Leadership

Deb D'Arcangelo

Deb D’Arcangelo

Chief Executive Officer
[ddarcangelo@councilforrelationships.org]

Deb D’Arcangelo has served as CEO of Council for Relationships since 2015. Prior to joining Council, Ms. D’Arcangelo was President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Mercer Area and her previous employers include J.P. Morgan and Isles, Inc. Ms. D’Arcangelo has served on many non-profit boards including Princeton Area Community Foundation, the YWCA of Trenton, Mercer County Community College Foundation, I Am Trenton Community Foundation, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Ms. D’Arcangelo currently serves on the board of New Jersey Policy Perspective and the executive committee of the NAACP Trenton Chapter, both since 2007; she is a member of the Forum of Executive Women. She has received several awards including the Trenton Kappa Foundation Woman of Achievement Award and the YWCA of Princeton Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award. Ms. D’Arcangelo received a master’s degree in public policy from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard.

Howard Cohen

Howard Cohen

Chief Financial Officer
215-382-6680 ext. 3228
[hcohen@councilforrelationships.org]

Howard Cohen joined Council for Relationships in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Cohen’s career has been spent primarily at firms in the professional services field, whose work frequently included delivery of coaching and advising programs to executives.  In his role, Mr. Cohen leads the financial planning, reporting, and financial management functions for Council. Recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Decision Strategies International, and had been a vice president at Right Management. A member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, Mr. Cohen holds an MBA from Rutgers University and a BA from Lafayette College.

Sara J. Corse, PhD

Sara J. Corse, PhD

Director, Community Partnerships Initiative
215-382-6680 ext. 3117
[scorse@councilforrelationships.org]

Guided by the principle that healthy relationships are essential to the well-being of our entire community, the Community Partnership team, under Dr. Sara Corse’s leadership, tailors therapeutic and psycho-educational services to the needs of partner agencies so that disenfranchised individuals and families can reclaim their lives and reestablish healthy relationships. Dr. Corse is a licensed clinical psychologist with a background in treatment outcome research in community psychology.

Rita DeMaria,  PhD, LMFT, CST

Rita DeMaria, PhD, LMFT, CST

Director, Healthy Relationships and Wellness Programs
215-382-6680 ext. 7111
[rdemaria@councilforrelationships.org]

A member of the faculty of the Post-Graduate Certificate Program and the Couple and Family Therapy Masters Program at Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Rita DeMaria is a licensed couple and family therapist and certified sex therapy author, researcher, and relationship educator. For more than 35 years she has been active clinically with experience in sexual abuse and trauma, addictions, infidelity, depression, anxiety, divorce prevention, divorce reconciliation, and co-parenting counseling. She has extensive experience in providing relationship education and personal development through her classes, workshops, books, articles, training programs, speaking engagements, and media appearances. Dr. DeMaria has published several professional books and she is currently on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Relationship and Couple Therapy.

Nakia Hawkins

Nakia Hawkins

Marketing Coordinator
215-382-6680 ext. 3124
[nhawkins@councilforrelationships.org]

Nakia Hawkins joined Council for Relationships as the Marketing Coordinator in August 2019. Ms. Hawkins has over five years of marketing experience in the language services industry and in the non-profit sector. Her non-profit experience stems from her time as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Hawkins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University – Fox School of Business. Ms. Hawkins is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni.

Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD, LMFT

Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD, LMFT

Director, Transcending Trauma Project
215-382-6680 ext. 3118
[bhollander@councilforrelationships.org]

Dr. Bea Hollander-Goldfein has been involved in training for over 25 years and is the Director of the Transcending Trauma Project, a longstanding research project investigating coping and adaptation after extreme trauma. She is a senior staff therapist, instructor, AAMFT approved supervisor, senior author of Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families, and co- editor of Narrative Reflections: How Witnessing Their Stories Changes Our Lives.

Nancy Isserman, MSW, PhD

Nancy Isserman, MSW, PhD

Director, Operation Home and Healing: Services for Veterans and Families
215-382-6680 ext. 3133
[nisserman@councilforrelationships.org]

Dr. Nancy Isserman is the Director of Operation Home and Healing (OHH). Since 2007 OHH has provided support, education, and counseling for military service members, Veterans, and their families. Dr. Isserman serves as Secretary of the Delaware Valley Veterans Consortium. She is also the Co-Director of the Transcending Trauma Project, a research project on coping and adaptation after the Holocaust. She is a co-author of Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families and author of articles on Holocaust survivor families. In 2005, Dr. Isserman received The Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Award from the Graduate Center, City University of New York for her dissertation, “‘I Harbor No Hate’: A Study in Political Tolerance and Intolerance in Holocaust Survivors.”

