We take great pride in providing service to others. Our staff dedicates itself to providing comprehensive mental health treatment, traumatic brain injury recovery, addiction services, and supportive residential opportunities. Our services promote personal wellness through varying levels of residential supports and individualized person-centered behavioral health care. Our responsive and qualified staff strives to help promote lasting and positive change.
Adam co-founded New Vitae while attending Temple University in the 1980s. At the time, closures of state psychiatric hospitals signaled a need for new options that integrated behavioral health services with supportive residential care. Adam gradually developed TriCounty Respite, now known as New Vitae Wellness and Recovery. His leadership, compassion, and business acumen permitted consistent growth and expansion since assuming a full leadership role in 1991. Adam recognized and responded to the need for wellness services for populations that have been underserved by behavioral health care: young adults age 18-25, Veterans, and individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.
In addition to his dedication to New Vitae, Adam is a long-time member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and has been honored by the local chapter for his many achievements. He served as the Chairman of the Committee for Behavioral Health for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities (MCPD) and recently acquired a national training certification to provide deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation services.
Additionally, he is active in volunteering in local CYO sports organizations as well as St. Isidore’s Catholic Church in Bucks County. He is an avid runner and enjoys fishing in his free time. He and his wife Donna reside in Quakertown, Pennsylvania with their two daughters and three dogs.
Donna Devlin, BS, RN
Donna graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and began working for New Vitae in October of 1985. As a result of her dedication to holistic care, Donna returned to school and began working as a Registered Nurse in 1991.
After witnessing the hurdles associated with long-term psychiatric care, Donna was able to utilize her experience to build the foundations for New Vitae’s integrated care options. Currently, Donna leads a group of employees dedicated to marketing efforts, assists with quality assurance measures, and supports nursing staff at each of our sites. Donna is interested in a variety of holistic treatments and recently obtained national certification to provide deep transcranial magnetic stimulation services.
She has been a long-time member of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill and was recognized by the local chapter for being the chairperson of the first Lehigh Valley NAMI Awareness Walk in 1995. Donna has been a Girl Scout leader for over 12 years and has been recognized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for her work with the Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls.
In her free time, Donna enjoys scrapbooking, photography, and volunteering in her daughters’ numerous activities. Donna has been married to her husband, Adam, since 1989. Their family lives in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
Judith O. Yanacek, MSW, LCSW
Judy recognized at an early age that she wanted to help others, and was intrigued to learn more about the connection between the mind, body, and behavior through her studies. Judy attended Villanova University and later Marywood University to achieve her Master’s Degree and a PA license in Clinical Social Work. Her skills and compassion for others made her a perfect candidate for New Vitae.
After working for over 37 years in the human services field, Judy began her New Vitae career as the Administrator of Mount Trexler Manor. She came to New Vitae as a certified Personal Care Administrator. After flourishing in the role as Administrator for several years, she was promoted to the position of Vice President.
Judy’s skill in developing rapport with others, her leadership abilities, and her dedication to growing New Vitae’s services ultimately resulted in her accepting her current role as the President and Chief Executive Officer for New Vitae Wellness and Recovery.
She serves as a member of the board of directors for Recovery Partnership (a peer-led organization) where the person in recovery is always first. She is also a founding board member of REACHLV, supporting their mission to provide a recovery community program that supports, empowers, and provides services to adolescents and their families in the Lehigh Valley.
A proud member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Judy is also a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Certified Gatekeeper Instructor, which permits her to train others in this evidence-based suicide prevention strategy. Judy obtained national certification to provide deep transcranial magnetic stimulation or dTMS services. Judy has a strong appreciation for overall health and wellness and has completed her studies to become certified in nutritional and integrative medicine. She is a proud recipient of Lehigh Valley Business’s Woman of Influence and Gamechangers Awards.
Judy enjoys traveling, spending time with her adult children and grandchildren, and taking time to breathe and practice mindfulness. She is looking forward to continuing to guide New Vitae’s vision for the future and relishes planning for new opportunities.
David Behar, MD
Dr. Behar attended Hahnemann University Medical School, which is now part of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He had psychiatry residency training at the State University of New York: Stony Brook, and at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He interrupted his child psychiatry fellowship to work at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for several years, offering insight into the challenges associated with behavioral health diagnoses. He ultimately completed his child psychiatry training at Columbia University in New York.
He briefly delayed starting his practice when he obtained a position centered on training other psychiatrists. His passion for helping others has ultimately led him to work with individuals who experience intense behavioral health symptoms and those who frequently find little relief from traditional treatment methods.
