Debbie Fleetman - RN, BSN
Debbie grew up in Danville, PA, and has lived in Lancaster since 1971. She completed an RN at Lancaster General Hospital and a BSN from Immaculata University. Debbie joined BHC in 2015 after a work history that includes medical/surgical nursing at Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital (Heart of Lancaster) and St. Joseph Hospital (Lancaster Regional Medical Center). In addition to working in the inpatient behavioral health units at Lancaster General and St. Joseph Hospital (Lancaster Regional) and in day programming for Philhaven Hospital, Debbie set up Clozaril clinics for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals. Working with clients in the community setting is one of Debbie’s passions. She finds it very satisfying to see education bloom within an individual to help them get back on track. What might Debbie tell a friend who was thinking of seeking mental health services? “Don’t put it off. Everyone can benefit in their life from professional counseling. Life can be difficult and sometimes it helps to have a safe place to regroup.”
Walquidia (Wallie) Garner - RN
Wallie grew up in New York City then moved to Delaware before coming to central PA in 2009. She earned a diploma in nursing and currently is pursuing a degree in psychology. Before joining BHC, Wallie worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a correctional facility and home health care. She has been with Behavioral Health Corporation since 2013. Wallie is passionate about working with people who want and need help. What would she tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “Life is too complicated to face it alone, seek all the supports available to lighten your load.”
Christine Gifford - RN
A Lancaster County native, Chris grew up in Manheim, PA and has lived in Lancaster County her entire life. She earned an RN in a three-year nursing diploma program. Before joining Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2010 Chris worked at Clare Center Drug & Alcohol Facility, spent 20 years in maternity care and inpatient mental health at Lancaster Regional and Lancaster General hospitals, and worked at Willow Valley Nursing Home. Chris is especially interested in teaching about nutrition and medications. What would Chris tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “Please – do not hesitate to do so.”
Lisa Green - RN
Lisa grew up in Westminster, Maryland. During her life, she has had friends and family that dealt with mental health issues. This was a driving force behind her career discussions. She stayed close to home while obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and then her Associates in Nursing. Lisa relocated to the Lancaster area 3 three ago.
Witnessing more compassion and acceptance within the community has fueled Lisa’s excitement surrounding chronic mental illness. She is very passionate about alternative treatments, such as yoga, exercise, art and diet.
In ten years, she aspirers to be nearing retirement in a temperate area that doesn’t go below 70 degrees.
One thing Lisa might tell a friend who was considering seeing a therapist or seeking other mental health services:
“Everyone can benefit from therapy. No one needs to feel alone in their struggles.”
Kim Holland - RN, BS
Kim has lived in South Central PA all of her life, and in the Harrisburg area for the last 13 years. Kim earned a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College, and completed an Associate Degree and RN in Nursing at Harrisburg Area Community College. Her experience comes from medical / surgical units and inpatient mental health. She has been part of Behavioral Healthcare Corporation since 2006. Kim encourages her clients to be active because she understands the positive effect it has on overall health and well-being. What would she tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
Nora Jens - RN
Nora was born in New York City and spent her early childhood in Texas and school years in suburban Philadelphia. She moved to Lancaster in 1982. Nora graduated from Thomas Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing and completed evening classes at Franklin & Marshall College. Nora has worked in inpatient and outpatient mental health units and in private practice. She has enjoyed excursions into teaching, neurological intensive care, orthopedic care, and PACU. She has been with Behavioral Healthcare Corporation since 2011. Nora’s area of expertise is working with people who have chronic mental illness. What would Nora tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “You generally don’t marry your first date; if you don’t click with your first therapist keep trying until you do!”
Philip Kreider- RN, BSN
Phil grew up on a dairy farm in Lancaster, PA. He earned an RN/BSN at Eastern Mennonite University in VA. He worked as a nurse in Washington, DC, for five years before moving back to Lancaster. When he was in Washington he worked with the homeless population and for a year-and-a-half in pediatrics. Phil also worked for 10 years in the inpatient mental health field and for five years in mobile mental health. Phil joined Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2010. His particular area of expertise is advocating for the clients he works with. What would he tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “Be open.”
Carrie Lapp - RN
Carrie grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She has been in the Lancaster and Chester area for most of her life. She earned her RN at Brandywine Hospital School of Nursing. After watching a close family member suffer from mental illness, Carrie made it her goal to learn as much as she could. This led to her being very passionate about substance abuse and mental health concerns. This passion steered her to working as a Detox Nurse at St. Joseph Hospital and Mirmont Treatment Center. She has also used these skills to run group counseling sessions and conduct substance abuse admissions for places like Brandywine Hospital, Riverside Care and Chester County Hospital. What is one thing that Carrie might tell a friend who was considering seeing a therapist of seeking other mental health services? “At some point in our lives we all struggle with grief and tragedy. Therapy is a very healthy way of addressing issues in our likes.”
Eunice Lapp-Hill - RN, BSN
Eunice grew up in Washington, DC, where she earned a BSN from the Catholic University of America. She spent 16 years working as a nurse in Tuscon, AZ, before coming to Lancaster several years ago. Eunice has worked in pediatric mental health, detox/rehab substance abuse, inpatient mental health and as an outpatient clinic nurse. She joined Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2008. Her areas of expertise include detox/rehab and supporting individuals with mental illness in the community. What would Eunice tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “There are a multitude of insightful, compassionate, well-educated and experienced doctors, nurses and therapists who have received services and who are living a fulfilling life.”
Margaret Recine - RN
Margaret (“Maggie”) grew up in New Brunswick, New Jersey and has lived in Lancaster for 25 years. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science/Nursing Education from Middlesex County College. Before joining BHC Maggie worked in inpatient mental health units (with adults and adolescents), home nursing service for physically disabled children and adults, and geriatric long-term care. She became part of the Behavioral Healthcare Corporation team in 2005. Maggie is passionate about working with and advocating for children and teens with learning difficulties, and young expectant mothers. What would she tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “Seeking professional help can help keep you mentally healthy.”
Joanne Eaby - RN, BSN
Joanne has lived in Lancaster most of her life. She earned an RN from St. Joseph Hospital, and completed a BSN at Eastern Mennonite University. She worked as a fulltime nurse with BHC for 13 years before transitioning into a consultant role. Joanne’s experience includes inpatient mental health, home health, hospital-based medical/surgical nursing and mobile psychiatric nursing. She is most passionate about and has expertise in an individual’s physical health’s impact on mental health. Being part of a client’s recovery and having the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments is very satisfying to her. What would Joanne tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services? “Everyone experiences struggles/challenges during their lifetime. The opportunity to receive support from a professional who can maintain objectivity can be invaluable.”