George James, PsyD, LMFT

George James, PsyD, LMFT

Chief Innovation Officer
215-382-6680 ext. 4128
[gjames@councilforrelationships.org]

Dr. George James, LMFT is a Senior Staff Therapist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Master’s Degree Program at Thomas Jefferson University.

In his role as Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. James assists in developing innovative programs and services for Council for Relationships, including launching a new mental wellness and therapy initiative for athletes and entertainers (from high school and college to professional status through retirement). Dr. James also plays a significant role with media and provides media training for therapists internally and externally.

In addition, Dr. James is an Assistant Professor for the Couple and Family Therapy Master’s Program at Thomas Jefferson University, which is offered in partnership with Council for Relationships. He speaks and consults with universities, for profit and non-profit organizations, and family owned businesses. Dr. James is devoted to helping people improve their quality of life, to be involved in the healing of their wounds and enrichment of their relationships.

Dr. James is President and CEO of George Talks, LLC, a communication and consulting company. Dr. James is a nationally recognized speaker, seminar presenter, and facilitator on various topics. Dr. James has taught, presented, spoken, and consulted with multiple businesses, organizations, universities, and places of faith, including Deloitte, J.P. Morgan, Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Villanova University, William Penn Charter School, Abington Friends School, Health Federation, NAACP (various chapters), Concilio, Delta Sigma Theta (NJ Garden City Alumnae Chapter), Eastern University, Phi Beta Sigma, and Arch Street Presbyterian Church.

Additionally, Dr. James has been a reoccurring expert guest on radio, television, and online programs including The TODAY Show, CNBC, Nickelodeon, Good Day Philadelphia on FOX29, NBC10, CBS3, iHeartradio, Radio One, Ebony Magazine, and many others. Dr. James is a board member for Child Guidance Resource Centers and Project Pneuma. Dr. James is also a member of the CNBC Financial Wealth Council. He was appointed to the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on African American Males in 2017. Also in 2017, he was awarded the BMe Genius award, and then in 2018, he received the Fun Times Magazine Man of Influence award. Later in 2018, Dr. James was invited to be a part of the BMe Public Voices Fellowship with the Op Ed Project. Most recently, he was awarded the 2019 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s (AAMFT) Excellence in Media Award.

Dr. James attended Villanova University as a Presidential Scholar and majored in Psychology and concentrated in Africana Studies. He received his Masters of Family Therapy degree from Drexel University and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University.

Dolores Littleton, DMin, LMFT

Dolores Littleton, DMin, LMFT

Director, Post Graduate Certificate Program, Clergy Track
610-213-6680
[dlittleton@councilforrelationships.org]

The Rev. Dr. Dolores E. Littleton (Dee) is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Eastern University with a BSW. Dr. Littleton received her M.Div. from The Lutheran Theological Seminary (United) in Philadelphia and was ordained in 1983 as a Lutheran Pastor and has served two congregations in the Philadelphia area. She received her Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Ministry from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Palmer). She completed the Council for Relationships post-graduate clinical training in Marriage, Family, and Sex Therapy. In addition, Dr. Littleton is a graduate of the ELCA Systems Academy, which is a four-year structured engagement with family systems theory, theology, and clinical work.

Dr. Littleton has been in practice for 25 years, providing therapy for individuals, families, and couples. Her areas of expertise include pre-marital, marriage education, relationship enrichment, spiritual and faith issues, mid-life transition, abuse, attachment, parenting, remarriage, and stepfamilies. Dr. Littleton is a consultant and coach for churches and clergy who are experiencing conflict and are seeking to focus on mission and ministry. She is an experienced retreat leader, workshop speaker, and trainer.

Gloria Pugliese, MBA, CAP, CFRE

Gloria Pugliese, MBA, CAP, CFRE

Director of Advancement
215-382-6680 ext. 3155
[gpugliese@councilforrelationships.org]

Gloria Pugliese has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising. Prior to joining CFR, she was Senior Development Officer with Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. She has also been employed with La Salle University and Gwynedd-Mercy University in addition to raising funds for many other nonprofits as a consultant. She is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional Studies at Villanova University. Ms. Pugliese is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Philadelphia Chapter having volunteered for more than 18 years. She served on the chapter board from 2006 through 2012. In 2010, she completed a two-year term as chapter president.

Ms. Pugliese is a singer and board member with The Choristers, a concert choir in Montgomery County, PA. She also serves on the board of the Kardon Northeast Branch of Settlement Music School, and she is a board member with the Pennsylvania Youth Chorale.

Ms. Pugliese earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2006 and became a Chartered Advisor in Philanthopy® in 2016. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French from Susquehanna University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Lehigh University, and a Master of Business Administration from La Salle University.

