KRIS MCFADDEN, SR., M.A.R.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Kris was appointed to serve as Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge’s (PAATC) President & CEO in 2015. Since stepping into this role, PAATC has developed and implemented the first medical detox program throughout Teen Challenge International. Kris’ vision for PAATC is to provide extended levels of care which help patients and students become equipped and empowered to live out their faith, and be productive members of their families, work places, churches and local communities.
He is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University (B.S.) and holds a Master’s degree from Evangelical Theological Seminary (M.A.R.) in Myerstown, PA. He is married to Toni and they have four small children: Isaac, Ayriana, Isabella, and Kristopher, Jr.
To see Kris’ testimony please click here: http://kristophermcfadden.wixsite.com/kmcfadden
Executive Vice President of Operations
Becci Shaak serves as Executive Vice President of Operations. She leads the Revenue Cycle Committee and she oversees Admissions, IT and Satellite Operations in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and North Carolina.
Director of Admissions and Family Programming
Having experienced the painful effects of addiction in her own family, Amber is passionate about the mission of Teen Challenge. Every day she sees hope growing in the lives of students and their family members. She enjoys doing what she can to see the mission and vision of PAATC fulfilled within the organization.
She began working at the Training Center as a clerk in the financial office in 2014. In 2015 she became the Student and Family Enrichment Coordinator and accepted the position of Director of Admissions and Family Programming in December of 2015.
Amber earned her B.A. in Christian Ministry from the University of Valley Forge and is married to her husband, Josh. She has the two sweetest sons in the world, Wyatt and Levi.
MICHAEL FANJOY LPC, CCS, CAADC
Vice President, Programming
Michael Fanjoy has been counseling individuals and families who have been affected by substance use disorder for over the past 12 years. Michael has extensive experience with counseling, supervision, and management in the behavioral health field. This experience includes working with young adults and their families in the inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Michael has been team lead on many different projects throughout the years including developing specific programming with young adults affected by opiate use disorder, team lead on program credentialing, and implementing new supervision models to strengthen the clinical/counseling program. Michael currently holds certification as an advanced addictions counselor and certification as a clinical supervisor through the Pennsylvania credentialing board. Michael is also licensed as a professional counselor through the Pennsylvania department of health and has experience working with both the substance use and mental health field. When Michael is not in the office working with the PAATC DTX/STP program he can be found in the outdoors backpacking or snowboarding with his wife and three children.
Vice President, Advancement
As the Vice President of Advancement, David oversees the departments of Development, Marketing, Community Relations, Church Relations, Choir, and Drug Awareness Teams.
Prior to joining PAATC in January of 2017 he had been a Fundraising Management Consultant. David pastored churches in Iowa and New York and has experience as Vice President for Institutional Advancement for a Bible College & Seminary and as President & CEO of a Foundation. He holds both a Masters and a Doctoral Degree from Clarks Summit University.
David and his wife Susan have twin daughters and a son. Their oldest daughter struggled with addiction prior to her death. Through this they have come to understand some of the ways that addiction affects everyone in the family. David has a burden to not only see God work in the lives of those with those who are addicted, but also in the entire family.
REV. JOEL JAKUBOWSKI, CERT-MIN, MA, CRS, CIP, CADC
Vice President, Business Development
As Vice President of Business Development at PA Adult & Teen Challenge, Joel serves to create long-term value for PAATC from customers, markets, and relationships by building and managing relationships that are based on trust, respect, and a mutual appreciation of each other's value as fundamental for enabling the flow of value for the long term. Prior to this, he was the Chief Communications Officer and Long-Term Program Director at PAATC where he served as the executive manager providing oversight and leadership to all clinical and student (client) care departments. Joel manages, directs, plans, and coordinates the functions and activities for all therapeutic and academic student services. Joel has the authority, responsibility and accountability for establishing the standards of student care, practice and procedures as well as corporate oversight in planning standards to measure, assess, and improve student outcomes. Joel assists the CEO and other administrators in the development, formulation, and implementation of strategic planning and serves as part of the corporation’s executive management team.
After appox. 20 years in addiction, Joel entered Teen Challenge in 2003 as a student (client) and graduated the Teen Challenge program May 2004. Joel received his BA Degree in Behavioral Health & Addictions Studies from Alvernia University, his MA in Organizational Leadership from Summit University, and is currently enrolled in a Behavioral Health Org Leadership doctoral degree program at Grand Canyon University. Joel is also a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Certified Intervention Professional and a Certified Recovery Specialist. He is married to his treasure, Angie, also a Certified Intervention Professional. They have (2) sons, Brett and Nathan.
Vice President, Human Resources
As Vice President of Human Resources, Heather Powell is responsible for oversight of employment processes, performance management, training, benefits, and complaint resolution.
Heather comes to PAATC with over 10 years of operations, management and government compliance experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Arcadia University and a Certified Professional Human Resources certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Heather is a proud mother and wife and has a passion for animal rescue when she has spare time.
Steve Thurston joined PAATC in 2018 as the Director of Marketing, bringing a wealth of talent and experience to the organization. His career in marketing and communications spans over 20 years in the non-profit sector. He leads the strategic marketing, advertising and brand strategies through print, digital, social and marketing campaigns at PAATC.
Vice President, Finance
717.933.4181 x 1104
Bruce has served as PA Adult & Teen Challenge Vice President of Finance since January 2018. Prior to this, he was Director of Finance since September 2012 and Director of Human Resources since November 2013. His responsibilities include supervision of Finance and Accounting, Insurance functions, Human Resources, Planned Giving and Outreach Ministry teams.
He has more than 28 years Management and Accounting experience. His background of experience comes from the areas of Medical Insurance, Printing, Manufacturing and Agriculture.
Bruce and his wife, Denise, reside in Lebanon County with their 3 children. He feels very blessed to be able to use his talents for God’s ministry at Teen Challenge Training Center. It is a true joy to see men and women with drug and alcohol addiction get a second chance at life.