Meet The Team
We are passionate about helping people.
Grace Counseling Therapists
Susan is a Licensed Marriage and Family 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.
She believes there is incredible potential for healing and growth that emerges in a counselor's office. The late poet Maya Angelou quoted, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you”. This quote holds a powerful message to those interested in a therapeutic relationship. There is no substitute in the act for good therapy. It is where vulnerability and courage cross paths. Therapy offers a safe place to take the mask off, and explore new ways to establish living healthily.
Susan's work is centered on our identity in Christ, meeting everyone at the cross, and offering an abundance of grace. Susan offers an approach that integrates Christianity and the models of psychology. At her core, her interventions commonly used are attachment-based therapy, goal-setting, inner child work, differentiation, mindfulness, modeling and EMDR. Susan's primary area of work has been focused on trauma. She is an EMDR level 2 therapist and has worked alongside victims of domestic violence, grief and loss, marital crisis, suicide, addiction, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and soul repair. She has worked extensively with both complex and single incident traumas.
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, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is certified in pastoral care counseling for soul care, trauma and abuse, domestic violence, marriage and family counseling, children, and counseling for women.
Beth is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at Penn State University and worked in various fields, including publishing, travel and the music industry and had a personal chef business prior to earning a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. She recently returned to her home state of Pennsylvania after living in Tennessee and Oregon over the past 23 years.
Beth’s therapeutic viewpoint is that each of us is born wired in certain ways, and our experiences have a large part in shaping us after that – particularly those we have in childhood. Beth believes we are born with the need to feel safe, secure, seen and heard, and many of our life experiences do not fulfill those needs. When those needs are not fulfilled, some level of trauma can occur.
Her passion is to help people heal from their wounds, clearing the path in becoming who God created each of us to be. To that end, her practice of therapy is trauma-informed, and she is certified in EMDR and trained in brainspotting, two research-based therapies that are effective in treating trauma. Beth has worked with trauma and abuse, anxiety, depression, and those who are in addiction recovery. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Beth currently lives on the family farm where she grew up, reconnecting with her roots and her enjoyment of gardening.
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 at home with their dog Digsby, 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-wip! 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. In this role, she oversees the care ministry which includes all care groups, One-on-One care, and prayer. She recruits, trains, and supervises all care volunteers, facilitates care groups including GriefShare and Virtual Prayer, and handles all prayer requests and care ministry referrals. Jackie earned her Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Thiel College and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh with focus in areas of mental health and child abuse and neglect. She is currently working to earn a Master of Organizational Leadership with an executive coaching emphasis.
Jackie is a part time instructor of emotional intelligence and personal empowerment at Butler Community College. She serves as Chair of the Butler County Mental Health/Early Intervention/Intellectual Disabilities Advisory Board, Butler County Suicide Coalition; Coordinator, Cranberry Area MH Coalition and Co-Chair for the Special Needs Consortium. She is Vice President of the Butler County Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and a member of the Butler County Commissioners’ Opioid Leadership Team, and Seneca Valley MH Roundtable. She has the following certifications: personal empowerment, individual, group, and advanced crisis intervention, suicide prevention, suicide loss/survivor support, interviewing individuals with disabilities, and motivational interviewing.
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.
Sonni is the Grace Counseling Services Assistant providing administrative support to the Grace Counseling team. She is the first point of contact for intake inquiries, first impressions, and maintains the Simple Practice account and welcome area to ensure both counselor and client are well cared for. Sonni also works closely with the Care and Connections team in serving the congregation and the community. Sonni is a graduate of Grove City College with bachelor degrees in Communications and French.
Sonni is passionate about Jesus and people. Out of her desire to live in authentic relationship with God and others, Sonni enjoys creating spaces, both physically and relationally, that are safe enough to ask hard questions and be vulnerable without fear of condemnation or judgment. Along with that comes the desire to live life abundantly and find life’s joys and delights, even in the midst of its inevitable sorrows. Her heart is to love God and love others well, being a vessel of His Kingdom through which the Holy Spirit has room to work in the lives of her neighbors.
Sonni prefers to spend her time outdoors and with friends and family. She loves to cook and try new recipes, even if it means learning her husband doesn’t like the dinner she made (it’s only happened once so far). Sonni values, even enjoys, physical activity but also loves to read, write, and challenge herself mentally. She can usually be found externally processing some question or another, ranging from concept of God to something like “who invented the spatula?”
Michelle is the Care and Connections Assistant at Grace Community Church and provides evening assistance to the Grace Counseling Service team. Michelle works along with Sonni, our Grace Counseling Services Assistant, to answer inquires, schedule appointments, take payments, and oversees the hospitality for all of our guests and clients.
Michelle has been connected and involved in the ministry here at Grace since the church was founded. She is passionate about serving God and loving others through global missions and our Together Women of Grace women’s ministry. She feels incredibly blessed to have traveled with Grace on 7 mission trips serving in Kenya, Africa and is the coordinator for the Grace in Kenya child sponsorship program. She also loves serving here at home through coaching and leading women’s Bible study groups.
Born and raised here in Cranberry Twp., Michelle is married with 3 children. Her oldest 2 children attend Liberty University and her youngest attends Seneca Valley. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors, boating, kayaking, fishing or simply sitting on the beach listening to the waves.