Board-certified in both Child and Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Behar’s sense of humor and willingness to listen to the personal stories of residents and service participants, has resulted in a number of recovery goal successes. Dr. Behar is licensed to prescribe Suboxone (Buprenorphine) for those seeking medication-assisted treatment; he is also certified as a deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation operator.
He currently serves as the Medical Director for New Vitae Wellness and Recovery. Over many years of service, he has remained current with evidence-based therapeutic techniques, and looks forward to many more years of helping people achieve individualized versions of health and wellness.
Michelle Beck, MBA
Michelle graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration and holds an MBA from Lehigh University. She has worked in the healthcare field since 1990, working as a home care and hospice business director and automating business and clinical processes for a variety of departments in an extensive health system. Michelle has worked on several projects to incorporate technology into patient care, including telehealth in the home, electronic health records in the hospital and physician practices, and working on a state-wide health information exchange with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Michelle joined New Vitae Wellness and Recovery in 2016 as Vice President, Business Operations, responsible for financial services and information technology. Since joining New Vitae, Michelle has played a big part in automating several processes and documentation systems, including personnel files, employee timecards, clinical records, billing, fleet management, and invoice processing. Along the way, Michelle has enjoyed getting to know several residents and families.
When out of the office, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and pets, and volunteering with rescues to transport dogs from high-kill shelters in the south to forever homes in the northeast.
Michelle plans to continue to find ways to use technology to help staff and residents. She hopes to implement smart home technology to help staff and residents to communicate more efficiently and assist residents to live more independently.
Kathi Eichman, MS, CHC
Kathi serves as New Vitae’s Vice President of Quality, Safety, and Compliance. She
sheepishly admits that her initial draw to the field, at a very young age, was her admiration for the poise and smarts of Dr. Marlena Evans, the resident psychiatrist of Days of Our Lives (yes, the soap opera). This early interest blossomed into a true love for human services of all types, with specific interest in helping others heal and to feel a sense of meaning and belonging. As a result of Kathi’s initial attraction to the field of human services, she attended Lehigh University as an undergraduate and then ultimately achieved her master’s degree at Hahnemann University.
Kathi’s dedication to helping others has resulted in a variety of special honors and awards. She is especially proud to have received the New Vitae’s Iris and Pride Awards, the Lehigh Valley Business’ Health Professional Hero Award, and the Service from the Heart Award from Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries.
Much of Kathi’s free time out of the office is spent with family and supporting her daughter as she makes the transition to young adulthood, as well as volunteering with multiple grassroots not-for-profit organizations serving individuals with disabilities.
Kathi looks forward to the continued growth of New Vitae Wellness and Recovery, as our company responds to the changing landscape of behavioral health care and provides innovative leadership in supporting individuals to find and live out their sense of meaning and belonging in the larger community.
William Hoke, MS
Bill was initially drawn to assisting individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. After completing his undergraduate degree, he achieved his Master’s degree in Special Education from Marywood College. Bill soon became interested in developing his skills in the behavioral health field as well. He started working at New Vitae in October of 1993 as the Director of the New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center.
He remained in that role for 17 years, when he accepted the position of Vice President for Development in January of 2011. In his current role, Bill is responsible for leadership activities associated with developing new sources of revenue and managing the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit New Vitae Wellness Foundation.
Bill resides in Northampton, PA along with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys minor league baseball and follows a variety of teams throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. He also routinely visits the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York and collects baseball memorabilia. Bill has also served as a high school basketball official since 1990. He enjoys the opportunity to assist individuals with behavioral health challenges make progress toward their recovery goals.
Samantha has always been amazed by the greatness that can be achieved when people come together.
Her quest to better understand how groups of diverse individuals can be combined into amazing organizations led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology and later a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology. Her experiences in the manufacturing and retail industries provided further insight, but something was missing, helping others. In 2017, she was given the opportunity to use her experience and knowledge to support an organization that is not only successful, but one that changes lives. She became a member of the New Vitae family. In her role as director of human resources, Samantha strives to cultivate a spirit of innovation and optimism.
In Samantha’s spare time, she enjoys many activities such as crafting, antiquing, golf, jewelry making, and home decoration. She volunteers at an animal shelter and tends to adopt dogs in need. She currently resides with 4 rescued pups.
Comfort Agbortoko, BS, CBIS
Comfort joined New Vitae Wellness and Recovery on 10/22/18 as the Director of Action Recovery Brain Injury Services. She brings tremendous enthusiasm and 14 years’ experience working in the human services profession.
