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OCYS Advisory Board

The Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth created its Advisory Board in 1963. The Advisory Board was adopted so that the agency can bridge the gap between the community and agency through integrating a team of Lehigh County employees and various child advocates in the community.

The Advisory Board’s role is to assist the County Executive, County Commissioners, Director of Human Services, and the Executive Director of Children and Youth in examining the operations and policies of the agency, and to make such recommendations, as the board deems advisable. The Board also ensures that Lehigh County follows the Best Practice Standards in the child welfare field.

The Lehigh County Advisory Board consists of many active participants from the community. Various disciplines and backgrounds are represented through the membership. This unique combination of child advocates share the same passion to protect the voices of Lehigh County children. In addition to being members of the Advisory Board, each member is required to actively participate in at least one sub-committee of their choice.

The Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Advisory Board meets once a month, every fourth Tuesday at the Lehigh County Government Center. The board does not meet in the months of August and December.

If you are interested in joining the Advisory Board, please contact Lorraine Schintz at 610-782-3512.


Current Board Members

Ronald Young, Jr. -- President
Ara Barlieb Susan Ungerer
Catherine Caracio Deidra Vachier
Marguerite Mutchler
Pamela Wallace -- Treasurer
Tiffany Polek
Bob Wegner -- Vice President
Dr. Jason Raines -- Secretary


Lehigh County Staff Representatives

Paula R. Griffin, MSW