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Our Team

Richard Price - Co-founder & Executive Director 
​Richard Price lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a Behavior Analyst. He serves as the current Executive Director of The Next Step Programs. 5 years ago he meet Josh Fields, Co-founder and Treasurer, and came up with the idea of TNS INC. Now just 5 years later, Ricky is elated by the progress that the organization has made and is going to make. In his professional career he is a Behavior Analyst for pre-school, school aged, and transition aged individuals with a diagnosis of ASD or other Intellectual Developmental Disabilities. He specifically focuses on functional living skills and more specifically helping with the transition from high school to higher education or vocational work. Ricky is beyond excited to be serving as the Executive Director of TNS Programs for the year of 2019, and he cannot wait for all that TNS is about to do.

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Josh Fields 
Emily Vollrath
Maddie Watson
Christina Argust
Sherry Kristal Turetzky
Jennifer Weinstein

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Michele Possenti - Workshop Coordinator
Michele lives in Pennsylvania and is a mother of three. Daughter Paige lives in Florida, attending USF.  Her middle son, Sam, is 21 years old and is diagnosed with  autism spectrum disorder. Jack, the youngest, is a Sophomore at Temple University.  Through her experience with Sam, she has learned how important the need for services are for individuals with disabilities once they reach adulthood. Michele is currently navigating the world of transition to adulthood for Sam.  She's excited about being a part of the TNS team, and hopes to share her personal and professional knowledge to support others in the transition process.

Emma Simon - Marketing Coordinator
Emma Simon hails from the Hudson Valley, NY. When she isn't working on stage as an actor or in the classroom as a teaching artist, she works in various roles within non-profit organizations. Several years ago she began working with Co/Lab Theatre Group (an organization that offers group theater classes to adults with developmental disabilities) in New York City. She is thrilled to work to serve this population and equally thrilled to be a part of the TNS team! 

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Sarah Washerstein - Program Associate ​
​Sarah Washerstein is a Junior at Millersville University studying Disability Studies with a minor in Social Work specifically in Social Justice. She has been working with The Next Step Programs for about three years and is super excited to be an official member of the team! Her title within TNS is Program Associate and she will be working on helping businesses and organizations advocate for individuals with disabilities specifically in relation to employment! She cannot wait to see all of the great things the TNS team puts together this year! 

Josh Fields - Co-founder & Treasurer of the Board 
He attends PennState University and studies Labor and Employment Relations with a focus on Disability Employment and Human Services. In addition to his services to TNS, Josh serves as Development Associate for PALS Programs, a nonprofit that works to create immersive experiences and lifelong friendships for young adults with Down syndrome and their peers. It is Josh's hope that one day employment practices and opportunities for people with disabilities continues to change and improve.