Comfort started her career working in residential group homes that were created to serve the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, severe and persistent behavioral health and substance use challenges. Most recently, she helped others as a Program Director, supporting seven residential homes that served individuals with a primary diagnosis of traumatic brain injury. Comfort appreciated the residents and their families, but felt she wanted to contribute to goals associated with long-term independence.
Comfort’s motivation and upbeat personality encourages each client to enhance his/her independence and quality of life. She is inspired to bring a sense of purpose to the New Vitae residents by helping each individual to reach their highest potential. In her personal time, she enjoys exercise and spending time with her family, including raising her three daughters and son.
David Rush, BA
Dave was drawn to helping people at an early age through volunteerism and helping his peers. As Dave became more involved and aware of the behavioral health community he was driven to pursue his education in psychology. Dave is a graduate of Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. He elected to pursue a career in the field of behavioral health while working with adolescents and witnessing the impact of personal trauma on their lives. He joined the team at New Vitae Wellness and Recovery in 2006.
Dave initially provided support to the New Vitae Young Adult services before branching into other roles within New Vitae Wellness and Recovery.
Currently, Dave is the Administrator of Mount Trexler Manor. He directly supports a variety of wellness and activity services for residents. Dave enjoys learning and growing with the team of staff and colleagues he directly works with and sharing his knowledge with his staff.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family and parenting his two sons. In addition to spending time with his family, Dave enjoys recreational sports such as basketball and golf.
Katie Brown, BS, PCHA
Katie always knew that she wanted to work with people to improve others’ lives and offer meaningful support. After taking a psychology course in high school, Katie ultimately attended Kutztown University and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Looking ahead, she plans to enroll in additional education to receive a Master’s degree in either business administration or psychology.
In her spare time, Katie loves to travel and experience new cultures. She is also an avid reader who prefers a good true crime book over watching TV. She loves to spend time with her daughter, family, and friends. She also enjoys baking and visiting amusement parks, festivals, and the beach.
As the Administrator of Quakertown House, Katie hopes to continue in the tradition of making Quakertown House one of the best places to live, work, and visit.
Jennifer Nickels, MSW, LSW
Jennifer L. Nickels, MSW, LSW joined New Vitae Wellness and Recovery in December 2018 as the Administrator of Philadelphia Programs and The Recovery Center in Quakertown, Pa.
Jennifer graduated from Widener University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in Social Work. She is a Licensed Social Worker. Jennifer knew from a young age she wanted to help others. While studying Psychology in High School she recognized her passion and started reading case studies at 16 years old. It was a clear choice to remain in the Social Work/ Psychology field for college.
Jennifer’s lifelong passion is helping others meet their goals and live their best lives. Over the past 25 years she has been an Executive Director, Vice President, Administrator, and a therapist specializing in trauma. Her greatest compliment has come from those she has helped change the course of their lives. A particularly memorable moment came when a former client contacted her to let her know that the support and guidance she received changed her life. Jennifer’s greatest source of happiness comes from her family, most importantly in guiding and raising her son, Andrew. Family time is best spent at the beach and Disney World.
Over the next 15 years, Jennifer hopes to continue to help others at New Vitae and enjoy time at the beach with her family.
Keegan Hackman, MSW, LCSW
Keegan began her path towards social work as an undergraduate at the University of Delaware where she majored in Psychology and minored in Political Science. Keegan worked in a research lab throughout her undergraduate program that explored the role of implicit bias and prejudice, and she credits this experience with further forming her desire to become a social worker. Keegan began working in direct clinical services, received a Master’s in Social Work from Delaware State University, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Keegan is currently working towards a certification in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, which focuses on alternative and nutritional approaches to treat mental health symptoms. As the Director, Recovery Center, Keegan is working to continue to build our programs and services, specifically the Co-Occurring PHP program for those who encounter both substance abuse and behavioral health challenges. She is chair of the Young Adult Program Committee and is working on engaging the young adult population within the programs to connect and participate in healthy, prosocial activities.
Keegan has played rugby for the past 10 years, across many different states she’s lived in, and she continues to participate in matches with Brandywine Rugby. Keegan is an active member of the Lehigh Valley Sports Leagues and currently plays on both dodgeball and softball teams within the league.
Keegan plans to continue to develop direct clinical services. She would like to utilize her certification in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health in daily practice to promote a holistic and person-centered approach to treating mental health