Priscilla Singleton, MSW, LMFT, LCSW

Priscilla Singleton, MSW, LMFT, LCSW

Director of Clinical Standards
215-382-6680 ext. 7045
[psingleton@councilforrelationships.org]

Priscilla Singleton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a summa cum laude graduate of the Temple University Masters in Social Work program, a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and an AAMFT approved supervisor. Ms. Singleton is trained in EMDR, Sandtray Therapy, Co-Parent counseling, and Parent Coordination.

Ms. Singleton is Associate Program Director, instructor, and supervisor in the Thomas Jefferson University Department of Couple & Family Therapy and an instructor in the Council for Relationships’ Post Graduate Certificate Program. Ms. Singleton is Director of Clinical Standards at Council for Relationships, former Co-Director of the Council’s Center for Families in Transition, and part-time clinician in Council’s Exton office. Ms. Singleton has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Widener University School of Social Work, Clinical Associate in Psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Field Instructor for the Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work, and social worker for Chester County (PA) Children and Youth Services and other Pennsylvania agencies. Ms. Singleton has lectured at the Temple University School of Law, and appeared as a guest expert on National Public Radio programs and on local Philadelphia television. Ms. Singleton has been in practice for 30 years.

Tiffani Smoot

Tiffani Smoot

Academic Administrator
215-382-6680 ext. 3236
[tsmoot@councilforrelationships.org]

Tiffani Smoot provides all administrative functions related to the post graduate program, which includes, but is not limited to, all inquiries about the program, application and registration process, scholarship assistance, class rosters, special events, and direct assistance to ongoing interns on a daily basis. Ms. Smoot came to Council in July 2015 with over 10 years’ experience in administrative training, which includes the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Nemours DuPont Pediatrics.

Michele Southworth, JD, LMFT

Michele Southworth, JD, LMFT

Director, Post-Graduate Certificate Program
215-382-6680 ext. 3115
[msouthworth@councilforrelationships.org]

Michele Southworth is the Director of the Post-Graduate Certificate Program at Council for Relationships. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and also a licensed attorney. In her practice, she specializes in working with motivated, thoughtful people who feel stuck in some important aspect of their lives and are ready to move forward in a way that is true to who they are, and to the values that matter to them. Her clinical practice encompasses a range of issues, including personal growth and development, gender-role and power conflicts, bereavement, and divorce-related issues. When working with divorcing and divorced families, she uniquely combines her two professions to serve as therapist, co-parenting counselor, mediator, or parenting coordinator.

emma steiner philadelphia therapist

Emma Steiner, MSW, MFT, LCSW

Director of Clinical Services
215-382-6680 ext. 4279
[esteiner@councilforrelationships.org]

Emma Steiner joined Council in 2010 as an intern in the Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Couples and Family Therapy and has since held a variety of positions within the organization. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience working as a psychotherapist in Philadelphia. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences as well as the Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice, she returned to train at Council in order to gain a better understanding of systemic practice. Her knowledge of systems informs both her clinical work and her work in her position as Director of Clinical Services. In her role, Ms. Steiner, oversees the client care department, marketing, clinical operations, therapy groups, and professional development programming; meets with other organizations to build relationships and introduce Council to them; orients new therapists; and writes policies and procedures. In her clinical work, she sees individuals and couples and is particularly interested in working with women on the development of self and identity through the family of origin and childhood work, life transitions, trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression.

Jane Summers, MD

Jane Summers, MD

Director, Women's Psychological Health Services
215-382-6680 ext. 7070
[jsummers@councilforrelationships.org]

Dr. Jane Summers received her Medical Degree from Georgetown University and completed her psychiatry residency training at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. She has been in practice for 28 years.

Dr. Summers has specialized in women’s behavioral health throughout her career, focusing on providing individualized psychotherapy and evaluation for medication treatment. Dr. Summers’ approach prioritizes understanding the unique issues that effect the emotional health of women, such as reproductive health and hormonal changes over the lifespan and challenges created by family and societal roles.

She served as the Medical Director of Pennsylvania Hospital Women’s Mental Health Program and, most recently, developed and directed the Women’s Behavioral Health Program at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Dr. Summers currently serves as the Director of Women’s Psychological Health Services at Council for Relationships.

CFR’s Women’s Psychological Health Services seek to address the needs of women experiencing difficulties related to pregnancy, postpartum, fertility issues, premenstrual symptoms, menopause, breast and gynecologic cancers, and other women’s issues. Our team of therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists does this by providing individual, couple, sex therapy, and referral for medication treatment.

