Vista Adult Services Board of Directors
Andrew Ward is chairman of the Vista Adult Services Board of Directors. He is a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and has more than 35 years of experience as an audit and health care consulting partner. Andy also serves as the chairman of the board for Andrew’s Gift. He has served as the president of the United Cerebral Palsy of the Capital Area. Andy has two children and resides in Harrisburg with his wife, Dorothy. Andy and Dorothy Ward are Andrew’s parents.
Adeolu A. Bakare is a member and secretary of the Vista Adult Services Board of Directors. He has served on numerous non-profit boards within the Central Pennsylvania community, including the Harrisburg Young Professionals and the Art Association of Harrisburg. Ade joined the Vista Adult Services Board in 2013 to work towards improving opportunities for his sister and all other adults with autism in the region. Ade is an attorney in the energy and environmental practice group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, where he focuses on regulatory and transactional issues involving electric, natural gas, communications, and water utility services. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School.
Keith Sunderman is a member of the Vista Adult Services Board of Directors. He is a project director at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where he oversees the design and construction of large capital projects for Penn State University, and has a degree in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. With his family, he moved to the area from State College to manage the building of the new Cancer Institute on the Hershey Medical Center campus. Sunderman and his wife were instrumental in helping to prepare Vista’s first homes for adults with autism. They are the parents of a high school student at The Vista School. “Working on the homes allowed Sue and me to envision what life after age 21 might look like for our Natalie,” he said. “Vista fills a tremendous need in society by serving this population and does it so incredibly well that it provides a tremendous amount of hope for the families and friends of those on the spectrum.”
Brandon D. Yorty is a member of the Vista Adult Services Board of Directors and is employed at Vista as the Director of Adult Employment Services. Brandon is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Consultant within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has served as a Behavior Consultant within The Vista School® and is a certified coach of the Competent Learner Model. Brandon is also certified in customized employment by the Association of Community and Rehabilitation Educators. Brandon was an adjunct professor in the psychology department at Shippensburg University in 2014 and has supported research studies at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Brandon received his undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown College, his master’s degree from Shippensburg University, and certification in Applied Behavior Analysis through Penn State University.
Kirsten Yurich – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Kirsten K. L. Yurich, became the first Chief Executive Officer of Vista in January 2018, having previously served as Chief Clinical Officer. As CEO, She oversees all operations of The Vista School®, The Vista Foundation, and Vista Adult Services. Kirsten holds a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Lock Haven University, and is a board-certified behavior analyst and a licensed behavior specialist. She also is a certified coach for the Competent Learner Model, a method of tailoring teaching environments to a student’s individual learning needs. Kirsten is co-author of The Precision Teaching Book and has been a featured contributor at professional conferences and in numerous publications, including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. She is a member of the adjunct faculty at Penn State College of Medicine and formerly of Elizabethtown College where she taught courses related to psychology and special education. She serves as an executive board member for the ABA in PA Initiative, an advocacy organization working to ensure all children with autism in Pennsylvania have access to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. Building systems of excellence within the field of autism and ABA drives much of the work Kirsten undertakes. In her work, she strives to change the status quo of autism treatment and help the community at large preserve the dignity of people with autism. Kirsten currently resides in Palmyra with her husband and their four children.
Alicia Burger – Executive Director of Clinical Services
Alicia Burger is the Executive Director of Clinical Programs for The Vista School® and Vista Adult Services, with expertise in Behavioral Health. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University and currently, and is a board-certified behavior analyst and a licensed behavior specialist. She is a member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, has participated in research regarding effective toilet training strategies, and has presented at related conferences. For 20 years, Alicia has focused on providing treatment and consultation to individuals with autism and their families across the life span. She is passionate about ensuring individuals receive effective treatment and have the highest quality of life. Her passion for ABA comes not only from the research of successes in the field but also from the pleasure of witnessing interventions be successful and make a difference in one’s life. Alicia strongly believes that growing an individual’s personal and behavioral independence is how one measures success in this field.
Candis Chubb – Executive Director of Education Services
Candis Chubb is the Executive Director of Educational Programs for The Vista School® with expertise in Special Education. She holds a master’s in Special Education, a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education & Special Education, and a Supervisory Certificate, all from Millersville University. For 18 years, Candis has focused on developing and monitoring Special Education programs and services, while ensuring compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). She is a Vista representative within the Alliance of Approved Private Schools of Pennsylvania (AAPS) and has facilitated curriculum discussions on a national level with the Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP). Candis has worked in both the public and private school sectors, serving as a Special Education Teacher, as well as Supervisor of Special Education Services. She lives in Camp Hill with her husband and their son. As a family they enjoy spending time outdoors and visiting National Parks. Candis is passionate about ensuring school-age students with special needs have access to the best services possible to achieve their highest potential.
Sabrina DeLong – Compliance Officer
Sabrina DeLong is the Compliance Officer of Vista. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon and is certified in Quality Management through the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs. Sabrina worked 10 years in customer service and administrative management with Peace Health, a non-profit health care system located in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, prior to relocating to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2000. She worked for Northwestern Human Services in Administration before joining The Vista School® in July 2004. She has experience in compliance, licensing, financial reporting, office management, customer service, and human resources. She currently resides in Midtown Harrisburg with her beloved Australian Shepherd “Nissa,” and enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, and writing. Sabrina feels her work enables Vista to function at its best and to “keep the lights on.”
Megan Miller – Director of Human Resources
Megan Miller is Vista’s Director of Human Resources. Holding a degree in Business Administration, Megan graduated from Elizabethtown College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies where she focused on a leadership curriculum. She additionally holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University. As an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”), she earned a Certified Professional accreditation and has worked in the Human Resources field since joining Vista in 2009. Megan serves as a management consultant and employee advocate, implementing strategies including compensation and benefits, performance management, policy development, talent acquisition, employee relations, and legal compliance as related to personnel matters. Megan’s interests include spending time with her husband and two sons, as well as developing and refining HR systems for Vista that keep it operating at the uppermost industry levels.
Kendra Peacock – Director of Quality, Training & Research
Kendra Peacock is the Quality, Training & Research Director at Vista and Supervisor of Vista’s Early Intervention Program. She holds a master’s degree in education from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, and is a board-certified behavior analyst and a licensed behavior specialist. Since 1997, Kendra has worked in the field of behavior analysis with a focus on the education and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She started Vista Outreach Services in 2003 and Vista’s Early Intervention program in 2017. She has presented at professional conferences including Association for Behavior Analysis International, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and Northeast Federation for Precision Teaching Conference. Kendra lives in Harrisburg with her husband and son. Her interests include developing systems that support making meaningful differences in people’s lives and translating research into practice.
Patricia Verdon – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Patricia Verdon is the Chief Financial Officer at Vista, having joined Vista in February 2018. She holds an educational specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University and a master’s degree in School Business Leadership from Wilkes University. Pat has a background in educational finance and business operations. Prior to coming to Vista, she was Business Operations at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute and Manager for the Penn State Center for the Protection of Children, both at The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She also served as Executive Director of Business and Finance for the Lebanon Campus of HACC and was the Assistant Director of Business Affairs for the Palmyra Area School District. Pat enjoys walking and hiking in her down time. She resides in Annville and is a mother of two adult children. Pat’s goal is to expand Vista’s financial development.