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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Kay BelaProgram Coordinator

Kay oversees the Peer Educator/Advocate position and manages Support Groups, Schools and Community Education, as well as the Suicide Prevention Coalition. She joins MHA after being a high school English teacher for over 2 years, traveling extensively overseas doing humanitarian work, and graduating with her masters in counseling in 2018. While she has always been passionate about mental health, her curiosity and drive has come from growth through her own challenges with depression and anxiety— and loves to help others learn others learn and grow as well.

I maintain my mental health by: Fitness and nutrition, healthy communication and boundaries with a supportive community, journaling, meditating, and lots of laughter.

Interesting fact about me: I have been a plant-based vegan for almost 4 years now.

In my spare time, I like to: Be out in nature, especially with my husband. That’s my happy place where everything moves slower and there is no technology or stress.

My passion: To change the face of the mental health to reduce stigma, reach people who are unreached, and create a better mental health system to improve the support to those providing care and receiving care.

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Shelby Witmer, Family and Child Services Coordinator

 

Shelby has a background in education and a passion for supporting families struggling with mental health issues.  She hopes to use her life experiences to empower other families to get the help and support they need: “I want them to know they aren’t alone!” She will also be providing IEP Advocacy support to help foster positive supports between home and school.

I maintain my mental health by: Practicing physical and mental fitness, self-care, meditation, and lots of laughter.

 

Interesting fact about meDespite being named Shelby, I was named after a character in
a book my mom was reading, not the car.
 

 

In my spare time, I like toSpend time with family and friends, travel and read.  My happy place is any beach!

My passionTo end the stigma of mental health and provide support and
compassion for those who are struggling with it.
  Nobody is alone and we all struggle with
something so let’s support each other.

 

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Ashley Ramsay, Peer Educator and Advocate

Ashley manages Adult Advocacy, the CMAP Program, CSP meetings and events, and Community Education. She comes to MHA after seven years of working as a stay-at-home mother and being a passionate community volunteer. Before that she worked as an archeologist, archivist, and library professional. Currently she studies Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Saint Joseph’s University and hope to help our community achieve mental wellness through her work as a Peer Educator and Advocate at MHA.

I maintain my mental health by: Spending time in nature. I especially love lakes and rivers, gardening, attending to my spiritual side, and cooking.

Interesting fact about me: I love jigsaw puzzles. For me, they are an act of meditation.

In my spare time, I like to: Studying languages. Right now, I’m working on Japanese. 

My passion: To promote mental health at all levels. I see an individual’s mental health as intricately connected to the society in which they live. I am especially passionate about postpartum wellness.

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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.