Our therapists and counselors at Evolution Counseling Services, LLC
have a combined experience of over 150 years
working with adolescents and families in the community. Our staff
consists of Master level clinicians and Bachelor level
clinicians with many years of experience. Our staff matches to the
cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the youth/families that we serve.
Our therapists/counselors have been recruited locally within the
community and we recognize that successful treatment requires
cultural competency and diversity. Both, in which, create successful
completion of treatment for youth/families that have traditionally
resisted treatment. Our experienced staff is here to make sure each
case is handled properly and that we meet the needs you are seeking.
Craig, LSFW, Co-Owner & Executive Director of Evolution Counseling Services, LLC.
Craig currently resides on Beldin Hollow Farm in beautiful Cambria County.
Craig met his wife of
25 years and started his family of three beautiful daughters during his 50 years of being a Blair County
resident. If Craig is not in the office you will find him with his family, working on the farm, fishing along a
stream, or just relaxing in a tree stand enjoying the great outdoors. Craig graduated from Penn State
University in 1990 with a BA in Administration of Justice Degree and was employed shortly thereafter as
a counselor at Adelphoi Village's Hilltop Home. In 1993, Craig was asked to join FICS where he worked
for 23 years. He loves determining what is needed to help our Blair County youth and families and
developing programming to create positive change within family systems. The Delinquency Prevention
Program, Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Attendance Counseling Team 360⁰ (ACT 360), NCTI JPO
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups and Victim Awareness Classes are all programs which Evolution
Counseling Services, LLC takes great pride in offering the residents of Blair County. Craig continues to
actively collaborate and meet regularly with the Juvenile Probation Office, Children, Youth & Family
Services, as well as many other county initiatives to strengthen our community. Craig is an active
member of the Children's Round Table, Blair County Drug & Alcohol Advisory Council, Truancy Task
Force Team, Youth Activities Committee, Suicide Prevention Task Force, Youth League, Integrated Family
Service Plan Committee, CASSP Advisory Member, Blair County Providers Association, Provider Advisory
Committee, System of Care, Attendance Task Force, Healthy Blair County Coalition and the Rural Impact
Community Challenge. Craig was also appointed by the Joint State Government Commission as a
Truancy Advisory Committee member to help draft new attendance legislation for the state of PA. As a
member of all these important county and state wide initiatives, Craig is not only there to help others
around the table, but also to identify what the community's needs are and how our programs will best
Jeff, LCSW, Co-Owner & Clinical Director of Evolution Counseling Services, LLC has been a resident of Blair County all his life. Born and raised in Martinsburg, PA, he is a resident of Williamsburg, PA with his wife and twin daughters. He is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Pennsylvania working with children and families since his graduation from Juniata College in 1998 with a BA in Communication/Criminal Justice. Jeff earned his Master of Social Work (MSW) in May 2013 from Shippensburg University. He is also a trained outpatient therapist and nationally certified to deliver Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) at Evolution in an outpatient setting. He has experience working and supervising within the FFT and Delinquency Prevention programs. Jeff leads the supervision of bachelors and masters level interns at Evolution. Evolution ALLIES is a passion of Jeff's in implementing and providing support for LGBTQI populations (kids and families). Jeff has a wealth of professional and volunteer experience in various related child serving and social service agencies and organizations.
In the community, Jeff is an assistant varsity football coach for the Central Scarlet Dragons. He has coached football since 1998. He volunteers for the Williamsburg Youth Baseball and Softball League regularly. He serves on the social work education advisory boards for both Saint Francis University and Juniata College. Jeff brings a diverse commitment to success from his numerous clinical and supervisory experiences.
Ashleigh, Delinquency Prevention Program Director and Counselor, enjoys working with kids
and families to achieve their goals for success. Ashleigh was born and raised in Blair County and feels
passionate about helping children and families feel supported so they can also be successful in our
community. Ashleigh earned her degree at Penn State University in the field of Human Development and
Family Studies. Some of Ashleigh's certifications and trainings include Family Development Credentialing,
Expressive Arts for Healing, Motivational Interviewing, Childhood Trauma, LGBTQI, Mending the Cracks in
the Truancy Pipeline, Recovery is for Everyone, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Recognizing and Reporting
Child Abuse and Zumba Fitness. Ashleigh also helps facilitate Kids Arts for Healing groups, Mom's
Club/Group, Zumba Group and other organized prosocial community and family events. Ashleigh has
found unique ways to help children and families feel empowered and motivated through not only
counseling services but also dance, fitness, baking/cooking, arts, travel, exploration, hobbies, skill-
building and community engagement.
