Aceso

Life Skills Team

MILISSA LORD

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Founder | Executive Director | Development

Milissa, a philanthropist at heart, has 25 years experience in business development of long term and self-sustaining financial business planning for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.  She is the Vice President of Business Development for A.R.M. Solutions and a Nationally Certified Trainer of DiSC® Management.

Milissa also provides strategic training and growth modules in the following areas of expertise: 

 Life Coaching

Business Coaching

Customer Satisfaction

Business Development 

Cash Flow Management

 Leadership Development

Corporate Team Building

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JACK "Manycolors" DILLMAN

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Co-Founder | Program Director | Operations

 Jack is a US Army Veteran who  has dedicated over 35 years to working with individuals and families recovering from addiction and the development of new and existing substance abuse recovery groups such as AA - NA.

Jack also loves working with his hands and as the owner of a residential and commercial construction company is adept in all areas of building, procurement, project development and maintenance.

In 1973 he, like many soldiers returning home, struggled with the transition back to civilian life. Determined to find joy in life again, Jack sought comfort and guidance from his family and Native American heritage. Through an extensive journey on his path to peace and wellness, he developed a deep love and spiritual appreciation for the Natural World, Native American History and Native American Culture. Jack frequently shares his experiences and findings teaching at Native American Gatherings, Elementary and Middle Schools, Substance Abuse Recovery Groups, Veteran Groups, and Universities throughout the nation. 

Jack will tell you that he lives and breathes all of his life's passions here at Aceso. His unique, nature-based life coaching is, hands down, the favorite part of our program!

JESSE LORD

Veteran Liaison | Survival Instructor |Volunteer Advisory Board

Jesse is an honored veteran of the United States Army. Throughout his career as a Infantryman and Senior Weapons Sergeant with the 7th Special Forces, Green Beret, Jesse was formally recognized for his contributions, dedication and leadership 16 times and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his Exceptionally Meritorious service during combat operations in Afghanistan for Operation FREEDOM'S SENTINEL and RESOLUTE SUPPORT MISSION. 

Jesse transitioned to civilian life in November 2016 and began a career in business development with A.R.M. Solutions, the nation's leading accounts receivable and collection services provider. 
Currently, in addition to his career with A.R.M., Jesse is a co-founder of  Veteran Education and Transition Services (V.E.T.S.), which provides liaison services, connecting members of  the veteran community with companies offering secure employment and career advancement opportunities to US Military Veterans who have dedicated their lives to protect our freedom and future. Learn more...

WHITNEY O'TOOLE

Admissions Director | Office Manager | Education Support

Whitney has a passion for helping people achieve the most out of life and has worked with not-for-profit organizations in both volunteer and advisory positions for over 20 years. At Aceso Living, Whitney combines her strengths in the areas of; client success, logistics, information technology and strategic operations with years of business and development expertise. She is focused on seeing our clients create the best version of themselves and enjoys supporting the entrepreneurial spirit. Whitney works closely with each resident of the community to ensure they are supported throughout the journey to success, health and happiness.  

 

Therapeutic Team

ROBIN ALLIS

LSW | Psychotherapist

When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it’s not uncommon for their lives to unravel.  My passion is bringing healing to people who have been through these experiences. I help my clients, find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.  

 

No single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectic Behavioral therapy, and Reality therapy.

 

Educational background includes an associates degree in Chef Training, Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mansfield University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University.

 

I am an adult child of an alcoholic. As of late, I have found my path leading toward helping the addict, and I find that most addicts are truly gifted individuals who have lost their voice.  I love giving addicts back their voice and helping them find their path toward living an amazing life.  Learn more...

DOUG JOHNSTON

Winding Roads

Therapist

Doug has been providing counseling services since 1989. He was the Chief Executive Officer with Futures Community Support Services for 21 years and kept on office in Wyalusing providing individual, family, and marriage counseling. Since 2004, Doug has been providing counseling to victims of child abuse as well as to sex offenders. He has been approved by the PA Sex Offender Assessment Board to treat offenders since 2012. Doug also provides mediation services and works closely with Bradford County Court Administration as well as Bradford County Probation and Parole. He has contracts with most Employee Assistance Programs in our area. Doug offers counseling services in:

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HOLLI CAINE

Pink Blossom

LSW | Therapist

Holli Caine, Licensed Social Worker (LSW) with more than 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. Some of her past experiences include being a CASSP Coordinator, working with children who have autism as a Mobile Therapist, a Behavior Support Consultant, and CLM Coach. Also her experience includes Behavior Support Consultant and trainer within the educational field. Her current goal is to continue learning to become a Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Treatment Therapist. 

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Join Our Team

Aceso is an equal opportunity employer with an "Alumni & Community First" job opportunity policy. Open positions (full and part-time) are posted within the Aceso Community and receive first consideration prior to an outside job posting. Employment opportunities are based on the various ongoing and growing needs of our organization. While we are unable to guarantee full time or long term positions, our vision is to see each Aceso Alumni, who's life-path leads them to a career in helping others, remain with us and support the success of Our Mission.

We encourage individuals who are motivated, positive and passionate about helping others to contact us by sending a resume complete with professional and personal references to: 

Info@AcesoLiving.org 

 

Internships

A number of exciting opportunities are available for both undergraduate and high school students to get hands-on learning and valuable research experiences over their summer breaks. Our application deadlines are soon approaching and we encourage those who are motivated, positive and passionate about helping others to contact us now by sending a letter about yourself, your work history and goals to: 

Info@AcesoLiving.org 

Volunteer

 
 

Support Our Mission

Aceso is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which seeks to operate under the highest standards of financial accountability and excellence. All donations to Aceso are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law within the United States.

 

There are two ways to make your philanthropic gift:

 

MONETARY GIFTS

Support and may be designated to one of three vital areas:

Improvements: Purchase or upgrade of facility and equipment

Living: Continual operational costs of resident care and programs 

Scholarships: Aceso provides a needs-based tuition supplement to one new resident each quarter

 

IN-KIND GIFTS

What Does In-Kind Donation Mean?
Large corporations and businesses are the most common source of in-kind donations for non-profit organizations, and their charitable giving is not the money to buy the required goods or services, but the goods and services themselves. In-kind donations are valued in monetary terms, and they should be recorded on a company’s budget for a value equal to the value of in-kind gifts the non-profit organization receives.

 

In-Kind gifts are appreciated as our organization expands we are always in need of items to support renovations and new additions to our facility. Click Here for a listing of our current needs.

 

Please mail your gift to:

Aceso  

P.O. Box 103

Towanda, PA 18848

 

Our Development Team forms relationships with friends, foundations, corporations, and civic groups to raise funds to support the mission, programs, and services of the organization. Appropriate tax documentation and receipt of your gifts will be provided via email and USPS.

To Contact our Development Team, please email mlord@acesoliving.org or call 570-721-2105

JOIN OUR CORPORATE DONORS

(570) 721-2105
(570) 300-1799
284 Sugar Run Lane
Towanda, PA 18848
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