Staff and Board News

The Four Rs

The four Rs — Reduce, Re-use, Restore and Recycle — are routinely practiced at EOTC. Click here to read the Green Newsletter compiled by EOTC’s employee team.

EOTC Parent-Child Staff Attend Governor’s Institute

EOTC is honored to be part of a team selected to participate in the Governor’s Institute: Prenatal to Grade 3 (P-3) Collaboration Working Together for Student Success. The team is comprised of EOTC‘s Carlene Nicholas, Kristy Ryczak, Kathy Kutsop, and Jackie Eckenrode along with four educators from the Scranton School District.  The Governor’s Institute is designed to help school districts, early learning providers, and community organizations make essential connections to enhance early learning opportunities and student success.

EOTC Mighty Oak Awards

Each year the EOTC Board of Directors honors community leaders who contribute to the agency’s innovation and growth.  Attorney and Mrs. Joseph Sileo are chairing the 2016 Mighty Oak award reception at Glenmaura National Golf Club, Moosic. The honorees are William J. Calpin, Jr., Sharon McCrone, Ph.D., and the Stone Office family.

Staff Accomplishments Strengthen EOTC Programs

Congratulations to Melissa Kovacs on earning the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. She is one of several EOTC employees with advanced degrees and certifications related to behavioral health, including Emily McDonald who also attained NCC certification and a Pennsylvania Professional Counseling license, John Duffy, a licensed Social Worker and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and Kristy Ryczak, who holds a Pennsylvania Behavioral Specialist license.

Congratulations Irene Pacheco, recipient of the 2015 Early Head Start Parent Educator of the Year Award, and Sarah Evans who was recognized in 2014.  We thank you for the outstanding service you provide to local families!

EOTC employees contribute to a better community. 

Thank you to Casey McMullen being a part of the Lackawanna County Child and Family Review team and to Jennifer Gerardi for serving on the Interagency Council board of directors.  EOTC Development Director Mary Coolican, Esq. recently completed the Leadership Lackawanna program and is a board member of the regional Association of Fundraising Professionals. Another Leadership Lackawanna graduate, Program Director Angela Seibert, is active on the local Dress for Success board. EOTC’s Kristy Ryczak holds elective office as a member of the Mayfield Borough Council.


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Carlene Nicholas & Kathy Kutsop

Susan and Joseph Sileo

Susan and Joseph Sileo

Melissa Kovacs

Melissa Kovacs

Irene Pacheco, recipient of the 2015 Early Head Start Parent Educator of the Year Award

Irene Pacheco, recipient of the 2015 Early Head Start Parent Educator of the Year Award