Meet Us

A little bit about us.

Valerie Ferri, Director of Workforce Development

Valerie Ferri has worked in the public mental health system for over 15 years, primarily in clinical outpatient and inpatient behavioral health care settings, as well as in a clinical administrative capacity. She holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health from Temple School of Social Work and the College of Public Health. As the Director of Workforce Development under the Family Training and Advocacy Center (FTAC), Valerie oversees Philadelphia Connections, while also working closely with the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council (PPLC) coordinating efforts and advocating for issues that relate to the behavioral health workforce across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Susan Lonker, Enhanced Placement Administrator

Since 2004, Susan has served as the Administrator of the Philadelphia Connections Enhanced Placement (EP) Program. In this capacity, her responsibilities include: scheduling seminar dates in conjunction with presenters, academic, and holiday calendars; resolving student-related issues; and leading the program’s final “Wrap-Up” seminar. She has managed the Professional Training and Development Series, which began in 2007, and is open to EP alumni, field placement, and college and university representatives. She also works as an Independent Career Consultant and Trainer delivering group training in the private, non-profit and government sectors, and providing individual career consulting and management services. Susan received her BSW from Temple University.

Luciane Green, Office Administrator

Luciane Green is the Office Manager for Family Training & Advocacy Center (FTAC), Family Resources Network (FRN), Forensic Systems Solutions (FSS), Philadelphia Connections and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council (PPLC).  She studied Psychology at Temple University.  She has worked over 20 years in the mental health system at various positions, working at a psychiatric hospital, foster children, sex offenders and juvenile delinquents.  She has worked at these various agencies; Northwestern Psychiatric Hospital, Boys & Girls Town, Caring People Alliance – MORDY program, Neil Perloff and Associates, and ACE insurance.  She has been at PMHCC for the past 10 years.