John Barber, J.D.

President, Chief Executive Officer
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Notre Dame; Juris Doctorate, Villanova University Law School; Member of the Erie County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
  • Served as Erie County Public Defender—Chief of the Children and Youth Division
  • Admitted to practice law before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Federal District Court of Western Pennsylvania
  • Member of the Erie County MH/MR Agency Directors Committee and lectures on various topics related to the legal rights of persons with mental retardation and their families
  • Member of the Advisory Board of PNC Bank, former member of the Advisory Boards of Marine Bank and First National Bank of Pennsylvania
  • Former member of the Erie Historical Museum Board, Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Review Board, and Officer of Kingtown Action Team Effort (K.A.T.E.), a neighborhood revitalization group
  • Appointed by Pope John Paul II as Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem
  • Member of the Board of Directors of St. Mary's Home of Erie
  • Member of the Advisory Council of Gannon University's Morosky College of Health Professions & Sciences
  • Member of the Steering Committee of Allied Pediatric Health
  • "2015 Man of the Year," Notre Dame Club of Erie

Maureen Barber-Carey, Ed.D.

Executive Vice President
  • Bachelor of Arts, St. Mary’s College, Indiana; Master in Special Education, University of Missouri; Doctorate in Educational Administration, Columbia University Teacher’s College
  • Served as a special education teacher in the Erie School District
  • Served as Assistant Director, Director of Learning Center and Deputy Administrator at the Barber Center and Chairman of the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Center Educational Institute
  • Received the William Booth Award for outstanding contributions to the Betterment of Humanity, the Erie Jaycees Outstanding Woman of the Year Award, the Friends of Education Award from Gannon University, among others
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's Autism Taskforce
  • Past member of the Pennsylvania Steering Committee for the Office of Special Education as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education Focus Group on Autism
  • Past president and current member of the Junior League of Erie and the Pennsylvania Early Intervention Provider’s Association
  • Past member of the Pennsylvania Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention
  • Past chairman of the Foster Grandparent Advisory Board and president of the Northwest Council for Exceptional Children
  • Current member of the Autism Focus Group for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Recently appointed to the Governor's Commission on Children and Families; Northwest chairperson
  • 2015 Temple Grandin Award, Autism Connection of Pennsylvania

Jane Davis

Chief Information Officer
  • Seasoned professional with more than 30 years of Information Technology experience in healthcare
  • Served in a variety of consulting positions at Computer Sciences Corp, to include IT Program Director, Program Manager, and Interim Director of Physician Services at several large metropolitan and multihospital acute care facilities
  • Served in multiple management and advancing leadership positions at Hamot Medical Center for more than 30 years. Provided operational direction to work teams of more than 30 IT professionals supporting more than 200 enterprise, clinical, and financial applications in order to provide advancing technology solutions to the healthcare delivery systems.
  • Contributed to publication: Health Management Technology “Integration and Automation to Transform Medication Administration Safety”
  • Siemens National User Group (SNUG) SIG Chair  1993-1997

Ron Jones

Vice President, Behavioral Health Services and Business Development
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA
  • Most recently served as the Division Administrator of Surgical Services for the Saint Vincent Medical Group and as the Director of Employer Client Relations for Saint Vincent Hospital
  • More than 25 years of experience in management and business development in the healthcare industry in Northwestern Pennsylvania.  Areas of focus include Physician Practice Management,  Development and Implementation of Employer Wellness Program Strategies, Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Network Administration and Development, Durable Medical Equipment and Respiratory Therapy Operations Management and Pharmacy Management
  • Licensed Producer in the state of Pennsylvania for Accident and Health, Life and Fixed Annuities
  • Erie County Industrial Development Authority appointed Board Member
  • Past Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority appointed Board Member
  • Professional Advisory Committee, CareGivers Home Health Agency

Carolyn Kontis

Vice President, Intellectual Disabilities Services

Karen M. McElhinny, CPA, MBA

Chief Financial Officer
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)from Gannon University
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Served most recently as Vice President-Finance at Saint Vincent Health System, having held several finance positions over 21 years with the organization leading and directing the financial accounting and planning functions of the Health System
  • Finance Committee and Board Member of several Saint Vincent Health System affiliates and Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network
  • Served as Vice President-Finance and Treasurer for Erie Malleable Iron
  • Five years of public accounting experience with a local public accounting firm
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
  • Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) – Western Pennsylvania Chapter serving in various officer roles including Chapter President and Chapter Sponsorship Chair and member of the HFMA National Advisory Board



Robert J. Will

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh; Master of Education in Counseling, Edinboro University; Post Graduate studies in Management, Finance and Psychology
  • Served as direct support professional for adults with intellectual disabilities and live-in support staff in residential services home
  • Served as Project Director of Regional Behavior Shaping Unit providing clinical supports to individuals from  western Pennsylvania
  • Served as Director of Residential Services and Adult Day Services at the Barber National Institute
  • Former Deputy Administrator and Chief Financial Officer at Barber National Institute with responsibility for general administration, finance and facilities.
  • Appointed to numerous statewide committees and workgroups focusing on reimbursement and regulatory issues affecting  the governance and delivery of human services
  • Immediate Past Board President of PAR, Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Serves as current Board Chair for WPHS, William Penn Human Services