MAGGIE MILLS – President
Maggie Mills is an Assistant Professor of Art at Cedar Crest College. She was a lecturer at the University of the Arts and adjunct faculty in Temple University’s Division of Theater, Film, and Media Arts. She received a BFA from Temple University and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Prior to her life in academia, Mills worked for twelve years in the disability and mental health communities. Mills worked with several different populations in the classroom through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. She worked as a behavior therapist to implement behavior modification plans and instruct staff on their proper implementation through Clarity Behavioral Services. Mills implemented and supervised a sensory art program at Little Wonders, an inclusive therapy studio for children. Most recently, she advocated for the inclusion of adults with mental health diagnoses, intellectual, and physical disabilities in the community through art exhibitions and employment training with Oasis, a program under the umbrella of Resources for Human Development. Mills was awarded the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Career Development Fellowship, is a Fleisher Wind Challenge winner, and completed the Landlab residency through the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She is a member of Grizzly Grizzly Gallery, who are the recipients of the Velocity and Added Velocity Fund Grants. She is active in the exhibition community locally and regionally.
STEVEN ALLENSON – Vice President
Mr. Allenson is a Corrections and Work Release Program Counselor at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility where he has worked for more than 30 years. He has worked with criminal offenders, both in and out of prison, to identify reasons for criminal behavior, provide appropriate interventions, monitor actions and try to prevent recidivist activity. Steve has many a track record with these populations. He holds a bachelors degree from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences.
GEORGE GARVEY, JR. – Treasurer
Mr. Garvey is a Superintendent for a union painting contractor who began his career with Philadelphia District Council 21, while still a sophomore student at Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. Mr. Garvey now leads crews and jobs that range from local projects to $1M+ contracts from major corporations such as Boeing, Glaxo Smith Kline, PECO, Franklin Mint, and countless others. He attended Montgomery County Community College and holds several certificates from OSHA.
JOSEPH R. HEINBACH II – Secretary
Mr. Heinbach has spent the past decade of his professional career as an SAP Certified FICO Consultant specializing in Business Process Reengineering and IT Software Solutions for the Federal Government. He has worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. He recently launched his own independent consulting practice under the company name Poetry in Motion, LLC. Early in his professional career Mr. Heinbach served as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Manor College located in Jenkintown, PA, where as a student, he was an All-Star point guard and Academic All-American. Mr. Heinbach is very active in the community as he is also a member of the board of the Unico Philadelphia Chapter of Unico National, which is the largest Italian American service organization in the US. Mr. Heinbach received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Drexel University in 2008. He is also a graduate of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, class of 2003.
Dr. ROBERT KETTERLINUS – Community Relations
Dr. Ketterlinus is a Developmental Psychologist with an undergraduate degree in social science (Psychology major) from Pennsylvania State University (summa cum laude) and a Doctorate degree (Honors) from The Catholic University of America (1987). In 2008 Dr. Ketterlinus founded D. Ketterlinus, Ph.D. & Associates, an independent consulting firm focused on research and program evaluation/research, consultation and grants services designed to meet the needs of nonprofit organizations, foundations and government agencies. He has worked on numerous projects in the Philadelphia area including the Montgomery County Prisoner Re-Entry Project, Teen Dating Violence Prevention Project, Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management, Needs Assessment of Latino Youth in the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System, Evaluability Study of the Forensic Intensive Recovery Program, The Philadelphia Juvenile Treatment Court Expansion Project, and The Philadelphia DUI Court Evaluation Project.
Ameika Malcolm – Board Member
Ameika Malcolm has been working in the mental health advocacy field for the past nine years and is currently the Project Coordinator/Office Manager in charge of Community Outreach and Development at HopeWorx, Inc., a non-profit mental health advocacy organization for Montgomery County, Pa. She is also the Social Committee co-Chair for the Montgomery County Community Support Program (CSP). Shortly after becoming a United States citizen (Malcolm is a native Jamaican), she went on to accomplish her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Phoenix in Human Services Management. In addition to her professional work, Malcolm is an avid gardener who lovingly donates her time, energy and amazing attitude to help lead and manage the Norristown Community Gardens.
Ryan Schweiger – Board Member
Ryan has worked in the behavior health field for ten years and is a person in long term co-occurring recovery. He is dual certified through the PCB as both a Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Recovery Specialist, and is also a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. Ryan is currently a Community Outreach Specialist at Penn Foundation, where he has worked for 6 years. While working in community outreach, Ryan also continues to provide hands on engagement and support to peers around their recovery goals in the community. In addition, in the last two years Ryan has successfully piloted a program providing community based support to individuals in D&A recovery. See Chalk Mural page Ryan also provides yearly trainings on co-occurring experiences in both adolescents and adults for Montgomery County’s behavioral health foundation training series.
HALLIE FISCHER – Board Member
Hallie Fischer currently works for the School District of Philadelphia as a Case Manager for the Student Transition Center. As a Case Manager, she supports students during their transition back to the District from dependent and delinquent placements. Ms. Fischer holds a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Criminal Justice and also earned her Master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in the same field. She has served as a caseworker at Montgomery County Correctional Facility and as a staff member at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter school, specializing in ending the cycle of incarceration through the generations by enhancing opportunities for the young people. Ms. Fischer also works as a yoga instructor in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
Danielle Brazinski – Board Member
“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw.
This is a quote that Danielle Brazinski, MS, ATR-BC, LPC a practicing artist, an Art Therapist, and licensed professional counselor, lives by. Danielle has dual bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Psychology from Rowan University and a Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling from The College of New Rochelle. Danielle feels blessed to have found a field that allows her to put her love for art and people together in a manner that helps bring individuals’ inner world into an outward experience. She has experience working inpatient and outpatient with populations ranging from individuals struggling with the disease of addiction, co-occurring disorders, individuals within the criminal justice system and mental health/trauma. Her creative collaboration of approaches helps individuals focus on embracing each moment and each part of themselves, allowing more of an opportunity to grow in the human experience. Danielle has also worked with non-profit organizations to raise money and awareness for those struggling in the world- including being a part of Art Therapy: the movie.