Our Staff

Randolph Bleiwas, our Executive Director has Master's degrees in Psychology and Social Work, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, a NYS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and a Certifed Hypnotherapist in addition to other certificatons.
He was provided therapy in and run mental health and substance abuse programs in a variety of settings and has extensive experience in TBI, disabilities, trauma and other areas that affect our clients. More importantly, he cares about the people that we serve and wants Beacon Place to make a difference in peoples lives and to be the place where hope never ends.
Dawn Van Doran, is the Program/Activity Director for our Structured Day Program.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education From SUNY-New Paltz and 10+ years working with Adults with Special Needs and TBI.  Dawn has been also working with children with special needs since before college. 

“ I enjoy working with adults with TBI to see the joy in their faces when the learn or experience something new.  I learn every day from them and look forward to coming to program to see and interact with them.”
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Joan P. Higgins, MA, is a Psychologist/ Applied Behavior Sciences Specialist. She has 20 years of progressive experience in Supportive Counseling, Habilitation Programming Analysis, Quality Assurance, Psychometric Testing, and developing and implementing positive behavior support plans.
“I have a Master’s degree in Psychology and have experience providing services to people with neurobiological disorders. I am not only a TBI services provider (behavioral health related services), I am also a TBI survivor.”
Kyle Van Doran is a current student enrolled at SUNY Rockland with a major in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Journalism. She has worked as a volunteer to adults with special needs for over five years.
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Therapist Alan Mackie's many years in the field allows him to empathize and relate to different types of families.  While helping people to make long lasting change he tries to make counseling pleasant and enjoyable and to help people recognize the comfort and enjoyment of the here  here and now as we go through life's challenges. He uses a psychodynamic approach coming from a systems perspective and treat people in a holistic manner. His specialties include: Trauma, Chronic Illness and Pain, Marriage, Couples & Family therapy, depression and anxiety, LGBTQ, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, bereavenent, anger management, children, adolecents and adults.
Keondra Epps is our Service Coordinator for the TBI Medicaid Waiver Program and, when approved, the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Medicaid Waiver Program.

She brings her extensive experience, dedication, committment and passion to help to the people we serve.
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Jean Freer is a Social Worker who provides Community Integration Counseling and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Services.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Jean has been working with children and adults with disabilities in a variety of settings for over twenty years. She utilizes a strength based approach to empower individuals to overcome obstacles, accomplish their goals, and thrive. 
Shelvie M. Pagan, LMSW is our Service Coordinator and Community Integration Counselor for the TBI Medicaid Waiver Program and, when approved, the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Medicaid Waiver Program. She received her MSW from SUNY Lehman College, her BS in Psychobiology from SUNY Binghamton University, and has a Certificate in Disability Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Shelvie has over 14 years of experience working with people with disabilities, including those who have had a traumatic brain injury. She works from a person centered approach and strives to ensure that people are able to live as independently as possible in the community.

Kim Pelfrey works in our TBI Medicaid Waiver Program as a Community Integration Counselor as well as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Specialist. She received her M.A. in Psychology from Marist College and has a wide range of experience in the field. In addition to working with individuals with TBI, Kim specializes in working with people on the Autism Spectrum. She has been providing in home services for over 13 years and is intrigued by the family dynamics. She believes in a multi-modal approach incorporating the different areas of a persons life and focuses on the positive.