Steve Treat, DMin, MFT

Steve Treat, DMin, MFT

CEO Emeritus
[streat@councilforrelationships.org]

Dr. Stephen R. Treat is a Senior Staff Therapist and former Director and CEO of Council for Relationships. In his role as CEO, he managed the organization’s operations, numerous professional and public educational programs, and his own busy clinical practice. Dr. Treat continues to see clients, teach at Thomas Jefferson University, and consult with family businesses. He is an in-demand speaker, consultant, and media expert.

Dr. Treat received his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976. He completed post-doctoral work in Human Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Council for Relationships in 1981. In addition to being an instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, he is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling.

Dr. Treat has co-authored two books, Pastoral Marital Therapy and Couples in Treatment: Techniques and Approaches for Effective Practice. In addition, he has published numerous book chapters and articles on process and content of marital and family therapy.

James Wadley, PhD

James Wadley, PhD

Director, Post Graduate Certificate Program, Sex Therapy
[jwadley@councilforrelationships.org]

Dr. James Wadley is Director of the Sex Therapy program at Council for Relationships. As a scholar-practitioner, he is a licensed professional counselor. He is the founding editor of the scholarly, interdisciplinary journal, the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (University of Nebraska Press). He is also the founder and Principal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians and his professional background in human sexuality education, educational leadership, and program development has enabled him to galvanize scholars and practitioners in the field of sexology across the world.

His research and publication interests include sexual decision making among young adults, masculinity development and conceptions of fatherhood by non-custodial fathers, and HIV/AIDS prevention. He has written undergraduate and graduate courses and authored 22 courses for the Master of Science in Counseling program for Lincoln University (PA). In addition, he recently co-authored 13 doctoral level courses for the Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico. In 2015, Dr. Wadley earned his NBCC-International Mental Health Facilitator certification after spending time with Rwandan therapists discussing the impact of genocide and trauma in the early 1990’s. In 2016, he helped developed curricula and conducted a sexuality education course at the University of Muhimbili in Tanzania for the nursing and midwifery program. Later that year, he developed and taught an applied research methods course at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017, Dr. Wadley’s work and advocacy domestically and abroad enabled him to complete his first documentary, Raw to Reel: Race, Drugs, and Sex in Trenton, New Jersey, which captures some of the challenges that emerge in addiction and recovery. Finally, in 2018, Dr. Wadley co-edited The Art of Sex Therapy Supervision (Routledge), which is a book devoted to the clinical experiences of supervisors and supervisees in the field of sex therapy. The book won AASECT’s 2019 Book of the Year Award. His new book, The Handbook of Sexuality Leadership: Inspiring Community Engagement, Social Empowerment, and Transformational Influence (Routledge), carves a new path for sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists in that it serves as an invitation for re-conceptualizing the consultative roles in which sexuality professionals engage.

Dr. Wadley received his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Human Sexuality Education. He earned a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology from the University of Kentucky after completing his B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University. He holds a clinical postgraduate certificate from Council for Relationships and is an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor.

Rebecca Wall

Rebecca Wall

Director of Administration
215-382-6680 ext. 3302
[bwall@councilforrelationships.org]

Becky Wall supports the overall operations of Council for Relationships, including human resources, information technology, and billing. Ms. Wall received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

April Westfall, PhD

April Westfall, PhD

Director of Clinical Services, Emerita
215-382-6680 ext. 3122
[awestfall@councilforrelationships.org]

With over 30 years of clinical experience, Dr. Westfall maintains a full-time practice in our University City and Wynnewood Offices. She has also held academic appointments within the Departments of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson University Medical School.

Erica Wilkins, PhD, LMFT

Erica Wilkins, PhD, LMFT

Program Director, Couple and Family Therapy Master’s Degree Program at Thomas Jefferson University
[erica.wilkins@jefferson.edu]

Dr. Erica Wilkins is the Program Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Master’s Degree Program at Thomas Jefferson University, offered in partnership with Council for Relationships. In addition to serving as Program Director, Dr. Wilkins is also an associate professor for the program. Dr. Wilkins is a licensed marriage and family therapist and her research explores the ways in which the residuals of slavery affect African American individuals, couples, and families. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Jessica Willingham

Jessica Willingham

Marketing Manager
215-382-6680 ext. 3160
[jwillingham@councilforrelationships.org]

Jessica Willingham is a career communications professional and ambitious marketer with a passion for mission-driven work. Ms. Willingham joined Council for Relationships as Marketing Manager in July 2020. She began her career in government, serving in a dual capacity as Press Secretary for the Montgomery County (PA) Commissioners and as the Public Information Officer for the Montgomery County Health Department. Following her work in government, Ms. Willingham was hired by the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board where she successfully pitched, built, and launched the award-winning Arts Montco brand to promote the more than 200 arts attractions in Montgomery County. Ms. Willingham received a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University in History and French and Francophone Studies and a minor in Journalism.