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Back from left:  Brenda Bunce, Assistant Manager; Tina Newell, RN
Front from left: Julia Paulson, Service Coordinator and CIC; Mary Degnan, RN;  Wendy Pitoniak, Service Coordinator and Assistant Manager; Jessica Holmes, Director

Jessica Holmes, Director of Community Based Services

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 19 years.  Her experience includes 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, as well as assisting those individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries and other disabilities making them eligible for nursing home level of care to remain in their home with supports.  She loves working with people to give them the highest quality of life possible. She is the mom of a young daughter who keeps her very busy outside of work.

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/Support Broker

Wendy is a Service Coordinator and Support Broker 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 has over 13 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental, intellectual, and medical disabilities. She spent several years working with individuals with severe behavioral challenges in educational and residential settings, and has assisted in research to assist those on the autism spectrum. Wendy’s focus is to ensure that everyone has the chance to be as independent as possible.

Julia Paulson, Service Coordinator/Community Integration Counselor

Julia has been working with NVS part time since 2011 as a Service Coordinator and a Community Integration Counselor. Julia works full time as a Licensed Clinical Social worker and has been working in the field of social work since 2001. Julia sees her clients through a trauma lens and has works under a model with her Trauma-Informed Treatment and Trauma Resolution/Progressive Counting Certificate. Julia has worked in a variety of settings including emergency department, inpatient, outpatient, day treatment and in home settings providing comprehensive psychosocial assessments and evaluations, mental health therapy, psychoeducation, service coordination and discharge planning services to individuals to improve their medical, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, developmental, mental, social, spiritual, recreational well being. Julia has served the physically disabled, developmentally delayed, severely mentally ill and chemically dependent populations of all ages, from children to the elderly and collaborates with community agencies. Julia serves on the Domestic Violence Coalition and is active in continued education. Julia is a proud mother of two and enjoys homemaking for her family and helping women feel their most beautiful from the inside out as a Mary Kay Consultant. Julia’s greatest strength is seeing the positive in every person and the silver lining in the most tragic situations. She enjoys empowering others towards their dreams and thinking out of the box to do so.

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.

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 25 + 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.