Staff

 

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Kim McDevitt, Executive Director

Kim McDevitt brings over 20 years of executive-level leadership and management experience to MHA.  Through her leadership, Kim has built partnerships with donors that have significantly advanced the goals of non-profits in Lancaster, Lebanon and York Counties.  Her background in psychology and education has been used to transform organizations.  Kim most recently served as Chief Operations Officer with Lancaster Housing Opportunities Partnership, where she brought about substantial systems changes.  Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Power Packs Project, where she succeeded the founder and grew the organization to three surrounding counties. 

Kim has returned to her roots in behavioral health to assist in the growth at MHA Lancaster County. She is driven to empower, motivate and strengthen individuals and families, as well as bring public awareness to the issues that prevent people them from achieving success.  Her studies and career experiences have allowed her to gain an understanding of the barriers that families face, both socio-economically and psychologically, and has ardently followed this knowledge in building services with strategies and programs that help others to overcome those barriers.

Kim emigrated to the U.S at age 7 and has always believed in empowering others, just as she was empowered. “I have always believed in leaving a legacy.  My greatest accomplishment is instilling, to my four children, the message of using your talents to help others.  I am most proud that my oldest daughters are both teachers in inner city Philadelphia, and my sons, despite their vigorous sports and academic schedule in high school, are highly dedicated to volunteering for various organizations”. 

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Gretchen Gaudioso, Client and Family Advocate

I can help you: Navigate the system to get the help that you or a loved one’s needs. I can help you apply for social security or medical assistance. I can help you if you were mistreated because of your mental illness. I can be an educational advocate for you and your child, helping you to navigate the complicated special education system. I can do presentations in high schools, elementary schools, workplaces, churches, community groups, and about anything regarding mental health and mental wellness.

What I like about working for MHALC: Being able to work somewhere that let’s me think outside of the box. I like to meet people where they are in their life, at that moment, and then help them move forward.

In my spare time, I like to: Go on long hikes with my boyfriend and dog Leon Redbone. Also, watch football NFL or college (go WVU!)

My dream vacation: Taking off for a month (or two or three) and doing a serious road trip across the US. Just my boyfriend, Leon, and me. Hmmmm sounds more like a lifestyle than vacation!

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Sue Tushingham, Peer Educator

I can help you: Connect to valuable resources in the community and help you navigate through confusing systems & paperwork.  I can also share my own story with you or a community group you’re involved with in order to help promote a sense of faith and hope. 

What I like about working for MHALC: Helping others, educating the community on mental health issues, and bringing a sense of hope and faith to people.

In my spare time, I like to: Hike, bike ride, spend time with family & friends, watch movies, and play cards. 

Interesting fact about myself:  I grew up in an old stone house near Gettysburg.  The house was built in 1806.

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Joe Mills, Compeer Program Manager

I can help you: With anything related to Compeer Lancaster and questions related to mental health needs.

I maintain my mental health by: Reading, exercising, eating right, my spirituality, enjoying wonderful friendships!

My first job: Self-employed during my Junior high years—mowing lawns in Orlando, FL. (yes, we had power lawn mowers back then—gasoline .25 per gal!!)

Interesting fact about me: I’ve been a twin all my life.

In my spare time I like to: Explore my hobby of photography!

Best advice I’ve ever received: From my Grandmother: Do the best that I can each day, so that I can put my head down at night knowing that I did my best.

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Carol Bowman, Administrative Assistant

What I like about working for MHALC is: The mission of helping individuals and families to experience lives that are mentally healthy, and of supporting people who struggle with mental illness, is one that has been close to my heart for many years. I like being a part of the great team of people here who are working to provide resources to assist that mission in the Lancaster community.

I maintain my mental health by: Maintaining a daily meditation practice, journaling, and getting outside to breathe the fresh air and enjoy the natural world.

Interesting fact about me: Wherever I travel, I like to bring home rocks and stones to remember the places I’ve been.

In my spare time I like to: Read, write, paint, make jewelry, cook – doing anything creative makes me happy!

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Cynthia Jones, Accountant

Kim and I have had the pleasure of working together at a previous non-profit, Power Packs.   She coined my favorite description of my thought process….. Intuitive.  I am thrilled to be able to join the MHA team.

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Caryn Thompson, Marketing Coordinator

Caryn joins MHA Lancaster after spending over 7 years as a mental health advocate, educator, program director, support group facilitator, and public speaker. She is proudly living daily in mental health recovery and has raised a biological and foster child, both living with mental health challenges. Her biggest goal is to make this world a safer place for her family. She is proud to work with MHA, whose goal it has been to make that happen for over 100 years. 

I maintain my mental health by:  Knowing that it’s ok to be an imperfect human being.

Interesting fact about me:   I’m a huge anglophile, obsessed with all things British. I’ve had a pen-pal in England for years whom I’ve never met, but we share the same birthday and one day plan to celebrate together.  

In my spare time I like to:  Do anything that sparks my imagination. Make jewelry, bake cakes, paint, sew…. or on a rainy day, snuggle up with a good book.

Some of the best advice I ever received:  “The universe wants to support you, you have to let it”. Sometimes, when we are at our darkest, we think we are powerless. We have to remember we have more power over our lives than we realize.