Amy Haughey, President
Rayford W. Jenkins P.E., Vice President
William Hudson, Treasurer
Karen M. Clark, Secretary
Dr. Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L
J. Brian Nuss
Jeffrey A. Smith
Ms. Brown has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in human resources during her professional career. Ms. Brown has gained over twelve years human resources experience in the retail, healthcare, banking, and insurance industries.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources 1982 and a Master’s of Public Administration in Human Resources and Labor Relations in 1994, both degrees from the University of Delaware. In 2004, she received a certification in Professional Human Resources Management from Villanova University. In 2008, she received a certification in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware. She has earned certifications in Professional Human Resources (PHR) in 2004 and 2007.
Ms. Brown serves as a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (1999-present) and is former president of the New Castle Library Friends, former president of the New Castle William Penn High School Alumni, and sustaining member of the Junior League of Wilmington.
Ms. Brown was raised in New Castle, Delaware and currently resides there.
Karen M. Clark
In 2014, Karen M. Clark rejoined the C.E.R.T.S. Board of Directors after having previously served on the Charter Board for seven years, during the planning and opening of C.E.R.T.S. She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a dual certification in Special Education. She received her Master of Science in Education Degree from Wilmington University.
Karen worked for the Colonial School District from 1974 – 2009 taking time off to have 3 children with her husband, Alan, who is also an educator. During her tenure, she taught in both regular and special education classrooms from first through 9th grade. The latter half of her career was spent in quasi-administrative positions.
After 32 years of service, she retired from the Colonial School District and worked for the University of Delaware as an Education Consultant with the Department of Secondary Education. She and her team provided on-site training to inclusion teams of teachers in an effort to improve inclusive education practices in middle and high school settings. She retired fully in June 2013 and is enjoying her time with family and friends.
Jim recently retired after working in accounting and finance for over 30 years. His most recent position was as Controller for Artesian Water Company. Prior to that he was employed by Bank of America (previously MBNA) and Columbia Gas System in different managerial capacities. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University in 1983.
Mr. Clarke has been married to Patty Clarke for 35 years. They have a son and a daughter. Their daughter Amanda attends C.E.R.T.S., Inc. Adult Action Center in Newark. They have lived in Hockessin, DE since 1984.
Varleisha D. Gibbs PhD, OTD, OTR/L
Dr. Gibbs received a baccalaureate degree from University of Delaware and continued her studies by choosing the field of Occupational Therapy. In her continued scholastic pursuits, she acquired professional degrees from Columbia University, Thomas Jefferson University and Seton Hall University. Dr. Gibbs founded Universal Progressive Therapy in 2003. Located in New Jersey, the company was established to provide interdisciplinary and quality therapeutic services to families. This provided opportunities to provide education, treatment and studying in the areas of sensory integration. Her doctoral studies encompassed family centered care, autism spectrum disorders and the use of telerehabilitation. This innovative topic led to the publication of “Family-Centered Occupational Therapy and Telehabilitation for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” found in the journal of Occupational Therapy in Healthcare.
Dr. Gibbs continues to lecture and provide training on sensory processing strategies and self-regulation throughout the country. As author of Self-Regulation and Mindfulness and co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders, she has provided families with strategies to understand and care for children. She is a full time chair/director and associate professor in the Masters of Occupational Therapy at Wesley College which is Delaware’s first professional degree granting program in this field. Her passion is to provide individuals with tools to assist them and the family system.
Amy Haughey, Board President
Ms. Haughey is originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area and graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Individual and Family Studies in the College of Human Development. She has also completed all classes toward a Master’s degree in Education at Wilmington University.
