Regardless of the role they play here on campus, Spaulding Youth Center values each and every individual on our staff. Every day, our team works together to provide quality programs and services for our students and build strong, respectful relationships. In fact, many of our employees consider their Spaulding Youth Center colleagues as family.
Below are just a few of our family members and staff events to provide insight to our culture here on campus. Check back often as we will continue showcasing more of our cherished staff and fun team activities.
Pat Seaward-Salvati is what some may consider a lifer, but that is no sentence to this dedicated human services advocate. Even before graduating from Penn State in 1977, Pat worked with the Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia and knew he was destined to support the needs of kids and families. Since then, he has earned extensive experience working with youth and adults, developing early intervention and behavioral programs for youth, managing court diversion programs, and providing counseling, consulting, and training to individuals, families and educational representatives. Most recently, Pat developed and implemented the Spaulding Youth Center Community-Based ISO Foster Care Program, which he also directed until April 2014. Pat's current focus is as Admissions Director, managing all inbound referral requests and admissions outreach to School Administrative Unit (SAU) representatives and state agencies.Read More
The Spaulding Spirit Award is a peer‐nominated award given to a staff member who exemplifies Spaulding Spirit and makes peers proud to be working by their side. We are thrilled that Tonya Splett has been chosen for the Spaulding Spirit Award for Quarter 2! Tonya has been part of the Spaulding family for 7 years. “Tonya always thinks outside the box. She is a real go-getter and its pleasure to work alongside her,” said her peers Nathaniel Penninger, Wally Hall and Liz MacLeod. “We are lucky to have her here at Spaulding Youth Center. Tonya is completely deserving of this award!”Read More
The Spaulding Spirit Award is a peer‐nominated award given to a staff member who exemplifies Spaulding Spirit and makes peers proud to be working by their side. We are so excited that Nicole Hilliker has been chosen as the first Spaulding Spirit Winner! Nicole has been at SYC for nearly 2 years now, and in that time, has become part of the Spaulding family.Read More
Some of the greatest stories in history started with a random event which lead to significant outcomes. The story behind Spaulding Youth Center’s longest-tenured employee began just this way. Lori Surowiec was assigned to Spaulding Youth Center as part of a work study program in high school. Following this work study at the tender age of 18, she was hired full-time as a program treatment secretary. She dedicated 28 years to this instrumental role. In 2001, Lori was promoted to Executive Secretary, where she continues to provide support today.Read More
After living in numerous small Midwest towns as a child, Andrew Raeside earned his Fine Arts degree in Art from the University of Northern Iowa and also met his wife, Theresa. Following graduation, he started his special education career providing direct care in a Dubuque, IA adult residential facility. The couple relocated to Vermont for four years, but then finally settled in the NH lakes region. “It was the best thing we ever did!” shares Andrew.Read More
After returning from active duty in Iraq and then spending a few years as a correctional officer, Jason Perkins started at Spaulding Youth Center in 2010 as a Residential Assistant in Cutter-Wiggins. Since then, his work ethic and accountability has enabled him to transition into an overnight role.Read More