PA ADULT & TEEN CHALLENGE
Ronald J. Blevins, Chairman
James H. Frederick, III, Vice Chairman
Craig Redcay, Treasurer
Vincent Johnson, Secretary
Kristopher J. McFadden, Sr., President & CEO
Timothy P. Fichtner
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.
Read Kris’ blog at EverySphereOfLife.com
Executive Vice President of Operations
Becci Shaak is the Executive Vice President of Operation at Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge and has been working with the organization since May of 2017. Becci was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1991, she was married by her father, an ordained minister and Christian Psychologist, to Christopher Shaak, a Lebanon County resident. After spending several years in public accounting and then as a Controller for a for profit Manufacturing Firm, Becci felt compelled to find a Non-profit to work for. Becci became a Controller for a large substance abuse treatment center in 2000. When she left in 2017, she was the Vice President of Finance. Becci started her own business consulting with several different treatment centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge was one of her first clients. Once Becci started working with the organization she felt a significant calling to continue her work with them and help to further their mission. In January 2018, Becci became employed by PAATC as their Executive Vice President. Becci and her husband Chris live in Myerstown with their daughter Reygan, who attends 8th grade at ELCO Middle School. Their son Connor, is a Sophomore at LaSalle University majoring in History and Secondary Education. Their daughter Magdelyn lives in Los Angeles and is a licensed Real Estate Agent. She is a graduate of Temple University. Their daughter Madison lives in Gaithersburg, MD and is a Certified Neurofeedback Technician for Georgetown Psychological Associates and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She is engaged to be married in October 2019.
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
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, Clinical Services
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, Human Resources & Compliance
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.
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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 as well as public relations at PAATC.