Mary Pelletier and Jo Pepper named 2021 Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Awardees

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November 5, 2021

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(Harrisburg, PA) November 5, 2021 — On November 4, 2021, Keystone Human Services (KHS) honored Mary Pelletier and Jo Pepper with the Dr. Joseph Adlestein Professional Leadership Award at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Membership.

Mary is a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse and the Director of Health at Key Human Services in Connecticut. She’s the First Vice President of the Connecticut Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association, a member of the National Standard Review committee and co-author of the 2020 National DDNA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Standards, and an Endorsed Instructor for Medication Administration for the Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Children and Families of Connecticut.

Jo served as Executive Director of Capital Area Head Start for 16 years and was employed by Keystone Human Services for over 30 years. During her tenure with CAHS, Jo’s focus on health, education, and basic needs drove the mission forward and impacted the lives of thousands of children and families in Central PA. She received the Public Service Award in 2009 from former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed, and in 2015 received the Joseph M. Capita Spirit of the Capital Region Award.

“Mary and Jo are powerful advocates for people with disability and people within the community,” said KHS President and CEO, Charles J. Hooker. “Mary is an exemplary nurse and advocate for the people we support and the work we do. She has worked to make change at every level to better support people with disability to live rich, engaged lives in their communities. Jo has made extraordinary contributions to the health and empowerment of children and families in the Capital Region. Her leadership, uncommon vision, and inventive “can do” spirit are reflected in everything achieved by Capital Area Head Start over the past 20 years.”

“I’m proud to be part of handing this award to Mary and Jo,” said Terri Slocomb, KHS Board Chair. “They are both leaders with a passion for serving others. Congratulations, Mary and Jo.”


About Keystone Human Services

KHS is a multi-national human services organization based in Harrisburg, PA. KHS operates in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, the Republic of Moldova, and India, providing advocacy, services, and supports in early childhood education and family support, mental health, autism, and intellectual, developmental, cognitive, and physical disability. We build communities where everyone can thrive, direct their own lives, establish homes, find meaningful work, pursue education alongside their peers, and fill valued roles in the community. In addition to operating as KHS, KHS provides services through Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), Capital Area Head Start (CAHS), Partnerships for People, Key Human Services, Keystone Autism Services, Keystone Moldova, and Keystone Institute India.

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