About Us

About Us

Mission: Building support through a community of individuals dealing with cancer or conditions causing an altered self-image.   We aim to promote healing through outreach, advocacy, interaction, activity, resources, and education.

Vision: To be a regional leader in improving quality of life for everyone affected by cancer or conditions causing an altered self-image.

Values:
Integrity. We remain true to our mission and work hard to produce quality products, provide exceptional service to our constituents, and maximize the support of our donors.

Excellence. We strive to provide high-quality content and strategies, basing our insights on experience, knowledge, and data.

Leadership. We champion the importance of effective board leadership and action. It empowers boards with the knowledge of good governance practices. It encourages staff initiative and leadership and strives to be a model nonprofit organization.

Compassion.  We promise to care deeply about our individuals, their caregivers and healthcare professionals.  We are empathetic, we are open and honest, and we act with kindness, consideration, and integrity at all times.

Commitment.  We promise to provide the expertise and fortitude to deliver the highest standard of support to people affected by cancer or conditions causing an altered self-image.   We are committed to working with healthcare professionals and partner organizations to always ensure effective care.

Expertise.  We promise to continually develop our expertise, knowledge, and skills to provide cutting-edge psychological therapy services to people affected by cancer or conditions causing an altered self-image within our region.

Free Services.  We are committed to securing sustainable funding to ensure that Face2Face Healing can continue to provide its services free of charge.

    Who We Are:
    Face2Face Healing was created in response to the gap that often occurs when medicine has done all it can, but individuals are left emotionally and/or physically unable to adapt to the resulting effects of cancer or conditions causing an altered self-image. 

    Many individuals experience loneliness due to isolation and/or rejection. Regardless of the physical diagnosis, the pain and distress from cancer or an altered self-image can leave a person feeling alone, confused, and unable to resume a normal life.

    While the healing process is slightly different for each person, the goal of Face2Face Healing remains constant; empower the individual to see their inner beauty and give them back their voice.

    Face2Face Healing creates the support necessary to give individuals dealing with any type of cancer or conditions causing an altered self-image the opportunity to meet and share with others who know how they feel.  We create a caring, sharing, and supportive environment where individuals can connect and make an investment in each other’s lives.

    What We Do:

    • We provide emotional support to individuals and their caregivers with our in-person consultations or via our HIPAA compliant online counseling platform.
    • We feature survivor stories through our blog, Faces of Hope.
    • We reintroduce individuals back into the community after they have been isolated.
    • We educate individuals on programs available to assist in their recovery through our nurse coordination process.  This includes collaborating with their healthcare providers.
    • We prepare individualized care packages to make their hospital stays, treatment sessions or at home care, more comfortable.
    • We provide support groups which provide a safe place to express feelings among people who understand what each other is going through. Support groups can ease some of the feelings of isolation that can separate individuals from well-meaning, but anxious family members and friends. 

    Executive Leadership

    KAREN SCUILLI, MSN, RN, MBA

    Founder, Executive Director, and Cancer Survivor

    Karen’s journey started with a diagnosis of parotid gland cancer in May 2012. She was left emotionally, physically, and spiritually unable to adapt to the altered self-image in the journey of survivorship. She experienced many changes and losses causing her to distance herself from supportive family, friends, church, and the community. She asked, “Why did this happen to me?” and “How will I move forward?” This experience has given her a unique perspective on life. 

    Her goal for her organization is to encourage individuals, their families, healthcare professionals, and educators to come together in an innovative healing and supportive network.

    Face2Face Healing creates this network and provides the opportunity for individuals with a life changing illness to meet and share their stories with others who understand.

    Karen has spent 36 years as a nurse, case manager and clinical consultant. She helped develop the Case Management Program at Washington Hospital (PA) in 1997. She was on the Case Management Task Force under the VP and Executive Director of Patient Care Services at Washington Hospital in 1999. In 2006, Karen moved to Highmark as a national case manager. After a short time at Highmark, she became Supervisor for National and Western Regional Conflicts Case Management, where she led a team of 60 employees. In 2009, Karen advanced to the position of Highmark Clinical Consultant where she was responsible for analyzing large corporate accounts to establish plan-of-care solutions that improved large employer healthcare. Most recently, Karen has been utilizing her skillset as a hospice case manager. 

    In addition to her clinical and administrative experience, Karen is a survivor, having gone through treatment for head and neck cancer, allowing her to understand from personal experience the needs of individuals diagnosed with a life changing disease. She has a master’s degree in nursing and Business focusing on Healthcare Administration. 

    Most recently, Karen has utilized her case management and nursing skills for hospice care. 

