Katy Rabenold, M. Ed, BCBA, Regional Director of Education
Katy Rabenold, M.Ed., BCBA has expertise in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Katy has over 17 years of experience working with children diagnosed with various mental health diagnoses, autism and emotional/behavioral disabilities within the community and academic settings.
Katy joined New Story in 2007 as a Behavior Specialist Consultant in the community based setting. During this time Katy was awarded the Star of Excellence in promoting recovery and resiliency in children from Magellan Health Services. Shortly after, Katy transitioned to a Behavior Consultant in the school setting and eventually the Director of Education for two New Story Schools. In 2016 she was promoted to Regional Director of Education.
Katy has Pennsylvania teaching certifications in Special Education for the Visually Impaired and Blind K-21, Elementary Education K-6, and Special Education K-21. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University and Master’s degree from Lehigh University.
After attaining these degrees, Katy attained her certification from Penn State University as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
Brooke Coatsworth, LSW, BCBA, Regional Clinical Director
Brooke Coatsworth, LSW, BCBA has 13 years of experience in the field and has expertise in Applied Behavior Analysis, School Social Work, and Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Brooke joined New Story in 2002 as a Therapeutic Support Staff for Reading’s BHRS Program, and was then promoted as a Program Coordinator for New Story’s Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) department. At that point, New Story’s Reading office opened the Blended Case Management department of which Brooke became the program’s first case manager. Brooke eventually became the Clinical Director for two New Story Schools. In 2016, she was promoted to Regional Clinical Director.
Brooke has a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Lock Haven University, and a Master’s of Social Work from Marywood University. After attaining these degrees, Brooke went on to become a Licensed Social Worker and years later attained her certification from Penn State University as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Additionally, Brooke is certified through the Crisis Prevention Institute as a Certified Instructor for their Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and Applied Physical Trainings. Currently, Brooke is working towards certification as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner through the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts”. –Winston Churchill
Kara N. Kessel, MS, LBS, BCBA, Clinical Director
(717) 901-9906 x 109
Kara N. Kessel, MS, LBS, BCBA first began her career with New Story in 2009 as Therapeutic Staff Support. She has almost eight years of experience in the field with expertise in ABA/Autism and varied Mental Health Disorders. In 2015 she became the Clinical Supervisor at Harrisburg and in 2017 was promoted to Clinical Director.
Kara attended Pine Manor college for her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania for her Master’s Degree in Psychology, and Florida Institute of Technology for her Post Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis/Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
In her free time, Kara and her family are very involved in her step son’s sports throughout the year including: baseball, football, and wrestling. She also enjoys working out/exercising, running races/mud runs for select charities, and spending time with her family.
Kara find the most rewarding part of her job is knowing that her actions are a small part of the life changing programs that mean so much to students and their families.
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill
Marcy Smith, M.Ed, Assistant Director of Education
Phone: (717) 901-9906 x 220
Marcy Smith, M.Ed. is the Assistant Director of Education at New Story Harrisburg. Marcy has 20 years of experience in the education field and has expertise in both Regular Education and Special Education. She previously worked in an inner city school district teaching Special Education in the areas of Learning Support and Emotional Support as well as Regular Education Social Studies.
Marcy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from York College of Pennsylvania; a Masters of Education degree in Special Education from Millersville University; and a Masters of Education in School Administration from the University of Phoenix. She holds a Pennsylvania Instructional II certification in Social Studies 7-12, Special Education K-12, Principal K-12, and a HOUSSE designation in English.
“The most rewarding part of my job is working with the students and witnessing their successes.” – Marcy Smith
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be a different place because I was important in the life of child” -Forest E. Witcraft
Tasha Ambrosius, MSW, LSW, Clinical Supervisor
717-901-9906 x 104
Tasha Ambrosius, MSW, LSW, is the Clinical Supervisor for the New Story Harrisburg School. Tasha has 8 years of experience working with children diagnosed with various exceptionalities including autism, emotional disturbances, and intellectual/behavioral disabilities within community and academic settings.
Tasha first began her career with New Story in 2014 as a Behavior Specialist Consultant. She then transitioned into the School Counselor role while continuing to fulfill her hours as a Behavior Specialist Consultant within one of New Story’s community based programs. Tasha then took on the opportunity to work within our school program, as a Behavioral Consultant from which she was promoted to her current position.
Tasha has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Elizabethtown College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Widener University. After attaining these degrees, she went on to become a Licensed Social Worker. Currently, Tasha is working towards certification in Applied Behavior Analysis.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou