Meet Our Team


Eugene T. Cook, Sr.

Chief Executive Officer/ Owner

Before starting Gene Cook Supports, LLC in 2014, Gene obtained years of experience working with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties.  His vast experience and knowledge was obtained via work as a Direct Support Professional, TSS, Program Specialist, Regional Program Director, and Support Coordinator.  Furthering his commitment, Gene attended Westmoreland County Community College and The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology. His experience and education, coupled with his vision for increasing quality support and staff morale, led to the creation  of Gene Cook Supports, LLC in 2014. In his free time, Gene enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, and antiques.


 

Leigh Ann Davis

Director of Operations

Leigh Ann joined Gene Cook Supports in September of 2014.  Leigh Ann’s current role is the Director of Operations for Allegheny County. She oversees clients/families from the intake process to their discharge.  Leigh Ann works to coordinate staffing, client scheduling, case management, supporting staff in their positions, ensuring the quality of supports is maintained throughout the duration of services.  She has been in the human service field for over 20 years.  Prior to joining Gene Cook Supports, LLC, Leigh Ann worked with various providers in Allegheny County.  She previously has worked in a supervisory role in the day program and residential setting.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and vacationing at the beach.


Cliff Leggett

Regional Coordinator

Cliff, a senior employee of Gene Cook Supports, LLC, holds over seven years of experience working with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities in community, day program, and residential settings.  In addition, Cliff is skilled in the medical field, having an Associates Degree as a Medical Assistant Specialist.  In the role of Assistant Director, Cliff will be supporting the Director of Operations by attending annual ISP meetings, reporting changes to SC’s, individuals, families, and staff, coordinating services provided to individuals, and supervising, monitoring, and evaluating services provided to the individuals.  He will also coordinate the training of DSP’s in the content of health and safety needs relevant to each individual, conduct meet and greets with potential staff and families, as well as handle issues and concerns with families and staff.


Janette Hanson

Regional Coordinator

Janette started with Gene Cook Supports, LLC as a DSP in 2016. She has since moved up to the position of Assistant Director of Operations for Westmoreland and Fayette Counties with GCS.  Prior to that, Janette worked at an IDD residential group home with Wesley Family Services for five years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Halee Krisfalusi, M.Ed.

Executive Director of Behavioral Supports

Halee joined Gene Cook Supports in 2017 as part of our management team.  Her role within the team is the Executive Director of Behavioral Supports.  Halee attended the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. She brings 16 years of experience working with children and adults with exceptional needs.  Halee specializes in utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis that emphasizes a team approach.  She has found that this collaborative method enhances the lives of each individual, support staff, and family member she has the opportunity to work with.  Halee also is certified FBA trainer through ODP and recently obtained a certificate as a Sexuality Educator and Trainer.  When Halee is away from work, she and her family enjoy cooking together, spending time outside, and searching for hidden treasures at flea markets.


Jenny Walker

Director of Behavioral Supports

Jenny has a Bachelor’s degree in science from Bloomsburg University and a Masters in Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She has over fifteen years of experience in providing community, counseling, and rehabilitation services to clients and families dealing with mental health issues and other behavioral services.  Her career experiences has given her a deep understanding of obstacles people face within our society and the impact it can have on clients and families.  Jenny gains immense personal rewards from her work by seeing growth with the family and client’s she serves. Jenny loves spending time with her husband and two teenagers.  She loves reading, taking walks, and being a dog mom to her French Mastiff.


Brittany Brueckner

Operations Manager

Brittany has been a part of Gene Cook Supports, LLC since 2014.  She attended college at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.  She began working in the field as a Paraprofessional and Administrative substitute for Woodland Hills School District. Wanting to continue to make a difference in people’s lives, Brittany came to Gene Cook Supports, LLC.  She has over 8 years of experience working in school classroom settings in both Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties.  Brittany enjoys spending her free time traveling with her friends and two dogs, going to Pittsburgh Penguin games, and fishing.


Heather Thomas

Human Resources Director

Heather joined the Gene Cook Supports team in 2017.  Over the course of her career, Heather has held a variety of roles ranging from Mental Health Technician to Administration, working with children and aging adults, both residentially and in the home.  She has earned both an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has a Master’s in Human Resources.  When she is not working, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and is passionate about fitness.


