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Faculty - Human Services Management

Steve Stunder

Stephen Stunder, Ed.D

Assistant Professor of Human Services
Director, Human Services Management Graduate Program and Associate Director, School Counseling Graduate Program (Main Campus)
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Dr. Stunder has worked in the Human Services field for over 17 years.  Stephen has worked as an Outpatient Therapist, Case Manager, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, and School Psychologist, in addition to holding an Administrative position in Human Services for the last 12 years as either a Director or Assistant Director.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania, as well as a Board Certified Counselor (NCC). 

He has worked for several large mental health providers in the Philadelphia area, including Woods Services, Penndel Mental Health, Merakey, Aldie Counseling Center, and Melmark.  He worked as the Director of Counseling at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, PA for 9 years.  Stephen has also taught in the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program at Rosemont College.  Stephen teaches in both the School of Graduate Studies, and the School of Undergraduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College. 

Stephen's research has focused on the development of learning difference programming for independent secondary schools, as well as the development of curriculum for students with learning needs and adults with developmental disabilities.  He has published an Intervention Workbook for Recovery Centers of America, as well as in the Interdisciplinary Journal for Advances in Research in Education (IJARE), where he also serves on the Journal Editorial Board.

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Stephanie Baralecki, M.Ed.

Stephanie has been an adjunct instructor at Chestnut Hill College since 2009.  In addition to teaching in the Human Services Management program, she teaches undergraduate psychology classes at CHC and Cabrini University and is a tutor in the CHC Writing Center.  Stephanie served as interim program coordinator for the Administration of Human Services (now HSM) program from 2017-2019.  She has a master's degree in counseling psychology from Temple University and a bachelor's degree in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University.  Prior to teaching at CHC, Stephanie worked with formerly homeless adults with co-occurring disorders at Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia and with refugees and political asylum seekers at Jesuit Refugee Services in Newark, NJ.  Stephanie is currently pursuing a second master's degree in secondary English and special education at CHC.  She lives in Roxborough with her husband and two children and enjoys visiting national parks in her free time.

Courses Taught:
HSMG 598 – Professional Seminar
HSMG 599 – Professional Project

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Lena Marder, MCAT, ATR-BC, LPC, CCDP-D

Lena Marder is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 30 years of experience working in the fields of addiction and behavioral health.  Lena was the Bucks County Coordinator of Recovery Support Services at the Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as serving as the Director of Outpatient Services at Aldie Counseling Center, before retiring in 2015.

Courses Taught:
HSMG 545 – Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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Jasmine McGriff, MA

Jasmine McGriff is the Associate Director of Residential Services for Community Interactions, Inc.  She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University, as well as her M.A in Human Services Administration.  Jasmine also served previously as the Assistant Director of Residential Services at Melmark, as well as holding positions with C.A.D.E.S and Partnership for Community Supports. She has previously taught as an Adjunct Professor at Delaware Technical Community College in Wilmington, Delaware.

She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and her M.A. in Human Services from Lincoln University. 

Courses Taught:
HSMG 528 – Working with Adults

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Mary Odira, MS

Mary Odira is currently the Director of Quality Improvement at Melmark in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. In this role, Mary provides consultation on compliance, quality management, licensing, and program evaluation.

She has been with Melmark since 2009, starting as a program manager and being promoted to director of quality improvement in December 2016.

Mary has also taught at Montgomery County Community College for three years, teaching accounting and developing course curriculum for the college.

Mary graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration, and has a Masters Degree in Education from Endicott College in Massachusetts with a concentration in applied behavioral analysis.

Courses Taught:
HSMG 580 – Assessment and Evaluation

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Veronica Kimble-Williams, MA

Veronica Kimble-Williams is currently the Program Director of foster care at Merakey Behavioral Health. She has been with the company for 10 years and has worked in several different capacities.

Prior to her current role, she was the Residential Director for Bucks County and oversaw 3 residential programs. Veronica attained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2011, and then went on to attain a Master’s degree in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College in 2017.    

