Key Personnel

Craig W. Adamson, Ph.D.
President, CSF and Buxmont Academy


Dr. Craig Adamson oversees all CSF Buxmont restorative programs and initiatives. These include day treatment/alternative education, in-home and community based counseling, foster care and conferencing programs for at-risk youth and their families in eastern Pennsylvania. Craig’s dedication to introducing restorative programming in community based settings, empowering families, keeping youth connected to their families and providing quality restorative services to families and youth is central to his work at CSF Buxmont. He has been with the organization in counseling and administrative positions since 1995. Craig is Provost at the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School. His interests include the influences of restorative practices in justice, education, counseling and adult learning. Craig is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He earned a Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the IIRP in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Education from Lesley University in 2012.
Michael DeAntonio, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Buxmont Academy
Dr. Michael DeAntonio has three decades of experience in the teaching and administrative fields of public education. He began his career as a middle school science teacher and more recently has instructed graduate students preparing to enter the field of secondary school administration. Michael was the principal at Fleetwood Area School District for six years and an Assistant Principal at Upper Merion Area High School for seven years. He completed his doctoral dissertation at Alvernia University, focusing on the role that restorative practices plays in Pennsylvania high schools. Michael is a lecturer at the IIRP Graduate School and an adjunct professor in the Department of Secondary Education at Kutztown University. He serves on the Board of Directors of PASAP (Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals) and is the Co-Chair of the Education Group for PCCYFS (Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services).
Paul Karaman III
Executive Director, CSF
Paul Karaman has over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience as executive director, director and clinical supervisor in all phases of children and family services, including start up, supervision and program and team turnaround. As Executive Director of CSF, he is responsible for the administration, implementation, management, marketing and evaluation of all CSF programs. Paul ensures a restorative environment in serving at-risk youth and their families in day treatment, foster care group homes, drug and alcohol outpatient services, evening reporting centers and other programs provided by CSF for the eastern Pennsylvania youth court systems. Paul holds a Master in Philosophy from Villanova University.

Pam Thompson
Assistant Director of Treatment
Pam Thompson started with CSF Buxmont as a school counselor in 1989 and served as coordinator of a CSF Buxmont school from 1994 to 2004. She was also a houseparent at a CSF foster care home for three years. Pam became assistant director of the day treatment/alternative education program in 2004, providing supervision to all Buxmont Academy campuses. As Assistant Director of Treatment, Pam helps establish a supportive, restorative culture in all CSF Buxmont programs in all settings: therapeutic, academic and supervisory. Pam holds a Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling degree from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC).
Jerry Bradley
Assistant Director of Community Based Services
Jerry Bradley is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Co-Occurring Disorder Professional (CCDP). He began his career with CSF in 1989. He is the Assistant Director of Community Based Services, where he supervises the Intensive Program (IP), which provides in-home individual, group and family counseling for at-risk youth, the Restorative Reporting Center program (RRC), which is an alternative to out-of-home placement, Competency Skill Development (CSD), a cognitive behavioral therapy based in-home counseling program, and Aggression Replacement Training® in a community based setting. Jerry is well versed in restorative practices and utilizes Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) and Restorative Conferences in each of the programs he supervises. Jerry is also a drug and alcohol evaluator for Bucks County Juvenile Courts.
suewSusan Wachtel
Co-founder, CSF and Buxmont Academy

Susan Wachtel (retired) utilized her extensive experience working with troubled and at-risk youth for four decades. In 1977, she co-founded CSF Buxmont with her husband, Ted Wachtel. Through her commitment to the principles of restorative practices, she was instrumental in positively affecting the lives of thousands of young people. Susan was the founding dean of students with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School — a master’s-degree granting graduate school offering advanced education in restorative practices for educators and youth-serving professionals.

tedwTed Wachtel
Co-founder, CSF and Buxmont Academy

Ted Wachtel (retired) is the founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and co-founder of CSF Buxmont schools. He co-authored Toughlove, a best-selling book for parents of troubled adolescents, Dreaming of a New Reality, Restorative Justice Conferencing, The Restorative Practices Handbook, Restorative Circles in Schools and Family Power, and has written numerous articles on restorative practices. He continues to advance the field of restorative practices at his website BuildingANewReality.com.