    ADRIANna S. DEITHORN – MS, PhD, CFRE

    VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT and Clinical Psychologist

    Adriane has been a development professional for more than 20 years. Recognized as a leading expert in her field. She has worked with a variety of organizations including from human services, the arts, higher education and large healthcare systems. Her specialties include grant writing, strategic planning, nonprofit board development, special-events, sponsorship procurement, gala event planning, sponsorship development, fundraising counsel, planned giving, development audits, policy development, writing for fundraising/marketing, and cultivation/solicitation planning.

    She’s helped small and large nonprofits alike. She has raised millions of dollars through capital campaigns, board development, events, telethons, annual fund campaigns, direct mail, major gift solicitations, and planned gift solicitations. Nonprofit development can be complicated as well as difficult. Adriane’s primary mission is to make nonprofit development simple and effortless. She helps you clear away the complexity and raise funds much more effectively. To achieve her mission, Adriane is continuously improving herself and her fundraising expertise.

    Adriane also holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology, specializing in trauma and crisis intervention. In addition to her fundraising duties, she also serves as our Lead Counseling Clinician and is responsible for providing counseling to individuals, caregivers or within support groups. Some of the specific mental health issues that patients are seen for are anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, bipolar disease, and PTSD. Adriane is also responsible for overseeing the clinical staff, as well as, supervising our graduate level interns from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Adriane also has her certification and training completed in EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association) EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is designed to help people of all ages heal from trauma by resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain through a variety of easy to learn techniques.

    EMDR therapy can also be helpful for children and youth.  EMDR allows children and adults a way to work through their traumatic feelings and experiences through developing healthy coping skills.  It is an alternative to traditional therapy as it also reduces negative beliefs and emotions from distressing situations.

    It is important to find a therapist who is trained in EMDR therapy if you feel like it could be beneficial to you.

    Adriane is a 2-time cancer survivor. She has experienced many changes and losses causing her to distance herself from supportive family, friends and the community. She understands, firsthand, the difficulty that you go through when diagnosed with cancer.

    Staff

    Denise Anton

    Program Director

    Denise has worked in the area of Counseling Psychotherapy since 1996 and has experience in research, teaching, supervision and psychotherapy. Additional training she has completed includes grief and loss, hospice, trauma, PTSD, group work, brain and brain behavior, postpartum depression and marital counseling. Denise has experience working with individuals, couples and families; counseling a variety of issues including, premarital and marital, relationships, divorce, anxiety, depression, postpartum issues, anger management, PTSD, self esteem, grief and loss and a variety of other life transitional issues.

    As a psychotherapist, she enjoys providing authentic, compassionate, challenging and insightful support as she journeys with her clients through a variety of challenges they face. Denise understands that our past has influenced our preset but it need not dictate our future. Our life experiences, positive or negative, are building blocks for who we are today and can be effective tools in creating who we aspire to be tomorrow. She believes that with the right tools, empathetic support and personal determination, we can live our lives to the fullest.

    Jennifer DiSalvo

    Program Associate

    Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with concentrations in Eating Disorders, Trauma and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addiction, relationship concerns, PTSD and other life experiences. She believes that each person has their own story that has shaped what they are currently experiencing. Through her work, she strives to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story, gain insight into how that has impacted them, and create a new reality that is more fulfilling. She utilizes various therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and narrative therapy. Jennifer is also a Master’s Level Nurse. .

    Carrie Donahoe

    Carrie holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. Carrie is a breast cancer survivor! As a cancer survivor, she understands the turmoil endured when a person is first diagnosed with cancer. She feels that her personal and professional experiences have allowed her to create an environment of support, encouragement, and empathy.

    Carrie’s approach is integrative and direct, tailoring treatment to meet an individual’s needs. She incorporates warmth, genuineness, and humor into her work, aiming to create a space where individuals feel comfortable engaging in critical thinking and introspection. She helps individuals access greater understanding of their illness and supports them from day 1 of an individual’s diagnosis.
    Her main therapeutic interventions include, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Carrie is also a certified EMDR practitioner.

    Charlotte Smith

    Graphic Designer and Social Media Marketing Associate

    Charlotte is a Graphic Designer and Social Media Content writer with 15 years of experience. She works for national and international clients, offering creative solutions for brands that want to create a unique image to their clients.

    Board of Directors

    Jennifer Bazzani

    CPA – Treasurer

    Jennifer grew up in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh.  She received a BS and MS degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University.  She is a Senior Manager at CFGI, the nation’s largest non-audit accounting advisory firm, and has over 15 years of professional experience.  She began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers where she worked on a variety of clients in both the public and private sector, as well as financial services and manufacturing industries.  Prior to joining CFGI, Jennifer worked as a Finance Director at a large healthcare organization.  Her areas of specialization are financial services, service-based entities, education, and non-profit organizations. She is affiliated with American Institute of Certified Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  In addition to her professional responsibilities, she enjoys exercising, traveling and food experiences, and spending time with her family.  Jennifer joined Face2Face Healing so that she could have direct impact through her financial expertise upon an organization that focuses on the health and wellness of the individuals and community it serves.

