Change of leadership announced for Threshold Rehabilitation

Thomas W. McNelis will retire from his position as president and CEO of Threshold Rehabilitation Services Inc., effective Dec. 31, having served in that role since 2015.

McNelis has spent more than 40 years with the Berks County-based human services agency. He previously held the position of vice president of program operations, as well as various other positions during his tenure.

McNelis will be succeeded by Edward B. Michalik, Jr., effective Jan. 1.


Michalik currently serves as Threshold’s chief operating officer, a position he has held since last year. Previously, he served as Berks County Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Program administrator and executive director of Berks County Area Agency on Aging, according to information on Threshold’s website. He also serves on various state committees and community boards including the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and Shillington Borough Council.

When he joined Threshold last year, Michalik contributed to the organization’s new strategic plan.

“The Strategic Plan is my road map for years to come,” Michalik said in a statement. “We are all for one and one for all.”

McNelis, who is known by friends and colleagues as “Mac,” was instrumental in helping the Threshold board of directors identify Michalik “as a successor who would promote the mission and values” of Threshold Rehabilitation Services, according to a press release.

Michalik’s focus in his new position will be to oversee operations. At the same time, counselors and mid-level managers will continue serving individuals in several programs, one of which was developed by McNelis and helped to level the playing field for people with disabilities looking for jobs, the release stated.

Michalik received his Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology degree from Immaculata University; a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Scranton Graduate School, Scranton; and a Bachelor of Science degree in human services from the University of Scranton.

Threshold Rehabilitation Services Inc. provides various services to persons with disabilities in four areas of need, including intellectual and developmental, mental health, residential treatment for adults, and vocational training and employment through business partnerships.

Threshold’s Berks Personnel Network has provided training, employment and support services to hundreds of trainees throughout the county. Currently, more than 70 photo license technicians work for photo license centers in the area. In addition, as part of the Custodial Services Operations, two Threshold Rehabilitation Services crews clean the Reading State Office Building five days a week.

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