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2017-08-01 12.04.54

Standing from left:  Tina Newell, RN;  Jessica Holmes, Program Administrator; Gail Rusinowski, Administrative Assistant;  Kathleen Becker, Service Coordinator;  Brenda  Bunce, Assistant Manager; Martha Wood, RN.
Sitting: Wendy Pitoniak, Assistant Manager/Service Coordinator

Jessica Holmes, Program Administrator

Jessica joined NVS in 2014.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University at Buffalo and has worked in the human service field for over 16 years.  Most of her experience involves supporting people with developmental and mental health disabilities in beginning or maintaining their independence in the community, whether it be through employment, community contribution, or residential settings.  She loves working with people to give them the highest quality of life possible.

Brenda Bunce, Assistant Manager

Brenda joined NVS is 2016.  She has a varied background, with experience as a Radiology Clerk, Financial Housing Counselor, Aerospace Account Manager, and Banking Loan officer.  She brings a myriad of experience to her position here as an Assistant Manager.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Computer Science from JCC and an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from JBC.  She also has expertise in Professional Communication and Medical Billing.  She enjoys working with people and loves to feel challenged.

Wendy Pitoniak, Service Coordinator/Assistant Manager

Wendy Pitoniak is a Service Coordinator with experience working with OPWDD and DOH Medicaid Waivers. She studied Social Studies Education at SUNY Cortland and Adolescent Special Education at Buffalo State College and was the recipient of the Joseph and Mary Jean Daly Varga Graduate Scholarship. Wendy’s professional experience includes: behavior support technician, educator, job coach, and QIDP. She spent several years working with adults and children with severe behavioral challenges in various settings using Applied Behavior Analysis practices. Wendy is a transplant to the Jamestown-area, originally from Baldwinsville, NY. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, crocheting, and visiting multiple Tim Hortons drive-thrus.

Mary Degnan, R.N.

Mary received her nursing degree at Jamestown Community College in 1991 while continuing to raise her family of nine children, along with her husband.  Mary has worked for most of her 20 years in the medical field as a home care nurse providing assistance with clients from those who required palliative care with hospice, where she was a CHRN, to now Individuals who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury, whose needs are many times hidden from view.  She has worked as a supervising RN for many years and as an educator for not only the families of those she cared for, but also as a trainer for PCA’s and HHA’s.   Mary states her “chosen career path has brought me many friends both professional and clients who have taught me many things and have brightened my life through laughter, sharing and accepting of me and what I have to offer them.”

Tina Newell, R.N.

Tina joined New Vision Services in 2016.  For over 35 years she has practiced nursing in a number of diverse settings, from acute care, critical care, hospice, and home care delivery.  Tina holds an AS in Biology and Nursing from JCC, as well as a BS Ed in Social Studies and History from SUNY Fredonia, and is also a licensed massage therapist. Tina specialized in assessment, education, and self-care promotion throughout her career and believes strongly in her responsibility to assist all persons to achieve their highest level of wellness. A lifelong learner, she holds certifications in Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and Health Care Leadership, and Practice Facilitation, as well as Group Leader for Smoking Cessation, Diabetes Prevention, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and High Level Wellness.   She enjoys getting to know new people and loves working in the healthcare field.