     

    MEGAN E. DIRLAM

    ATTORNEY

    Attorney Dirlam is a 2016 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. She joined Massa Butler Giglione as a law clerk in 2015 and was hired as an Associate upon passing the Pennsylvania bar examination in 2016. Megan is still with the firm today and focuses her practice on advocating for people who have been victims of medical and nursing home neglect or nursing home abuses, vaccine injury, and those harmed by vaccines.

    During law school, Megan was a member of Duquesne’s Trial Advocacy Program, and competed at several national trial moot court competitions. She received multiple awards for her exceptional trial advocacy skills, including the Kate Elisabeth Westbrook and Aaron J. Deluca Advocacy Award, and was ultimately inducted into the Order of Barristers and Louis E. Manderino Honor society. During her third year of law school, Megan was certified as a student attorney to assist with the representation of indigent people through Duquesne’s Civil Rights Clinic.

    In 2013, Megan graduated magna cum laude from Slippery Rock University, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Spanish. She spent one semester studying abroad at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

    Attorney Dirlam is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the United States Court of Federal Claims, specifically practicing in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Additionally, Megan is also an adjunct professor in the trial advocacy program at Duquesne University School of Law.

    Linda Long

    Linda Long is currently the Owner/Designer of Long awaited design LLC, a full service residential Interior Design company. Her real experience comes from 28 years as a Registered Nurse working in multiple disciplines, including Cardiac, Critical Care, Oncology Research, and Case Management. She then decided to totally shake up her world by changing career paths and returning to school at the New York Institute of Art and Design majoring in Interior Design. She is an active member of The Southwest Regional Chamber of Commerce where she was named Woman of the Year in 2022; POSH-Power of the South Hills; People Connectors; Inspired Women; and PEEL-Pittsburgh’s Elevated and Emerging Leaders
    as a founding member.

    In January 2021 she was diagnosed with Stage II Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. After surgery and months of chemotherapy, radiation, physical therapy, and now ongoing adjuvant treatment, she is currently cancer free. During this time, she continued to be involved in many organizations doing philanthropic work when possible. In 2022 she was the co-chair of the annual Pink Pamper Bubble Ball hosting over 400 people to raise money for women in Southwest Pennsylvania with a cancer diagnosis. She has volunteered with many non-profit and charitable organizations to help raise money and awareness of their cause. She has also appeared on several Podcasts and spoken at women’s groups about her cancer journey and encouraging women to practice self-care and get their mammograms for early detection.

    I want to be part of Face2Face Healing because it is an organization I can support fully. Having been a nurse and a cancer survivor, it aligns with my passion and interests. After being diagnosed with cancer I felt I needed a higher sense of purpose, and this organization fulfills that need.  I am hopeful I can truly make a difference in the lives of others by being a part of this organization.

    Colleen Manzini

    Colleen grew up in a small suburban town south of Pittsburgh.  She graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where she majored in accounting. She has over 30 years of experience in corporate accounting and has worked in a variety of industries.

    She enjoys being involved with the community, serving on boards of directors for numerous nonprofit organizations. Serving in these roles has allowed her to build an extensive network of relationships and grow her advocating and connecting skills.  She is passionate about interacting with her diverse group of networking professionals which has allowed her to grow personally and professionally.

    Her entrepreneurial spirit came alive when she was introduced to Beautycounter, a safe, clean, skin care brand. She started working with the company in a direct-sales role because she believed in what the company stands for.  It is powered by people and the collective mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone.  She decided she had to pursue this amazing journey and left the corporate world about 2 years ago.   She is now a Director with Beautycounter, and it has fulfilled her life in more ways than any corporate job has, and she will continue to promote, educate and share this amazing mission. EDUCATING.  ADVOCATING. CHANGE. Those words that brought her to Beautycounter inspired her to start a New Venture, Coaching with Colleen.  Coaching with Colleen provides mentoring and guidance in the areas of Networking, and Employee Engagement based around the foundation of educating others in business to build connections and advocate for a cohesive work environment.

    Colleen joined Face 2 Face Healing so she could make an impact through her coaching experience upon an organization that focuses on health and well-being of the individuals and community it serves.

    Alec E. Vaezi, MD, PHD

    Head and Neck Surgery, Skull Base Surgery

    My goal is to provide “an ideal experience for each patient, every time.”

