Vice President - PA, OH
Jessica Carlton-Humenik is the Vice President of Pennsylvania and Ohio programs for Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. Jessica began work with YAP in 1997 in Allegheny county as a Therapeutic Staff Support while attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Following receipt of her graduate degree, she continued her work with YAP as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant, focusing her time with children on the autism spectrum, and those with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Jessica then continued her professional development toward leadership, accepting the position of Assistant Director in Allegheny county for several years, followed by the Director's position. In 2006, Jessica was promoted to the Director of Autism and Developmental Disabilities Program for Pennsylvania, supporting rapid development in behavioral health services across Pennsylvania. In 2012 Jessica was promoted to Vice President of Pennsylvania and Ohio programs.
Through her work with YAP, Jessica has collaborated with Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families to initiate a Truancy Advocate Program which now offers services throughout the Pittsburgh public school system. In addition to her work at YAP, Jessica has worked as an outpatient therapist with both children and adults specializing in anxiety and depression. She also has served as a Field Instructor for the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow College, Millersville University & Waynesburg University.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elizabethtown College and earned her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a licensed social worker since 1997.
Regional Director - NY
Wes has been a YAP team member since 2000. Possessing 25+ years of experience in various sectors of child welfare, he has served the roles of Program Director, Director of Quality Assurance and Regional Director.
He has participated in several Agency-wide initiatives including Performance and Quality Improvement, Integrity Compliance, Training and Development, Advancement and Development Team. He is responsible for implementation and overall management of multiple contracts through Bridges to Health and NYS Office of Mental Health HCBW. He also fulfills the role of Implementation and Security Coordinator for CONNECTIONS computer-based case management system. Wes has also supported the identification and development of expansion opportunities including fiscal formulation and management of budgets. During his time as Director of Quality Assurance, he developed and monitored standards of service provision through the design, compilation and reporting of outcome statistics.
Regional Director - NY, RI
Regional Director - IL, NY
Casey started his career at YAP in 2003 as an Advocate in Franklin County, NY. Shortly after starting as an Advocate he was promoted to Assistant Director of the Franklin County Family Resolutions Program, doing Family Group Conferencing. In 2004 he was promoted to Director of St. Lawrence County Family Resolutions Program. It is here that Casey refined his skills and soon became known as the “Reunification Specialist." He was called upon many times to work with others to teach those skills and help to bring many “kids” back home to their community. He has dedicated his career at YAP to reunifying youth and their families from out-of-home placements.
Casey currently is Regional Director (Since 2008) and oversees our YAP program in Marion County Indianapolis, IN and the following counties in NY: Franklin, Clinton, Essex, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, and Chemung.
Casey is an avid outdoorsman, and an avid fan of Syracuse basketball and football teams… Go “Cuse”! He is also trustee at his local church, in Malone NY.
Vice President - OH, PA
Cheryl Reeling is the Vice President for YAP’s Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland Programs. Her duties in this position include creating systems, infrastructures, training and documentation that supports, monitors and regulates the quality and best practice of service delivery. Cheryl joined YAP in June 1996. She began as a YAP Program Director and served in that position through July 1998. She then took the position of Clinical Supervisor, maintaining those responsibilities until she was named Vice President in March 2004.
Cheryl’s service to YAP and to her community reflects her commitment to YAP’s mission. She takes an active role in numerous YAP initiatives that benefit children, youth and families. Cheryl holds a BS degree in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MSW from the University of Maryland.
Regional Director - NY
Adam is a NY native and resides just outside of NYC with his wife Betsy, daughter Isabella, and son AJ. Adam attended SUNY Oneonta where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree. He earned his Master of Counseling and Development Degree at L.I.U. CW Post. Adam is a former Guidance Counselor and holds a permanent certification in education.
In 2011 Adam became an Assistant Director for YAP’s OCFS Reunification Program. In 2013 he became NYS Regional Director and opened YAP’s Prevention/Reunification Program in Chemung County, which grew to include a school based advocate component and is part of a 5 state federal mentoring grant.
Adam is an advocate for continuous training and has completed Child Abuse & Violence Workshops, Section 504 in NY: ‘A Closer Look’, Gang Intervention & Prevention, Advanced Youth Development, ADHD: Understanding and celebrating the gift, and Teen Suicide Prevention.
He is responsible for the over-sight of the South Bronx AIM Program, NYC Host Homes Project, as well as Ulster County and Schenectady County YAP programs. Adam is an active board member for the YAP Endowment Fund, which supports our youth and families in pursuing college or vocational schools to advance their skills and economic opportunities.
Michael St. Hilaire
Director of Operations - DE, IL, IN, KY, NY, OH, PA, RI
Michael joined YAP in June of 1999 as a part time Advocate and part time Administrative Manager in the Franklin County office of NY. In his current position he serves as a liaison for the NYS Management team to all of the local offices, and assists in training new Administrative Managers. He has been instrumental in the start of the new Electronic Health Record system (EVOLV) in NYS, acting as a liaison to the IT Dept from the field offices. Michael has also taken on the task of assisting in new program start up. A former supervisor once said, if a new program starts up, they should all have a “Michael in a box to assist with opening a new office successfully”.
Michael received his Associate's degree in Agriculture from Cobleskill College in 1977. In 2001 while working full time for YAP, Michael returned to school to receive his bachelor’s degree in Community Mental Health, at Empire State College.
Michael’s community involvement includes 25 plus years as a 4-H leader, 15 years on the local school board, 7 years as President of that board, 6 years on the NYS HIV Prevention Planning Group, and many other local agencies.
Regional Director - OH, PA
Bob joined YAP in 2000, first as an Advocate, then served as a program director in Lebanon County. From 2010-2014, he served as YAPs National Training coordinator. In his time at YAP, Bob has experience in leading juvenile justice, child welfare, behavioral health, developmental disability, and workforce development programs in addition to YAPs two community treatment centers for juvenile justice involved youth in Pennsylvania. Bob earned his Bachelor's degree from Clarion University.
Regional Director - IL
Vice President - IL, KY