Houseknecht to be keynote speaker

MAYVILLE – Kenneth P. Houseknecht, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Erie County, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Mental Health Month Luncheon sponsored by Southern Tier Environments for Living on May 15. His topic will be “Mental Health: How to protect it; Mental Illness: How to respond to it.” The luncheon will be held at noon at Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville.

Houseknecht was senior vice president at Kei Advisors LLC prior to joining the Mental Health Association, and vice president of communications and investor relations at Gibraltar Industries from 1996 through 2010. He has many years of experience working with Compeer and a variety of other not-for-profit organizations.

Houseknecht earned a bachelor of science degree in business management and political science and a masters of business administration in marketing at Canisius College.

Held each year as STEL’s celebration of National Mental Health Month, the luncheon also features the presentation of awards for outstanding service to individuals with psychiatric disorders. Included in the awards are the “DuBois Employee of the Year,” the ‘Success of the Year,” the “John Theismann Vocational Services Award,” and two “Community Service Awards,” one for an individual and one for an organization.

The awards will be presented by Thomas J. Whitney, STEL executive director, and David Maternowski, chairman of the STEL board of directors. The Invocation will be offered by Father Joseph Vatter, pastor of All Saints Church in Lockport. Dennis Webster of Media Group will serve as master of ceremonies.

Cost of the luncheon is $15 and the deadline for reservations is Friday, May 10. For further information contact STEL at 366-3200.