Skip to main content
Special Education teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and counselors smile together at their special education school.

Leadership

Meet our team

New Story Schools hold a foundational belief in the power of a strong community to create a positive impact on student’s lives. We value our employees and promote ongoing personal and professional development to support and strengthen our community. Learn about our highly qualified executive team leading this strong community each day.

  • Paul Volosov, Founder & Chairman

    Paul Volosov

    Founder, Chairman

    Paul Volosov, Founder & Chairman

    Paul Volosov, Ph.D., founded New Story Schools in 1997 to help children with serious and complex challenges live high-quality lives. Paul received his master’s degree in human development from the University of Maryland in 1972 and his Ph.D. in school psychology from Temple University in 1976.

    After being certified as a school psychologist and as a licensed psychologist, Paul founded several companies that support individuals with serious and complex challenges so that all can live satisfying and contributing lives.

    The most rewarding aspect of working at New Story for Paul is seeing the impossible happen every day. "I am convinced that everyone can achieve a high-quality life regardless of the challenges faced. I believe that every day is a new day with the opportunity to improve and to create a new story. I write a new story for myself every time I help someone else write a new story."

    Paul Volosov

    Founder, Chairman

  • Dana Monroe, CEO and CCO

    Dana Monroe

    CEO and CCO

    Dana Monroe, CEO and CCO

    Dana Monroe, D.Ed., NCC, LCP, serves as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Clinical Officer for New Story Schools. She began her tenure as a Behavior Specialist and has held a variety of management positions within the company. Dana has over 25 years of clinical and educational experience. She received her BA in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, her MA in Counseling and School Guidance from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and her D.Ed. in Education and Curriculum Instruction from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

    "My passion is to create a culture and climate of personal and professional growth so that we can provide the best quality service to our students and their families. I am grateful to be working with so many dedicated and amazing professionals everyday within our organization."

    Dana Monroe

    CEO and CCO

  • Nichole Arnold, VP & COO

    Nichole Arnold

    VP & COO

    Nichole Arnold, VP & COO

    Nichole Arnold, MSW, LSW is a Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for New Story Schools. In this role, she oversees 7 Licensed Private Academic School locations in Central Pennsylvania. Nichole has over 15 years of experience providing supervision and leadership to an array of employees, from clinicians to educators. She has successfully licensed multiple new school locations and led the expansion of existing schools. Nichole received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University; and she is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of PA.

    "I am very fortunate to have a strong team comprised of professionals who dedicate themselves to the company, the schools and most importantly, the students. The most rewarding aspect of my position is leading this amazing team to experience as much success in their careers as they do with the students we support."

    Nichole Arnold

    VP & COO

  • Terri Crahalla, VP & COO

    Terri Crahalla

    VP & COO

    Terri Crahalla, VP & COO

    Terri Crahalla, MS, is a Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for New Story Schools. Terri oversees the daily operations of 4 Licensed Private Academic Schools in Northeast Pennsylvania. She has over 25 years of experience providing clinical services and leading clinical and academic special education teams. Terri received master’s degrees in counseling from Kutztown University and organizational management from Misericordia University.

    "It is so important to have quality people working with the students and clients at New Story Schools. I am blessed to work with a wonderful group of people who genuinely care about the children they work with. I am also fortunate to work with a leadership team that is committed to supporting and developing employees."

    Terri Crahalla

    VP & COO

  • Susan Griffith, VP & COO

    Susan Griffith

    VP & COO

    Susan Griffith, VP & COO

    Susan Griffith, D. Ed., is a Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for New Story Schools. Susan began working with New Story Schools in 2013 and currently oversees four schools in Western Pennsylvania. Susan brings over seven years of experience in teaching elementary, secondary, and higher education. Susan obtained her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in special education from Oakland University in Michigan. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    "It has always been my belief that education, formal or informal, is what drives one's passion and abilities. My passion has always been using creativity to reach children. My current work allows me to operate a region that inspires others to be creative to ensure our students are receiving services they need so they can live productive and meaningful lives."

    Susan Griffith

    VP & COO

  • Beth Ackerman, Ed.D, Director

    Beth Ackerman

    CEO, Rivermont Schools

    Beth Ackerman, Ed.D, Director

    Dr. Beth Ackerman’s passion for children with disabilities and educational leadership is evident in her professional career and studies. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she was hired as a special education teacher at Centra Rivermont School in Lynchburg. She later became principal of the Chatham Rivermont School and then the Lynchburg school. While at Rivermont, she earned her master’s degree in special education at Lynchburg College and her doctorate in educational leadership at UVA. After a decade at Centra, she left to start the Special Education Program at Liberty University where she served as faculty and in administration during her 15 years there.

    Dr. Ackerman received a postgraduate professional license from the Virginia Department of Education which endorses her to teach elementary education, K-8 students with learning, emotional and intellectual disabilities as well as serve in administration and supervision of K-12 students. She has volunteered in the community as a CASA volunteer, and she and her husband have taken in foster children through DePaul Family Services.

    Beth Ackerman

    CEO, Rivermont Schools

  • Mathew Carrico, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Mathew Carrico

    CHRO

    Mathew Carrico, Chief Human Resources Officer

    Mathew Carrico, MBA, PHR, serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for New Story Schools. Mathew is an experienced Human Resources Executive with over 15 years supporting mission-driven companies in healthcare, mental health, and education. Throughout his career, Mathew has excelled in leading organizations through large scale transformations and developing best in class HR solutions. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Towson University and his MBA from the University of Liverpool.

    "Great leaders with vision and strategy are essential to a successful business, but without great people, it will never be a reality. Our goal is to foster an environment that attracts, develops and retains caring and compassionate professionals who are committed to providing for our student's unique needs."

    Mathew Carrico

    CHRO