Meet The Team
We are passionate about helping people.
Grace Counseling Therapists
Susan is a post-master level therapist and clinical coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Liberty University and also received her Master of Arts graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty.
Her area of focus throughout her career has been on empowering women, individuals, those struggling in addiction, trauma & abuse, and couples in distress. Her previous experience has been working with domestic violence victims and family members, grief, homeless, and childhood trauma. She is committed to helping individuals find and live out their God-designed life, and has a desire to use her personal life experiences to help connect and encourage others. She strongly feels led to pour into communities and empower individuals helping find security and value in their lives. Her own story has been one of redemption, and she wants to pass on hope to the hopeless so they, too, can place their confidence in Christ. She is passionate about meeting people right where they are and walking alongside them.
Susan has a huge heart for mission work, and has spent much time loving on the children and wonderful people of Nicaragua. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is always up for anything fun. Susan has experience in youth leadership and mentoring. Susan is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is certified in pastoral care counseling for soul care, trauma and abuse, domestic violence, marriage and family counseling, children, and counseling for women. Susan also is EMDR certified for trauma therapy. She is currently working on her certification in sex therapy. She has an immense love for people and their stories. She believes her gift of encouragement provides a platform of safety and trust so clients are able to heal in a therapeutic environment that displays a sense of being known and loved.
Pastor Bob Zonts earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Logistics, with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University before moving on to attain his Master of Arts in Human Services: Marriage and Family Counseling, from Liberty University. Bob has 16 years of corporate/business ministry experience and has been serving in Christian pastoral ministry since 2000. Previous experience includes hospital diagnostic sales for a large healthcare corporation, as well as an entrepreneur (one of the founders and Vice President of Cornerstone Enterprises, Inc.)
Bob had the privilege of serving as one of the pastors at North Way Christian Community in Wexford, PA, and since July 2007, Bob is honored to serve as the Care Pastor here at Grace Community Church. Along with providing executive team oversight for Grace Care and Counseling, Bob provides pastoral counseling, as well as premarital counseling as part of the wedding process at Grace. Moreover, while not a licensed professional counselor, he is very passionate about providing Post-Masters-level marriage counseling. Bob is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and utilizes Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling (Brief Therapy) which is an evidence-based, integrated approach consisting of a couple-specific assessment and then psychology and empathetic, biblical Christianity, based on level of principle. Bob has also received a certification in the treatment of sexual addiction.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Bob and his family have lived in West Virginia, Colorado, and then returned to Pennsylvania in 1995. He enjoys time with their multiple dogs, and the two horses which reside in their stables. As such, Bob is a Rancher “wannabe”, loves the Rocky Mountains, Penn State, WVU (because of his daughter!), sports, and connecting over coffee and high goo-factor chocolate peanut butter desserts…with Reddi-whip! He and his wife, Cindy, are parents to a beautiful adult daughter, as well as incredibly thankful for such a great son in-law.
Joe Maletta is a Post-Masters level counselor who specializes in crisis response and trauma counseling. Joe seeks to walk along side people who are going through valleys in their lives that result in very difficult questions and intra-personal conflict. Joe believes in a therapeutic environment that encourages people to see their inner-strength and exercise their brains much like a personal trainer helps their clients achieve physical goals. He will spot-you, coach you, and cheer you on – but you have to do the exercise!
When Joe is not counseling, he is serving full time in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the Executive Director for the Contracting Service Area for the East Coast in the Veterans Health Administration where he oversees over 900 personnel from Maine to Puerto Rico. His circuitous path to his position at Grace demonstrates how God works in mysterious ways! The son of an Army veteran and professional firefighter, Joe has a big heart for those who serve their communities and country. Joe is an 11-year veteran of the United States Navy and considers it an honor to serve the Veterans in his current role in the VA.
Joe is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and has a Masters of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Crisis Response and Trauma from Liberty University. Joe also has certificates from Notre Dame University (Integral Executive Leadership) and the University of North Carolina (VA Senior Executive Strategic Leadership). Joe’s bachelor’s degree is from Penn State University in Operations Management. He is married to Wendy and they are the proud parents of a teenage daughter, Julia. He enjoys playing the bass guitar in the Grace Creative Team and in his own band as well.
Grace Counseling Administrators
Jackie Eppler is the Care and Counseling Assistant at Grace. In this role, she provides administrative support to Grace Counseling Services and is responsible for recruiting and overseeing care volunteers, One-on-One ministry and care groups. Jackie earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Thiel College and a Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Health Services with a focus in areas of mental health and child abuse and neglect. Professional experience includes specialized foster care, corrections, community mental health services and administration with emphasis in crisis intervention and seriously mentally ill both institutionalized and in the community, and suicide awareness and prevention.
She is a member of the Butler County Mental Health/Early Intervention/Intellectual Disabilities Advisory Board, Butler County Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Butler County Commissioners’ Opioid Leadership Team, and Seneca Valley MH Roundtable; Co-Chair, Butler County Suicide Coalition; Coordinator, Cranberry Area MH Coalition; Executive Committee, Cranberry Area Special Needs Coalition. Special training includes: individual and group crisis intervention, suicide prevention, suicide loss/survivor support, interviewing individuals with disabilities.
Jackie believes that anyone can benefit from having someone to talk to during difficult times and that no one should feel they are alone in their struggles. Her passion is helping people overcome hardships and working with people who are deeply hurt and looking to find hope in very hopeless situations.
A Somerset County native, she has lived in Minnesota and California. Jackie, her husband and three children have been a part of Grace since 2010 and members of the Cranberry community since 2000.
Bailey is an Administrative Assistant who works closely with thecare and counseling assistant, therapists, and care pastor here at Grace. Bailey’s predominant task is to provide the front desk first impression for staff, guests, and clients. She is the first point of contact for intake inquiries for Grace Counseling Services. She also provides support for the Connections, Care and Counseling Team and ensures that the needs of the congregation and community are being met. Bailey is a graduate of Westminster College and she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies with a focus in Sociology.
Bailey has a passion for serving others. She pursues connection and relationship through volunteer work in her community. Bailey enjoys providing care and support to youth in the Lawrence County 4-H Program as an adult mentor. She is an active member here at Grace since 2014.
Bailey enjoys riding her horses, spending time with her dog, coffee and reading. She is an advocate for young females and has the desire to witness God’s work in everyone she meets. Bailey aspires to use her personal life experiences to encourage others and share God’s grace.