Rebecca Compardo, Education Director
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Rebecca Compardo is the Education Director of the Indiana New Story School. Rebecca joined the New Story team more than 10 years ago as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant. Since then, she has moved up the ranks, holding positions such as Assistant Clinical Director and Clinical Director of the Clinical Program. In her time at New Story, Rebecca has implemented new programming geared toward developing and building on students’ verbal skills.
Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology/clinical sociology and a master’s degree in adult and community education, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Rebecca also obtained the status of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Penn State University.
“One of the things that I love most about our school is that we teach our students about choices,” Rebecca said, regarding her experience at New Story. “Our lives are a result of the choices we make. If we don’t like the direction that our life is going, then it is time to start making better choices. Every day we get the opportunity to teach our students how to do this, so that they can be successful in whatever path they choose for the rest of their lives.”
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson
Christina Price, Assistant Education Director
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Christina Price is the Assistant Education Director of the Indiana New Story School. Christina joined the New Story team 16 years ago as Therapeutic Support Staff, before moving up to the role of Special Education Teacher and eventually joining the leadership team in the role of Assistant Education Director.
Christina attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation with concentrations in religion and psychology, a master’s degree in special education and a certification in middle school English.
Stephanie Freno, Administrative Assistant
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Stephanie Freno is the Administrative Assistant at the Indiana New Story School. Stephanie joined the New Story team 10 years ago and has worked in various capacities, including Program Coordinator for the Clinical Programs. Her time spent serving various roles has given her a widespread understanding of the company as a whole. Stephanie became a
full-time member of the New Story team in 2017.
Stephanie loves being able to see the students and interact with them on a daily basis, and she welcomes the opportunities to assist staff, students and their families.
“You don’t need a reason to help people.” – Author Unknown
Susan Griffith, Regional Director of Education
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Susan Griffith, D. Ed, is the Regional Director of Education for New Story’s Western Region. Susan began working with New Story in 2013 and has nine years of experience in special education, curriculum and instruction, and leadership.
Susan obtained her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in special education from Oakland University, and she earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Susan likes to spend time with her husband and three young children. They enjoy several extracurricular activities throughout the week, including dance, gymnastics and swimming. Susan is an active member at the local YMCA, where she serves on the board. She is also a member of Leadership Indiana County, which is a course available to professionals in the community interested in growing their leadership by organizing a large-scale community service project.
“My position allows me the freedom to think about operations and programming in a creative way, among a group of strong leaders who are focused on our students.”
Angela O'Brien, MA, BCBA, Regional Clinical Director
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Angela O’Brien is the Clinical Director for New Story’s Western Region. Angela worked for the New Story team from 2006-12 in a variety of capacities, including Therapeutic Support Staff, Behavior Specialist Consultant and Clinical Supervisor. In her time away from New Story, Angela worked in the behavioral health field, leading clinical and operations teams as they delivered mental health and autism services to clients in need across Pennsylvania and Ohio. Angela rejoined the New Story team in August of 2017 as the Regional Clinical Director for the Western Region.
Angela obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Juniata College and her master’s degree in human services from Hood College. She completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011. Her passion for clinical training and supervision led her to pursue both her BCBA and Mental Health First Aid Instructor certificate.
Angela is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside New Story clinical leadership to improve the lives of team members, students and their families.