As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Harrisburg Academy welcomed Kimberly Wentzel P'23, LCSW to meet virtually with our seventh and eighth graders this morning. Ms. Wentzel served with the American Red Cross Volunteers in New York City during October 2001, debriefing and providing mental health resources to those impacted. Although personally affected by the loss of a loved one on 9/11, Ms. Wentzel spoke of the call she felt to help others, and the unity we experienced throughout the country. Throughout her time in New York, she assisted first responders and those looking for their missing loved ones while helping to coordinate resources with nurses for care for patients and their families.
Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Wentzel holds a B.S. from Penn State and a M.S.W. from Smith College, where she is also pursuing her Ph.D. Her local practice, Catalyst Mental Health, provides support services throughout the Harrisburg area. We are so grateful and honored that she shared her story with our community!