Ashley, Act 360 Counselor, grew up in Blair County and graduated from Bellwood-Antis. In 2013, Ashley relocated to Dover, Delaware due to her husband’s career in the United States Air Force. While in Delaware, Ashley began employment as a Lead Teacher in an Early Childhood Center and was later promoted to Center Administrator. Ashley began working with children to make a difference in their life as well their family’s life. She has a passion for helping others and making a positive impact within her community. Ashley doesn’t believe that one theory is right for everyone, as we are alldifferent and unique in our own way. She strives to help and strengthen each child and family she works with through a combination of theories.
Ashley graduated with honors from Ashford University in 2017, achieving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minoring in Social Criminal Justice. In 2019, she graduated with honors from American Military University achieving her Master of Arts in Psychology. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, going on outdoor adventures and playing sports.
Chelsey, Delinquency Prevention Counselor, loves working with children and families to make a positive impact on their lives. Chelsey earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in interdisciplinary studies at Mount Aloysius College, minoring in Psychology and Criminology. Chelsey also earned her Criminal Justice Addictions Certificate at Mount Aloysius College. Chelsey is very passionate about helping others. Chelsey loves spending time with family and friends, babysitting, shopping, making others smile and going to the beach.
Courtney attended Tyrone Area High School and is a graduate of Slippery Rock University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. Courtney is currently serving as support staff at Evolution but hopes to be able to facilitate her own groups in the future. Courtney plans to attend Slippery Rock University for her master’s in social work after getting experience within the field. She enjoys helping others identify their strengths and grow into the best version of themselves. Courtney believes everyone has a story but their story should not hold them back from anything they want to accomplish in their life. In her free time Courtney hangs out with her daughter, friends and family. Her special talents include fitting her hand into a pringles can.
Dan, B.A. FFT Therapist, grew up in the mountains
of western Maryland and has been a resident of Blair County since 1988.
Dan values his family time with them where they reside in Altoona. Dan
enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and having leisure time hunting in
the woods or fishing in a nearby stream. Dan has been working with youth
and families since 1991. Dan attended IUP and received a B.A. in
Criminology in 1991 and was employed shortly thereafter by Adelphoi
Village's Hilltop Home for eight years. Dan accepted a position with
the FICS agency in 1999 and had worked in different counseling programs
such as reunification & permanency planning and the delinquency prevention
program. Dan has been a Functional Family Therapist since 2007. Dan enjoys
helping kids and families work on a path towards becoming successful as
well as improving and strengthening their relationships. Through the
years, Dan has strived to offer a quality service to the youth and
families he serves.
Gretchen, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy. Gretchen has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and Bachelors Degree in Psychology
and Crime, Law, and Justice. Gretchen has past experience working with Addiction, Autism,
Anxiety/Depression, Behavioral Modification, ABA, ADHD, as well as other behavioral/cognitive
concerns. Gretchen exhibits passion to use animals in the therapy process. Gretchen has a passion for
helping others, animals, traveling, and learning. Hobbies include spending time with her girls, husband,
family and friends, listening to music, watching TV/movies, photography, traveling, going to the beach,
and enjoying life.
Justin is an ACT 360 Counselor with Evolutions Counseling LLC. He graduated from Penn State Altoona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. He is proud to have finished his undergraduate career on the Dean’s List for two years straight. He is exploring interest in graduate school and certifications after gaining more first hand experience. He has spent time as a crisis counselor outside of Blair County and is looking forward to creating more continuous interactions with clients in his new role. Justin credits his parents and coaches as role models who helped him find his way throughout his high school and college career. Having so many people who could positively impact him was a major reason he feels he was able to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. He hopes to be a positive influence for children Blair county as they grow and develop into adults. Justin looks up to his family, as examples of those who do what’s right, even if it’s hard. He has many interests from sports (Fly Eagles Fly) to video games, to reading, arts and crafts, and he loves listening to music. A quote Justin has in his room is from Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, “Winning is not a something thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit.” He also found a quote in college from author Rick Riordan. “But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”
Kacey, Support Staff/ACT 360 Counselor, was raised in Blair County. She graduated from Juniata College in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a Secondary Emphasis in Psychology. She developed a passion for interpersonal violence prevention while working at Juniata’s Office for the Prevention of Interpersonal Violence during her undergraduate years. She has plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work in the near future. Kacey is a strong believer in lifelong learning, and she hopes to inspire her clients on their journey of personal growth and development. Kacey enjoys spending her time outdoors (backpacking, kayaking, and hammocking), going to her favorite bands’ concerts, and taking naps with her three cats. Her favorite quote is: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Layla, the Outpatient Therapy Services Program Director, is a Licensed Social Worker
who has provided strength based in home counseling services to at-risk children and their
families for over a decade. Layla earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human
Development and Family Studies from Penn State University, in 2008 and her Master of
Social Work degree from The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA in 2013. Layla has
completed Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training and is in the process of
becoming a nationally certified TF-CBT Therapist. Layla is an NCTI Crossroads and Real
Colors Facilitator who has provided Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups to an at-risk
adolescent population. She is also trained in Motivational Interviewing and holds the Family
Development Credential. Layla has a passion for using eco therapy techniques in her
practice, inviting others to connect with nature which in turn allows them to experience the
therapeutic and healing benefits of spending time outdoors. Layla enjoys gardening,
fishing, relaxing in the sun, playing sports, watching football, going on adventures, baking,
laughing and spending time with her loved ones.
