Senior Leaders

Virginia Bauer - Director of Special Education


Ginny is currently in her 47th year as an educator.  She graduated from West Chester University in 1971 with a degree in Education and an area of concentration in Special Education.   Ginny began her teaching career at York Suburban School District, where she was the first Special Education teacher in the district.  She retired in 2003 after 32 years with the York Suburban District to begin a new career with Folium, Inc.   Now in her 14th year with the company, Ginny serves as Director of Special Education. She  provides a crucial service for our school district customers through reviewing  Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) referrals sent to our Affinity Educational Solutions for compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Education standards. Ginny also serves as the District Administrator for PSSA’s and Keystones. 

Ginny often says that her real passion was realized when she began working for Folium.   One of the most enjoyable parts of her job is mentoring new staff.  She enjoys training the Special Education staff on the “ins and outs” of Special Education law and paperwork requirements.  Ginny also enjoys traveling to the Transition programs to be a resource for Special Education questions and be part of their support network.   

Lindsey Ensminger, M.Ed, NCC, LPC - Division Director


Lindsey has worked in the counseling and behavioral health field for over 10 years. Lindsey joined the company in 2004 as a TSS and then transitioned into various roles including: BSC, MT, School Counselor, and Outpatient Therapist. Lindsey is a member of the Core TIC team and is building the agency’s expertise in providing ABA services. She obtained her bachelors degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University in 2004  and her masters degree from Shippensburg University in Elementary School Counseling in 2007. She completed a post masters certificate program in Couples and Family therapy in 2009. Lindsey is credentialed with multiple insurance companies.

Lindsey has worked extensively with children and their families providing services in home, school, and community locations. Lindsey works with individuals to overcome and cope with challenges facing them. She believes that with consistent support, understanding and guidance clients can overcome and make positive changes. Lindsey specializes in working with families and the educational community in the areas of behavioral consultation, group therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and play therapy.

Bruce Hamm II, MBA - Director of Human Resources


Bruce started part-time with the organization in 1994.  Upon completion of his Administration of Justice Degree through Penn State University, he started full-time in the York County Day Treatment Program’s Evening Program as a Direct Care Worker.  Later he transitioned to the Day Treatment Program as a Life Skills Instructor, then Team Leader, Counselor, and eventually Program Coordinator overseeing the day to day to operations of the York County Day Treatment Program, which included supervision of several Professional Staff and 100+ students on any given day.

In 2003, Bruce accomplished his M.B.A. through Frostburg State University. In 2008, Bruce transitioned to Cumberland County to be the Program Coordinator of the Cumberland  Therapeutic Education Program.  From about 2009 until present, Bruce has taken on various organizational administrative duties that eventually led to his current position as the Director of Human Resources.

Professional Member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)
Professional Member of HRP of CPA (Human Resource Professionals of Central Pa)

Sammi Hefner, LPC, NCC - Regional Director


Sammi has a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as, a Masters in Science in Mental Health Counseling.  She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2012.  She has worked in family based programs since fall of 2008 as a family based therapist.  In 2014, Sammi joined Laurel Life and was promoted to Regional Director of Family Based and Outpatient Services in 2015.  Sammi enjoys working with individuals and families to help address areas of concern and focus on strengths. 

Certified Family Based Therapist since 2011
Trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Elizabeth Kieffer, LSW - Regional Director


Liz worked in the field of Social Work as a therapist with children and teens in residential programs, BHRS services, and in a psychiatric facility with adults.  She started with the organization  in 2008 as the Clinical Specialist of the Berks Center and later became the Program Coordinator as well. 

Elizabeth facilitated the start of the P.R.E.P.P. cyber program that is now in its second year.  She is a member of the Growth team and the Champions team for Laurel Life.  She also received numerous mini-grants to assist her students in gaining more experiences and building protective factors. This includes a mentoring and exposure mini-grant where students and staff built relationships through activities, Food of the Week which opened students’ minds to new fruits and vegetables, as well as an Exercise mini-grant to encourage healthy habits, team building, teamwork, and relationships among others. 

Liz lives in the Reading, PA area with her husband and two daughters.  She enjoys cooking in her spare time.  Her family favorites include homemade lasagna, Strawberry spinach salad, and homemade pierogis!

Paul Mancia, MS - Managing Director


Paul has been providing direct care and program supervision at Laurel Life since 2005.  Paul currently directs community based mental health programs and Transition Classrooms across much of South-Central Pennsylvania.

Trauma Informed Care and Brain Science Resiliency are passions of Paul’s.  Much of his focus within the organization is to implement engagement strategies and training procedures in Evidence Based Practices that work!

