Lydia Hoke graduated from NL in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from Millersville University in 2015. During her studies, she interned at the Dauphin County prison to expand her knowledge in the areas of corrections and mental health. Hoke spent three years living in Maine, working with individuals on the autism spectrum using Applied Behavioral Analysis and assisting with creating treatment plans individualized for those clients. She then worked in the school systems as a therapeutic support staff member with adolescents who had behavioral health issues. After that, Hoke became a social worker at a long-term care facility for two years, serving residents with mental health diagnoses and residents who were seeking psychological services. She is now employed with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office as a Co-Responder, embedded with the Susquehanna Township Police Department. In this position, Hoke deals with crisis calls, mental health/behavioral health calls, and intervenes with suicidal individuals. She works side by side with law enforcement who have quickly become like a second family to her.
Hoke currently resides in Halifax, PA with her fiancé, Chad, and their two dogs. The couple recently became engaged to be married during a trip to Alaska. Hoke enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. Something that she appreciated during her time at NL was “the small town feeling of NL. The teachers knew you by name and were always there to help. I also appreciated the effort put into each student’s needs.” The following is Hoke’s advice for current NL students: Take the leap of faith and pursue what you’re interested in. Do not be afraid of failing, and always put your best foot forward. Appreciate what you have and give a helping hand. Be the change you wish to see in the world.