Meet Our Staff

Kara McFalls, Executive Director
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Kara joined the Association in 2018.  As a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro she has a degree in Child Development & Family Dynamics with Teaching Certification. Her career has blended the development of staff, advocacy on the behalf of families and children, nonprofit operations and community leadership. Kara has worked with Early/Head Start programs and curriculum companies, led a non-profit, been a consultant and taught first grade. She and her family live in Hanover, where she is found at the lake, on her yoga mat and in her garden.

Brandie Cool, Associate Director                                                              [email protected]

Brandie joined the Association in 2024. She graduated from Elizabethtown College in Social Work and continues to further her education with Early Childhood Education and Trauma Informed Certification. Throughout her career, Brandie has advocated for the safety and well-being of children and families, gained a deep understanding of early childhood milestones and development, and learned authentic relationship and connection building skills to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds. In each of her roles, Brandie has pursued leadership opportunities and contributed to several system changing initiatives. Brandie, her spouse, and two dogs live in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, but love to adventure any chance they get. 



 Laura Imschweiler, Finance Manager                                                               [email protected]

Laura Imschweiler joined the PHSA staff in October, 2019. She jumped into the professional field right out of High School and has acquired a strong background in facilitating and managing projects through customer service and accounting positions. She holds a strong passion for helping others, which can be reflected in her prior roles as a patient advocate and team leader. She is a driven individual who demonstrates compassion and kindness within her professional and personal life. She and her family currently live in Harrisburg.