We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.
BOB KROME– Manager/ Co-founder/Owner/ Licensed Behavior Specialist/ Trainer/ Assessment Facilitator
Bob Krome has worked in the field of therapy/ behavior supports for the last 14 years. Bob has always been very passionate about his work and he enjoys helping people, especially people who have struggled to find the right supports and environments to find the best person they can be. Bob finds inspiration in helping people be at their best and believes each person deserves at least one standing ovation in their lifetime.
Bob graduated from Pen Argyl High School in 2004 and later earned his Associate Degree from Northampton Community College (NCC) in May of 2006. He entered the field of human services with a management position at a non-profit residential program. While working for this agency, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree from DeSales University and graduated cum laude with a degree in Clinical Psychology and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Lehigh University in the field of Special Education.
Bob’s experience in residential programming branched into working with individuals who were diagnosed with a developmental disability and also had struggles with problematic sexual behaviors and/or sex offending behaviors. Bob worked as a Direct Support Professional, Site Supervisor, Program Specialist, and Clinician. Bob gained experience and training in determination of risk and needs for offenders, outpatient therapy facilitation, specific education training, behavior supports, and human sexuality. Bob also gained experience in working within the criminal justice system with his professional tasks related to probation and parole communication, facilitating group sessions at a local jail, creating risk reducing programs at state and county levels, and testifying in court at magisterial, county, and federal levels.
Bob Krome is a current member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the Mid-Atlantic Region for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MARATSA). Bob is also a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Professional (CSOTP).
When it comes to his personal life, Bob and his wife Ashley have a beautiful family that they love and care for, complete with a dog and cat. Bob finds value in training and competing in triathlons as well as singing in a band.
BILLY WEBER– Owner/ Behavior Specialist/ Trainer
Billy Weber has been working in the human services field for over eight years, initially with at-risk children and adolescents at a short-term treatment facility and more recently with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a residential community living arrangement. During this time, he has built relationships with wonderful people from all kinds of backgrounds, has gained an understanding of their experiences and challenges, and has learned to listen, empathize, and love.
Upon graduating from Moravian College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education, Billy began what was supposed to be a high-school teaching career. However, he soon realized that his heart was in developing rapport and interpersonal skills instead of content. Working directly with individuals with a history of aggression and problematic sexual behaviors fulfilled Billy in a way that his previously chosen path had not, so he continued to serve people as his role progressed from direct support professional to group home supervisor to program specialist to behavior specialist. He is beyond excited to extend his talent for active listening and creative problem-solving to even more people in need.
Billy lives in Walnutport, Pennsylvania, with his wife and troublesome dog. He spends most of his spare time watching birds, photographing butterflies, writing and performing rock music, and thinking about astrophysics and ultimate questions. He also enjoys Legos and lists.
SHALEIA BEAL– Behavior Specialist/ Trainer
Shaleia has worked with individuals with dual diagnoses (IDD/MH) that have also had significant maladaptive behaviors. With leadership, creativity, charisma, and motivation, Shaleia has been able to help teams, individuals, and families build a better future. Shaleia has worked within the field for the past 11 years. She finds value in helping individuals who are at risk and who have experienced tragedy and trauma. Much of her work began with helping female juveniles and adults who have experienced trauma and/or have exemplified problematic sexual behaviors. Shaleia has helped lead and train residential teams with the implementation of behavioral supports. She has worked with males and females alike that have shown elements of high risk, all the while maintaining safety with protective factors.
Shaleia attended Pennsylvania State University receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating, her degree helped her take a different direction within various non-profit agencies. Shaleia has received extensive training in sexually offensive behaviors, trauma-informed care, positive approaches, among others. She aims to equip individuals with skills, knowledge and awareness to help clients meet their intended goals. She enjoys remaining active with exercises and rigorous workout routines. Shaleia also loves to travel, creating space for her to focus on mindfulness and enjoying what mother nature has to offer.
