Scooter Haase, Executive Director

What I like about working for MHALC: Knowing that the work we do here helps people with nowhere else to go.

I maintain my mental health by: I enjoy relaxing with my wife, Deb.

Books I recommend: When Helping Hurts (Fickert, et al.) and  Toxic Charity (Lupton)

Interesting fact about me: I’ve lived in ten cities in five different states.  I also serve as an adjunct faculty at HACC teaching astronomy.

Dr. Ken Boyden, JD, EdD, Director of Development

What I like about working for MHALC:  I am passionate about addressing the pressing needs of the consumers of mental health care services.

Interesting fact about myself:  I am a graduate of the Dickenson School of Law of Penn State University and and received my doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Background:   Dr. Boyden’s fundraising leadership has benefited nonprofit organizations in the areas of healthcare, higher education, special need services, performing arts and faith-based centers.   As a retired district judge from Delaware County, PA, Ken has become an advocate of those in need of mental health support. Ken looks forward to assisting all MHALC donors and supporters as we pursue our mission to Lancaster County.

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!

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.

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.

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!

Peggy Shaffer, Accountant, CPA

What I like about working for MHALC: The staff is comprised of great individuals who work very well together.

I maintain my health by: Meditation and yoga.

My first job: Public Accounting Firm.

Interesting fact about myself: I am a registered yoga instructor.

In my spare time I like to: Read, do yoga, try new recipes and garden.

Best advice I’ve ever received: Be present in this moment.

April Leaman, Support Group Administrator

What I like about working for MHALC is: The people and witnessing others move forward in their recovery.

I maintain my mental health by: Staying active, exercising, listening to and playing music is rather therapeutic for me.  Also, spending time outside and with my family and loved ones;  and probably most importantly, laughing, mostly at myself.

Interesting fact about me: When I was 5 years old, I began raising sheep on my family’s small farm.

In my spare time I like to: Cook and bake, read, write, exercise, and chase after my very active daughter.  

Charlotte Leckow, Marketing Coordinator

What I like about working for MHALC is:  Not everyone has a learned personal strength, grown up with childhood guidance or has a natural ability to advocate a healthy life for themselves.  The staff at MHALC is dedicated to teaching the road to recovery from mental health challenges.  We also educate the public about the stigmas and isolation experienced by people that are inevitably a part of our schools, work places and families.   I’m honored to help bring about positive change and encourage empathy, one individual at a time.

I maintain my mental health by:  Not sweating the small stuff, exercising, yoga & meditation, tennis and a variety of outdoor activities.

Interesting fact about me:   I’ve had the opportunity to backpack on Eurail passes across Europe with my sisters.  I’m so grateful for that time and experience with them.

In my spare time I like to:  Explore life with my two children, spend time with friends and of course, travel.

Some of the best advice I ever received:  “The glass is already broken”.  Life is in fact a large series of problems that we should really learn to enjoy.   That stuff is inevitable.  We can’t let problems rule over our happiness.   That’s not having self ownership. 

Excerpt from Thoughts Without a Thinker; Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective” by Mark Epstein:  “You see this goblet?” asks the Thai meditation master.  “For me this glass is already broken.  I enjoy it;  I drink out of it.  It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns.  If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it.  But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over or my elbow brushes it off the table and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’  When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.”