COOLBAUGH — Joseph Mancini of Scotrun has been named the new executive director of Pocono Services for Families & Children, replacing Tim Lee, who has retired after 14 years of dedicated service. His appointment was approved by the organization’s board of directors.
Mancini brings more than 15 years of experience in the human services field to his new position. He most recently served as executive director of community collaboration for KenCrest, an educational/community services agency, and executive director of The Arc of Philadelphia and Delaware Counties.
“We received about 30 applications and Joe was the board’s overwhelming choice to lead PSFC well into the future,” said Board President David Strunk. “He has many connections in our community, a passion to make a difference, and the necessary skill set, plus the experience to be successful in his new role.”
A graduate of the University of Scranton, where he earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, Mancini received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Stroudsburg University and is certified to teach K-6th grades in Pennsylvania. In addition, he is completing a Ph.D. in organizational management, with an emphasis on behavioral health, from Grand Canyon University.
Mancini has won several awards for his work in the nonprofit field and in 2019 received a Rising Star Executive Director of the Year Award from the Arc of the United States. As director of programs for the Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, his achievements included bringing a sensory room to the Lehigh Valley International Airport in May 2018— then only one of three airports worldwide to have such a room for travelers with special needs. He also created “Inc. Pass,” a training program for organizations on how to support individuals with intellectual disabilities/developmental delays, and he developed an assistive technology showroom and training program in partnership with Comcast.
His board affiliations have included Children Beyond our Borders and Arc of Pennsylvania, and he currently serves on the board of Dyspraxia USA. His professional background includes serving as director of residential services for Community Options and providing case management for NHS Human Services.
“I am psyched about joining and leading, the PSFC team, and putting my abilities and dedication to work for an agency right in my own community,” said Mancini. “I’m looking forward to meeting with community and nonprofit leaders, sharing objectives, and working together to reach goals and provide quality care for families.”
A sports enthusiast, his community involvement includes coaching for the Pocono Mountain East Youth Basketball and Pocono Mountain East Baseball Associations. He previously served on the Pocono Mountain East Baseball Association Board of Directors. Mancini and his wife, Rachel Grimaldi, a reading specialist at Pocono Mountain West High School, have four children. One of their daughters has a developmental disability, part of why he is so passionate about inclusion and providing the best health/human services possible.
When he was a student, Mancini attended school at the former Coolbaugh Elementary Center, which is now The Mountain Center run by PSFC. “It will be nice and a little surreal to be back there,” he said.
The search for a new executive director started last fall, with PSFC managers involved in the process with the board. There was a brief transition period as the leadership changed. Lee started his career with PSFC as Head Start director, becoming executive director in 2010. His accomplishments include establishing The Mountain Center in 2016, which was recognized with the 2019 Edward Zigler Innovation Award by the National Head Start Association for the life-changing community impact and services offered at the facility. Under his leadership, the agency has truly realized its objective of providing “cradle to career” services/resources, from birth to school-age kids to parents. The merger of Youth Empowerment Services with PSFC also happened under Lee’s direction, in autumn 2019.
PSFC’s mission is to provide resources for the evolving needs of community children and families, in support of efforts to achieve their goals. A United Way partner, the nonprofit agency serves more than 300 children from infants to 6th grade, besides serving more than 1,100 teens through YES. PSFC continues to expand services and implement new programs. Besides Head Start, Pre-K Counts, and the highest quality child care, it offers emergency assistance, family engagement initiatives, and volunteer opportunities. Parents are assisted with identifying family and personal goals – in areas such as healthcare, housing, and employment — and given a variety of training opportunities and resources.
PSFC has classrooms in Coolbaugh Township, East Stroudsburg, Smithfield Township and Marshalls Creek. It is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC) and has earned a Keystone Star 4 state ranking at its multiple sites. In addition to classrooms, The Mountain Center is home to several health/human service agencies and community organizations that assist the entire family. For more information, visit www.psfc.org.