Our work is successful thanks to our donors, our 14 volunteer board members, more 30 volunteer  committee members, and a 4-person staff (one full time, three part time.)

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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

Communication Director

Jeannette brings her communication, and project management 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 credentialed minister and ICF certified coach. In addition to serving LOHF part time, she is sole proprietor of a leadership coaching practice and volunteers as a visitation chaplain at Lancaster County Prison.

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Shanece Bowman

Programs Manager

Shanece manages LOHF’s core programs:  Children’s Behavioral Health Grants, Mental Health Copay Assistance, LOHF Clinical Supervision Collaborative, Continuing Education & Training, and Scholarships.

Shanece brings 12 years of experience including past roles as Clinical Assistant at WellSpan Philhaven, Case Aide at Bethanna Foster Care and Adoption, and CNA/Nurse Aide Team Leader at Conestoga View Rehabilitation Center. She graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.

Shanece is passionate about mental health for children and families. She is also dedicated to reducing stigma for those with mental healthcare needs, and equipping providers to serve them well.

Board of Directors


Adam Biuckians, MD

LOHF Board Chair
Medical Director and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Community Services Group, Lancaster, PA

Adam also serves on our Access 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.

Connell O’Brien

LOHF Board VIce Chair
Administrator for the Pennsylvania Coalition for the CommonHealth

Previously, Mr. O’Brien was Policy Director for the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association. He has lead child and adolescent behavioral health, child welfare, special education and juvenile justice programs, and held executive positions with NorthEast Treatment Centers, Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Connell earned his graduate degrees and certification in special education at Temple University, and completed training as a Family Therapist at The Philadelphia Child Guidance Center.  

He holds numerous memberships with professional and community organizations across Pennsylvania, and has published and presented in workshops and conferences across the country.

Carli Youndt, MSN

LOHF Board Secretary
Adjunct Faculty at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA) and Certified School Nurse, Warwick High School

Carli also serves on our Nursing Scholarship Committee, and is past recipient of this scholarship. 

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). 

Sean Post, CPA

LOHF Board Treasurer
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. 

Sean 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 member of Leadership Lancaster’s Core Class of 2017. 

In his spare time, Sean enjoys playing recreational sports with his friends.


Arthur Ace

LOHF Board Member
Business Development Officer, PNC Wealth Management

Arthur also serves on our Finance & Investment Committee. As a Client Advisor with PNC Wealth Management, he has a recognized history of working in the financial services industry. Leveraging strong analytical, consulting and relationship management capabilities to assist clients in the areas of investment and asset management, succession strategies, estate planning, and administration. 

Arthur is a member of the Lancaster County Estate Planning Council and Civil Air Patrol. He graduated with a degree in Finance from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. 

Arthur is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. Arthur and his wife, Rachel, enjoy life with their Yorkie, Kingston

Anita Darpino, DO

LOHF Board Member
Family Physician and Schaefferstown Family Practice

Anita also serves on our Access Committee. She previously served on the Board from 2009-2015. 

Anita completed her residency at Temple University in Family Medicine where she was Chief Resident. She earned a 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 also volunteers with the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the Lancaster Public Library.

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Kimberly Fletcher, PHR, SHRM-CP

LOHF Board Member
Human Resources Director
Housing Development Corporation

Kimberly has a 20-year tenure in human resources development, including strategic management, recruitment, employee relations, training, on-boarding, benefits administration, professional development administration, and special events coordination.

Her experiences include working with people from diverse economic, academic, and cultural backgrounds. Kimberly’s broad career as a human resource professional has been enriched through experiences in childcare, secondary education, and college administration. 


She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College.

Robert H. Miller

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

Bob serves on the LOHF Audit Committee and the Finance & Investment Committee.

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. 

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. 

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. In the spring, she umpires girls’ lacrosse. 

Charles Rieck, JD

LOHF Board Member
Associate, Blakinger & Thomas, P.C., Lancaster, PA

Charles also serves on our Audit Committee and our Finance & Investment Committee. As a partner 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 in Williamsburg, VA with Honors in Criminal Procedure, and his BA in Political Science at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.

Carrie Lee Smith, PhD

LOHF Board Member
Associate Professor of Sociology, Millersville University

As associate professor of sociology, Carrie studies sex and gender, medical sociology, sociology of reproduction and birth, work and the profession, sociology of the family, religion, race and ethnicity, qualitative methods, scholarship of teaching and learning, and community-based research. 

Since 2014, she has served as a Faculty Research Fellow at the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change at Millersville University. Carrie also serves on the boards of the Edward Hand Medical Museum, and Ambassadors for Hope. 

She earned her PhD in Sociology from Vanderbilt University.

Angela Trout

LOHF Board Member
Development Director, Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services

At Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services, Angela is responsible for securing private and foundation funding, and food and clothing donations. The organization serves neighbors experiencing poverty. 

Angela previously led marketing and communications for the YWCA Lancaster. She is a graduate of Massachusetts School of Law (North Andover, Mass.) and Wilmington University.

Angela has an extensive career in journalism, and nonprofit organizations. As a parent advocate, she brings a passion for children’s mental health.


John Walker

LOHF Board Member
Founder and Principal, j. walker marketing, Lancaster, PA

John Walker serves as board chair after being active on the LOHF marketing committee, then joining the board in 2016. In his professional life, John is the founder and principal consultant at J. Walker Marketing, a firm that provides business owners with marketing strategy and guidance. John’s background includes stints at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising where he worked on Procter & Gamble’s Ivory Soap brand. He has also worked as a brand manager, marketing director and digital marketing consultant. John is a graduate of Middlebury College where he studied English. This spring, he also received a certificate in Strategic Management from Georgetown University. John is married, lives in Lancaster, and has three grown children.