Staff Updates: New Team Members & New Roles

Mercer Council is thrilled to announce two exciting updates to our team structure. We would like to introduce new staff member Charlene Phelps, MBA and reintroduce Amy Argiriou, who are both celebrating new roles within our agency!

Charlene Phelps has joined our team as the Director of Advocacy & the Prevention Coalition, bringing a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to community engagement to this new role at Mercer Council. With an MBA in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University and a BS in Business Administration and Management from Chestnut Hill College, Charlene is well-equipped to lead our advocacy efforts and coordinate the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County. Her 20 years of community engagement and political experience, including serving as a Campaign Manager in the 2022 City Council At-Large political race, highlight her dedication to effecting positive change. Charlene’s passion for helping people reach their highest potential is evident in her work, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact she will make in Mercer County and at Mercer Council. This is a newly created role, and Charlene has expressed her deep excitement to “get to work!

“I am excited to join such a passionate team that is committed to building strategic partnerships and relationships to enhance the collaborative prevention work in Mercer County.”

Charlene Phelps, Director of Advocacy & the Prevention Coalition

A member of our team since 2017, we are excited to announce the promotion of Amy Argiriou to the role of Director of Prevention Education Services. In her new role, Amy will supervise, train and manage our Prevention Education division, and will continue to oversee the dissemination of our evidence-based programs, all as a part of our mission to provide education, support, advocacy and partnerships throughout our community. Amy’s dedication to empowering students with knowledge and skills shines through her work, particularly as a certified Botvins LifeSkills Training facilitator.

Aside from being certified in a variety of evidence-based curriculum programs and in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Amy is a Certified State Teacher and is in the process of becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist. With a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University and years of teaching experience at both the elementary and preschool levels, Amy has a wealth of knowledge to share. Her passion for teaching has made her uniquely positioned to oversee our Prevention Education division and prevention educator staff. Amy is committed to guiding students through the complexities of adolescence and equipping them with the tools to make healthy decisions, and looks forward to the opportunity to strengthen our Prevention Education services in this new role.

I am looking forward to deepening our commitment to the Mercer County community and strengthening the skills and expertise of our prevention educator team.

Amy Argiriou, Director of Prevention Education Services

We are incredibly fortunate to have Charlene and Amy in their new roles, as we continue onward with our vision of creating healthy, safe and responsible communities across Mercer County. Please join us in celebrating these amazing staff members! Learn more about our Programs and Services by visiting our website.

Stay tuned for more updates and exciting developments from Mercer Council!

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