JESSICA DEFRANCO– Clinical Coordinator/ Behavior Specialist
Jessica has been working in the field of Social Work since 2013. Jessica obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Cedar Crest College and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Her background is in healthcare working with the geriatric population, although she has experience working with individuals through hospice, domestic violence and sexual assault, life transitions, various mental health diagnoses, intellectual/developmental disabilities and dementia.
It is her belief that self-care and the focus of mental health are as valuable and vital as taking care of our physical health. Jessica is committed to providing individuals respectful care while promoting their dignity, equality, and autonomy. Jessica’s goal is to help people draw on their own strengths and skills to fulfill their potential to live meaningful, happy lives.
ALICIA MENDOZA- Bilingual (Spanish/English) Behavior Specialist
Alicia “Ali” Mendoza, has been in the mental health field for the past 14 years, working in diverse settings with a wide variety of clients, from childhood to late adulthood. While providing outpatient, residential or acute inpatient therapeutic support, Ali’s aim has been to assist her individuals to return to or maintain a state of wellness. She believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment, and is eager to help provide the tools and strategies to help individuals manage and live meaningful lives.
Ali was born in Peru, but moved with her family to New Jersey when she was a teenager, where she completed high school, and gained a scholarship to study education at Kean University. While her initial goal was to become a U.S history high school teacher, she was taken over by some existential questions as to “why are people the way they are, and do the things they do”, and so, she explored different disciplines, had fun with art and natural science, and decided it was time to graduate with a B.A in Spanish. Ali then moved to Allentown, PA, where she went back to school, and got her B.A degree in Applied Psychology at Cedar Crest College (FYI, she is still not done with school, she will be going for her master’s degree soon!).
While in school, Ali worked part time and/or full time for different social agencies. She started as a health and family planning counselor for an urban clinic, with teenagers being the main population; then changed gears to work in mental health, starting as psychiatric aide for the Allentown State Hospital, where she worked for 4 years until its closure. She then became a bilingual case manager and co-therapist for Valley Youth House, where she had the opportunity to work with children, teenagers, and their families, providing family-based mental health services; she also worked as a bilingual TSS with children at home through Access. After gaining some experience with the younger population, Ali decided to change focus, and worked residential services with adults diagnosed with IDD and mental health disorders (dual diagnosis). While she enjoyed her role and became very comfortable working with this population, Ali decided to continue exploring her field, and became a MHP for a crisis residential center, while working as a case worker for crisis intervention in Lehigh Co. where she still works part-time. Ali currently lives with her family in Mertztown, PA. In her free time she enjoys traveling, exploring new venues, visiting craft fairs and festivals, gardening, building or crafting things, drawing, listening to music or audio books, baking, and napping.
IHAB ASAD– Behavior Specialist/ In-home and Community Support Professional
Ihab has been working in the field of human services for six years. Initially starting at a juvenile program for at-risk youth, he would facilitate a safe learning environment for foster children & adolescents. Ihab emphasizes accountability & promotes a youth’s desire to develop social, educational, & emotional skills for future success. After working with children & adolescents, Ihab wanted to challenge himself by working with adults who require direct support care. In the last four years, he has created supportive relationships with a number of individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities while helping people become integrated & engaged in their community.
Ihab was born in Syria but traveled to the United States at the age of five with his family in hopes of finding a better life, seeking out the American dream. He is bilingual in both English & Arabic. Upon graduating from Temple University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Ihab had a desire to work in the CIA and travelling abroad, however, he realized along the way, he gains personal satisfaction from helping & improving the lives of others in his local area. He devotes his days to help people who are in need of support, and that is exactly what makes this field so appealing to him.
Outside of work, Ihab enjoys spending his time with family & friends, playing basketball, & taking his super cute Gerberian Shepsky to the dog park. Ihab also loves traveling the world & has a mission to travel to over fifty countries as part of his bucket list.
