Meet Our Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Dan has 30 years of leadership experience in the behavioral health industry. At Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, he leverages his knowledge, compassion and his enthusiasm to provide excellent care in the south central Pennsylvania region.
Dan is a native of Greenville, Pennsylvania and graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He spent the early part of career in Pittsburgh working at all levels of behavioral health and juvenile corrections, including direct care, development and creation of both inpatient and outpatient programming, and management of operations.
In addition to his professional experience, Dan has also held a number of positions on community boards and organizations, and for the last six years, served as the President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) board in Colorado Springs, CO. Dan believes that increasing community education and advocating for change at all levels can positively influence behavioral health treatment options for the better.
Emily Pressley, DO
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Emily Pressley had 20 years of experience as a nurse most of that time spent in mental health before becoming a psychiatrist. She attended a diploma nursing school and went on to receive a BSN at Millersville University.
Dr. Pressley attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed her internship at Community Hospital of Lancaster and her psychiatric residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Following residency Dr Pressley spent 3 years serving in an underserved region in Western Pennsylvania as part of a public health scholarship pay back program .She worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including a women’s drug and alcohol Half Way House and a county prison.
She returned to Lancaster and was employed at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital for the majority of the time as the medical director for the inpatient psychiatric unit. In addition, she was the consulting psychiatrist for Franklin and Marshall College for 10 years.
Dr. Pressley has lived in Lancaster for many years and enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and traveling. Dr Pressley is proud to be part of the leadership of LBHH and to serve the people of this area.
Donna Carson, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Donna has over 30 years of experience in diverse professional RN roles. As a transformational leader, her expectation is to include the provision of exceptional patient care with a primary focus on patient safety, staff safety and overall patient experience. Utilizing evidenced based best practices to reach this goal, she fosters the importance to all staff in providing empathetic care to patients and families. Donna graduated with a BSN from Alfred University, NY and an MSN from The College of New Jersey, NJ.
Prior to coming to Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, Donna was a CNO at free standing Acute Care hospital in South Jersey, where she was instrumental in the design and build of a new Behavioral Health Unit. She also has experience in nurse management as a Director of Nursing for a Medical/Surgical/Ortho/Neuro 39 bed unit as well as a 64 bed hospital based Behavioral Health Unit, which consisted of Acute Adult Intensive, Geri-Psych and Eating Disorder sub-units. Other experiences include the opening of new hospital units, positive Joint Commission and Department of Health accreditation surveys, strategic planning, policy writing, case management, staff development and student education. She is very excited to utilize concepts from her professional growth, as part of the hospital team.
Karen Bramley, LCSW
Director of Social Services
Karen, a team oriented, behavioral health professional with over 25 years of experience in a variety of direct care and leadership positions, joined the LBHH team upon the opening of the hospital as Director of Social Services. Prior to joining the team at Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, Karen worked for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health within the Inpatient Behavioral Health Service Line, bringing with her extensive knowledge of the Lancaster community and resources, a proven history of strategic planning, successful program development and management, team building, and clinical outcomes. Karen is committed to providing access to evidenced based treatment and care in a trauma informed environment that serves the Lancaster Community. Karen received her Bachelors in Social Work from Millersville University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified as a trauma informed professional.
Director of Compliance
Jon has over 25 years of behavioral healthcare leadership experience. Throughout his career, Jon has held several leadership positions in various behavioral health service lines including; Inpatient Psychiatric Care, Crisis Intervention Centers, Admission Departments, Human Resources Management, and Compliance and Risk Management.
Jon oversees Compliance, Risk Management and Performance Improvement to ensure that Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital is a safe, high quality organization that is compliant with Local, State and Federal regulations. Jon’s approach as a member of leadership is to provide guidance and support to the facility team members in all departments across the hospital to obtain our three most important outcomes: Safe, High Quality care in compliance with rules, regulations and laws.
In addition to his professional experience, Jon has also held a number of volunteer positions on community organizations including Pottstown YMCA, and other youth service organizations.
Jon holds a Master Degree in Psychology from the University of Hartford, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Vincent College.
Director of Admissions
Leah Holmes has over 15 years of experience and knowledge within behavioral healthcare. Leah manages the hospital admissions operations and is committed to increasing access to care for those in need. Leah received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Miami, and her M.A. in Forensic Psychology at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is currently enrolled in a M.B.A. program through West Chester University. Leah is passionate about serving others and places a strong emphasis on community health.
