Christopher Shaak

CEO, Administration

Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University of PA 1992
Master’s Degree from Shippensburg University 1998

I’ve been with Excentia since: 2016

Favorite treat: Pretzels

Karen M. Fitzgerald

Chief Advancement Officer, Advancement

Bachelor's Degree from Cabrini University

I’ve been with Excentia since: 2012

Favorite treat: Chocolate Mousse

Laurie Kleynen

Chief of Program Services, Program

Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from York College of PA

I’ve been with Excentia since: 1981

Favorite treat: Red velvet cake pops

Brad Hahn

Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources

Master of Public Administration, Keller Graduate School

I’ve been with Excentia since: 2016

Favorite treat: Ice Cream

Krista Wismer

Chief Financial Officer, Finance

BS in Accounting and Finance from DeSales University

I’ve been with Excentia since: 2014

Favorite treat: Licorice

Jeff Kepeck

Director of Life Enrichment Services, Life Enrichment Services

Bachelor's in Health and Physical Education from Lock Haven University 2008

I’ve been with Excentia since: 2011

Favorite treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Connie Walp, OTR/L

Director of Early Childhood Services, S. June Smith, Early Childhood Services

Bachelor's Degree from Elizabethtown College 1977

I’ve been with Excentia since: 1987

Favorite childhood toy: Etch-A-Sketch

Renee Pusey

Talent Development and Employee Engagement Director, Human Resources

Bachelor's Degree from University of Delaware

I’ve been with Excentia since: 2011

Favorite treat: Avocado

Wendy DiGiacomo

Executive Planner, Administration

Stenographic Training Program at Goldey-Beacom College

I’ve been with Excentia since: 2004

Favorite treat: Time with my family at the beach

Lauren Ward

Assistant Director, Life Enrichment Services

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Millersville University

I've been with Excentia since: 2011

Favorite treat: Cupcakes

Anna Edling

Assistant Director of Residential Services, Residential

MA in Education from Eastern Mennonite University

I've been with Excentia since: 2010

Favorite treat: Chocolate

June Johnston

Assistant Director of Residential Services, Residential

Bachelors degree from Lock Haven University

I've been with Excentia since 1984.

Favorite Treat: Pecan nuts

About Excentia

Our Mission

Excentia strives to provide those supports necessary to enable people with developmental needs to live as independently and fully as they desire within the community.

  • People with developmental needs - intellectual and physical- deserve the tools and opportunities to build rich, engaged, and enviable lives.
  • Every person possesses gifts and talents that enhance and nurture the richness and diversity of our communities.
  • A person’s desires and aspirations create the framework upon which individualized and relationship-based supports are tailored. Excentia champions community integration, competitive employment, and scaffolded supports leading to independence.
  • All of the service options provided by Excentia are designed to encourage self-worth, build independence, and promote measurable growth. Safe, supportive, and inclusive environments are selected for each person’s experiences with Excentia.
  • Successful support programming is based on a dynamic partnership between families, friends, the community, and Excentia. This network of relationships is integral to our mission and central to the concepts Excentia stands for.

Our Values

Commitment

We promise to make the Commitment to provide quality supports for individuals and staff.

Respect

We empower all staff and individuals by showing and giving Respect to each other.

Honesty

We strive to have open and Honest relationships among staff, individuals, and their families where everyone has an opportunity to have their own concerns heard.

Communication

We believe that all Communication should be positive, supportive, and nurturing to encourage growth within our organization.

Accountability

We lead our organization with Accountability – a workplace where employees are responsible for the care and support of our individuals and each other.

Integrity

We encourage all staff to work with integrity, adhering to high ethical principles and professional standards because every interaction matters.