A member of Laurel Life’s CoreTIC team, Paul has been instrumental in developing trauma informed care policy, procedures, and staff development at every level of the organization.

Paul enjoys sharing his passion of Trauma Informed Care and has presented to dozens of school districts across Pennsylvania and Maryland, colleges, government agencies, and private institutions.  Also numerous professional conferences: PA Middle School Conference, PA Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Conference, Safe Schools Conference, and Child Trauma and Injury Prevention Conference.

Paul resides in York, PA with his loving wife, where they are devoted parents to their beautiful daughters, along with their two dogs.

Nicole Robinette, PhD- Regional Director


Nicole graduated Wagner College and Saint Francis University with a BS and Masters degree in Education, respectively. She earned a doctorate in Education, Administration, and Leadership from Walden University in 2014. Nicole has worked in the Education and Mental Health fields for 15 years, and has been an adjunct English Professor as well.

In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and younger daughter, and being a movie buff!

Wilson Santiago, LBS - Regional Director


Wilson graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice, then continued on to earn his Masters of Science in Human Behavior from Capella University. He has also started his PhD in Forensic Psychology.  Wilson has over 21 years of experience as a Therapeutic Staff Support, Case Manager, Mental Health Counselor, and within the forensic sector. Wilson is currently the Regional Director for Laurel Life’s Family Based Mental Health Program. 

An avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, Wilson enjoys coaching sports and providing motivational speaking engagements. Through his extensive experience, Wilson has gained comprehensive knowledge working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors with mental and behavioral health issues.  He specializes in working with children with Autism and moderate to severe behavioral issues while motivating individuals around him and others to be at their best at what they do.

Darren Shaffer, MA - Regional Director


In the Fall of 2016 Darren joined Folium Inc., where he became the Regional Director. Darren’s responsibilities include being the Administrator for the Laurel Life, and Affinity Educational Programs serving Franklin County. He works closely with partnering District Representatives to provide an array of Educational services which benefits students both within and outside the District setting.  

Darren’s unique Position branches into all four divisions of Folium Inc, the only employee to have that distinction other than the Senior Leadership. Other duties include assisting with New Staff Orientation, a member of the Core TIC Team, and most recently a certified trainer for the organization through the American Heart Association.  

Darren is the Administrator for the Mill Road Adventure Challenge and Team Building Course. The Mill Road Adventure Challenge Course is located on the grounds of the Brown’s Mill Center, where School Districts, Sports Teams, and Businesses have all contracted for challenging, fun, adventurous team building activities. 


Darren’s other responsibility is the Administrator of the Rolling Hills Transit. Rolling Hills Transit provides transportation services to Districts for their “public and non-public students”. Services include daily transportation to and from school, field trips, and “special trips” such as athletic teams. Currently, Rolling Hills Transit has over 60 Vans and mini-vans in operation on a daily basis throughout the state of Pennsylvania.  

Prior to joining Folium, Darren began his career as an Emotional Support Teacher with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15 where he continued to work for 8 years. In 2002 Darren joined a Private Adventure Education organization where he served in the capacities of a teacher, a coordinator, and an Educational Director  

Darren attended Dickinson College where he earned a BA in History and Education. He also completed 57 graduate credits in “Instructional Strategies” and “Special Education” from Wilkes University and Shippensburg University respectively.  Darren has coached Basketball and Baseball for over 18 years, and enjoys golfing, fishing and vacationing.

Shannon Taylor, LPC - Director of School Based Services


Shannon has worked in the mental health field since 2006. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Syracuse University in 2006. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Shannon worked in a residential facility for children in crisis and then transitioned to behavioral support for students in an alternative education placement. Shannon earned her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University in 2009. She has worked in a variety of unique settings including providing mobile therapy as well as chronic care for people suffering from mental health illness while incarcerated. 

Shannon is a certified secondary school counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She has also earned the title of Nationally Certified Counselor as well as Licensed Professional Counselor. Shannon is credentialed with multiple insurance providers. 

Shannon joined Laurel Life as a school based counselor during the 2014-2015 school year. She has worked as an outpatient therapist specializing in thought and mood disorders as well as working with clients who have experienced trauma across all ages. Shannon has experience as a psychological associate completing best practice psychological evaluations. Shannon became the supervisor of Dauphin and Cumberland County School Based Services in 2016 and was promoted to Director of School Based Services in 2019. 

Shannon provides clinical supervision for clinicians trying to obtain licensure. She works closely with multiple school districts to help provide the therapeutic component of Emotional Support programs as well as a trauma classroom within the public school setting. She values the collaborative relationship between the therapeutic and district staff as well as the parents and caregivers of our students.