In 2001 Mercy House opened its doors to provide a different treatment experience to our area. We wanted to to be known for several distinctives: that our therapists would feel called to a vocation, that they would show genuine heart-felt concern for their clients, that they have outstanding academic and practical experience and that we be able to offer faith-based therapy to those who desired it. We also wanted our office staff to exhibit that same concern for anyone who called the office and that they welcome people like family. Now nearly 16 years later we are more than excited about where we are, who we serve and how we do it. The phrase we most often hear is that this place is so homey. Since our misssion is "Restoring Hearts and Homes," we are most pleased to hear that remark. My staff loves what they do and who they do it with--we are a family and it shows in our dealings with each other and those we serve. We extend an invitation to "visit our home."
THE MERCY HOUSE FAMILY
Doris Mushrush, office manager; Sherri Crowl, LPC; Lisa Chausse, office assistant; Beverly Kerr, LPC,CAADC; Cinda Bilinski, LPC, Joel Kightlinger, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, Cindy Kightlinger, CADC, LPC, facility director, Lisa Ferry-Matheney, counselor and suboxone cordinator, Kathy Kosarek, LPC; Stacy Cummings, MA
Cindy Kightlinger is Pastor of Congregational Health at New Beginnings Church of God, Meadville, PA.
She has maintained a private counseling practice for 24 years. She is also President and Director of Mercy House of Meadville, Inc., which offers A state licensed Drug and alcohol program and a caring and capable staff of mission minded therapists. Cindy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, has an MA in Professional Counseling, is a Certified Crisis and Abuse Counselor, a Certified Addiction Counselor, and is certified in Critical Incidence and Stress Management and Gambling Competency. She is also a Certified Truama Therapist.
Joel is a licensed clinical social worker with an MS in Clinical Social Work and has been practicing for 12 years. Prior to coming to Meadville, he worked in Day Reporting Center and Drug Court in Nashville, TN, and an Adolescent Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
In addition to his MS, Joel has received training in working with sexual offenders, critical incident stress management, and dual diagnosis. He is also a Certified Truama Therapist.
Joel serves as Clinical Director for Mercy House of Meadville, Inc., and maintains a private counseling practice at The Counseling Centre. He specializes in adolescent, marital, family, and individual counseling.
Beverly L. Kerr graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Rehabilitation.
She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and credentialed as a Certified Advanced Addictions Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
Bev has an extensive background in working with individuals with addictions. She has also specialized in marriage and family therapy over the past 20 years.
In addition, Bev also counsels individuals dealing with abuse issues, anxiety, depression, and anger management needs.
Cinda Bilinski is a licensed professional counselor. She graduated from Edinboro University with a master's degree in counseling and from Clarion University with an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education.
Prior to coming to Mercy House, Cinda worked with troubled families in home-based therapy. She also taught anger management and parenting classes and counseled individuals.
Cinda brings to Mercy House a willingness to help individuals, couples, and families reach their highest potential through faith-based therapy. Her experience in this field includes stress management, depression, anxiety, addiction, abuse, adjustment disorders, and couple and family issues.
Sherri is a graduate of Edinboro University with a master's degree in Rehabilitative Counseling. Sherri is a licensed professional counseling and works hard for the restoration of individuals and families. Sherri has expertise in eating disorders, self-harm and children/family counseling.
Lisa is a senior at Liberty University majoring in Psychology with a cognate in Addiction. Lisa brings a passion to her groups and chose to work in the field because she believes in the power to overcome all odds and be successful in living a sober and peace filled life. She coordinates the suboxone groups and is an assistant Counselor in the Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program.
Kathy Kosarek Kathy went to Edinboro University to get her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and Gannon University to get her Master’s degree in Community Counseling. Kathy’s goals at Mercy House are to use her counseling skills to help adults do the “work of change” as they face life’s adjustments and challenges. Kathy counsels adults who commit to the work of change and increase their “faith walk and their faith talk” as God leads them to turn their weakness into his strenght. Kathy uses a variety of cognitive behavioral therapy strategies, in Kathy's words, "we sit and talk a lot!"
Stacy Cummings Stacy went to Edinboro University for her Bachelor and Masters degree and has been a master level counselor with 14 years of experience. She is currently at Pittsburgh University of Titusville participating in counseling and student development . Her Specialty areas include working with youth who have mental health issues and criminal backgrounds.
Doris Mushrush, Office Manager
Doris Mushrush is our Office Manager. She has been with us for 13 years working from home keeping track of Mercy House financial information. Just recently, we have been able to add Doris to our office staff. We are so excited to have her in the front office! She has over 20 years of expereince handling finances for businesses and is a wonderful addition to our staff! She has been married to her husband, Jim, for 41 years and has 2 sons and 2 grand-daughters.
Lisa Chausse, Administrative Assistant and Director of Outreach
Lisa Chausse, administrative assistant, graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a degree in specialized business with emphasis in marketing. Prior to coming to Mercy House, Lisa worked at Proper Cutter, Inc. She is married to Mike Chausse and has three children. Lisa says that Mercy House is a ministry call to her and we are excited to have her on board.
Board Members: Doris Mushrush, Cindy Kightlinger, Doug Hunter, Gerry Ferguson, Kristi Poland,Monica Erdos, Sam Heagy