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Lu Mauro, M.Ed., CPRP, Receives Penn Foundation Service Award

Lu Mauro, M.Ed., CPRP, Professional Development Specialist and former Associate Director of Mental Health Rehabilitation Services at Penn Foundation, was recently presented with the 2019 recipient of the Vernon H. Kratz, MD, Penn Foundation Service Award.

“Over the span of her 26-year career with Penn Foundation, Lu has inspired and changed the lives of countless clients, staff, and community members with her uplifting attitude, deep curiosity, presence, and warmth,” says Wayne Mugrauer, Penn Foundation President and CEO. “Her passion and visionary leadership have created a welcoming, inclusive community that has supported, encouraged, and given hope to many individuals.”

Mauro was instrumental in the creation, development, and growth of Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse, a social, educational, and vocational rehabilitation program for adults living with mental illness. After 24 years as Director of Wellspring Clubhouse, she was promoted to Associate Director of Mental Health Rehabilitation Services in 2017, providing leadership and oversight for Penn Foundation’s psychiatric rehabilitation and housing programs. In June of this year, Mauro semi-retired and transitioned to a part-time position.

Mauro has presented at numerous local, state, national, and international conferences. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation (PAPRS) as well as PAPRS’ Advisory and Education committees. She also serves on the Clubhouse International Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Clubhouse Coalition. In 2014, Mauro was named a Dincin Fellow by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA), a recognition conferred upon those who have met a standard of excellence in the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation.

Mauro lives with her husband, Eric, in Quakertown.