Anthony joined The Stepping Stones Group in March 2015 and has guided the company through tremendous growth over the years. Our special education brands now has four operating divisions (MTC, CTS, AVS and SOS) with more than 700 therapists working across the U.S.
Anthony previously served as the Senior Vice President of Jackson Therapy Partners, an occupational, speech and physical therapy staffing firm, after serving as Vice President of Development and Marketing since 2009. He was also the President of Healthcare Support Staffing, a hospital, pharmacy and outpatient clinic staffing company, for five years.
He received a B.S. in finance and marketing at Florida State University, College of Business.
Shore Capital Partners, LLC
Ryan is a Founding Partner of Shore Capital, a healthcare-focused private equity firm. Ryan is responsible for all activities of the firm including sourcing, evaluating and enabling the growth of Shore investments.
Ryan is a Director of Pediatric Therapy Services (which includes The Stepping Stones Group, MTC, CTS, SOS, AV) ClearPath Diagnostics, Fast Pace Urgent Care and Florida Autism Center. Ryan also served as past Director of Sirona Infusion and Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists.
Outside of the office, Ryan is actively involved with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Financial Markets Institute of Michigan State University, an organization that prepares undergraduate students for careers in financial services.
Ryan received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and received a B.A. in Accounting from the Honors College at Michigan State University.
Founder MTC / Board Director
Michael McBurnie is the Founder of MyTherapyCompany (MTC), and Pathways to Speech (PTS), our early intervention division.
Originally trained as draftsman & architect, Michael always been a natural promoter and organizer. A strong entrepreneurial streak led me to kick off several “passion projects” while in college.
It was with Mapmakers creating quarterly supplemental inserts for USA Today centered on healthcare, environment, travel, and education topics that he learned about the world of therapy and the desperate need for therapists in the US. “I knew I could make a real difference and when I started my first company, I created one that I would be proud to join.”
Today, while not a therapist himself, he has always thought he would find a career in psychology or healthcare. His personality and personal interests make this an ideal profession for him. So, his companies have always focused on healthcare staffing. Michael founded and managed four companies: Medical Resources, Sunbelt Therapy Services of America, Progressus Therapy and MyTherapyCompany.
Michael has a life-long interest in holistic health and fitness, stress management, and the environment. He has worked for nonprofits and established a political action committee and a team of lobbyists to work on issues related to air and water pollution. He has been involved in the start-up, sale, and acquisition of numerous companies over the past 30 years.
Pradeesh Thomas is a founder of AlphaVista Services Inc., a leading worldwide healthcare & educational services company. He was instrumental in building AlphaVista a USD 15 Million dollar company in 6 years. Prior to AlphaVista Services; he spent a decade at IBM, Hitachi & Cybernet Software Systems Inc as a Senior Project management consultant & also as a Business Development Manager managing key engagements worldwide. He is also involved in helping new entrepreneurs to start new ventures in the field of Healthcare & Education. He is an engineer by profession.
Diane Powers, M.A.ccc/slp
Diane is a Ball State University alumni with over 25 years as a licensed SLP/CCC. After a successful career as a therapist, manager and regional vice president in the healthcare field working for others, she became a founder and co-owner of a large Midwestern therapy contract company serving medical facilities. She sold the company in order to lead the spin-off of Staffing Options & Solutions, SOS. Diane was responsible for developing and implementing new programs, as well as operational management over 250 therapists in 140 contracts. She is a visionary leader with a solid ability to predict trends and craft successful strategies.
Her clinical expertise ranges from pediatric to geriatric care. Diane especially enjoys mentoring and training new SLP professionals. She has held leadership positions in the Indiana Speech and Hearing Association and the Indiana Speech and Hearing State Convention.
Laurie McCloskey, M.S.CCC/SLP
President, Therapy Serv. & Clinical Ops
Laurie is the President of Therapy Services & Clinical Operations. She leads the Clinical Management Team for The Stepping Stones Group (SSG). The team consists of 20 clinical leaders of various disciplines. Laurie provides support, guidance, and resources for the members of her team. She has oversight for the trainings and professional development opportunities which drive and support quality service provision within the SSG. She is a firm believer in the collaborative process in order to achieve positive outcomes. Effective communication, paying attention to details, analyzing situations, and providing solutions are some of the skills that Laurie uses daily in her role. She is passionate about developing clinical leaders within the organization, and providing them with team building and leadership development opportunities. Laurie is also involved in business development, strategic sales, and growth/maintenance of 7 large clients for the organization.
Chief Administrative Officer
Matt is our Chief Administrative Officer for the Stepping Stones Group (SSG), operating via several brands such as Cumberland Therapy Services, MyTherapy Company, and AlphaVista where we provide services in over 24 states.
Previously, he was the CFO for Fast Pace Urgent Care, a company dedicated to providing primary, walk-in and urgent care to communities. He also was the Managing Director for Allied Property Management Group, a business he founded to manage a focused portfolio of investment real estate and to provide property management and financial services.
