Deborah Chronister joins the Staff of Turning Point as Interim Director in January, 2019. She brings with her extensive experience in the field of Human Services in York County, in direct service plus program development and administration. A native of York County, she attended York Suburban High School, then Juniata College.
Deb served as Counselor and Director of Emergency Shelter and Services with ACCESS-York, an agency dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence, from 1981-1991. For the next fifteen years she served as Executive Director of the agency.
Prior to joining the staff of ACCESS-York Deb worked in Central Pennsylvania Legal Services as intake receiver as well as in the York County Department of Welfare as an Outreach Worker.
Since retiring from ACCESS-York, Deb has served in an Interim capacity in several York County Organizations, including The York County Council of Churches over a six- month period in 2006, and later, as The Chief Operating Officer of the York Symphony Orchestra.
She was the Interim Director of the York County Department of Children, Youth and Families from 2009-2010. She became the Director of the agency in 2010 and held that position until 2013.
Deb served over fifteen years as a Board Member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. More recently, she served as the Chair of the Domestic Violence Committee of the York YWCA.
She is a recipient of the YWCA of York’s Women Who Make a Difference Award. She received the Jane M. Alexander Award of the York County Bar Association, an award presented by the York County Women in the Law Committee to a York County woman who has advanced the rights of women through example, education, or activism in the legal system.
Deb looks forward to being a part of Turning Point’s journey as it examines its mission, accomplishments, and journey forward. She is eager to help provide a place for healing to persons who have endured childhood sexual abuse, education for the community, and advocacy for survivors’ rights.
Dianne C. Schwartz holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University. Dianne ‘s eclectic work experiences ranging from teaching to clerical positions are valuable assets to our team. She is a long time York County resident who is married and the proud mother of two children.
– Clinicians –
Clinical Director & Founder
Kristen Pfautz Woolley Kristen Pfautz Woolley received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Maryland. She is a Licensed Pennsylvania Registered Nurse and a Licensed Pennsylvania Clinical Social Worker. She holds a post-graduate certificate in Addiction Studies from Pennsylvania State University, a post-graduate certificate in Child Sexual Abuse Treatment from Widener University and has completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute. She is trained in Sand Tray Therapy through the Sand Tray Institute of New Mexico. Additionally, she is a trained facilitator for the Darkness to Light Program. She is a past two term board member of the York County Children’s Advocacy Center. In 2013 Kristen received that agency’s Essence of Humanity Award. In 2014 the YWCA honored her as one of its Top 25 Extraordinary Women of York County. Kristen’s professional experience includes emergency room nursing plus providing individual, marital, family therapy and group therapy. She has worked hard in her personal healing journey to reframe her mindset from victim to survivor of child sexual abuse. Inspired by the freedom of releasing her burden of pain she founded Turning Point to be a safe and healing environment for companion survivors to begin to heal. She believes that each survivors healing is personal and individual and that it is imperative for the survivor to be in control of their healing journey. Kristen designed Turning Point to help any survivor feeling isolated from their childhood pain know they are not alone and that healing is possible. She is passionate about prevention, education, and advocacy for survivors’ rights.
Amber Crawford-Wagman received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from LaSalle University and a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and has 10+ years working with trauma victims, with a certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Previously, Amber worked as a therapist at Women Organized Against Rape in Philadelphia, where the majority of her work focused on survivors of sexual abuse, ages 3 to 11. Amber has been with Turning Point for 4 years counseling adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She currently serves on the Board of the York County Alliance Against Sexual Violence, as well as the Behavioral Health Workgroup, which is a subgroup of the Human Trafficking task force. She is a guest lecturer at Penn State Harrisburg in their Criminal Justice Program and an expert witness on Sexual Violence for the York County District Attorney’s Office. Amber is thrilled to once again have the opportunity to work with child victims of sexual abuse.
Kimberly Neeb has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She has extensive experience working with both adults and adolescents struggling with substance use disorders. She is also experienced working with clients with a history of trauma, anxiety and depression. She is passionate about all forms of recovery and is committed to helping her clients find their own paths to recovery and wellness.
Amanda Harris received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Human Services from York College of Pennsylvania and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Widener University. Amanda has worked in both school and home settings with youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She has outpatient experience counseling children, young adults, adults, and couples. She also has crisis intervention experience and is trauma certified through Widener University. Amanda uses Cognitive Behavior therapy, Play therapy, Motivational therapy, and Client-centered therapy to intervene from a strength-based perspective.
Kate Sechrist received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Theology from Mount St. Mary’s University and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She is a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Behavior Specialist and National Certified Counselor who has been working with trauma survivors for seven years. She has participated in specialized training to provide Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Critical Incident Response, and EMDR. Her previous experiences have involved working with children on the autism spectrum in home, school, and community. She has worked in the outpatient setting with children, adults, teens and families. She utilizes a variety of treatment modalities based on the needs of the client. Her goal is to offer a safe place to cultivate healing and growth.
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Aynne M. Polinski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from Misericordia University, a Master of Arts degree in art education from Scranton University, and a Master of Arts degree in art therapy from Marywood University. She is a registered Art Therapist with the ATCB. She taught art in a public school district in the Pocono Mountains for many years, and, as well served as Chairperson of the Art Department. As a Mobile Therapist for Devereux Pocono she used art therapy to elicit safe feelings and emotions from children with special needs as well as their families. Her belief in the validity of art in therapeutic settings echoes a statement by Georgia O’Keeffe: “I found I could say things with color and shape that I couldn’t say another way – things I had no words for.” Aynne believes people’s fundamental thoughts and feelings reside in the unconscious and are expressed in images rather than words. She is a painter in the Impressionistic-Expressionistic Style who has shown her work at art galleries in and around Delaware Water Gap and Scranton, Pa. She finds art to be a true means of self-expression and self-discovery. She recently moved to the York area and is happy to be a part of Turning Point. She is married and the mother of a son, Liam.
Jane Riese received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Elizabethtown College and a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and has been a yoga instructor since 2002. Jane holds a 300-hour certification in Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY-F) through the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. She is one of 190 TCTSY certified facilitators in the world. Jane’s passion for both yoga and social work meld together in this unique form of yoga, a modality for healing within the context of trusting relationships. She is the former director of the Victim-Witness Program in the York County District Attorney’s office where she provided advocacy to survivors of violent crime. In her current role as Associate Director of Safe and Humane Schools at Clemson University, she advocates for children’s rights and protection by providing certification training in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Jane has served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.