Mission

LOHF measurably elevates the mental well-being of youth and children in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

We do this by providing grants, mental health copay assistance, training, NavWell, and nursing scholarships. Through these programs, we facilitate access, education and coordination of resources to achieve our mission.

Here’s why we do it.

Vision

Our vision is that all children and youth in Lancaster County experience mental well-being.

History

Our roots trace back to the Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital that was founded in 1942. The Community Hospital, as it was known, served as a foundation and trusted teaching facility for osteopathic medical residents. In 1999, the hospital was sold to Health Management Associates and the former hospital foundation was reborn as the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF).


What We Do

Advancing Resources for Healthier Outcomes in Lancaster County

We believe all children in Lancaster County deserve a healthy, nurturing childhood, but realize that many encounter mental and behavioral health challenges throughout their lives that threaten their ability to thrive and achieve success. Since 1999, LOHF has been committed to strengthening the mental wellbeing of children and youth in Lancaster County. We achieve this by providing medical professionals, educators, parents and others with the resources they need to be successful.

Today, we steward more than $11,000,000 of community assets directed towards initiatives and programs that will have the largest impact on the health and wellbeing of children in Lancaster County. Our areas of emphasis include:


Our Team

The LOHF team includes a three-person staff charged with setting strategic direction and managing day-to-day operations; and a 12-to-14-person board of directors, who provide direction and expertise in our effort to strengthen the wellbeing of children in Lancaster County.

If you are interested in supporting this cause, learn how you can get involved here.


Our Staff

Anna Brendle Kennedy

Anna Brendle Kennedy
Executive Director

Anna manages operations, guides the board of directors, leads strategic planning, and oversees communications and external relations including fundraising and grant writing.

Prior to joining LOHF, Anna was the Program Officer for Schools, Recreation & Active Living, and Evaluation Manager for the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. Previously, she served as the Program Officer for the Children and Families Commission of Orange County in Irvine, CA, where she worked to improve the health and education of children, ages prenatal through 5. Anna holds a Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California-Irvine, and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Pennsylvania State University.

Anna serves on the board of Partnership for Public Health, the Advocacy Committee for United Way of Lancaster County, the Advisory Board for Lancaster County’s Behavioral Health and Development Services, Advisory Board for Pennsylvania Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Executive Committee of Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition, and is a founding member of Let’s Talk, Lancaster: Changing the Conversation about Mental Health. She lives in Lancaster with her husband, Steven Kennedy, and their daughter, Miriam.

Jeannette Scott, ACC, AGPC

Jeannette Scott, ACC, AGPC
Communication Director

Jeannette brings her administrative, project management, and communication experience to LOHF, which she developed while working in business, journalism, churches, and other nonprofits. This includes work as a journalist at LNP, life coach at Water Street Mission, and communication specialist at Bridge of Hope National. Jeannette is passionate about mental health access and awareness. She is a licensed minister and an ICF certified coach.  In addition to serving LOHF part time, she maintains a life and leadership coaching practice in Lancaster, and volunteers as a chaplain at Lancaster County Prison.


Board of Directors

John Walker

John Walker
LOHF Board Chair
Senior Director of Marketing, Steinman Communications, Lancaster, PA.

In his role at Steinman Communications, John and his team provide market research, promotional strategies and communication programs to Steinman businesses including LNP Always Lancaster, Lancaster Farming, Delmarva Broadcasting, and Intelligencer (a commercial printing division). John’s work focuses on building the teams and processes which will grow audiences in print, digital and broadcast channels, create high value for advertising partners, and lead to innovation and growth across the Steinman Communications businesses. John’s marketing approach grew out of years at advertising and digital marketing agencies working with clients including Procter & Gamble, Sara Lee and DuPont. John led an engagement that re-launched Armstrong’s corporate website and he managed digital marketing programs for clients at The Hershey Company. John has a degree in English from Middlebury College. He lives in Lancaster with his wife and three children. John is Board Chair for LOHF, and also serves on our Marketing & Communications Committee.

Adam Biuckians, MD

 

Adam Biuckians
LOHF Board Vice Chair
Medical Director and Child and Adoelscent Psychiatrist, Community Services Group (Lancaster, PA)

Adam also serves on our NavWell Advisory Council (Chair) and our Child Health & Wellness Advisory Committee. In addition to his work at CSG, he provides child and adolescent psychiatry for Catholic Charities at Paradise School. Adam completed his residency at Milton S. Hershey/Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, PA where he held positions of Chief Fellow in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry followed by Chief Resident in Adult Psychiatry. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and his BS in Pre-Med from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Adam is a Member of the Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society.

 

Terry Sweigart

Terry Sweigart
LOHF Board Treasurer
Business Manager, Lampeter-Strasburg School District

Terry serves on our Audit Committee (Chair) and our Finance & Investment Committee. Terry earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Temple University. Terry served as President, Lancaster-Lebanon School Insurance Program for Property and Casualty Insurance. He has also served on the boards of Employee’s Health Care Cooperative, Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau and Lancaster-Lebanon Joint Authority.

