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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Our Promise

At Valley Youth House, we believe diversity and inclusion are key to achieving our mission. We celebrate the diversity of culture, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status of our team members, our clients, and our partners.

We embrace the principles and practices that acknowledge that all people are to be valued and treated with dignity. Our agency is dedicated to welcoming, respecting, and appreciating the combination of everyone’s individual differences, life experiences, originality, self-expression, distinctive abilities, knowledge, and unique skill that our youth and families invest in our programs, and our employees bring to their work.

We believe diversity and inclusion leads to higher satisfaction and empowerment, brings new ideas that promote creativity and growth, and ensures an environment where everyone’s unique skills and perspectives are valued. As an agency, we commit to using our voice and platform to fight against injustice.

With this in mind, we are taking the following steps to bring about equality, civility, and justice for all.

View our DEI Report here

Listen With Our Hearts

By providing safe spaces for people to share their experiences, we will build understanding and compassion for each other as a foundation for our continued work

Plan With Our Heads

 We will work with youth and community leaders to develop an annual strategy to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within our agency as well as in our local communities.

Speak Up With Our Voices

We will actively speak out and address acts of racism, racist comments, and racist practices, policies, and procedures while advocating for the youth we serve.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee


Richard Liu, MPH

Committee Chair
Associate Director, Global Director, Virology Merck & Co.

Marci Martinez-Howey

Associate Vice President, DEI United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley
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Shawn O. Mack

Vice President
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Valley Youth House
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Thomas R. Harrington

President & Executive Director Valley Youth House

Kylin Camburn

Case Manager, Project Silk LV Valley Youth House

Lawren Konschnik

Associate Director of Human Resources Valley Youth House

Kevin Greene

Committee Member
Chief Operations Officer, Faces International

Dr. G. Christopher Hunt, Ed.D.

Committee Member
Vice President and Dean for DEI, Moravian University

Dr. Leon John, Jr., Ph.D.

Committee Member
Chief Diversity Officer, Cedar Crest College

Mary Lisicky, CFP

Committee Member
First Vice President, Wealth Management, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Natasha Ljujic, MBA

Committee Member
HR Business Partner, Air Products

Jadira Morales

Committee Member
Director of Cornerstone Youth Home Children’s Aid Society, York County

Heather Morris

Committee Member
Director, Contracts Management Supplier Diversity, Philadelphia Gas Works

Dr. Erica Patterson, DM

Committee Member
Director of Contracts Management & Supplier Diversity in the Supply Chain Department, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

Forrest Patterson

Committee Member
Managing Director, Corporate Client Banking, JP Morgan

Nicole Tyler

Committee Member
Director of Transportation Equity, PA Department of Transportation

Jameel Rush, PHR, SHRM-CP

Committee Member
Director, Inclusion Programs, Google

Alma Scott-Buczak, SHRM-SCP SPHR

Committee Member
Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Lafayette College
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Maureen Bell, MSW, LSW

DEI Coordinator, Valley Youth House


Valley Youth House DEI Report