"Grit is living life like it's a marathon not a sprint."- Angela Duckworth
Larry joined CHC in August 2023. He describes himself as "a believer, husband, father, friend, coach, mentor, imperfect, philosophical, outdoorsy, capable, hard on myself, outgoing AND introverted." After retiring from teaching and coaching in the Bethlehem School District for over 35 years, Larry decided he wanted to get back to helping young people believe in themselves and the future, so that they may create a life path that not only makes them better but makes the world around them better.
This year’s mantra: Psalms 46:5: “God is within her, she will not fall”
Aleah is a school mentor at Raub Middle School and is currently in the advanced-standing Master of Social Work program at Kutztown University. With her passion for working in the mental and behavioral health field, she uses her voice and power to empower students to reveal their power from within. She leads by example and advocates with and on behalf of her students to shatter the barriers that have caused them to suffer for far too long. Aleah’s long-term goals include obtaining her licensures and DSW degree. She also wants to own a Private Practice and a Community Resource Center.
This year’s mantra: “YOU ARE ENOUGH…BELIEVE IN YOUR SPARK!”
Deb Reilly has been with CHC since 2019, mentoring in the Whitehall-Coplay School District Middle and High Schools. She is retired from Secondary School Counseling, having worked in the Hamburg Area School District and Allentown School District. Deb’s undergraduate degree is in Business Administration, with a Master’s Degree of Science from Villanova University in Secondary Counseling and Human Services. Deb is married with 3 adult children, and her first grandchild on the way. She enjoys the beach and a variety of outdoor activities. Deb has collected sea treasures from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Caribbean Island, Mexico Central America and Ireland. She is a pet rescue mom currently with two cats and a dog.
Marci joined CHC in August 2023. She provided outreach and career exploration for students in over 65 Lehigh County schools in her previous role with Lehigh Career & Technical Institute. Marci has volunteered extensively with parents and teachers in Salisbury Township School District to coordinate events and fundraisers for over 10 years. She has a background in university admissions and non-profit management, and she received a degree in public relations from the University of Florida. Marci believes all youth can achieve school success with a good support system. "My goal is to provide a safe, open and inclusive space to interact with students, so together, we can work through barriers to learning."
Judi brings many years of experience to her position at CHC, having worked in the fields of education and prevention as well as being a life coach and an ordained minister. Early in her life Judi taught children with special needs in the suburbs of Chicago where she implemented a program she created called “The Star in You” which taught them to reach beyond their limited beliefs, ideas and thoughts about themselves. Later she worked for the Montgomery County Community Partnership where she oversaw three community initiatives: The Multi-cultural Networking Task Force; the Substance Abuse Domestic-Violence Related Task Force; and a Task Force for Empowering the Children and Youth of Montgomery County. She became the Site Coordinator for the field testing of the Strengthening Families Curriculum for SAMSHA’s CSAP, then as the National Coordinator with SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Drug Information. Judi returned to ministry in the Lehigh Valley PA and Fredericksburg VA, then her journey led her to work for CHC in 2019.
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