Meet Our Staff
Bob Skelly, PhD, program director:
Bob is the program director of LCS and oversees the day-to-day operations for the Chambersburg and State College offices. He is a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania and has 28 years of experience providing behavioral health services.
He works with a variety of people age 9 and up. Bob has extensive experience working with couples and individuals treating a broad range of clinical issues. In addition, Bob conducts psychological evaluations for individuals seeking to enter seminary and prepare for rostered ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
George Bennett, MA, MAMS, clinical program supervisor:
George oversees the day-to-day operation of offices in Gettysburg, Hanover and York. He is a licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and a Diaconal Minister in the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA.
George has more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health and works with a broad range of clinical issues. In addition, he is a trained leader of Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), and provides Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.
Paul Helman, MS, NCC, LPC, RPT-S, counselor III:
Paul is a certified school counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Shortly after retiring from the Waynesboro Area School District in 2011, he joined the Lutheran Counseling Services team in Chambersburg.
The majority of Paul’s formal training in counseling was done at McDaniel College and Shippensburg University. In addition, he completed the post-graduate program at Johns Hopkins University in Play Therapy. As a result, he is a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. He also received training in the treatment of grief and loss at Hood College.
Paul’s emphasis is on making therapy clear, concrete, and thought provoking. The process is intended to move clients through their issues rather than get stuck in them. Therefore, his approach is action, insight, and resolution oriented.
April Murphy, MSW, counselor:
April graduated with a master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland.
During her 25 years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has worked with a variety of clients and issues including: family work, children and adolescents, play therapy, marital counseling, trauma and grief, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, anger and lifestyle changes. She focuses on positive strength based problem solving.
Donna Roland, MSS, LCSW, counselor:
Donna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in community mental health, school, inpatient substance abuse, private practice, and currently non-profit agency settings. She works with a variety of individuals age 3 and up.
Specific areas of interest and experience include child centered play therapy, adoption, foster care, attachment issues, and abuse issues. Donna also has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, and challenges of life issues.
John “Jack” Smith, MS, LPC, NCC, counselor:
Jack is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 16 years of experience in human services. Following a successful career in the Navy, Jack completed a master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Shippensburg University.
His approach to providing counseling focuses on wellness and striving for harmony in mind, body, and spirit. He has experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples. Jack’s areas of interest include relationships, depression, anxiety, the grief/loss process, and anger management.
Ruthanne R. Wentz, MEd, counselor III:
Ruthanne is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Board Certified Professional Counselor.
She received a master’s in Education from University of Central Florida. In 2009, she received an advanced certificate from Shippensburg University in couples, marriage and family therapy.
Ruthanne has helped individuals and families with grief/loss, anxiety/anger, depression, OCD, ODD, ADD/ADHD, RAD and bi-polar disorder. She has 29 years in school settings and 16 years of clinical experiences.
She specializes in individual, play therapy, couples, marriage, and family therapy. She is cognitive based but uses best therapeutic approach to meet the client's need.
Miriam “Mim” Phillips, MSc, counselor:
Mim earned a master’s in Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University. She works with individuals ages 13 and older and couples.
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy she has had success treating depression and anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, women’s issues, and adjustment disorders. She has experience in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and anger management. Mim also facilitates a support group for families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Robert Funari, LPC, counselor:
Bob is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in outpatient, residential and community mental health settings. He holds a Master's Degree in Counselor Education from Pennsylvania State University.
During his career, Bob has worked with families, couples, adolescents and children; dealing with marital issues, play therapy, depression, anger, anxiety and domestic violence.
Stephanie Dorer, secretary:
Stephanie keeps everything in the Gettysburg, Hanover and York offices running smoothly. She has been with Lutheran Counseling Services since 2002. In her role, she greets clients, schedules appointments, deals with insurance issues and processes billing for all offices.
In her spare time she teaches 5th and 6th grade Sunday school at her church, actively participates as a 4-H Leader and spends time on the family farm working, raising and showing her sheep.
Phyllis Knepper, administrative secretary:
Phyllis is the administrative secretary for the Chambersburg and State College offices. Upon graduating business school in 1999 she was hired with LCS.
Her duties include client scheduling, insurance correspondence, managing client accounts, answering the phone, and numerous other responsibilities. Phyllis is dedicated to making clients feel comfortable and to greet them in a friendly and compassionate manner.