Who Are We?
Endless Mountains Extended Care
Our story began with a struggling father and daughter who refused to give up on each other. My father, and now business partner, struggled with addiction throughout his life. He is now sober 20 years and I have always been an active part of his sobriety and recovery. My father went from steps away from death to healthy sobriety and having a successful commercial building business. I think that he would say that his greatest accomplishment in sobriety is his relationship with his family and his grandson Stephen, who I named after him. He helps young people struggling with addiction every day and came to me in 2017 with an idea to start a sober house. I took it one step further and we now have a 90 day Pennsylvania State Licensed Drug and Alcohol Facility. Endless Mountains Extended Care works off of a 12 step model with a strong clinical and holistic component. We integrate the 12 steps into a clinical treatment plan combining cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, mindfulness, team building, and life skills. We also help patients gain employment and education with several offerings at our facility such as job skills and resume writing. My father and I are thrilled that we could combine my education and counseling license with his good sobriety in order to help families who are just like ours.
Marc S. Boriosi, MS, CADC, NCAC
Marc Boriosi has worked in the treatment of addiction for over a decade. Marc holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a particular interest in hypnosis for trauma and PTSD. Marc is designated a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor by the Pennsylvania Certification Board and a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (Level 1) by the NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals). Marc is the son of the late world-renowned Psychiatrist and Author Guido D. Boriosi, M.D., and prides himself on utilizing his father’s simple, reality-based philosophies in his therapy. Marc resides in Clarks Summit, PA. He enjoys every waking moment with his children, Dominic and Reese, when not working.
Arianne Scheller, PHD, LPC
Dr. Scheller has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Scranton and her Doctorate (PhD.) in Human Development from Marywood University. Dr. Scheller is an adult child of an alcoholic and has worked with families dealing with addiction in various counseling settings for the last 20 years, including in her private practice. Dr. Scheller started working in the addiction and mental health field when her father, Stephen, started his journey in recovery. She journeyed right along with him and has shared her experience, strength, and hope with other families.
In terms of treatment, Dr. Scheller practices a Cognitive Behavioral approach with 12-step integration. Dr. Scheller is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing from the EMDR Institute and trained in Regression Hypnosis by Dr. Brian Weiss. Dr. Scheller and her father, who has been sober for over 20 years, teamed up with a group of great addiction professionals to create Endless Mountains Extended Care to continue to share their family recovery, helping others in their recovery process.
Steve has been in recovery for over 20 years and has sponsored and helped so many young men struggling with addiction in every way he knows how. Steve owns a successful commercial building construction company and has made it his mission to employ young men in recovery to give them a chance and a fresh start in life. Steve lives and breathes his recovery and is an example of recovery success in his sobriety and in, his kindness and concern for others, and his constant willingness to help. Starting Endless Mountains Extended Care with his daughter was a life mission for Steve, a vocation. His profession is construction, but his life and spirit are recovery.
Jess Farrell, BS, BA
With 18 years of Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and Program Management experience, Jess joined the team at Endless Mountains Extended Care in 2018. She has served several organizations as the Director of Development, Interim Executive Director and as a Board Member. Jess's past work in human services and passion for advocacy has remained a driving force behind her commitment to improve the lives of others.
Currently, Jess is a "Big Sister" through Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Jess serves as a member of the steering committee for the NEPA Animal Welfare Coalition (spearheaded by the Scranton Area Community Foundation). She serves as a board member for Bianca's K9 Haven and Lackawanna County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Jess helps support CASA's efforts to advocate for abused and neglected children as they navigate the legal and social service systems.
Cara DeSanto, BS
Cara graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services. Currently, Cara is Pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at The University of Scranton. Before joining the clinical team at Endless Mountains Extended Care, Cara worked with individuals who struggled with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Cara enjoys helping others discover themselves, succeed and thrive. Cara resides in Dunmore, PA, with her significant other, Anthony, their son, Nico, and dog, Jade, whom she enjoys spending time with outside of working at EMEC.
Peter S. Smith, MS
Peter has been a counselor for over 25 years and is a certified school counselor. Peter's approach is two-pronged. Regarding educational counseling for our residents, Peter focuses on job skills, career searches, resume writing, and helping patients find job training and education. However, the most exciting part of what Peter brings to our team is his focus on Eastern Medicinal Practices, including mindfulness, meditation, and the Wim Hof Method. The Wim Hof Method combines cold temperature therapy in conjunction with deep breathing techniques to increase the production of endorphins, lower stress levels, decrease inflammation, and improve overall functioning.
Ashley Bunnell, B.S., CADC
Associate Clinical Supervisor
Ashley Bunnell obtained a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Chemical Dependency from Pennsylvania State University. Ashley attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies at Misericordia University. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Science degree in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Scranton. Ashley utilizes her personal experience in addiction, recovery, and education to help our clients address their addictive behaviors and substance use issues. Ashley’s previous experience as a Caseworker for Wyoming County Human Services helped Ashley recognize how family dynamics and relationships can significantly impact a person’s ability to maintain long-term recovery. Ashley incorporates family counseling in her clients’ treatment plans when suitable.
Ashley has been volunteering in the recovery community for over a decade. Ashley was a member of the Luzerne/Wyoming County Drug and Alcohol Commission and testified in the state capital on behalf of treatment court programs. Ashley understands that substances are only a symptom of the problem and uses best practice techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and psychoeducation to address and heal the internal agony of the addicted individual. Ashley has a deep passion for helping others struggling with substance use disorders gain stability and independence.
Cassie Benscoter, MS, LPC, NCC
Cassie has been working in the human services profession for nearly a decade. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Social Science from Keystone College, Cassie began her career as a drug and alcohol prevention specialist, providing education to her local community. While working as a prevention specialist, Cassie realized that she aspired to help people on a deeper level. Pursuing her passion, Cassie earned a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Scranton. Currently, Cassie is recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania.
Nearly ten years after various circumstances led her to a career in counseling, Cassie feels fulfilled in her vocation of helping and supporting people along their challenging passages toward recovery (from their addiction) and mental health treatment. While Cassie acknowledges that people will need to overcome numerous personal obstacles throughout the road to recovery, she fully understands that no one should take the journey alone.
Witnessing a person progressing successfully through their struggles inspires Cassie to continue to be a holder of hope and a change agent. Cassie's family, friends, husband, and the people who take the courageous journey towards changing their lives for the better motivate her every day. Cassie believes life is a precious gift that people should not take for granted. She finds purpose in helping people start to live and thrive instead of just surviving.