Meet Our Administrative Staff
Lisa D’Innocenzo is the Executive Director of Next Steps Community Services. Lisa is a native of Leominster, MA. Lisa graduated as a Finance Specialist at Fort Ben Harrison, Indiana where she served in the Army. After working for an accounting firm, she then commenced her human service career at Matson Community Services. In 1998, she joined Community Resources for Justice as an Assistant Director and Human Rights Coordinator. In late 2011, Lisa joined the Becket Family of Services team where she has performed many roles for the organization. Lisa worked in Maine as an Executive Director of a residential program for girls and developed an additional eight bed program in ME for girls. In October 2012, Lisa co-founded Becket-MA Adult Services and opened their first MA adult group home. As the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer, Lisa continued to grow and develop numerous group homes in MA. In 2015, Lisa took over three Becket ITS programs and has since developed four more ITS Programs. These formerly named Becket ITS Program are now Next Steps Community Services.
Kari joined the Next Steps team in January 2017 as the Regional Director. Kari has over 24 years of experience working in the mental health field. As Regional Director, Kari is responsible for the day to say operations of the Next Steps ITS (Intensive Treatment Services) programs-ensuring that the services meet the high standards set by the organization. She also serves as the Regional IT Administrator and she chairs the PQI and Safety-Risk Committees. Kari is an excellent leader, and she is passionate about mentoring and developing the team members. Before joining Next Steps, Kari served as an Operations Director in Los Angeles, CA, where she worked to advance the quality of services in L.A. County for children/adolescents with history of trauma, substance use, gang affiliation, problem sexual behaviors, and family domestic violence. Kari also served as Board Co-Chair for the L.A. County Department of Mental Health Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance Committee.
Senior Human Resources Coordinator
Dyane Barbour is the Senior Human Resources Coordinator, a Proactive Approaches to Behavioral Change (PABC) instructor and our HIPPA Compliance Officer. Dyane joined the Next Steps team in October 2015 as a Program Manager for the Bethlehem Main House program. In 2016, she became the Human Resources Coordinator for the department. In her role she assists in the onboarding and training of new team members. Her passion is training and assisting in the growth and development of both the individuals we serve and all team members. Dyane is a native of the Conway area. In 2009 Dyane earned her degree in Behavioral Sciences from Granite State College, focusing on crisis management. In 2018, she earned a certificate in Human Resources Administration form White Mountain community College. Dyane also serves on the PQI Committee and Safety-Risk Committee.
Meet Our Clinical Staff
David Prescott, LCSW, LICSW
A mental health practitioner with 36 years in the field, David Prescott is the Clinical Director of the Next Steps ITS programs. He is the author and editor of 20 books in the areas of understanding and improving services to at-risk clients and has produced numerous articles, chapters, and studies in these areas.
He is best known for his work in the areas of understanding, assessing, and treating sexual violence and trauma. Mr. Prescott is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Contribution Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the 2018 recipient of the National Adolescent Perpetration Network’s C. Henry Kempe Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Prescott regularly lectures and provides training around the world.
David Schwartz, LICSW
David Schwartz joined the Next Steps team in August 2016. Originally from Long Island, he received his master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University. As the Senior Clinician, he oversees all day-to-day clinical administration and well as the growth and development of the Next Steps programs.
With the Good Lives Model as the programs’ backbone, alongside a trauma-informed approach, David also incorporates these clinical approaches with Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Treatment skills, and Feedback-Informed Treatment to help empower the individuals and the programs. Additionally, he is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Fire-setting Intervention Program for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIP-MO). He prides himself on helping our individuals develop their skills for moving forward and to build the lives they want to live. David is also a team member of Laurie Charlot’s Multidisciplinary Assessment Team in Maine.
Pamela Raymond, M.S., BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Pamela Raymond, joined the Next Steps team in December 2020 as our Part Time BCBA. She has over fifteen years of experience working with children, teenagers and adults with DD/ID and Autism. She graduated from Saint Anselm with her BA in Sociology before attaining her Master’s in Education-Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis at Endicott College Van Loan School. She became Board Certified in August 2019. Prior to joining Next Steps she worked at Becket Adult Services in MA and she currently also works at Open Sky Community Services
Alyssa Riley, OTR/L
Behavioral Health Occupational Therapist
Alyssa started her journey in mental health after obtaining her master's degree in occupational therapy at the University of New Hampshire. From there she worked at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont as the primary psychiatric occupational therapist. Alyssa took initiative to develop group curriculum and introduce new healing modalities to the unit. She incorporated individual and group treatment that varied from dialectical behavioral therapy and interpersonal skill development to yoga, sensory integration therapy and gardening. Alyssa took some time off to travel abroad to observe, engage and learn from different cultures. Returning to the states in 2019 she stepped into the role of Executive Director for a nonprofit aimed to nourish the physical, emotional and cognitive well-being of underserved youth. Always through the lens of OT, she facilitated healing through meaningful task engagement such as rock climbing and supportive social interactions.
Rhonda Connors, R.N.
Rhonda Connors joined the Next Steps team as our Nurse Trainer in September 2018 with over 30 years of experience in the nursing field. She worked in many areas of nursing ranging from home care, hospice, long term care and psychiatric facilities as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. Rhonda is originally from the Adirondack region of NY. She graduated from North Country Community College with her RN degree in 2003. Rhonda collaborates and actively participates in many of the Area Agencies’ groups for nurses and she also serves as a Human Rights Committee member for Northern Human Services.