Board of Directors

Board President

Barbara Johncour:  Ms. Johncour has worked in social services since graduating with a degree in Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.  Early in her career, Barbara worked for a County Board of Assistance, served on the Board of Directors for one of the early day programs for young children with mental health and intellectual disabilities and for a  County Department of Children and Youth Services, was a director of volunteer services at a hospital and long term care facility, served as a case manager for those with developmental disabilities and was a director/manager of a hospice program.  As her career and expertise became focused on children and youth with mental health and behavioral challenges, Barbara served as a county Child and Adolescent Service System Coordinator (CASSP) and for many years was a children’s services specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) in the Harrisburg Field Office and the Bureau of Children’s Services.

More recently, Ms. Johncour devotes her time to her family and friends , the MHA Board of Directors and ,as a Grief Recovery Specialist, facilitates Grief Recovery Method group sessions. Barbara may be reached through the Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties.

Vice President

Michelle Little:


Steven Schmidt:


Beth Jaczun:

At Large

Shelia Mercier:

Jennifer S. Buffenbarger:

Dr. Buffenbarger primary career has been in nursing. Her nursing career began as a LPN in upstate New York, working on the Medical/Surgical Unit in a local hospital. With her husband being in the military and assigned overseas, her studies continued through military affiliated universities.  Whilst overseas, Dr. Buffenbarger volunteered with American Red Cross, and supported various Army clinics to include vaccination of soldiers deploying to combat areas. On return to USA (Arizona), Dr. B. worked in long-term skilled facilities, earning certification in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. B. transitioned into hospital based medical/surgical nursing as a LPN and then as RN when she passed her nursing boards. Her husband was re-assignment to South Carolina. Dr. B. initially continued with medical/surgical nursing, and with successful completion of critical care course, transferred into critical care. On her husband’s retirement, they both transferred to Shippensburg, PA. Dr. B. career path continued in hospital-based nursing with multiple career experiences: Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Out-patient surgery center, Educator, Director Medical/Surgical/Rehabilitation Units, and Nursing Supervisor over the course of 14 ½ years. During this timeframe, Dr. B. earned her MSN and Ed.D.

Dr. B changed her career path 3 ½ years ago, by joining Wilson College Nursing Department as one of their full-time Assistant Professors. Dr. B. teaches the first year of nursing, mental health nursing course, and functions as a clinical instructor for these sections.

Dr. B. serves on the Franklin County Suicide Coalition, and most recently, accepted to be one of the board members for the Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties.

Dr. B. is affiliated with American Holistic Nursing Association and is currently enrolled in their Integrate Healing Arts Program for Holistic Nursing, focusing on the Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotions.

Dr. B. may be reached via Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties.

Lori Deshong:

Lori DeShong has been the Health and Education Coordinator for the Fulton County Family Partnership for the last 15 years.  Lori has concentrated on bringing innovative ideas and best practice to home-based parenting programs in Fulton County.  Lori graduated nursing school in 1996. Since then she has grown professionally by becoming a First Aid and CPR Instructor for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  She works with the local childcare in Fulton County as a PQAS instructor.  Lori is a Professional Development Specialist for the Council of Professional Recognition Child Development Associate.  Lori has sat on the Bedford Fulton Head Start Policy Council for the last 5 years.  Lori also participates in the Fulton Partners group.


Lori devotes time to her family and has passion for rescued animals.  Lori may be reached through the Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties.