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Meet Our Team

CCS Registration Department will assist you in choosing a Therapist that will best fit your needs.

A. “Pete” Peters, M.S.
A. “Pete” Peters graduated from Texas A&M University and then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University. He has been with Cornerstone Community Services since 1994 originally serving in the Clinical Services Unit and then in the Partial Hospitalization Program. From there he went on to serve as the Program Director for Blended Case Management.  In 2019, he returned to the Clinical Services Unit and is serving as the Clinical Director.

In addition to supervising psychiatric case managers, over the years, “Pete” has utilized therapeutic skills by providing in-home and office-based therapy.  He will be the first to tell you that counseling has always been his first love and that he does so enjoy working with individuals who are sincerely motivated to change their own personal stories for the better.  If you have questions about Clinical Services at Cornerstone Community Services, “Pete” is available to discuss options with you.

Kailey Wood, M.A .
Kailey graduated with her BA in Psychology from Shippensburg University in 2015 and her MA in Psychology from Marywood University in 2018.

While obtaining her master’s degree, Kailey worked part time as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) to gain experience working one-on-one with children. Kailey also has had the opportunity to work as a counselor at Straight Through Counseling Services. Kailey has experience working with children, adolescents, and adult populations. She particularly enjoys working with children, implementing strategies used in play therapy.

Kailey began working at Bedford-Somerset DBHS in 2018 in the Counseling Services Unit as an outpatient therapist.

Kailey enjoys listening to people and being an aide in helping them to improve their mental health. In her spare time, Kailey enjoys spending time with family, cooking and baking, and serving in her local church.

Linda Benza, M.S.W.
Linda earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1990 and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.

Linda works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families who are experiencing a variety of difficulties.  She dedicates her time and efforts to helping individuals make positive changes within their lives.  Over the years she has attended many hours of training to enhance her skills in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health/substance abuse concerns.  Her area of interest and growing expertise includes grief and loss and other trauma, especially among children and adolescents.  Linda also works part-time in crisis intervention services.

Linda began her career as an elementary school teacher substitute and then as a director/teacher at a daycare/preschool.  Linda then worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) in order to work on a more one on one level with children and adolescents.  She also worked as an Intensive Case Manager as well as the Student Assistance Program Liaison for the Bedford County School Districts.

Linda enjoys continued learning in an effort to improve ways to help individuals make positive changes within their lives.  In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, gardening and crafting.  She is very family oriented and loves spending time with her beloved miniature dachshund, Frodo.

Rhonda Sarver, M.S.
Rhonda graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Frostburg State University in 1990.  She received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University in 1993.

Rhonda began her mental health career as a Crisis Counselor at Western Maryland Health System in 1990.  She worked with many mental health, substance abuse, and interpersonal crises.  Rhonda also delivered Individual and Group treatment on the Mental Health Unit of the hospital.

Rhonda began working for Bedford-Somerset DBHS in 1996.  She was the lead therapist in the Family Based Mental Health Services program for 16 years until its closure in early 2012.  Rhonda worked with families experiencing many different issues and needs.

Rhonda also taught undergraduate classes at Frostburg State University for 10 years.

Rhonda presently works in the Clinical Services Unit.  She enjoys working with many diverse people to help them open doors to healthy change in their lives.

Rhonda enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and dog, Jasper.

Chelsee Smith, M.S.W.
Chelsee earned her B.S. in Child Development and Family Resources with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, she earned her Master’s of Social Work from University of Pittsburgh.

In the past five years, Chelsee has worked with wide ranged population of children and their families. She worked as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) while obtaining her master’s degree. She has experience working with children and families in foster care. Chelsee also has experience working with medically complex children and their families. Along with her experience in working with children children and their families, she also has experience working within the elderly population as well.

Chelsee began working at Bedford-Somerset DBHS in the Clinical Services Unit as an Outpatient Therapist in 2019. She works with children, adolescents and adults.

Chelsee enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends and dog, Willa.

Laura Nale, M.S.
Laura earned her B.A. Degree in Sociology from St. Francis University in 2011. In 2015, Laura earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at Mount Aloysius College.

Laura has had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients ranging from adolescents, adults, and the elderly.  Laura has experience as a drug and alcohol outpatient therapist where she worked with clients struggling with addiction and mental health concerns. More recently, Laura has worked as family therapist where she assisted at risk youth and their families in need.

Laura has clinical skills and experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, grief and loss, ADHD, ODD, and other mental health concerns.  Additionally, Laura has had the opportunity to facilitate family and couples counseling treatment when needed.

Laura began working at Bedford-Somerset DBHS/Cornerstone Community Services in 2020 in the Clinical Services Unit as an outpatient therapist. Laura is excited to join the team as well as meet new clients to help them achieve their mental health goals.

During her spare time, Laura enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.

Jacqui Palmer, M.Ed.
Jacqui earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Seton Hill University in 2017 and her Masters of Education in School Counseling in 2019 from Frostburg State University.

Jacqui works with children, adolescents, families, and special needs clients to help provide various skills and techniques for mental health and wellness.

Prior to joining the Clinical Services Unit in 2020, Jacqui worked as a Family Based Mental Health Professional providing services for families and helping with behavior modification in children. She has experience working in the school setting as a TSS and provided career counseling while studying at Frostburg State University.

When Jacqui is not spending time with her family, she enjoys spending her time on the farm training her horse and attending rodeo events.

Contact

Cornerstone Community Services

Bedford County
1234 Shed Road
Bedford, PA 15522
Phone: 814.623.5166 Toll Free: 877.814.5166

Somerset County
245 West Race Street
Somerset, PA 15522
(814) 443-4891 Phone: 814.443.4891 Toll Free: 877.814.4891