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Keystone College, Outreach Center, and Lackawanna County to Host Children’s Issue Conference

Oct 18, 2023

Outreach Center for Community Resources, Keystone College, and Lackawanna County Department of Health and Human Services will host the inaugural “Children’s Issues in a Changing World 2023: Resiliency Matters” conference on Friday, October 27, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Brooks Theater, Keystone College campus. The fee for the event is $35 per person, including lunch. The event is open to the public.    

 The conference will be dedicated to fostering awareness and addressing the many challenges faced by children in today’s dynamic and often-turbulent world. Keynote speaker for the event will be Horacio Sanchez, president  and CEO of Resiliency Inc., an agency leader in helping schools improve school climate, instruction, and discipline.

Mr. Sanchez is recognized as one of the nation’s prominent experts in promoting student resiliency and applying brain science to improve school outcomes and is recognized as a leading authority on emotional disorders and resiliency. He has been a teacher, administrator, clinician, mental health director, and consultant to a variety of state education departments, including  Pennsylvania. Mr. Sanchez is also a member on the True Health Initiative Council of Directors, a coalition of more than 250 world-renowned health experts, committed to education on proven principles of students learning styles. Keystone Vice  President for Institutional Advancement Fran Langfan, Ed.D will serves as moderator for the event.


Other speakers and panel members include:

  • Pennsylvania State Rep. Kyle Mullins
  • Lackawanna County Family Court Judge Mary Dempsey
  • Leighton Huey, M.D, Associate Dean for Behavioral Health Integration and Community Care Transformation at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
  • Caroline Millen, Ph.D. Keystone Assistant College Professor of Education at Keystone College
  • Erin Keating, Ed.D. Superintendent of the Old Forge School District
  • William Chase, PH.D. Associate Professor of Psychology at Keystone College
  • Fauve Luckey, Clinical Psychologist, Clarks Summit, Pa.
  • Rijelle Kraft, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA.
  • Vince Smith, Executive Director, Keystone Family Alliance, Millheim, Pa.
  • Lynn Biga, Executive Director Luzerne County Head Start,
  • Donna Nelson, Founder of Adopt a Single Mom Project.
  • Debra Doyle Belknap, JD, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Psychology at Keystone College
  • Stacey Wyland, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Keystone College.

 For additional information, contact Carlene Gula, Outreach Center for Community Resources, (570) 558-7584, cgula@outreachworks.com.

Based in Scranton, Outreach Center for Community Resources is a non-profit, community based organization that offers a wide variety of programs to promote family stability and economic self-sufficiency.   

Recognized as one of the best educational values in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Keystone offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, natural science, environmental science, and social sciences. Located on a beautiful 276-acre campus 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.

Photo: Planning the inaugural “Children’s Issues in a Changing World 2023: Resiliency Matters” conference at Keystone College are: from left: Carlene Gula, Dr. Emily Hopkins,  Dr. Fran Langan, Bret Naugle, Cindy Kennedy, Kathy Stocki, and Chrissy Colon.