Dr. Adamson oversees all CSF Buxmont restorative programs and initiatives. These include day treatment/alternative education, in-home and community-based counseling, foster care and conferencing programs for at-risk youth and their families in eastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Adamson’s dedication to introducing restorative programming in community-based settings, empowering families, keeping youth connected to their families and providing quality restorative services to families and youth is central to his work at CSF Buxmont. He has been with the organization in counseling and administrative positions since 1995. Dr. Adamson is Provost at the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School. His interests include the influences of restorative practices in justice, education, counseling and adult learning. Dr. Adamson is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He earned a Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the IIRP in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Education from Lesley University in 2012.
Dr. Michael DeAntonio
Executive Director, Buxmont Academy
Michael DeAntonio has three decades of experience in the teaching and administrative fields of public education. Most recently, he served as an instructor in the Department of Secondary Education at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA, and as an educational liaison for Buxmont Academy in the role of consultant. Prior to that, Michael was the principal at Fleetwood Area School District for six years and an Assistant Principal at Upper Merion Area High School for seven years. His experiences range from of middle school science teacher to an instructor of graduate students preparing to enter the field of secondary school administration. Michael has completed his doctoral dissertation through Alvernia University, focusing on the role that restorative practices plays in Pennsylvania high schools.
Paul Karaman III
Executive Director, Community Service Foundation
Paul Karaman has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience as executive director, director and clinical supervisor in all phases of children and family services, including start up, supervision and program and team turnaround. As director of programs for CSF, he is responsible for the administration, implementation, management, marketing and evaluation of all CSF programs. Paul ensures a restorative environment in serving at-risk youth and their families in day treatment, foster care group homes, drug and alcohol outpatient services, evening reporting centers and other programs provided by CSF for the eastern Pennsylvania youth court systems. Paul holds a Master in Philosophy from Villanova University.
Director, Day Programs
Rick Pforter has a wide-ranging background that includes service in the Peace Corps and teaching adolescents in Palau, Micronesia. He has worked with CSF Buxmont since 1981 in several capacities — as teacher, counselor, coordinator, and assistant director. He has also been a houseparent, supervising court-adjudicated youth in southeastern Pennsylvania. As the director of day treatment programs at CSF Buxmont, Rick supervises the organization’s five Buxmont Academy schools and the Buxmont Academy Elementary Program. These alternative education and day-treatment schools provide a comprehensive, community-based scholastic program and offer a supportive environment for young people struggling with behavioral, emotional and academic issues. In all his work at CSF Buxmont, Rick uses restorative means to promote self-esteem in children and youth, holding them accountable for their actions, and helping them develop the emotional, academic and life skills to meet their goals.
Assistant Director of Treatment
Pam Thompson started with CSF Buxmont as a school counselor in 1989 and served as coordinator of a CSF Buxmont school from 1994 to 2004. She was also a houseparent at a CSF foster care home for three years. Pam became assistant director of the day treatment/alternative education program in 2004, providing supervision to all Buxmont Academy centers. She contributes a great deal to the supportive, restorative culture that exists in these schools, which promote improved student behavior and encourages an increased focus on academics. Pam utilizes her skills and well-honed restorative instincts to ensure the use of this approach in all settings: academic, therapeutic and supervisory. Pam holds a Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling (M.R.P.Y.C.) degree from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and is a lecturer at the IIRP Graduate School. She also is a Certified Addictions Counselor (C.A.C.).
Co-founder, CSF and Buxmont Academy
Susan Wachtel, retired, employed her extensive experience working with troubled and at-risk youth for more than three decades. In 1977, she co-founded CSF Buxmont with her husband, Ted Wachtel. Through her commitment to the principles of restorative practices, she has been instrumental in positively affecting the lives of thousands of young people. Susan was the founding dean of students with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) — a master’s-degree granting graduate school offering advanced education in restorative practices for educators and youth-serving professionals.
Co-founder, CSF and Buxmont Academy
Ted Wachtel is the founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and co-founder of CSF Buxmont schools. He co-authored Toughlove, a best-selling book for parents of troubled adolescents, Dreaming of a New Reality, Restorative Justice Conferencing, The Restorative Practices Handbook, Restorative Circles in Schools and Family Power, and has written numerous articles on restorative practices.