Our Team

Christopher Shaak

CEO, Administration

ext. 213

Karen M. Fitzgerald

Chief Advancement Officer, Advancement

717.579.6509

Laurie Kleynen

Chief of Program Services, Program

ext. 209

Brad Hahn

Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources

ext. 219

Krista Wismer

Chief Financial Officer, Finance

ext. 215

Jeff Kepeck

Director of Life Enrichment Services, Life Enrichment Services

ext. 233

Connie Walp, OTR/L

Director of Early Childhood Services, S. June Smith, Early Childhood Services

717-299-4829ext: 333

Renee Pusey

Talent Development and Employee Engagement Director, Human Resources

ext. 218

Wendy DiGiacomo

Executive Planner, Administration

ext. 305

Lauren Ward

Assistant Director, Life Enrichment Services

ext. 241

Anna Edling

Assistant Director of Residential Services, Residential

ext. 202

June Johnston

Assistant Director of Residential Services, Residential

ext. 21

Board Members

Excentia’s Board members are a vibrant mix of community-minded professionals from all over Lancaster County. We are always looking for dedicated people who strive to move our programing forward in both development and financial formats. If you are passionate about including all people in the community; support independent living and employment opportunities; and educational and therapeutic support for children; then we need you to join our board! Please click on the link below to introduce yourself to our board selection team.

Our History

1960s

Since 1965, the S. June Smith Center has provided early intervention programs to meet the needs of infants and preschool children with developmental delays and disabilities. Dr. S. June Smith was a psychologist who gave many years of dedicated and innovative service to children with special needs in Lancaster County. Because of her hard work and persistence many great programs are available throughout Lancaster County today.

The Early 70's

In the 1970’s, initiatives were instituted to move individuals with intellectual disabilities from institutional settings back to their communities. One of the organizations created to meet the emerging needs of individuals was Reading- based Prospectus Associates Incorporated, which operated several residential homes.

July 1, 1977

Assumed Responsibility for operation of four residential sites supporting 12 children and young adults previously operated by another provider.

March 15, 1978

Established residential program for 12 adults, many of whom had previously resided in state institutions.

September, 1982

When Pennhurst State Center began to return individuals to their original communities, Berco Industries, a subdivision of Prospectus, opened a day program in Lancaster. Three years later, as the program was growing, it moved to a larger facility. By September 1982, an Adult Day Services program at 129-A East Orange Street in Lancaster was established to support 11 former residents of the Pennhurst State Center.

October, 1986

The first PAI residential program was established in Lancaster to serve three individuals. At the end of 1986, PAI was selected as “Provider of the Year” by the Lancaster County Intellectual Disabilities Program.

July, 1985-Early 90’s

Adult Day Services expanded supports to individuals from the community or from state centers by 27 people, including four individuals living in an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) operated by Friendship Community. Number of total individuals supported reaches 49.

March, 1991

Residential Services expanded to include Family living program for two individuals (expands to three in September 1992). The PAI Corporation, or ” PAI” was founded in December of 1992, as a Lancaster based private, nonprofit organization.

July 1, 1993

Assumed responsibility for all services and supports operated since 1977 by Prospectus Associates, Inc. in Lancaster County. The “transition” between the two organizations was seamless, as key volunteers, management and professional staff, which formed the solid foundation on which PAI was built, had worked for Prospectus Associates in Lancaster County for many years prior to 1993.

June 4, 1999

Groundbreaking ceremony – PAI moved its administrative offices and Adult Day Services (now known as Life Enrichment Services) to 1810 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, PA.

February 27, 2000

Dedication Ceremony of new building.

July 1, 2002

25 years of dedicated service to the community!

October, 2006

Residential Services maintains and supervises 23 Community Homes.

Winter 2011

United Support Group joins PAI.

2012

In the Fall of 2012 Excentia is unveiled as the new name for the organization. Residential Services now maintains and supervises a total of 27 Community Homes and Life Enrichment Services now serves more than 350 individuals.

As of Today

On October 2, 2013 the S. June Smith Center and Excentia merged. We are thrilled to now be the only organization in Lancaster County that provides services for children and adults with developmental needs.