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Felty Wins Top United Way Award

Dennis Felty, President, KHS

(Harrisburg, PA) Dennis W. Felty, President, Keystone Human Services was awarded the coveted Frank R. Grady Outstanding Professional Award by the United Way of the Capital Region at their Annual Meeting on April 2006. This award is presented to a human service professional that has made great contributions not only their organization, but to the community and beyond. The criteria for this award include Commitment, Leadership, Creativity, and Accomplishment.

Mr. Felty exemplifies the tenets of this prestigious award! As founder and first Executive Director of Keystone Human Services in 1972, nearly thirty-five years ago, his lifelong commitment to improving the lives of the more then 7000 people who are served by our agencies in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and most recently Russia and Moldova is evident.

Felty has lead the "charge of change" for those with disabilities, those vulnerable in our society due to the challenges of poverty, children and adults living in unloved situations, those in need of medical or behavioral attention and the elderly. Dennis has led the charge here …one of the first to move people with mental retardation and those experiencing mental illness to a better life in the community… beginning with moving three gentlemen from Hbg. State Hospital to live in a home on Green Street in 1972.

“Felty has lead the ‘charge of change’ for those with disabilities, those vulnerable in our society due to the challenges of poverty, children and adults living in unloved situations, those in need of medical or behavioral attention and the elderly.”

Felty has been instrumental in starting many organizations that address similar issues that include The Pennsylvania Child & Adolescent Service Systems Program (CASSP Institute) and The Commonwealth Institute. HE has served on professionally related Boards of Directors and State Committees, his leadership has impacted the professional organizations related to our work: The Pennsylvania Mental Health Association, Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens, Pennsylvania Cost Containment Council and the Pennsylvania Association of Provider Associations to mention a few. His work has affected legislation, set policies, established procedures and perhaps most importantly resulted in increased funding at the County and Commonwealth.

Also providing leadership in the community, Mr. Felty was a founder of OPEN Stage of Harrisburg and serves presently as Chairman of Susquehanna Art Museum and a member of the Advisory Board of Wachovia Bank.

In his personal life Dennis is an accomplished fine art photographer and a pilot. Dennis Felty lives in Middletown with his lovely wife, Barbara and has two grown children.

For more information about Dennis Felty, President of Keystone Human Services visit our website at http://www.keystonehumanservices.org/leadership/ldr_dfelty.php. or call Ann Moffitt, ACFRE at (717) 232-7509 ext. 133.

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