strength based family worker credential. Taylor enjoys working with children and families and has a passion for using art therapy in her practice. She also enjoys the outdoors and traveling in her spare time. Taylor is a current clinical psychology PhD student with Fielding Graduate University. Here, she pursues research focused on parental incarceration and child exposure to violence topics. 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.
Taylor, Act 360 Counselor, received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from
Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2018. She also received her board certification as a Nationally
Certified Counselor. Taylor has been working with children, adolescents, and young adults since 2015.
She plans on pursuing her counseling licensure over the next few years. Taylor has a passion for helping
the people she serves improve their sense of self-efficacy through cultivating therapeutic relationships
and harnessing individual strengths. She believes that trust and self-expression are key components in
making progress toward goals. In her down time, Taylor enjoys hiking, coffee, meditation, thrift
shopping, and watching The Office re-runs.
Tessa, is a graduate from Mount Aloysius with her
Bachelors in Criminology and a Certificate in Forensic Investigation.
Tessa is currently working on her Masters of Social Work degree with
the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Tessa loves to be outdoors,
kayaking, canoeing, swimming, shopping, spending time with friends/family
and making people smile. Tessa also has a laid back side where she enjoys
scary movies, hot chocolate, popcorn, blankets, and her cats. Tessa
first began with Evolution as an ACT 360 counselor and is currently a
Functional Family Therapist. Her passion is helping youth and families
achieve their goals for success.
Todd is a 2012 Penn State Altoona graduate with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business.
Todd is the Program Director for NCTI-CBT Crossroads and Real Colors Facilitation. His focus is providing
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups to an adolescent population. He is also
program director for Jr. CEO. He is trained in Motivational Interviewing and Victim Awareness Curriculum.
In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time outdoors, playing sports, physical fitness, and spending
time with his friends and family.