Behavioral Healthcare Corporation Leadership Team
Pam was born and raised in Lancaster County and graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School. Before joining Behavioral Healthcare Corporation, Pam worked at St. Joseph Hospital (partial, inpatient, and outpatient services) and Lancaster Regional Medical Center (inpatient). She first worked with Eric Eshleman (BHC’s President & CEO) 16 years ago when he hired her at St. Joseph Hospital. She joined the team at BHC in 2014, coming “full circle.” Pam specializes in exceptional customer service. She is passionate about educating the public on mental illness and walks every year for DES Suicide Prevention (Detect Early Signs).
What would Pam tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
“Mental health is essential to overall health. Therapy can give you the tools to keep mentally healthy, just as a physician gives you the tools to keep physically healthy.”
Charlene grew up in the Hershey/Palmyra area in Pennsylvania. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing. In her 33 year career, Charlene’s work has included St. Joseph Hospital, an instructor at the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, outpatient behavioral health and private practice. As a home health nurse Charlene also developed and implemented an in-home psychiatric program. Her areas of expertise include geriatrics and grief therapy. She is passionate about learning how the body and mind interface. Charlene identified David Nutter, MD, and patient teachers who encouraged insightful processes as making significant contributions to her career.
What would Charlene tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
“A therapeutic connection can make all the difference in the world.”
Eric is originally from, and grew up in, Lancaster County. He grew up in a family that emphasized the importance of making a contribution to others and the community. Eric earned an AA in Business from Franklin & Marshall College before going on to earn a BA in Clinical Psychology and an MEd in Counseling Psychology and Education, both from Millersville University. In a career that spans 36 years, Eric has worked in inpatient mental health, acute mental health partial, intensive outpatient, outpatient, behavioral medicine and hospital-based emergency room evaluation services. He is passionate about psycho-education as one of the best interventions. Eric understands that an individual’s problems might be a symptom of a larger system issue. His areas of expertise include thought, mood and personality disorders. He credits his parents for instilling his beliefs and values; clinical mentors David Nutter, MD; Anthony Russo, MD; and Donald F. Hutchings, PhD; and administrative mentor William Bender, LCSW.
What would Eric tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
“Psychotherapy is one of the very few opportunities to have a relationship that is entirely about you, a chance to learn about yourself in ways that may otherwise not be possible.”
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.”
Tom grew up in Chambersburg, PA and has been in Lancaster since 1998. Tom graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and has worked in the mental health field for since 2001, previously working in a mental health residential facility through Community Services Group. Tom enjoys the diversity of the mental health field and learning from the issues encountered. He joined Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2007.
What would Tom tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
“It’s okay to seek those services. There is nothing to lose in seeing if it’s helpful.”
Cat was born in England and at 2 years old was brought to Lancaster by an American soldier. She was raised by a Pennsylvania Dutch family and a British mother. Having the responsibility that comes with being the oldest of 5 children was one of the biggest reasons that Cat went into Social Work. She earned her BA in Social Work at Millersville University and did her Senior Placement with New Choices/New Options. Cat has always believed that volunteering is a responsibility only to be trumped by raising children. Because of this she has volunteered with numerous nursing homes, Gate house for Men, Arch Street Center, YWCA’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center and Hospice of Lancaster County. She has taken off a few years in order to spend more time with her two children, but hopes to get back into the volunteering world as soon as possible.
What is one thing she might tell a friend who was considering seeing a therapist of seeking other mental health services?
“Seek therapists who empower. Therapists should act like life ‘tool boxes’. They teach you how to use the ‘tools’ available to you. You then have the freedom to decide which tool is best for you. Empowerment is an extremely valuable gift.”
Marge grew up in Lebanon, PA but has lived in Lancaster since 1980. She earned a BA in Social Work and an MS in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University. Before joining Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2009, she worked at Lancaster Regional Medical Center in the inpatient mental health unit. Marge also worked at Columbia Hospital in drug and alcohol rehab, Lancaster County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and Lancashire Hall Nursing Home as Director of Social Services. Marge’s area of expertise is helping her clients to manage anxiety, as well as mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression. She enjoys working with people who have a chronic mental illness.
What would Marge tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
“Therapy can be a great opportunity to learn about yourself and make positive changes that will better equip you for the future.”
Tom grew up in Bushkill, PA and the Scotland School for Veteran’s Children. He attended East Stroudsburg and Mansfield State Colleges. Before joining Behavioral Healthcare Corporation in 2015, Tom worked at Polyclinic Medical Center, with Home Care Companies, and in the insurance industry. Tom appreciates making the most of every opportunity in life and likes working where he can make a difference in people’s lives.
What would Tom tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
“Don’t be shy. Everyone has moments of need that experienced professionals are equipped to handle.”
Marilyn came to Lancaster 30 years ago after growing up in New York State, 50 miles south of Ottawa. She earned a BA in sociology from the University of Hartford (CT) and later completed an MS in clinical psychology from Millersville University. In addition to working in inpatient mental health and partial hospital programs Marilyn was the regional director of a non-profit child welfare agency. She was also the president & CEO of synergize!, helping organizations build cohesive teams. She is a certified business and executive coach and a Certified Professional Behaviors Analyst. In June 2016 Behavioral Healthcare Corporation acquired synergize! – and Marilyn. Marilyn’s areas of clinical expertise include personality assessment, mood and personality disorders. She is also skilled at helping people – with or without a mental illness – navigate life transitions.
What would Marilyn tell a friend who was considering seeking mental health services?
“We all have struggles. A therapist is often able to provide an objective view to help you overcome the struggles you face.”
Deanna is originally from Cochranville, PA and graduated from Widener University with her BS in Business Administration. She went on to becoming a Certified Peer Specialist and she holds various certifications in behavioral mental health. We are excited to add her to our team as the C.O.R.E. Center’s Coordinator. Before joining our team Deanna was both a mobile and in-house Certified Peer Specialist. She was encouraged by Ms. Diana Fullem, a mentor at Recovery Insight, to become a successful CPS. Deanna is grateful to Diana for having faith in her and encouraging her to pursue her CPS. Deanna learned a lot along her own personal journey in mental health recovery and was inspired to empower others. Believing there is hope for happiness and helping someone live the life they want to live is Deanna’s true passion.
One thing Deanna might tell a friend who was considering seeing a therapist or seeking other mental health services:
“I would share lived experiences of how therapists and other mental health services empowered me to find within myself the belief, courage and strength to be active in my recovery and learn to live a healthy productive life.”