Mr. Davis obtained a B.S. in Aviation Management and General Business from Eastern Michigan University. He also received an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Michigan, Stephen Ross School of Business.
Chief Financial Officer
Adrienne’s is our Chief Financial Officer. She was a Financial Analyst and Assistant Controller for Miles Media, a Marketing Destination company. Prior to that, she was an Accountant for Storage Spot, a multi-state storage company. During this tenure also co-owned her own Domino’s Pizza Franchise. She has multi-state and international accounting experience, along with software implementation experience. The move to Colorado has been the best thing for her family. “My boys (big and small) love the outdoors, and are having a great time fishing, hiking, biking, etc… and what a view!”
Vice President of Operations
Nick is our Vice President of Operations. He has 12+ years of experience within the recruiting/staffing industry, holding numerous titles through an organization. Nick, facilitates the day to day operations across all four brands in order to provide the sales and recruiting teams support and guidance. Nick is also responsible for the technical infrastructure across all four brands and offices.
When he isn't solving all of our problems, he spends his free time with his wife and two darling kids.
Director of People Services
Jennifer is our Director of People Services, and has a diverse background in HR. She has worked for entrepreneurial focused businesses and has helped businesses grow through both organic growth as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Outside of the office her family farms and she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Jennifer is certified in HR holding both her SPHR and SHRM-SCP and holds a MBA.
Ladonna Valier, PT
Vice President, SOS
Ladonna is a graduate of the University of Evansville and has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical therapist and manager. Joining a rehab team in as a staff therapist in 1983, Ladonna was promoted to the position of regional director in 1988 and left that position to become one of the founders and co-owners of a large therapy contract company serving medical facilities in the Midwest.
Ladonna was responsible for directing the physical therapy programs and brought a personal commitment to the highest standards of treatment for the programs, the organization and the physical therapy professionals who worked within these systems. She sold the company to be part of the leadership team in the spin-off company, SOS.
Ladonna is a resourceful & innovative clinician who enjoys supervising and coaching other therapists to excellence. She has taught technical workshops and held leadership positions within the PT profession.
Sandy Burns, CRTT
Vice President, SOS
Sandy attended Indiana University and has over 20 years’ experience as a Respiratory Therapist. After establishing herself as a regional director of a large national contract company, she became one of the founders and co-owners of a large therapy contract company serving medical facilities in the Midwest. Sandy was responsible for operational management of the respiratory program, which was comprised of 150 therapists in 35 facilities. She sold the company to be part of the leadership team in the spin-off company, SOS.
She is a logistics master with an eye for details. She excels in defining clear expectations and creating teamwork among her staff.
Vice President of Recruiting
Katie is our VP of Recruiting for all our special education brands. She is responsible for the management, growth, success and outcomes for the recruitment teams through her strategic planning and leadership.
She graduated from University of Kentucky with a double major in Marketing and Management. Prior to coming on board she was the Senior Director of Recruitment at AMN Healthcare, where she lead a team of 18 members with highest head count for all of their travel nursing divisions.
She an adventure enthusiast and a runner, and just recently completed her first Ragnar relay race and is currently looking to train for her next half marathon.
Director Communications & Marketing
Molly has over 15 years of experience with communications, marketing & event organization in the Special Education field. She worked with one of the SSG board members during the start-up years at Progressus Therapy, and helped to grow MTC before we merged into the SSG.
Her effective strategizing for professional events, companywide systems, and collaboration with the leadership team to implement policies & procedures as the company continues to grow is invaluable as she understands this industry.
She heads up Marketing and Lead Generation for all our therapy companies, working with the teams to build our presence while helping position the company into a national leading school-based provider of special education services to schools nationwide. She lives in Utah with her 4 children, 2 crazy dogs, and her husband a fantastic chef who owns & operates 2 local restaurants!
Director of Travel Recruitment
Jason is the Director of Travel Recruitment for The Stepping Stones Group. He previously served as a Senior National Recruiter for Jackson Therapy Partners. He brings 8 years of experience to travel therapy recruitment specifically working with Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology and Physical Therapy. His family, building relationships with therapists nationwide & training for Ironman races are the three things that keep him going.
JOSEPH "JAY" TOTTER
Vice-President of School Services, AV
Jay began his employment with AlphaVista in January 2012 as the Director of School Services. He is responsible for sales and account management for the AV brand.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at San Jose State University, National University, and is currently teaching at the National Hispanic University. He recently completed a 40-year career in public education starting as a Speech-Language Pathologist in New York and then serving as a school administrator in California for the past 32 years.
Director of Recruitment, AV
Marvel is the Director of Recruitment for AlphaVista. He has been instrumental in the growth and training of staff in our California office and heads up our International Department.
Marvel has a background in Physical Therapy and was trained in India and in the U.K.
He spends his free time with his wife and their little one , loves traveling and enjoys the outdoors!