Karen Richter- Community Mobilizer
Karen is the Community Mobilizer, serving the Palisades community and leads the implementation of the Communities That Care (CTC) community mobilization process in developing a positive youth development plan for Palisades. Karen has over twenty years of diverse business experience including human resources operations and technology consulting, workshop facilitation, professional group and individual coaching and project management. Karen also recently founded Cohesive Outcomes, LLC, a company dedicated to enriching the lives of parents through coaching and workshops. She earned her BA in Psychology from Rutgers College, Rutgers University and received her coaching certification from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Karen resides in Kintnersville with her husband and two young children.
Judi Pason joined the Coalition in the spring of 2010 eager to contribute to the Upper Bucks’ healthy communities initiatives. Specifically, Judi is a Parent Educator, working with parent-teacher and home school groups in the Palisades, Pennridge and Quakertown School Districts. Judi holds a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services from The University of Maryland.
As a mental health counselor, Judi is experienced in conducting individual as well as family therapy. She has specialized in working with adolescents and their parents. Currently she serves as Co-Secretary for the Durham Nockamixon Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and is a Catechist at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Ottsville, PA. In Fall of 2010, Judi is taking on another challenge, beginning as a pre-school teacher at Care-A-Lot Preschool in Durham,PA.
Judi resides in the Palisades School District with her husband and their three children.
Lois currently serves as the School Services Coordinator for Penn Foundation, providing mental health liaison services to the Student Assistance Program teams in the Pennridge, Palisades, Quakertown and Souderton School Districts. She has been a staff member of Penn Foundation for over 15 years, and has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and families. Lois holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Temple University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. In addition, she is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Pennsylvania and has a private counseling practice, serving adolescents, adults, couples and families.
Lois is a councilwoman on the Sellersville Borough Council. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Vitalistic Therapeutic Charter School of the Lehigh Valley and of the Board of Directors of Vitalistic Therapeutic Center in Allentown. Lois is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She also serves as a training consultant for Project CARE, an agency that provides Commonwealth-approved SAP trainings in Eastern Pennsylvania. Lois resides in Sellersville. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Ray has been dedicated to teaching, counseling and coaching young people for over 35 years, including serving as a guidance counselor at Quakertown High School for the last 20 years of his career in education. In addition to counseling and guidance duties, Ray administered the district’s educational internship program.
Ray earned a B.S. in secondary education from Kutztown University in 1971; a M.Ed. in secondary education and certification in school guidance counseling in 1976. From 1971 – 1973, Ray served with the U.S. Army; he was assigned to the Army Education Center at Fort Carson, CO, where he taught GED classes and organized brigade education centers.
Ray’s involvement in community coalition work began in 1988, as founder and chairperson of Neighbor to Neighbor, which earned recognition from the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission for excellence in promoting prevention through coalition building. Neighbor to Neighbor merged into UBHCHY Coalition, where as a member of the steering committee, Ray has continued to influence positive and healthy youth development.
During retirement, Ray is anxious to continue enhancing youth development and healthy choices through his volunteering with UBHCHY and community-based youth initiatives.
Bob recently retired from Neshaminy School District where he served as the Director/District Coordinator for Student Assistance Programs and Assistant to the Superintendent for Special Projects (1989-2003). He was responsible for planning, operation and supervision of all SAP related activities in the district’s 14 buildings; writing and administering grants related to ATOD, MH, Crisis, teen parenting & pregnancy; special projects involving alternative placements & alternatives to suspension; school safety & security; staff inservice & staff development; crisis response; community partnerships and; public relations.
From 1989-2003, Bob served on the PA Department of Education’s SAP Advisory Committee and served on the PDE Elementary SAP Task Force, helping to design the elementary component of student assistance. Bob holds membership in various professional associations and serves as a consultant to numerous agencies and school districts. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of TODAY, Inc., an in-patient and IOP dual-diagnosis treatment center.
Upon retirement, Bob started a consulting business – Partners for Solutions – to help schools and agencies create needed programs and work through difficulties in existing programs designed for at-risk youth, K-12, as well as other school and agency issues in which he has expertise. He is a past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) and represented the Neshaminy School District at two White House Ceremonies recognizing excellence in effective alcohol and other drug prevention, intervention & aftercare programming. Bob is an experienced trainer and has presented at local, state, regional and national conferences.
Jane Smith – Program Coordinator
Nina Stephens – Program Administrator