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About Diane Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW, Bucks County Commissioner
Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia was elected to the Bucks County Board of
Commissioners in November 2007 and re-elected for a third term in 2015. She is a
lifelong resident of Bucks County. A clinical social worker, she previously worked
with children and families in Bucks County and advocates for responsive
government that supports healthy families. She has served as chairperson of the
Youth Aid Panel, coordinator of the Teen Task Force, member of the Neshaminy
Suicide Task Force, and now serves on CONTACT Board of Directors.
She firmly believes that quality mental health and drug and alcohol intervention can truly help people
change their lives. Recognizing the need for public discussion and sharing of information, Commissioner
Ellis-Marseglia facilitated a state hearing on Bucks County foster care, called for public testimony on
maintaining a local mental health crisis center, and hosted seminars on animal hoarding interventions
and diversity awareness.
As a clinician knows about the risk of suicide for her then clients, a survivor of her own daughter’s
suicide in 2005, and one who has grieved with those who are impacted by a loved one’s suicide,
Commissioner Marseglia was strongly supportive of the Bucks County Suicide Prevention Task Force,
sanctioned by all three Commissioners in 2013. When asked what inspired her to run for public office,
she said, “I was raised to believe that community service is important. It is a hallmark of my professional
life as a social worker and I have been fortunate to be elected… because of a single driving goal – to help
make people’s lives better.”
Commissioner Ellis-Marseglia holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, (Sociology,
Criminal Justice), and earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the
mother of two children, Rebecca (deceased) and Katelyn.