Courses Taught:
HSMG 565 – Family Services

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Joanna Hafner, MSW, LCSW

Joanna Hafner is currently the Executive State Director for Pennsylvania ACT/FACT/CTT for Merakey.  Joanna received her B.A in Psychology from Temple University, and her MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. 

Before working for Merakey, Joanna held a variety of positions in Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACCT) in New Britain, CT and also served as a Crisis Worker in St. Louis, MO. 

Joanna also worked as a Counselor for Northeast Treatment Centers in Philadelphia, and an Intake Coordinator for United Behavioral Health. 

Courses Taught:
HSMG 530 – Leadership Develop and Group Dynamics

Nancy DeCesare, IHM, Ph.D.

Sister Nancy DeCesare is a board-certified clinical social worker and educator with over thirty years of experience. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the Silver School of Social Work, New York University, and is a tenured faculty member at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA. Her teaching and research focus on child welfare, agency leadership, veterans, and trauma. She is a certified clinical trauma specialist. She currently serves on the leadership team of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters, Scranton, PA.

Courses Taught:
HSMG 510 – Organizational Management
HSMG 530 – Leadership Development and Group Dynamics

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Darcell Coklay Thompson, MS

Darcell is a conciliator for Montgomery County Domestic Relations Section, 38th Judicial District, Montgomery County Courthouse.  Darcell opens the line of communication between court staff, attorneys and clients to facilitate amicable resolutions pertaining to family matters that include child support, spousal support and alimony. 

Before becoming a conciliator, Darcell worked as a litigation case developer for 2 major insurance companies and also as a paralegal. She was able to utilize her paralegal skills to resolve high profile, big money litigated cases.  Darcell has played a valuable role in the quasi-judicial system for Montgomery County Courthouse.  As a conciliator, Darcell has been able to interpret the law to help attorneys and their clients make decisions in the general manner of the quasi-judicial body of court. 

Darcell has a combined 30 years insurance litigation, and conciliation experience.  Darcell believes true transformation during difficult disputes come when you can help people build skills that enhance, strengthen and continue to improve the process towards resolution.  Darcell holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from William Paterson University and a master’s degree in Human Services Management from Chestnut Hill College.

Courses Taught:
HSMG 581 – Conflict Resolution in Human Services

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Samantha Warner, MS

Samantha Warner, MS, has been working with individuals with neurodevelpmental disorders for 15 years. She is currently working towards a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (PsyD), a Specialist Certification with the National Association of Dual Diagnosis, and is a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. 

Samantha is currently the Director of Adult Day Programs for the Merakey – Woodhaven Center and also works as an Outpatient Therapist for Merakey Knights Road.

Educational Background:
B.A., Ashford University, Psychology
B.A. Social/Criminal Justice, Ashford University 
MS Counseling Psychology (Clinical Mental Health Concentration), Holy Family University 

Courses Taught:
HSMG 581: Special Topics: Intellectual/Developmental Disability 

Research Assistant:
Suicide Assessment, Bereavement, and Postvention: What do Graduate Students Need to Know? Holy Family University 

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Chanae C. Hodge

Dr. Hodge instructs the Diversity in Human Services Course for Chestnut Hill College and has over 12 years experience in higher education administration and student service. Her student service experience began during her time working and teaching with the Federal Trio – Upward Bound program. This experience led her to become a gatekeeper and senior leader within higher education administration.

Over the course of her career, she has demonstrated a continued commitment to the advancement of marginalized and minoritized groups through the creation of targeted financial aid programs and fundraising initiatives designed to improve dwindling enrollment and developing strategic plans which stimulated proactive and responsive organizational change.

Dr. Hodge most recently served as the Director of Financial Aid Operations at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and has held previous positions in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and the George Washington University.

In addition to serving CHC’s students, she is also the owner of DEIverse Solutions, LLC – an independent DEI management firm -- that helps organizations and individuals develop and implement responsible DEI strategies. Dr. Hodge earned her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.