A nephew with autism has helped her to understand the difficulties faced by families with members who have disabilities. Her early career was spent working with court-adjudicated youth in an intensive residential treatment center at Lutheran Youth and Family Services north of Pittsburgh. She then worked as a therapist in an intensive home-based therapy program which was designed to prevent out-of-home placement for children and youth where her team provided individual, family, and couples therapy as well as assisting families with any other issues that were impacting them negatively. She then worked at Pressley Ridge School, an alternative school setting that served students from 30 different school districts in the Pittsburgh area, serving as a Classroom Liaison providing counseling to students and their families, running therapy groups, and liaising with the students’ home school districts.
After relocating to Delaware in 1993, Ms. Haughey served as Assistant Director of Edgemoor Community Center for 18 months, worked for J. Fran Dell (an educational consulting company) as an educational supervisor for several programs, and then taught for Colonial School District for two years in an alternative school. Ms. Haughey began working for the Smyrna School District in the 2002-03 school year where she created and ran the Level IV behavioral program at SHS for several years, then switched to teaching English and Language Arts. She has also been the Transition Coordinator for seven years.
Ms. Haughey us a member of the Council of Exceptional Children, member of the Division of Career Development and Transition for CEC; served as State Treasurer for DCDT for 4 years and served as State President of DCDT for 2 yrs. She is currently a member of the state planning team in the Community of Practice on Transition.
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Bill Hudson, Treasurer
Bill (William) Hudson joined the board at C.E.R.T.S., Inc. in 2015. He earned a B.S. in Business and Accounting from Delaware State University. Bill has been an employee of the Internal Revenue Service since 1988 the same year he graduated from college. Bill passed his CPA exam in 1993 when he joined the International Tax Division becoming a manager in 2006. Today, he holds the position of Transfer Pricing Specialist. Married 28 years, Bill has three children. His oldest son was diagnosed with PDD/Autism in 1993 spending his school career in the Delaware Autism Program. He currently attends a day program and resides in a group home. Bill’s has two daughters as well, one graduated from college in 2014 with the other still attending. His wife is a Human Resources Generalist for Corporation Service Company, Inc. Bill is committed to advocating for people with special needs and enjoys sports and traveling.
Rayford W. Jenkins, Jr., P.E., Vice President
Born and raised in Delaware, has three children with his wife,Cindy. Their son Matthew has profound disabilities caused by a cerebral hemorrhage prior to birth. Matthew has been a participant at C.E.R.T.S., Inc. since the fall of 2008. Both Ray and Cindy have been actively involved with C.E.R.T.S. , Inc. since its inception. Mr. Jenkins is a licensed Professional Engineer (DE, MD & PA) with over 30 years of experience in civil engineering and currently he serves as vice chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers, (ASCE) Construction Institute Claim Avoidance and Resolution Committee – a national committee with members from across the country. At the local level, Mr. Jenkins was the President of ASCE’s Delaware chapter in 2009.
J. Brian Nuss
Brian Nuss attended the University of Delaware and West Chester University majoring in Business Administration. In 2008, he acquired a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. He started his career at MBNA but after 19 years managing a wide range of operational positions, he decided in 2008 to move into a new role. He became COO of ACT or Advanced Call Center Technologies. In 2014, he joined Bridgeforce Inc. as an independent consultant focused on the financial services industry. Brian is married to Lisa Prettyman and has three children: Demi (22), Kala (22) and MacKenzie (15). Demi attends the C.E.R.T.S., Inc. day habilitation program in Newark.
Jeffrey A. Smith
Jeff has been an employee with the DuPont Company for 35 years. He is currently Global Director of Indirect Materials and Services for the Sourcing and Logistics function. He oversees a global staff of 125 employees responsible for approximately $5 billion that is spent on goods and services that includes human resources, information technology, professional services, fleet, travel and site services. His responsibilities have allowed him to travel the world but he attributes his success to being genuine, transparent, collaborative and most importantly, demonstrating servant leadership.
Jeff has been married for 31 years to Chrissy Smith and has a grown son and daughter. His daughter, Jessica Henne is married to Jake Henne who is a Captain in the US Army stationed in AZ. Austin Smith is a Nurse’s Aide at Pocopson Home in West Chester PA.