Josie is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She obtained a master’s degree in education from Duquesne University and spent the next several years teaching social studies to teens at a long-term care psychiatric hospital in Maryland. Desiring to better understand the mental and emotional conditions of her students, Josie went back to Duquesne University to obtain a master’s degree in psychology. She joined Pyramid Healthcare in January 2000 where the scope of her work is broad. Josie provides treatment consultations to clients and their families, builds collaborative relationships with treatment providers and community organizations, as well as engages in training presentations for professionals desiring to gain a better understanding of addiction and the Pyramid Healthcare family of services.
Josie currently serves as the Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Employee Assistance Professionals and as an Executive Committee Member for the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition. She previously served as a committee member for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Substance Abuse Ministry and for United States Attorney David Hickton’s working group on addiction.
She considers it a privilege to serve those afflicted and affected by addiction, and her greatest joy is seeing the transformation that occurs when individuals say “yes” to treatment.