To schedule a counseling session, please contact our lead counselor, Jon Sovocool at
jsovocool@servingleaders.org or 484-558-0996.

 
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Dave Wiedis

Founder, Executive Director, Counselor
dwiedis@servingleaders.org | 610-517-0437

Having witnessed firsthand the pressures of ministry and the devastation that can result from a lack of pastoral care for ministry leaders, Dave founded ServingLeaders in 2007 to provide a respite of care, training, and encouragement for those facing ministry challenges. Dave is a counselor, attorney, teacher, and elder. He has a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University and a J.D. from Villanova Law School. More...

 
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Leah Dixon, MSC

Counseling Intern, Director of Communication | West Chester Office

Leah is interested in helping people struggling with difficult life adjustments, identity issues, shame, anxiety and relationship issues. She is passionate about helping people thrive in spiritual and emotional health and particularly enjoys working with young women navigating identity issues and discovering specific areas of strength and gifting. Leah earned her Master's Degree in Counseling from Cairn University.

 
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sarah ensslen, lpc

Counselor | Willow Grove Office

Sarah specializes in treating individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. She is also passionate about trauma treatment, and has a heart for individuals who have experienced ethnic and race-based traumatic stress. Sarah received a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University where she currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychology. More…

 
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Dr. Penny Nelson Freeman, LPC

Counselor | Willow Grove Office

Dr. Freeman specializes in sexual abuse, trauma, grief, chronic illness, and marriage counseling. With over 30 years of counseling experience, she has served in a variety of settings including private practice, ministries, and church based counseling centers. Penny earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at Villanova University and a doctorate from Argosy University in Sarasota FL in Counseling Psychology. More...

 
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Sarah Loew, LPC

Counselor | West Chester Office

Sarah is passionate about helping people struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, infertility and other concerns. In addition to her experience with adults, she loves working with young adults, and utilizes behavioral strategies to assist in her work with parents of children and teens. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Chester University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Cairn University. More...

 
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JEFF MCMULLEN, MSC

Counselor | Willow Grove Office

Jeff is particularly interested in working with ministry clients struggling with anxiety and identity issues. He likes to use story narrative to explore how we can experience freedom by understanding our adoption into God's family. Jeff is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America. He completed his Masters of Counseling at Biblical Seminary. More…

 
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Laura Nagy, MS RD LDN CPT

Wellness Coach | West Chester Office

Laura is a nationally certified Wellness Coach and earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University and Bowling Green State University, respectively. She considers it a privilege to partner with her clients to build personalized nutrition and workout plans to achieve short and long-term wellness goals and help them become the healthiest, most vibrant version of themselves, inside and out. More…

 
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dr. Timothy pretz

Counselor | West Chester Office

Dr. Pretz specializes in marriage counseling, helping couples recover from affairs, pastoral care, addiction, grief and loss, and conflict resolution. With extensive experience as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and 21 years as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, Tim has a unique perspective on the challenges facing ministry leaders and their families. Tim earned his DMin in Marriage and Family from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and post graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Council for Relationships. More...

 
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Helen Schmidheiser, LPC

Counselor | Willow Grove Office

Helen received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Eastern University. As a breast cancer survivor, She has a deep passion for walking alongside women in seasons of change, loss, and unexpected outcomes. Before joining the ServingLeaders team, She provided attachment-focused and trauma-informed clinical services to children and families in her role as an outpatient clinician at Bethanna, a Christian social services agency in Southampton, Pa. More...

 
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dr. William P. Smith

Counselor | Willow Grove Office

Dr. Smith is passionate about showing people how God longs to connect with them in the midst of their fear, shame, apathy and sin. His diverse background in many aspects of pastoral ministry  gives him unique insight into how the gospel addresses the isolation, politics, exhaustion, discouragement and work-life struggles that pastors routinely face so that their hope and strength is renewed to serve Christ and his bride. More...

 
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Jon Sovocool, LPC

Lead Counselor | West Chester Office & Willow Grove Office

Jon specializes in treating anger management, addiction, anxiety, trauma, depression, and bipolar disorder. He studied Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College and earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. In his work with clients, Jon brings compassion, biblical perspective and extensive clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT Prolonged Exposure, a trauma protocol. More...

 
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Ann spooner, mss, lsw

Counselor | West Chester & Wayne, PA

Ann has worked as an individual, marriage, pre-marital and family therapist for over 30 years in a variety of settings. She is most passionate about helping adult survivors of sexual abuse, adults who have had a physically or psychologically absent parent, those going through life transitions or depression, blended families, and those who are suffering from emotional or spiritual abuse. Ann’s main desire is to help people discover how to apply the grace of God practically to the details of their lives. More…

 

Leadership & Administrative Team

 
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Cyndy Bergmaier

Administrative Assistant
cyndy@servingleaders.org | 484-254-6559

Cyndy has been a part of the ServingLeaders team since the fall of 2009. In addition to bookkeeping and serving the ministry in a host of ways, Cyndy creates a welcoming, warm environment for our clients. She has been married to her husband Tom since 1986, and they are the proud parents of four grown children: Philip, Kristen, Matthew, and Shannon.

 
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Joe Bruni

Chief Operating Officer
jbruni@servingleaders.org | 484-254-6559

Joe joined the ServingLeaders team in 2017 with a diverse background in ministry experience, pastoral care, and organizational leadership. He earned a BA in Speech and Language Pathology from University of Vermont and an MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. As COO for ServingLeaders, Joe oversees all aspects of operations including vision implementation, staff care, finance, donor relations, marketing and advancing the ministry through new partnerships and territories. More...

 
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ANGELA COMMISKEY

Communication and Development Assistant

Angela holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration and a BA in American Studies, both from West Chester University. Prior to joining the ServingLeaders team, she served nonprofits as a Salesforce Consultant, an Administrative Director, and a seamstress/costumer for historians/museums/theatres (in addition to volunteering at ServingLeaders!). Angela is also a Professional Organizer who loves to dive into the mess of life to create calm.