Charles Rieck, JD

Charles Rieck, JD
LOHF Board Secretary
Associate, Blakinger & Thomas, P.C., Lancaster, PA

Charles also serves on our Audit Committee and our Finance & Investment Committee. As an associate at Blakinger & Thomas, P.C., he assists clients with preparing estate plans, powers of attorney and health care directives, advises business clients through contracts, mergers and acquisitions, assists non-profit clients with governance matters and represents municipal clients as well. Charles previously served as the Assistant District Attorney in the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office where he specialized in white collar prosecutions. He completed his JD at the William and Mary School of Law; Williamsburg, VA with Honors in Criminal Procedure, and his BA in Political Science at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY/p>

Carolyn Bruey, PsyD, BCBA

Carolyn Bruey, PsyD, BCBA
LOHF Board Member
Supervisor of Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13’s Autism Solutions and Supervisor of School Psychologists

Carolyn (Carrie) also serves on our Child Health & Wellness Committee (Chair). She is a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, and board certified behavior analyst with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families and provider agencies. She has published various chapters and books relevant to diagnosing and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum.

Lindsi DeArment, DO, MS

Lindsi DeArment, DO, MS
LOHF Board Member
Family Physician, Highlands Family Practice

Lindsi also serves on our Osteopathic Medical Advisory Committee (Chair). She is a family physician with specific interests in pediatrics, adolescent medicine and women’s health. She completed her family medicine residency at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lititz, Pa., and her Doctor of Osteopathy at Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. Lindsi received her Master of Science from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, where she also specialized in Biomedical Sciences, Organizational Development Leadership Track. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in Biology with a focus on Human Behavioral Science from Ursinus College. Lindsi is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, the Lancaster Medical Society and Siena’s Hugs Foundation.

 

Dee Minchhoff, DNP, CRNP

Dee Minchhoff, DNP, CRNP
LOHF Board Member
Associate Professor of Nursing, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Dee also serves on our Nursing Scholarship Committee. In addition to teaching at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Dee also works as a family nurse practitioner at Oxford Medical Center and Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine Crooked Oak Health Express. In the spring, she umpires girls’ lacrosse. Dee completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Waynesburg University, her Post-Master Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Millersville University, her MS in Nursing at the University of Delaware, and her BS in Nursing at the College of New Jersey. Dee was active duty in the US Air Force and served in the US Army Reserves. She is president of Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chi-at-Large Chapter, treasurer of PSNA District 16, secretary for the PSNA Cabinet on Professional Development, member of the PSNA Environmental Health Committee, and member of PA Coalition of NPs and Lancaster NPs. Dee also volunteers for Hospice of Lancaster.

Sean Post, CPA

Sean Post, CPA
LOHF Board Member
Senior Accountant, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP

Sean also serves on our Audit Committee and our Finance & Investment Committee. As a Senior Accountant at Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP, he handles all aspects of audit, attest services, and financial statement preparation. Sean serves on the firm’s Government, Employee Benefit Plan, and Forensic Accounting Practice Groups. He is a Lancaster transplant as he was born and raised in New Jersey. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Elizabethtown College. Sean is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Treasurer of the L.G. Cook 4-H Campfire Counsel, and part of Leadership Lancaster’s Core Class of 2017. In his spare time, Sean enjoys playing recreational sports with his friends.

Anita Darpino, DO

 

Anita Darpino, DO
LOHF Board Member
Family Physician and Schaefferstown Family Practice

Anita completed her residency at Temple University in Family Medicine where she was Chief Resident. Anita completed her Doctor of Osteopathy at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society. Anita serves on our Child Health and Wellness Committee. She previously served on the Board from 2009-2015. She also volunteers with the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the Lancaster Public Library.

Robert H. Miller

 

Robert H. Miller
LOHF Board Member
Director of Global Financial Services, Armstrong Flooring, Inc. 

Bob has been employed with Armstrong Flooring, Inc. for over 33 years. He is responsible for global financial services and contract management. Bob previously led the company’s finance professional development program and related recruiting efforts. He recently served on the Armstrong Flooring Foundation committee. Bob is the past president of several national industry-related credit organizations. He is a graduate of Grove City College with a BA in Accounting and Economics, with classes towards his MBA. Bob serves on the LOHF Audit Committee and the Finance & Investment Committee.

Connell O’Brien

Connell O’Brien
LOHF Board Member
Policy Director for Integrated Health Care at RCPA (Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association) 

RCPA is a membership organization of over 300 community-based agencies in Pennsylvania. Connell coordinates RCPA participation in integrated physical and behavioral healthcare, facilitates statewide learning communities, and advances work towards coordinated healthcare at government, university, and professional advisory groups. Connell earned his post-masters certification in Special Education Supervision at Temple University, and his masters of education in Special Education focusing on Social Emotional from Temple University. He holds numerous memberships with professional and community organizations across Pennsylvania, and he has presented or published in over 25 workshops and conferences across the country.

Carli Youndt, MSN

 

Carli Youndt, MSN
LOHF Board Member
Adjunct Faculty at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA) and Certified School Nurse, Warwick High School

Carli teaches in the online MSN program for School Nurse Certification, and she earned her MSN and Certificate in School Nursing from EMU. Carli maintains licenses and certifications with the American Heart Association, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU in Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, Mental Health First Aid, Registered Nurse, and PA Network of Student Assistance Services. She volunteers with the Lancaster County School Nurses Association, the National Association of School Nurses, and the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO). Carli received an LOHF Nursing Scholarship twice previously, and she now serves on our Nursing Scholarship Committee.


Financials

We are proud to receive the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. We invite you to view our most current audited financial statements and tax returns:

Audited Financial Statements

IRS Form 990 for Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation

IRS Form 990 for Lancaster Osteopathic Health Supporting Organization

 

 
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