WESS BUSH- Trainer
Wess has nearly 15 years of experience in the mental health field and has held several different positions along the way. He most recently has been working as program supervisor for both a case management and certified peer specialist department. Wess is responsible for the guidance of upwards of 3 supervisors, 30 field staff, and nearly 700 individuals receiving service. He has a passion for management and mentoring young staff in the field allows him to impart the years of knowledge he has gained on to the next generation of service providers. In addition to guiding others, Wess is responsible for promoting his agency by conducting presentations on both case management and certified peer specialist services. While Wess works in this role for his current agency, he also trains for New Leaf Supports to continue his passion for translating experience and expertise to various teams.
He is a part of the larger mental health system in Lehigh and Northampton counties and regularly participates in meetings with local county representatives and individuals from accreditation agencies. He leads a team yearly during the Point in Time Count, which is a national HUD initiative to document homeless individuals who are living outside during the coldest times of the year, as well as is part of an initiative to end homelessness in the city of Allentown. Most recently, Wess lead a subcommittee that worked directly with LANTA to adapt a mental health addendum to their disability application that not only used proper recovery language, but has allowed many individuals previously denied for door to door transport based on their mental health disability to receive a much needed service.
Wess graduated from Freedom High school in 2001 and went to Northampton Community College, before transferring to Moravian College to finish his bachelors in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a minor in European History. After college, Wess searched for human resource positions based on the education he received, but was unable to find anything at the time. Eventually, he obtained a job working at a clubhouse program that supported individuals with mental health in learning job skills and returning to work. While doing this he worked part time at a personal care home for individuals with severe mental illness, which was a position that taught him to really understand just how much mental health can effect an individual’s perception of the world around them. He, at this time, began to realize that being able to support and assist individuals with mental illness was something that he needed to focus the rest of his life on. Wess began working at a psychiatric rehabilitation running groups and teaching life skills to individuals with mental illness and was the first mobile psychiatric rehabilitation worker in the Lehigh Valley. Looking for a new challenge, Wess became a case worker and served in this capacity for 3 years before becoming a supervisor and later a lead supervisor. During this time Wess returned to school and obtained a Master’s of Psychology from Capella University.
Wess has been with his wife for nearly 20 years and enjoys spending free time with her and their pets. He is a self-professed audiophile and enjoys a variety of music. He also enjoys gaming and attending local hockey games. He has written for and acted in independent movies as well.
SAVANNAH MALESKY- Behavior Specialist
Savannah has officially worked in the direct support field for the past five years, but she was raised in the special needs environment from the age of six. Growing up, her mother was the special needs teacher at her school, and she would regularly call Savannah out of class to come assist her in the classroom. Savannah believes everyone should have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful; she finds fulfillment in helping those who don’t have the ability to communicate to express their wants and needs in a safe, effective manner.
Savannah graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in corporate communication and a minor in business. She has plans to continue with school all the way to her doctoral degree! Being a communication expert, Savannah is always trying to find new ways in which to connect and interact with others; she has always been fascinated with human behavior and its relationship to an individual’s environment. This is Savannah’s first job after graduation, and she is looking forward to building relationships, cultivating her skills, and helping clients achieve their goals. Her personal heroes are Clarice Starling and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Savannah enjoys cooking, eating, spending time with her family, playing with her two cats, and doing yoga.
EVAN WALTERS- Director of In-Home and Community Supports
Evan Walters has 15 years of direct care and leadership experience within the Lehigh Valley supporting individuals with IDD and building strong, creative, and effective systems & teams. Areas of focus for his teams have been Residential, Community Integration, Prevocational, Supported Employment, Behavioral, & Clinical Services, as well as quality improvements in areas of Incident Management, Staff Development & Growth, and Training. Evan is highly motivated to see the scope & quality of IDD/MH services continue to grow in the Lehigh Valley community to create opportunities and maximize the potential for the individuals supported in our community. Evan believes the optimal path to achieving this is passionate and brave investment in our individuals and the dedicated direct care professionals who support them… investment in education, training, opportunity, and culture of how we build the future of IDD/MH services. Evan is excited to position New Leaf Supports as a leader and standard within this growth initiative.