    I have a PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Chicago and have trained with outstanding mentors in head and neck and skull base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. With over 10 years in practice, I bring world class head and neck cancer treatment, including sialendoscopy and robotic surgery to Long Island.

    In working with the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Winthrop our patients have access to multidisciplinary, state of the art care and clinical trials, right where they live. Our team includes dedicated radiation oncology, medical oncology, neurosurgery, hyperbaric treatment, dentistry, a nurse navigator, nutrition and speech pathology. We provide exceptional head and neck cancer care delivered to patients close to their home, community and social support network. Our patient centered approach improves not only patient satisfaction, but also clinical success. A high priority is communication back to the referring provider.

    Matt Bayless

    Matt’s facial palsy was the result of a tick bite he got in October of 2013. This happened 2 months after returning to Slippery Rock University to finish his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Despite the challenges of Lyme Disease, he was able to complete a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. This entire journey taught Matt that regardless of how disfigurement occurs, it gives the person a new perspective on life and all the aspects of it we often take for granted.

    Eugene N. Myers

    MD, FACS, FRCS Edin (Hon) – Emeritus

    Eugene N. Myers, MD, FACS, FRCS Edin (Hon) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus Department of Otolaryngology of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Temple University School of Medicine.  He did his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Medical School.  Following military service as an Army Otolaryngologist in Frankfurt, Germany, he did a Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery in New York with Dr. John Conley.

    Dr. Myers became Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1972, a position he held for 33 years.  He is an internationally known leader in head and neck  cancer surgery.    He continues to be very active in patient care and teaching.  He has published hundreds of articles, book chapters, and two of his books Cancer of the Head and Neck and Operative Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery are considered classics in the field.   He is a past President of the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society, and the American Laryngological Society.

    Dr. Myers has devoted a large part of his career to international activities.  He was President of the Pan American Association of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in 1991, Honorary President of the Balkan Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in 1991, and now again since 2011, and Honorary President of the Israeli Section on Head and Neck Oncology from 1991 – 1998.  He was Chairman of the ad hoc committee on Head and Neck Cancer of the International Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies (IFOS) from 2003 – 2009.  Dr. Myers is an Honorary Member of 20 overseas national societies of otolaryngology, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Medicine in London.  He is or has been a member of the Editorial Board of 14 international Journals.  At the XIX ENT World Congress IFOS 2009 in San Paolo, Brazil, Dr. Myers was awarded a Gold Medal for his work in International Otolaryngology and also has been awarded a Gold Medal from Comenius University in Bratislava and one from Maribor University.  He is now the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Regional Advisor to the Balkan Society of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

    Advisory Board

    Hanifa Nakiryowa

    Hanifa Nakiryowa is the Global Health Associate at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation working to advance the goals of JHF’s Women’s Health Activist Movement (WHAMglobal) by applying her internationally-recognized leadership and advocacy skills. Prior to joining JHF, Ms. Nakiryowa served as a special projects intern for the Pittsburgh Foundation during her final year as a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She is a recent H. J. Heinz fellow and a second career graduate with Master of International Development and Human Security Studies from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). Prior to joining GSPIA, Hanifa completed a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Nairobi under the Collaborative Master’s Program sponsored by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), and a Global Change Leaders’ Certificate from COADY international Institute in Canada.  She has worked as a program Monitoring and Evaluation specialist for the UNICEF-FBO partnership promoting Maternal and Child health, Women and children’s Rights and Girls’ education in Uganda. Ms. Nakiryowa’s work focuses on addressing gender-related challenges facing women and children in institutionally oppressive societies. She founded The Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV) in 2012 after surviving an acid attack in 2011, to raise the awareness of the problem, advocate for inclusion and minority rights, and to promote socioeconomic sustainability among burn violence survivors in Uganda. Ms. Nakiryowa’s work has won her several awards including the 2013 Kampala West-Rotary International Vocational Service Award for her work with empowering acid attack survivors in Uganda, the Iris Marion Young Award for her political engagement and social justice advocacy which has changed the face of acid attack violence in Uganda, the Sergeant James “Rip” Taylor Award for her public service, and an H.J. Heinz Fellowship for her leadership potential.

    Contact Us

         Face2Face Healing

         3000 Village Run Rd, Suite #103-206

         Wexford, PA 15090

     

                  CNX HQ (Generous donation by CNX)

                  1000 Horizon Vue Drive, Suite 1B17

                  Canonsburg, PA  15317

     

     

       Call Us: 724-935-3580

     

        info@face2facehealing.org

     

         Face2Face Healing

         3000 Village Run Rd, Suite #103-206

         Wexford, PA 15090

    Call Us: 724-935-3580

     

        info@face2facehealing.org