Scooter Haase, Executive Director

ScooterWhat 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: relaxing with my wife, Deb.

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

Interesting fact about me: I’ve lived in 10 cities in 5 different states. I serve as adjunct faculty at HACC teaching astronomy.

Gretchen Gaudioso, Client and Family Advocate

IMG_3724I can help you: navigate the system to get the help that you or a loved one 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 help them move forward.

In my spare time, I like to: go on long hikes with my boyfriend and dog Leon Redbone. Watching 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

img_5373I 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 & 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.

Kaitlin Specht, Marketing Coordinator

What I like about working for MHALC: being a part of an amazing group of people and helping those who benefit from our programs to live a mentally fulfilling life.

In my spare time I like to: go on very long walks, read, and explore Lancaster.

Interesting fact about myself: I use to be able to flip pizzas in the air when I worked at a pizzeria.

My dream vacation: spending it at the Bahamas, listening to Jimmy Buffet and singing Margaritaville all day long.

Barbara Perry, Administrative Assistant

BarbaraWhat I like about working for MHALC is: I get to help people and I just love my MHALC family who are very supportive. It’s great to work somewhere I look forward to getting up in the morning for.

I maintain my mental health: by staying with my medication regime and keeping my regular appointments for med management. I also try to stay active in my community by having a Compeer volunteer friend and being involved in my church.

In my spare time I like to: go to the movies, go out to eat, crochet, color and do other crafty things, or just watch TV.

My dream vacation: is to take a Mediterranean cruise and visit the Greek islands.

Carol Bowman, Administrative Assistant
IMG_3735 (1)What I like about working for MHALC: 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 health byMaintaining 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

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

I maintain my mental health by: meditation, yoga

My first job: Public Accounting firm

Interesting fact about me: 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.


Jessica Grant, Community Outreach Volunteer

IMG_3735 (1)I can help youFind assistance and resources for inpatient and outpatient treatment and provide peer support. I am available as well for speaking engagements

What I like about working for MHALCThe staff at MHALC made me feel very welcome from the first moment I met them. Everyone sincerely cares about the work they do, and toils daily on how to provide Lancaster County with the highest quality care and programs. I want to be a part of making an impact in the community. It’s great knowing I’m a part of a team that is as passionate about mental health care as I am.

In my spare time, I like toFigure skate (I’m a proud member of the Red Rose Figure Skating Club!), dance, jog, kayak, and be with my friends.

Best advice I’ve ever receivedI don’t know if it’s advice per se, but it is a quote I’ve come to find particularly empowering. “Find out who you are and do it on purpose”. It’s by Dolly Parton.