Director of Human Resources
Jim serves as the HR Director, bringing with him over 25 years of HR experience to the team. Prior to joining the hospital, Jim served in several senior HR roles in the long term care industry in the central PA region. Jim and his team are responsible for the recruiting, onboarding, and ongoing support needs for hospital staff members. Jim earned his Bachelors of Science at Penn State University in Business Administration. Additionally, he maintains HR certifications with both the Society of Human Resources and the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Antonia V. Pawlson, MS, ATR-BC, LPC
Director of Outpatient Services, Director of Expressive Arts
Antonia holds over 22 years of clinical and management experience in the field of mental health. Her career spans several distinct settings, which has provided diversity to her clinical work. This includes 13 years in outpatient private practice in Lancaster County, over 8 years working both inpatient and partial hospital program levels of care, and several years in homeless shelters. She is committed to growing Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital’s continuum of care to meet the mental health needs of the area.
Antonia received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Master’s of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is a licensed professional counselor, registered and board certified art therapist, and a certified professional life coach.
Director of Business Development
Mike earned his Bachelors of Science in Health Communications at Juniata College and has more than 15 years of business development experience in the healthcare industry.
Mike was part of the initial opening of the hospital in 2018 and is grateful to be part of the continuing growth of behavioral healthcare capabilities within the community.
He oversees community relations, marketing and public relations to ensure Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital is a valuable part of south central Pennsylvania. In addition, he has volunteered for a number of community initiatives and has served on a variety of leadership boards over the years, his work has helped to positively influence behavioral healthcare throughout the region.
Matthew Tamburrino, MHA
Director of Operations
Matt is a proud member of the health care community. He joined the Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital with over 20 years of mental health care experience. Throughout his career, Matt has held several administrative positions that include; training, personnel management, and the development of systems that focus on both patient and staff safety. In addition to Matt operational responsibilities, he serves as a certified master instructor for safety and clinical intervention programs. Matt works within the Universal Health Services network of hospitals to train staff and ensure every employee has the tools and resources available to provide the best care experience. Matt’s work as a master instructor has enabled Matt to work with and provide support to both regional and hospitals throughout the country.
Matt believes a vital component of any hospital is consistent communication and collaboration across all disciplines to provide the best outcome of care to every person we serve. Matt’s approach as a member of leadership is to provide guidance and support to all teams and every department at Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital.
Director of Pharmacy
Brad utilizes his pharmaceutical experience to optimize medication services at Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital. He is a local in Lancaster County, having graduated from Manheim Township High School. He has been a clinical pharmacist for the past 15 years. Brad has been involved in pharmacy management for the past decade, having worked in retail, hospital and home infusion pharmacies. He traveled to the University of Arizona and earned his BS in Microbiology before obtaining his PharmD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. Brad continued his education at Drexel, completing his MBA in 2017. Brad and the entire pharmacy team strive to meet the needs of the hospital while addressing therapeutic needs of the patients.
Joe Wysock III
Director of Plant Operations
Joe holds extensive experience with healthcare operations, facility operations and project management. Joe has been an essential player since the inception of this hospital and has provided supervision throughout the entire planning, construction, and licensing phases. Joe earned his Certified Healthcare Constructor credentials from the American Society of Hospital Engineers and he continues to use lean principles in the hospital’s day to day operations. He has served on a number of local and regional leadership boards that include; ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors), Lancaster Young Professionals and Scholarship Committees and currently serves on the Thaddeus Stevens Alumni Board, President’s Advisory Committee, and as Vice President of the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation. Joe is also the Chairman of the Thaddeus Stevens Building/Construction Committee.
Joe earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Lebanon Valley College, Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management at Penn College and an Associate’s Degree in Carpentry from Thaddeus Stevens College.
Director of Performance Improvement
Mike has more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience that ranges from durable medical equipment to service development and delivery. Prior to joining the team at Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, Mike spent nine years in Quality & Performance Improvement at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.
Mike holds a Master’s of Business Administration and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Mike is responsible for the performance improvement, risk management and hospital information areas at LBHH. He believes it is an honor to work for a hospital that embraces the goal of working collaboratively with the medical professionals, the community, the patient and the patient’s support network to create successful outcomes. Mike demonstrates commitment to the Improvement that is: “We should always be focused on improving the care of the patients and improving the health of the community while we are creating better work environments and improving the cost of providing that care.”
The IHI Triple Aim is a framework developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that describes an approach to optimizing health system performance. It is IHI’s belief that new designs must be developed to simultaneously pursue three dimensions, which we call the “Triple Aim”:
- Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction);
- Improving the health of populations; and
- Reducing the per capita cost of health care
Treatment, Compassion and Hope
Each year, millions of people experience difficulties with behavioral health. If these problems persist, they can affect relationships, performance at work or school or even the ability to complete everyday tasks and functions. If you or a loved one is struggling and in need of behavioral health services, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital provides treatment, resources and support.
Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital offers confidential, no-cost assessments 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. Call our admissions line at 717-740-4160 to schedule an assessment today. Or, for more information about Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, call our main intake line at 717-740-4100.