Advisory Board Meetings

All meetings of the Chester County MH/IDD Advisory Board are open to the public and are currently being held virtually.  Meetings begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.  If you would like to attend a meeting virtually please e-mail Tyree Lewis at

  Executive Subcommittee Members

  • Dr. Veda Maany - Chair
  • Blake Jessica Emmanuel - Vice-Chair
  • Vacant - Secretary

Adult Mental Health Subcommittee

Meets Quarterly - 2nd Monday of March, June, September and December

Staff: MHIDD Deputy Director, Candy Craig

Board Representatives: Vacant

ID Subcommittee/Self-Determination

Meets 1st Wednesday each month

Staff: MHIDD Deputy Director, Lauren House

Board Representative: Vacant

2020-2021 Advisory Board Members

  • Dr. Veda Maany - Chair
  • Blake Jessica Emmanuel - Vice Chair
  • Katherine Gelling
  • Ashley Ian Doyle, CPS, FPS
  • Rabbi Sue Greenberg
  • Phillip A. Lawson, Ph.D.
  • Donald R. Altemus, MS,CPS,CRS
  • Reverend Francis Chester
  • David B. Klein
  • Peter Urscheler
  • Kyle R. Finucane
  • Vacant (2)

Purpose of the Board

  • Review and evaluate needs, services, facilities, and special problems
  • Develop annual plans for mental health and intellectual disability programs
  • Make recommendations regarding MH/IDD services in the county, including service contracts and the funds required to implement the program
  • Review program performance and recommend a system of program evaluation
  • Recommend candidates for the position of MH/IDD Administrator
  • Each subcommittee reviews issues on planning and evaluating services and needs, and makes recommendations to the Advisory Board.