Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

PAPRS - Committees

Education & Consultation Committee


Co - Chair: Kelly Shuler

Co - Chair: Rochelle Reimert


The purpose of the Education & Consultation Committee is reflected in the overall goal of developing “learning opportunities for increasing the statewide capacity to provide best practice psychiatric rehabilitation services." This purpose is accomplished through the efforts of the committee as a whole in collaboration with the Education Manager.  PAPRS provides training opportunities for PAPRS member organizations and individuals including a frequently-offered CPRP test preparation course. Also, PAPRS is approved by the OMHSAS to provide the 12 hour required Orientation to Psychiatric Rehabilitation course.  In addition, training is developed for our Annual Conference Institutes and Workshops, and other training activities emerge through the provision of consultation activities.  Consultation  is offered to organizations that wish to increase their capacity to provide psychiatric rehabilitation services.



Conference Committee


Chair: Aaron Burkhardt

​Co - Chair: Jen McLaughlin

Co - Chair: Maureen Walsh


The Conference Committee is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the Annual PAPRS Conference.  Typical committee projects/tasks related to Annual Conference:

  • Sponsors
  • Scholarships
  • Basket Raffle
  • Award Ceremony
  • Networking events
  • Obtaining/Selecting potential workshop proposals
  • Hotel Arrangements


Budget/Finance Committee


Chair: Susan Poznar

​Co - Chair: Beth Ricker


The Budget/Business Plan Committee is responsible for planning and development of the organizational annual budget and the development, implementation and revision of the PAPRS business plan. Typical committee projects/tasks related to the budget/business plan:

  • Develop organizational business plan for review by the board
  • Present the board information needed for financial management
  • Develop annual budget to support PAPRS work 
  • Collaborate with PAPRS committees to support their work
  • Identify revenue streams for the organization
  • Review PAPRS marketing plan


Communications Committee


Chair: Amy DeMay

​Co - Chair: Lisa Quintana


The Communications Committee is responsible for developing ways to share information related to the work of PAPRS.  The Committee evaluates and recommends vehicles for effective communication. Functions of the committee include the following:

  • Determine organizational communication goals
  • Develop and maintain PAPRS Website
  • Maximize the use of technology for communication needs
  • Ensure that PAPRS mission and values are incorporated into communication vehicles and efforts
  • Evaluate written materials related to outreach and publicity
  • Recommend plans and means for effective communication


Membership Committee


Chairs: Jenny Gordon

Co - Chair: Karen Retorick


The purpose of the PAPRS Membership Committee is to attract and retain individual and organizational members through the:

  • Outreach to all new members and telephonic outreach to new organizational members
  • Outreach to current organizational members as their memberships come due for renewal
  • Solicitation of feedback/evaluation of current and potential value-added member benefits
  • Hosting of membership events
  • Support and encouragement of current members to increase their role within PAPRS through sharing of individual and collective strengths and resources
  • Partnership with PRA to assure that PAPRS can maximally address/meet the needs of its members