The regular monthly meeting of the Cambria County Health and Welfare Council was held on March 2nd at 8:30 am at Alleghenies UCP.

Call to Order: Davina Bixby, President

Attendance: The following members and guests signed in: Annette Comiskey, Jude Peruso, Megan Eckenrode, Ingrid Kloss, Jerrica Cooper, Lee Kring, Jacki Trexler, Linda Gilroy, Sally McClintock, Frank Reidelbach, Chelsea Fallier, John Thompson, Laura Perry-Thompson, Tony Penna, Travis Hutzell, Tammy Garrett, Kerry Tomb, Chris Baughman, Sarah Sherry, Diana Grosik, Kristen Villarrial, Jessica Pullliam Petrunak, Briana Becquet, Kala Penrose, Danielle Darcangelo, Michelle Younkin, Barbara Porter, Cindy Devellis, Marlene Singer, Carol Harding, Joyce Bowers, Tasha Adams, Davina Bixby, Heidi Niebauer, Paula Gojmerac.


  • Learning Lamp:
    • Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown will be held April 8, 9, 10 at Bottleworks, featuring “Arthur” author Marc Brown and others. Facebook page at
    • Helping Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
      • WHAT: The Learning Lamp and Cambria County Drug and Alcohol Program are cosponsoring a FREE workshop aimed at helping educators better meet the needs of students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
      • WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      • WHERE: Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center, Room A107 WHO: School administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses, early childhood education providers
      • WHY: There are an estimated 40,000 new cases of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the United States every year. When FASD symptoms show up in the classroom they are often first seen as behavior problems. Many of these behaviors are not within the child's control. This training, which is facilitated by a PA certified teacher in Special Education and Health and Physical Education, is designed to help educators and school staff recognize the potential signs and causes of FASD and implement strategies to better meet the needs of affected students in and out of the classroom. Please RSVP to by Monday, March 28 to register. School districts may award Act 48 Continuing Professional Education credits upon completion of the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown will be held April 8, 9, 10 at Bottleworks, featuring “Arthur” author Marc Brown and others. Facebook page at
  • Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy - AUCP is having a bake sale to benefit our consumer fund. Pre-orders are available, please see attached. Orders will be delivered on April 4th. All proceeds benefit our Consumer Activity Fund which helps those in the community with unexpected expenses related to their disabilities.
  • Johnstown Walk of Hope Taking place due to suspension of ACS Relay for Life (Johnstown). Saturday, June 4th , 9am – noon, Trojan Stadium. All donations staying local to help families and patients at UPMC Cancer Center, Conemaugh Cancer Center, Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center and Children’s Cancer Fund. Call 242-2556 for more information. See attached flyer.
  • Christ Centered Community Church
    • Peace March Meeting, March 15th, 6:00 pm
    •  Christ Centered Community Church Bazaar, March 19th, 8:00am – 2ish Christ Centered Community Church, 531 Somerset St.
  • Senior Life Johnstown - There will be a Senior Expo at Senior Life Johnstown, 401 Broad St. on March 12, 11:00am – 3:00pm. Free Admission, free food, door prizes, entertainment, numerous vendors with great products and advice. We are co-sponsoring with Our Town/Daily American.
  • Johnstown Backpack Project - “Baskets for Backpacks” Basket Party, Sunday, April 3rd. Doors open at 12:30pm. Raffle/drawing starts at 2:00pm to 4:00 pm. Location will be announced. Basket party is to help raise money to feed hungry children in the Johnstown area with food for the weekends. Any basket donations please contact coordinator Megan Eckenrode (814) 262-0732, ext. 227.

Discussion Items:

  • February Meeting Minutes were approved.
  • Finance Report was shared by Katelyn Clem, Treasurer
  • Members voted to approve change to the bylaws (see attached by-law change).

Program: “Tales with Tails” program brought their AKC good citizen dogs and their handlers to inform us of their unique program to encourage children to read. Please see attached flyer for program details and contact information. Also, see attached information about Pet Therapy Day, July 24th, Noon – 5pm, Windber Recreation Park.

Next Month’s Guest Speaker: TBA

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 am by Davina Bixby, President

Respectfully submitted,

Kristen Villarrial

Health and Welfare Council Secretary