Erin Centofanto

Health and Wellness Coordinator

Erin joined the Gene Cook Supports team as Health and Wellness Coordinator in 2018.  Erin has a degree in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In her career, she has worked at our local hospitals, schools, businesses, and personal care home settings developing programs and educating individuals on the importance of overall health and well being. Erin is a certified BLS Instructor and Yoga Fitness Instructor, as well as being certified in Health & Wellness coaching and therapeutic massage.  Through Gene Cook Supports, LLC, Erin hopes to incorporate all aspects of health and wellness to improve not only physical health, but mental and emotional health as well. Erin loves spending time with her family, friends, and working on personal growth. Her best days are the days she spends with her daughter.


Lindsay Reed

Health and Wellness: Mobility Coordinator

Lindsay has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Edinboro University and her Associates of COTA (Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant) from CCAC.  She has experience working as a counselor with adolescents, activities with seniors, and as a paraprofessional in autistic support at Sunrise School in Monroeville.  Lindsay has been a habilitation aide for GCS since 2015, and has been teaching our GCS Arts and Crafts class since 2017. Lindsay hopes to make a difference in the lives of our clients through class time opportunities and therapeutic interventions.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, friends, and family.


Michael-Patrick Buckley

Payroll/HR Representative

Michael-Patrick (MP) joined the Gene Cook Supports team as a DSP during the winter of 2015.  MP earned his degree in Accounting from Seton Hill University, along with a Master’s degree in Management, while also being a member of the baseball team. He joined the management team as the Payroll/HR Representative during the early winter of 2019.  MP is an extrovert with a charismatic and loving personality who fondly enjoys the presence of individuals with ID.  In his spare time, he enjoys working out, reading, hanging with his friends and family, playing sports, eating fruit and juicing.


Melissa O’Brien

Regional Coordinator

Melissa joined the GCS team as a DSP in 2017 and took on the role of Residential Coordinator in September 2019.  With over 20 years of experience working with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as 4 years as an administrator for a local school district, her background includes providing support to individuals in the home, school, and community settings, training staff, enhancing community relations, and grant writing. As the Residential Coordinator for Gene Cook Supports, Melissa supervises the homes of individuals who have extensive staffing needs. Spending time with her three children, kayaking, and making chocolate are Melissa’s favorite things to do when she has some leisure time.


Tanner Brown

Regional Coordinator

Tanner started his GCS career in January 2018 and became the Program Coordinator for Allegheny County in November 2019.  He has a Public Health Degree from Slippery Rock University.  Tanner has worked as a direct support professional in personal care home settings and developed and coordinated programs for people with disabilities for the past 6 years.  As a member of the GCS team, he hopes to use his professional background in combination with his degree in Public Health to provide quality services to the individuals and families we serve.


Pamela Giebel

BSP Coordinator

Pam joined the team at Gene Cook Supports LLC in 2018. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she received a Master’s Degree in Special Education and holds PA teaching certificates in Elementary and Special Education. Pam brings over 15 years of experience working with children and adults with exceptional needs. She’s held various positions in the fields of human services and education including TSS, Program Specialist, Autistic Support Teacher, Director of Education, and Behavior Support Professional. Pam participated in the PaTTAN Autism Initiative ABA Supports Program where she received 6 years of intensive training in applying the principals of ABA and Verbal Behavior. During her spare time, Pam enjoys watching her two sons play sports, camping, cooking, and thrift shopping.


Brittany Kowalewski

Regional Coordinator

Brittany started with Gene Cook Supports in 2016 as a DSP. She moved on to her as a regional coordinator as of April 2021. Prior to GCS, I worked at NHS where I had the opportunity to work with children diagnosed with varying intellectual disabilities. I have a business degree and hope to eventually complete my masters. In my free time I do crossfit, spend time with my kids and brother, and take spur of the moment road trips on the weekends.


Marquel Formato

Health & Wellness: Mobility Coordinator

Marquel joined the Gene Cook Supports Health and Wellness team in 2021 as a Mobility/Health & Wellness Coordinator. Marquel attended Penn State University where she majored in Physical Therapy Assistance. She has experience in both the skilled nursing and clinic settings. Marquel is also certified as a Health and Wellness & Nutrition coach. Marquel hopes to use her knowledge and experience to help guide others into living their fullest and best lives. In her free time, Marquel enjoys outdoor activities, being with her family and going to Top Golf with friends.


GCS Staff

At Gene Cook Supports, we value our staff and the diverse skills and extensive experience they bring to the company. We value each employee for their dedication and commitment to ensuring our individuals can have meaningful, everyday lives.  Staff are known for going above and beyond with their individuals to work on every aspect of their lives they would like to change or improve. Our staff are invested, dedicated, caring, and compassionate, bringing true heart to our GCS team!