Our staff

Fern Wilcox, MHS, LPC, CAADC, CIP
Executive Director


Fern Wilcox is the Executive Director of Daystar. She has worked in the addiction and recovery field for over 30 years. She received her Master in Human Service Counseling from Lincoln University. Her experience includes every level of care and she is a Pennsylvania State certified Interventionist. Her specialties include Family addiction treatment. Mrs. Wilcox is a past President of the PA Halfway House Association and the current Vice President.

Kate Tannenbaum
Administrative/Financial Director


Kate Tannenbaum, Administrative/Financial Director at Daystar Center, has been with us since March 2014. Her background includes 13 years of banking experience with a focus on compliance and regulatory issues, in addition to managing branches. She majored in Economics and English at Allegheny College, in Meadville, PA, and has served on Executive Boards of Directors with 7 organizations, usually in the Treasurer position

Ronald Sloane, MSW
Program Director


Ronald Sloane is the Program Director at Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Ronald begin working as a House Manager for Gaudenzia Drug and Alcohol Agency. Ronald held several positions while working for the agency: House Manager, House Manager Supervisor, Counselor Assistant, Counselor and Clinical Supervisor. Ronald also worked as a Case Worker for Children and Youth in Cumberland County and as a Therapeutic Staff Support worker for T.W. Ponessa of Harrisburg, Pa. Ronald received his Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Shippensburg University and his Master Degree in Social Work at the University of Shippensburg.

R. Craig Gatchell II, CAAC
Lead Counselor


Craig is the Lead Counselor at Daystar Center for Recovery. He began employment at Daystar in 2016 and has worked in the drug and alcohol field since 2012. Craig has worked at multiple levels-of-care and in addition to Lead Counselor he has held the following positions: Clinical Aid, Recovery Specialist, House Manager, Program Coordinator, Counselor Assistant, and Counselor. Craig specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and is certified by The National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists in Rational Living Therapy. He is set to obtain his Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Behavior / Applied Psychology from Albright College in May of 2020. Craig is a Certified Associate Addictions Counselor by the Pennsylvania Certification Board.

Chris Benedetto, CRS
Counselor Assistant


Chris is the Counselor Assistant at Daystar Center for Recovery. Chris is a Certified Recovery Specialists through Pennsylvania Certification Board. He began employment at Daystar in 2018. Chris has redeveloped and implemented a new Family Program at Daystar. Chris was a mechanic by trade until his passion for helping others led him into the human service field in March of 2013. Chris has worked at multiple levels-of-care and is familiar with many modalities of substance abuse treatment. He is passionate about being an active advocate for individuals in the recovering community. Chris believes that everyone who is impacted by addiction should have the opportunity to experience his or her own personal path in recovery. He believes role modeling is the most comprehensible way to teach and strives to mirror the quote “be the change you want to see in the world”.

Robert Taylor, CRS
Counselor Assistant


Robert is a Counselor Assistant at Daystar Center for Recovery. Rob is a Certified Recovery Specialist through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He began at Daystar in 2017 as a Recovery Specialist and transitioned to a clinical role in 2019. Robert is an Assistant Pastor at a local community church and is passionate about helping individuals who are seeking a better way of life. Robert is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.

Tim Pellett, M.Ed.
Admissions Program Coordinator


Tim Pellett, M.Ed. is the Admissions Program Coordinator for Daystar. Tim began his career in college admissions and counseling in 1999. In 2015, he transitioned to the addiction/recovery field and became the Intake Coordinator for Gaudenzia - Common Ground; a detox and rehab center in Harrisburg, PA. Tim came to Daystar in January of 2018 in order to expand his professional and personal experience at a different level of care. Tim received a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Minor in Classical Civilization from Colby College in 1997 and then went on to earn a Master’s in Educational Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1999.

Kenneth Washington, CRS
House Manager


Ken is the House Manager at Daystar Center for Recovery. He began employment at Daystar in April of 2018. He has also held the following positions at Daystar: Part-Time Recovery Specialist and Evening Recovery Specialist. Ken is a Certified Recovery Specialists through Pennsylvania Certification Board. Ken has been mentoring individuals to help aid their transition back into society. He also facilitates weekly drug and alcohol classes in the Harrisburg area. Ken has a strong desire to help individuals in early recovery and appreciates the different treatment modalities and person-center treatment that is offered at Daystar.

John Umble
Overnight Recovery Specialist


John is the Overnight Recovery Specialist at Daystar Center for Recovery. He began employment at Daystar working in maintenance in January of 2019. John transitioned to his current recovery specialist role in June of 2019. John is an individual in long-term term recovery and has found his own spiritual connection through working the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 2007, John was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” for his service and facilitation of 12-step meetings at a local facility. John works closely with the clinical team and helps to maintain the well-being of residents during overnight hours. John has a great appreciation of the spiritual aspect of Daystar’s treatment program.