Kara N. Kessel, MS, LBS, BCBA, Clinical Director
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Kara N. Kessel, MS, LBS, BCBA, is the Clinical Director for the New Story Harrisburg School. Kara began her career with New Story in 2009 as Therapeutic Support Staff. She has eight years of experience in the field with expertise in applied behavior analysis, autism and varied mental health disorders. In 2015, she became the Clinical Supervisor, and in 2017 she was promoted to Clinical Director.
Kara obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pine Manor College and her master’s degree in psychology from Shippensburg University. She also obtained certificates in applied behavior analysis and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Kara finds 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
Tasha Ambrosius, MSW, LSW, Clinical Supervisor
(717) 901-9906 x104
Tasha Ambrosius, MSW, LSW, is the Clinical Supervisor for the New Story Harrisburg School. Tasha has eight years of experience working with children diagnosed with various exceptionalities, including autism, emotional disturbances, and intellectual/behavioral disabilities within community and academic settings.
Tasha began her career with New Story in 2014 as a Behavior Specialist Consultant. She then transitioned into the role of School Counselor while continuing to fulfill her hours as a Behavior Specialist Consultant within one of New Story’s community-based programs. Tasha moved on to the role of Behavioral Consultant before being promoted to Clinical Supervisor.
Tasha earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Elizabethtown College and her master’s degree in social work from Widener University. After obtaining her degrees, Tasha went on to become a Licensed Social Worker. Currently, Tasha is working toward certification in applied behavior analysis.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Katy Rabenold, M.Ed., BCBA, Regional Education Director
Katy Rabenold, M. Ed, BCBA, is the Regional Director of Education for New Story’s Central Region. Katy has expertise in special education and applied behavior analysis. Katy has more than 17 years of experience working with children with various mental health diagnoses, autism and emotional and/or 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 became the Director of Education for two New Story Schools. In 2016, she was promoted to Regional Director of Education.
Katy earned 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 her master’s degree from Lehigh University. Katy earned the status of Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Penn State University.
“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, is the Clinical Director for New Story’s Central Region. Brooke 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 Therapeutic Support Staff for Reading’s Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) program, and was then promoted as a Program Coordinator for the BHRS department. New Story’s Reading office eventually opened the Blended Case Management department, where 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Lock Haven University and a master’s degree in social work from Marywood University. Brooke went on to become a Licensed Social Worker and obtained 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 Non-violent Crisis Intervention and Applied Physical Trainings. Currently, Brooke is working toward becoming 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