Evan is a graduate of Moravian College where he also serves as Head Coach of the Moravian College Rugby Club. He resides in Bethlehem, PA with his wife Joelle and their lovely Swiss Mountain Dog, Stella.
VANCE FARRELL– Trainer
Vance Farrell has been working in the field of mental health for over nine years, working directly with individuals of all age-groups, cultures, and mental health diagnoses. After attending Wilkes University for two years, Vance transferred the DeSales University where he completed his Bachelors of Science in Forensic Psychology in 2013. Vance then started his career in the mental health field at KidsPeace working on the adolescent unit at the hospital on Orefield, PA as a Mental Health Technician who was responsible for educating the adolescents about ways to cope with their emotions and handle stress situations in life while simultaneously training new staff on de-escalation techniques and methods of working with children with varying diagnoses.
Vance then branched off to work as a community based case manager where he continued to work with children at times, but primarily worked with adults and assisting them in maintaining their independence in the community by assisting them in connecting to resources and programs within their community. After two years working directly with the individuals in services, Vance transitioned into a supervisory role as he became a Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor where he uses the knowledge he has gained from his time in the field to train and empower staff to assist the individuals in service with accomplishing goals they set for themselves regarding their mental health and overall life. While actively in this role, Vance has since been continuing his education, actively working on completing his Masters on Clinical Psychology, specializing in Forensic Psychology through Capella University. Vance continues to attend meetings with other providers within the area and actively helps with projects around the community such as a yearly homeless count for HUD and writing articles for a local magazine. In addition to this Vance is also training for New Leaf Supports to continue engaging with individuals in the community who have a passion or desire for further knowledge within the field of mental health.
Outside of work and school, Vance has been married to his wife since 2014, and together they raise their two sons and three dogs. Vance enjoys participating in sporting events such as flag football and disc golf, always trying to better himself along the way while showing his sons what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.
ISAAC CSEZMADIA- Behavior Specialist/ Trainer
Isaac Csezmadia has been working in the field of human services, specifically with the IDD population for the past eight years. Serving as a direct support professional, site supervisor, and program/behavior specialist, Isaac has brought his creativity to individuals and their support teams. Isaac graduated from the Leadership Development Program and implemented an innovative training strategy for site supervisors within his agency. He is passionate about equipping others with knowledge and therefore enjoys training team members to provide the highest quality of care. Isaac also spent two and a half years mentoring at-risk youth for a local agency. Isaac graduated from East Stroudsburg University, earning a Bachelors of Science degree.
In his free time, Isaac enjoys DJing some of his favorite tunes at weddings and events, competing in or watching sports, and coaching/ mentoring high scool wrestling.
PHIL GENTILE– Co-founder/Owner/ Mentor
Phil Gentile has, over the past 30 years, provided advice and counseling to public and private businesses, governmental agencies and non-profit entities. Most recently, Mr. Gentile has embarked on a refinement of his services – notably providing guidance and counseling to those wishing to rebuild their lives from the ashes. He has spent the better part of the past decade being of service to people and to his community; he believes that everyone deserves a second chance and the values he holds dear are reflections of his beliefs.
Throughout his professional career he has successfully worked hand-in-hand with non-profits, local governments and small businesses in fulfilling their missions. This took the form of identifying various sources of funding, preparing written proposals and business/financing plans and implementing those plans to successful conclusions. Over the course of Mr. Gentile’s career he’s garnered millions of dollars in funding for his clients, helped market new product lines and services and identified new avenues for growth.
He is quite accomplished at planning and implementing complex projects, working as a leader of various coalitions, public presentations to governing bodies and constituents and managing program implementation to successful conclusions.
He has extensive training in developing and implementing therapeutic programs for marginalized members of society. He’s generated that skill-set over the course of his career as a business leader and a clinician in the drug and alcohol field. Phil is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and holds a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University and a BA degree in Economics from State University of New York at Albany.