Key Personnel

Deborah Ferraro
Executive Director

Debbie has worked at PLEA since 1973. She started out in the classroom as the lead teacher therapist when PLEA only had one classroom. As PLEA developed, Debbie’s role at PLEA changed. When the program developed its Partial Hospital program, Debbie became the program coordinator. As she started her own family away from PLEA, she consulted to the agency and conducted agency trainings. In 1995, she became the Executive Director. Debbie’s job includes being part of the community in advocating and planning for services for children, adults and families living with developmental and behavioral disorders.


Dr. Stuart Libman, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Libman has served as the Medical Director of the PLEA Agency since 1985. In addition to supervising the Partial Hospital center based program, he supervises the Family work component of the programs. Dr. Libman conducts psychiatric evaluations for the Programs. Dr. Libman is board certified in General Psychiatry as well as in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Family Center. Dr. Libman also maintains a private practice in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry. He is an expert in the field of Autism.


Aaron Libman, MEd, BCBA
Clinical/Program Director

Aaron started with the PLEA School Based Partial Hospital Program in 2010.  He has trained in Precision Teaching and Generative Instruction at Morningside Academy in Seattle.  His experience as a teacher and as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst led him to work internationally as an educational consultant before returning back home to Pittsburgh to become the Clinical/Program Director for the School Based Partial Hospital Program.


Gretchen Kelly, Certified Compeer Professional
Compeer & Respite Program Director/Development Coordinator

Gretchen has been the Compeer Program Director at PLEA since 1994. She has additionally served Compeer as a 10 year Regional Representative organizing the efforts of Compeer services across PA. At PLEA, Gretchen also serves as Development Coordinator, organizing the fundraising efforts of the agency and oversees the PAL and Respite Care programs. Gretchen has a degree in Public Relations from Westminster College.


Bethanne Fulton, MS
PLEA ACT Institute Director/BHRS Director

Ms. Fulton has worked with children and families at PLEA since 1997. In recent years, she served as the BHRS Program Director and is a co-developer of the PLEA ACT Institute. Ms. Fulton also serves children and families in the PLEA Enhanced School Based Partial Hospital program and currently serves as the PLEA ACT Institute Director. Ms. Fulton has earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology with a counseling concentration.


Dale Kline
Visibility Coordinator

Dale began working for the PLEA Summer Camp in 1978. He was a counselor for one year, became a group leader and served as Summer Camp Director for over 30 years, until retiring from that position in 2017. Dale currently serves as the agency Visibility Coordinator, managing the agency’s website, publications, and Facebook page. He is a retired Instructional Support Coordinator and music teacher from the Freedom Area School District. Dale earned degrees in music education from Edinboro College and elementary education from Geneva College.


Ruth Dymond
Financial Director

A Certified Public Accountant since January of 1991, Ruth joined PLEA as the Financial Director in August of 1996. Ruth also provides the agency with many additional support services such as technical support and agency transportation coordination. Prior to joining PLEA, Ruth was employed in public accounting with an emphasis on non-profit organizations.