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Updated: August 16, 2021 / 40 Under Forty, Class of 2021

40 Under Forty 2021: Peter Vani Konneh II

Photo | Erika Sidor Peter Vani Konneh II
Photo | Erika Sidor 40 Under Forty, Class of 2021 members (from left) Tiffiny A. Butler PhD, ATC, John Peter Pacheco, Jr., Peter Vani Konneh II and David Zamarin at the Apex Center in Marlborough (Special thanks to Apex Entertainment and Altitute Trampoline Park)
Peter Vani Konneh II, 38
  • Title Program clinician
  • Company Hospital for Behavioral Medicine, in Worcester
  • Residence Worcester
  • Birthplace Monrovia, Liberia
  • Colleges Springfield College, Cambridge College
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Peter Vani Konneh II not only provides mental health rehabilitation for trauma survivors, but he acts as a role model of the great heights a survivor can achieve. After spending the first 20 years of his life in war-torn parts of Liberia, he has effectively channeled his own traumatic experiences into caring for other survivors.

Since moving to the U.S., Konneh has dedicated nearly 16 years to the mental healthcare profession. At the Hospital for Behavioral Medicine, he works with individuals who have endured sexual assault, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression, and other challenges. He developed a transportation expansion project, which compensated employees for driving clients, in order to improve accessibility to mental health services. In collaboration with the Mass. Department of Mental Health, he increased the number of patients receiving respite care by 40%, offering problem-solving skills and medication management to a greater population. Already with degrees from Springfield College and Cambridge College, Konneh is pursuing a doctorate in community care counseling with a concentration in trauma. Musically gifted, Konneh spends his free time playing various instruments at churches throughout Worcester. He has lectured at college classes and served as a Boys & Girls Club of Worcester mentor.

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