Board of Directors

 

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coaltion bylaws allow for 18 members on the Board of Directors with a stipulation that every effort be made to have representatives from all regions of the commonwealth. Applications to join the Board of Directors are accepted throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors please download an application by clicking on the below link. Follow the directions on the application to submit it.

PaPSC Board Application

Officers

President – Diana Fullem

Diana PicDiana Fullem is a CPS and the Founder/CEO of Recovery InSight, Inc. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which is a free-standing Certified Peer Support Service.   Diana’s passion for peer support came about from her lived experiences. Recovery InSight, Inc. has been in business since 2010 and employs twelve Certified Peer Specialists and two Administrative Staff.

Diana’s interests and responsibilities for the past ten years include active participation in the transformation of mental health services to a recovery-based model on a local and statewide level. She has served on Boards, Advisory Committees, subcommittees, and workgroups focusing on mental health topics and her personal recovery story for public education and training, suicide prevention, and stigma reduction. Currently, she serves as the President for the Board of the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition, Appointed Member of the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Medical Assistance Advisory Committee, Member of the Lancaster County Mental Health Quality Improvement Council, Secretary for the Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Disability Service Providers Association, and member of the Peer Support Services Steering Committee for the Capitol Region.

Diana lost her oldest son, Paul Jr. in 2002, from an accidental drug overdose. Her son, Eric has been working as a Chef at various 5 star resorts throughout the United States for the past 9 years. She attributes her accomplishments to her faith, friends, family, and mental health providers.

Vice-President – Kim Maldonado

K MaldonadoKim Maldonado currently serves as the Director of the Peer Support Program for Philhaven, located in Harrisburg, PA.

She is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner and is currently an Advisory Board Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.  Kim has been a board member of the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition for over a year and serves as the Vice President.   She is involved in a variety of community organizations ranging from the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Adult Advisory Committee, the Peer Support Services Steering Committee for the Capitol Region, and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Peer Support Work Group.

Kim has been employed by Philhaven since January of 1995.  Prior to working for Philhaven, she was an elementary teacher and vice principal at a bi-lingual Christian school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for five and a half years.  She graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and is the proud mother of two children, Abigail and Lucas.

Secretary – January Abel

January has been a Certified Peer Specialist as well as a Peer Support Supervisor with Recovery Insight, Inc. since 2010.

Prior to her work at Recovery InSight, Inc., she was a Survey Specialist with Recovery Connections. January valued her role in empowering individuals receiving mental health services to share feedback so that system improvements could be made.  After resigning from Recovery Connections to pursue her passion for Peer Support, she served on its Board of Directors until 2012. Most recently, January has become involved in the Peer Support Services Steering Committee for the Capitol Region.

January’s passion for Peer Support developed from her own lived experience, as well as the lived experience of family members.  Often, individuals will view a mental health diagnosis as entirely negative. January recognizes that without these experiences, she may not have some of the joys that are in her life today, including Alexis, her daughter, and Susan, her fiancée, with whom she shares a great appreciation for hiking and the outdoors. Their most recent hiking adventure took them along the Appalachian Trail.

January joined the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition in August 2015.

Treasurer – Pat Henry

Pat PicPatrick joined Fulton Bank in 2001 and currently oversees the McGovern Avenue office in Lancaster. He is responsible for sales, service, and the daily operations of the office.  Patrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy from The Pennsylvania State University. He is active in the community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Crusader Youth Activities Association (President) and Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (Treasurer). He is also involved with Lancaster Catholic High School, serving as a member of the Advisory Steering Committee and as Booster President for the Varsity Baseball Program. He enjoys coaching a variety of youth sports activities.

 

 Board Members

Regina Ford is CEO and Principal of Willow Communication Strategies, LLC (WCS), a communication agency for public health organizations. Regina started her career as a Certified Peer Specialist educating and advocating underserved populations. Regina spent over a decade in human services and most recently spearheaded a warm handoff project that connected opioid-overdose survivors to recovery support services. Now, Regina provides professional development, designs and evaluates complex care projects, and educates clients about the connection between wellness and culture. Regina is also an adjunct professor at Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication, and speaker for Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D., a non-profit that raises awareness for youth mental health. Regina holds an MS in Globalization and Development Communication (with a focus on health communication) and a BA in Strategic Communication.


Marie Krechowski is a Certified Peer Specialist who has been working in the mental health field for over thirteen years. Currently Marie is proud to be working at The Mental Health Association in Beaver County for four years as the Certified Peer Program Supervisor as well as the adult mental health advocate for Beaver County. Marie assisted in implementing a Medicaid billable Peer Program at MHA in 2017. She is credentialed as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, Certified WRAP® Facilitator, Motivational Interviewing Coach, along with other CPS sub-categories such as Advanced Older Adult, Forensic, Veterans and Trauma. Peer Support has been a passion for Marie from the beginning of her Mental Health recovery and entering the Mental Health Field where she worked for 5 years as a CPS. Marie also feels the importance of having the Peer Voice heard by being involved in the community. She is achieving this by involvement as a Community Leader/Stakeholder of The Steering Committee, Crisis Diversion, SPA, Beaver County Jail to name a few.  Marie utilizes her skills and experience of one on one Peer Support to Supervise a team of 5 CPS’s in a successfully expanding Peer Program at The Mental Health Association.


Susan Novak

Susan Novak has been on both sides of the fence as a consumer and as a clinician. She is a Certified Trauma Therapist, Board Certified Art Therapist, Certified Peer Specialist and a Rostered Artist with the PA Council on the Arts. She has worked in a variety of community, clinical and educational settings. In addition to her CPS work with Peerstar she currently facilitates art therapy groups for school children through “Art Expressions Inc.” and serves as an Artist In Residence for the “Arts for Healing” program at the Neuroscience Center in Johnstown. She has been a committed advocate for the Deaf Community and women’s and children’s rights and uses her art and grant writing skills to help fundraise for those causes.

 


Elissa Nulton is the Chief Operating Officer at Peerstar. She has worked in the Mental Health field since 1997. She studied Elementary Education at Lock Haven University and Special Education at Saint Francis University. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration at IUP in 2017. Elissa has worked in the mental health field as Direct Care, Case Manager, VP of Operations and Manager of JCAHO Accredited Organizations for over 20 years. She has been actively involved in the development and oversight of the Forensic Peer Support Program at Peerstar, LLC. She has assisted in the completion of the Forensic Peer Support Study with Yale University evaluating Forensic Peer Support Programs operating as a jail re-entry program for inmates with serious mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use disorders in six PA County Jails. She is a member and trainer of the Right Turn Crisis Intervention Team. She actively participates in Clearfield and Jefferson Counties Criminal Justice Advisory Boards, has been on he Cambria County Mental Health Court Planning Team, Blair County Courts Mental Health Service Committee and Somerset County Day Reporting Center development team. Elissa oversees the Peerstar, Peer Support day to day operations, expansion projects, contract negotiations, and program policy and procedure development as well as conducting national training and consultation. She serves on numerous workgroups and subcommittees devoted to recovery, mental health services, and quality improvement across the state.


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