Sarah completed the honors program at Mount Aloysius College with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology, as well as a specialization in counseling in 2015. Sarah was raised in Bellwood, PA. She is a Jr. CEO Program Director and is certified in NCTI Crossroads, NCTI Real Colors, and NTCI Victim's Awareness Curriculum. Sarah has a passion for helping others and is driven to assist others through their journey of learning how to cope, adapt, and grow. She is an animal lover who enjoys spending time with her family, being in the outdoors, traveling, playing sports, and reading. Sarah's favorite travel destinations are beaches and amusement parks. Sarah is currently working towards her MSW at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and hopes to become a Licensed Social Worker shortly after graduating.
Taylor, Evolution Expressions Program Director, is a 2015 Mount Aloysius College Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She has completed specializations in counseling, expressive arts for healing, studio art, and is certified in criminal justice and addictions. Taylor is also a certified NCTI Crossroads and Real Colors facilitator and has received her strength based family worker credential. Taylor enjoys working with children and families and has a passion for using art therapy in her practice. She also enjoys the outdoors and traveling in her spare time. Taylor is a current clinical psychology PhD student with Fielding Graduate University. Here, she pursues research focused on parental incarceration and child exposure to violence topics. Taylor's long term goals include: securing licensure as a clinical psychologist; working to grow and expand Evolution Counseling's scope and reach; and continuing a life of learning, research, and compassion toward others.
Taylor, ACT 360 Program Director, received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from
Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2018. She also received her board certification as a Nationally
Certified Counselor. Taylor has been working with children, adolescents, and young adults since 2015.
She plans on pursuing her counseling licensure over the next few years. Taylor has a passion for helping
the people she serves improve their sense of self-efficacy through cultivating therapeutic relationships
and harnessing individual strengths. She believes that trust and self-expression are key components in
making progress toward goals. In her down time, Taylor enjoys hiking, coffee, meditation, thrift
shopping, and watching The Office re-runs.
Tessa, is a graduate from Mount Aloysius with her
Bachelors in Criminology and a Certificate in Forensic Investigation.
Tessa is currently working on her Masters of Social Work degree with
the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Tessa loves to be outdoors,
kayaking, canoeing, swimming, shopping, spending time with friends/family
and making people smile. Tessa also has a laid back side where she enjoys
scary movies, hot chocolate, popcorn, blankets, and her cats. Tessa
first began with Evolution as an ACT 360 counselor and is currently a
Functional Family Therapist. Her passion is helping youth and families
achieve their goals for success.
Todd is a 2012 Penn State Altoona graduate with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business.
Todd is the Groups Director for NCTI/CBT/VA and Jr. CEO Counselor. His focus is providing
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Groups to an adolescent population. He is also
program director for Jr. CEO. He is trained in Motivational Interviewing and Victim Awareness Curriculum.
In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time outdoors, playing sports, physical fitness, and spending
time with his friends and family.
Tyler Kawtoski, BSW., ACT 360 Counselor, Delinquency Prevention Counselor, and group facilitator for ALLIES is an Altoona native and graduated from Altoona Area High School in 2012. Tyler is a 2019 graduate from Juniata College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Children and Multigenerational Families. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work. Tyler plans to pursue a Master of Social Work Degree in the next year from the University of Pittsburgh. In the meantime, Tyler plans to receive his License of Social Work soon. Tyler values the ability of the individual in practice. He believes that it is important for the individual to be empowered and motivated for work. Tyler also values equality when working with people and believes that each person has equal access, accountability and opportunities to services. He enjoys working with kids and seeing small accomplishments that lead to bigger successes. Tyler entered the field of social work to make a difference in other’s lives. Tyler states that he chose to enter the “helping” field because he would like for one day someone to say, “because of you, I didn’t give up”. When asked why he chose social work as a profession, Tyler tells them: “Because I am in for the outcome, not the income.” Outside of work, Tyler enjoys spending time with family and friends. Tyler is an avid horseman and has been riding horses since he was four. He enjoys spending as much time at the barn as he can and enjoys weekends spent at horse shows. Tyler also enjoys staying active, going hiking, and traveling. He also enjoys spending time with his Golden Retriever, Finn by attending obedience classes and playing ball. Tyler lives by the quote: “It’s a good day to have a good day”.