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Thomas Colgan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP – Vice President of Human Resources
Tom has worked in the field of human resources for 25 years, most recently as the Director of Human Resources at Genesis HealthCare in Kennett Square. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph's University and serves on the board of The Arc Alliance, an organization dedicated to supporting families and individuals of all ages with developmental and other disabilities.

Scott Harman, MD – Adult Psychiatrist
Dr. Harman previously worked as an adult Psychiatrist at The Horsham Clinic for six years and at NHS in Lansdale for over three years. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Harman is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has a special interest in community psychiatry, crisis intervention, anxiety disorders, and cognitive therapy.

Jacinta Harman, MSW, LCSW – Director of Mental Health Outpatient Services
Jacinta has worked in the behavioral health field for over 20 years and has a vast array of experience working with children and adults. She earned her Master of Social Work from Temple University. Jacinta is also a certified instructor for the QPR Institute (Question, Persuade, Refer), a suicide prevention program that offers hope through positive action and education.


Awards

Penn Foundation's Peer Support Team Receives Montgomery County Recovery and Resiliency Award

Penn Foundation's Peer Support Services Team was the recipient of the 2017 Recovery and Resiliency Award at the 5th Annual Montgomery County Community Support Program (CSP) Conference in June. The team is composed of seven Certified Peer Specialists: Ryan Schweiger (Team Leader), Karleen Caparro, Matt Deery, AJ Derro, Christopher Meholic, Michael Puche, and Walter Wright.

"Every member of the Peer Support team actively embraces his/her own recovery and shares it with others, believing that recovery is possible for every person," says Jane Straw, Director of Peer Support Services. "The team has created an environment that is, at all times, safe, welcoming, and encouraging. The team consistently encourages and empowers individuals to take advantage of opportunities to be part of their communities and to be active participants in their recovery."

The Recovery and Resiliency Award recognizes adults, children, families, programs, and organizations that exemplify recovery and/or resiliency principles as outlined by Montgomery County. The award recognizes effort and accomplishment of significant quality that extends beyond the typical expectations of a job description or position.


Peer Support Team Leader Receives CSP Ambassador Award

Ryan Schweiger, Peer Support Team Leader received the CSP (Community Support Program) Ambassador Award at the 5th Annual Montgomery County Community Support Program Conference in June.

"It is an honor to have been selected to receive this award," says Ryan. "I am grateful to be able to go to work every day and be myself – an individual in long-term recovery. Working for an innovative organization like Penn Foundation, with supportive colleagues and peers who inspire me every day, makes my job even more meaningful."

The CSP Ambassador Award celebrates an individual who embodies the CSP principles of empowerment, cultural competency, natural supports, flexibility, coordination, accountability, sensitivity to special needs, and a strength-based perspective. CSP is a coalition of mental health consumers, family members, and professionals working to help adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders live successfully in the community.


Mobile Engagement Specialists Receive Children and Youth Award

Mobile Engagement Specialists Pamela Blackburn and Tony Pierce received Bucks County Children and Youth's John Thomas Bevivino Award in recognition of their work to help families struggling with addiction issues to prevent children being placed outside the home. They currently work with a combined total of 70 families, with approximately 73percentof them having received a drug and alcohol evaluation.

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