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Barbara A. Conniff, ACSW

Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Conniff currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Milestone Centers, Inc., a private, non-profit community based agency providing a continuum of treatment and support services to individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities and their families.

Barb is a life long resident of Allegheny County. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Carlow College in Psychology and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Social Work. Barb is a member of the national Academy of Certified Social Workers. Barb’s 29 year professional career has included a variety of local health care, public health and mental health care positions. Barb is a graduate of the First Class of the collaborative of Allegheny County, United Way and Carnegie Mellon University sponsored Non-Profit Executive Training Program.

Eric V. Lindey

Director of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Eric Lindey has worked in the field of human services for 19 years. He has worked directly with people with disabilities in residential, vocational and case management settings.

Eric has worked in a management capacity with Allegheny County government, Mon Valley Supports Coordination and Allegheny East MH/MR Center. Eric was the founder and CEO of The Hab Group before merging it with Milestone Centers, Inc. in July of 2007. He initially was the Chief Innovation & Business Development Officer for Milestone before accepting his current position of Director of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. He has overall responsibility for all I&DD services, to include The Hab Group, for Milestone Centers.

Eric is a member of The National Association of QMRP’s, American Association of Intellectual Disabilities, and The National Association of Direct Support Professionals.

Eric holds a BA in Liberal Studies and is pursing a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University. In 1993 Eric received the Linda Rosen Memorial Award for “Outstanding Direct Care Staff” given by the Allegheny County MH/MR program.

Patrica Roberts

Administrative Manager

Patricia (Trish) began working in the field in 1981 with Mon Yough Community Services in the Therapeutic Activity Center as a direct care staff and office administration for 19 years. While still working at the TAC/W center, she began working part time for The Hab Group as a hab aide, assisting with the management process of new referrals, staffing, billing and payroll. In 1999, Trish accepted a position at Human Services of Western Pennsylvania as the Director of the Community Volunteer Service Program, working directly with the county courts and local magistrates with the ARD program. During that time, she continued to work as a hab aide until a full time position became available at The Hab Group in 2000. Wanting to remain in the field, Trish accepted the position of Administrative Manager with The Hab Group.

Peggy Madeya

Director of Quality and Compliance

Peg obtained a BA in Social Work from the Slippery Rock University. She began her career at Auberle then transferred into the MR system at Mon Yough Community Services as a Residential Advisor in 1992. She moved into case management as an ISC for PCGC (currently Family Links) in 1996 and one year later to Mon Valley Supports Coordination. During the 8 years at Mon Valley, Peg was promoted from Waiver ISC to Waiver Program Supervisor to Co-Director. Also, during that time, she was employed part time with Allegheny County Department of Human Services MR/DD as a QMRP. In 2005, she left MVSC and came aboard with “The Habilitative Group” as the Director of Quality and Compliance.

Irene Brissel

Program Specialist

Irene has been dedicated to the MH/MR field for the past 15 years and continues to enjoy her job each day, tackling the positions that are out-of-the-ordinary. Growing up within a large and extended family has taught her much in diversity, patience and perseverance. She graduated from Penn-Trafford High School and then attended Westmoreland County Community College, studying general sciences in hopes of attending nursing school. She continued her education at St. Francis School of Nursing for more than a year but had to leave when she was needed at home. While attending school, Irene worked in the health field as an aide for Jeannette Community Home Health Care Services in Greensburg. In 1997 she applied for a position in the residential program at Passavant Memorial Homes as a residential aid and then was later offered a position as a program specialist. Here she continued to advance her position within the agency and became a Regional Program Director. In 2004, Irene began work at The Habilitative Group as a habilitative associate and is currently working as a Program Specialist/Site Supervisor/Hab Specialist for The Hab Group in the McKeesport office.

Marianne Roberts

Administrative Assistant

Marianne was a graduate of Clairton High School, majoring in business and the Steel Center Vo-Tech School studying graphic communications. She graduated from Douglas School of Business in Monessen in 1994 with an Associates Degree in Executive Secretarial. Marianne pursued employment in the business field working with General American Credits with title searches and property deeds. In 2000 she was hired with Dick Corporation, working as an assistant to the Project Manager during the building of PNC Park. She continued with Dick Corporation, working on different construction projects in Ohio and West Virginia, while working part time as a Hab Associate with The Hab Group. In 2005, Marianne began working in the Hab offices as a bookkeeper and is currently the Administrative Assistant.



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