David Measel – Executive Director
David has a degree in Political Science from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) and is a Pennsylvania Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), CPS Supervisor, and National Certified Peer Specialist. In addition to these certifications he has also completed the enhanced skill trainings of Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist (COAPS) and Certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator. He is the former Executive Director of Recovery Connections (a consumer satisfaction team in Lancaster County, PA) where, aside from running the day-to-day operations of the organization, he also developed and delivered trainings based on recovery principles to key stakeholders.
Following this position David was a Certified Peer Specialist and Supervisor at Recovery InSight, a peer run and operated provider agency. At the same time he also served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition where he chaired the bylaws committee and communications committee.
In 2015 David became the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition where he completed a number of projects that help enhance Peer Services in Pennsylvania. In partnership with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and Temple University, David was the lead individual charged with the creation of a three-day Certified Peer Specialists in Crisis Services Training, which went “live” in 2015. He has continued facilitating the crisis training with other individuals he trained in the curriculum ever since. In 2017, in coordination with OMHSAS and the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB), David helped lead the workgroup that created the framework for a new formal credentialing process for Pennsylvania CPSs. David is excited to continue to lead the PaPSC as it expands its scope to represent the interests of all peer professionals in Pennsylvania
David has a nine-year old son, Sam; and currently lives in Elizabethtown, PA with his husband, Ken, and two dogs, Frasier (21-year-old Jack Russell Terrier) and Fritz (3-year-old dachshund).
Keith Elders – Grant and Project Coordinator
Keith works for the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (PaPSC) as our Grant and Project Coordinator. Prior to taking on this role at PaPSC, Keith worked for the Alternative Community Resource Program where he served as Director/MHP of Peer & Recovery Support Services. He has worked as a Peer Based Professional in Pennsylvania for nine years. In addition, Keith has enhanced certifications in Forensic Peer Support through PMHCA and Drexel University, CPS in Crisis Services, as well as Older Adult Peer Support and holds CRS and CPS Supervisor credentials. His unique life experience is what led him to pursue a career in this field, and since beginning this work, he has truly found his passion for helping others in peer-to-peer settings. Through his diligent work ethic, and application of peer-based principles in his own life, he went on to complete his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he was awarded ‘Student of the Year’ in the Human Development and Family Studies program in 2018 and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management at Villanova University. Additionally, he was responsible for conducting weekly Seminar I WRAP® groups within the Transitional Housing Unit (THU) at SCI Laurel Highlands where he introduced justice involved males, who were within one year of release, to WRAP® and what it has done for him personally, as well as the potential that it holds in their lives. While at PaPSC, Keith has led the charge in developing an Ethics training to help Peer Based Professionals better understand their Codes of Ethics through the Pennsylvania Certification Board, an LGBTQ+ training designed specifically for Peer Based Professionals, and, in coordination with his teammates and partners, was responsible for writing and obtaining the $1 million “Building a Peer Support Workforce in PA” grant through the Appalachian Regional Commission. Keith strives to continue to empower the individuals he works with and support them in their life goals through the embodiment of peer-based principles, both through the projects he’s played a part in developing, and in every area of his own personal recovery journey.
Jason Rilogio – Recovery Ecosystem Coalition Coordinator
Jason is the Recovery Ecosystem Coalition Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition. In addition to being an individual in long-term recovery for 10 years, Rilogio is a Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Recovery Specialist with certification enhancements in Forensic Peer Support and Supporting Veterans & Their Families.
As Membership Chair for the Cambria County Community Support Program, Pennsylvania State Lead for the Recovery Advocacy Project, First Vice President for the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) board of directors, and new board president for FAVOR Western Pennsylvania Rilogio leads advocacy efforts for both mental health and substance use disorders.
Prior to his role with the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition, he worked as Recovery Navigator for the Cambria County office of Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania.
Becky Schultz – Administrative Project Assistant
Becky is the Administrative Project Assistant for the PaPSC on the ARC POWER+ Initiative Grant: Building a Peer Support Workforce in PA. Becky is certified as a CPS, CPSS, and WRAP Facilitator and has used those certifications to provide support and education in both Montgomery County and the Lehigh Valley in the past. They are very excited to be offering support on a statewide basis to all peer professionals. Becky also handles most of the PaPSC’s social media posts so if you enjoy them, please give them a “like”. In previous roles, Becky was a case manager, Education and Employment CPS, and Site Supervisor of a Peer Run Respite Program. They are passionate about the Hearing Voices Movement and efforts to reduce stigma surrounding mental health and substance use.
Kevin Puskaric – Call for Change and Youth Coordinator
Kevin is an individual in long term recovery who began working as a Certified Peer Specialist in Washington County with skills in youth engagement, leadership, and empowering young adults in having a voice through self-advocacy skills. Kevin was trained as a Certified Peer Specialist in 2017 and worked with youth and young adults at AMI, Inc., where, among other duties, he ran Psychiatric Rehabilitation groups. Kevin also worked as a supervisor of a peer mentoring program and a drop-in center in Washington County before coming to PaPSC. With his training and lived experience, in a unique partnership with the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) and the Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (PaPSC), Kevin is now working as the Call for Change and Youth Coordinator at PMHCA funded through Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) P.O.W.E.R. Grant dollars received by the PaPSC. Kevin is very excited to be part of the team.