The Roots of Our Name
The name Alder Health Services was adopted in October 2010 to reflect the expanded services and programs of the organization. The name was inspired by the Alder Tree which according to Celtic tradition is giving and nurturing. The Alder Tree restores poor soil to health and provides shelter against harsh conditions. The board of directors believes that, like the Alder, the services of Alder Health Services are innovative and nurturing while fully committed to bringing health and comfort to those who are often left out of the current systems and services in the community.
Historically, Alder Health Services has enjoyed a rich connection to the communities it serves. Formed in 1985, Lancaster AIDS Project (LAP), and South Central AIDS Assistance Network (SCAAN), formed in 1987, eventually merged to create AIDS Community Alliance (ACA), providing a regionalized approach to HIV/AIDS services.
Both organizations were the outgrowth of volunteer efforts to assist people with AIDS prior to the allocation of funds provided by The Ryan White Care Act and the State of Pennsylvania. Evolving once again to meet community needs in addition to HIV/AIDS services, ACA transitioned into Alder Health Services and added primary medical care and mental health services for underserved populations, in particular but not limited to the region’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. A thoughtfully evolving Mission that responds to community needs forms the foundation of Alder Health Services’ role in the region.
Alder Health Services (AHS) seeks board members to share the leadership and to continue to build the vision and mission of this unique, essential organization of the Central Pennsylvania region. Alder Health Services improves the health and well-being of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community by providing a culturally competent and affirming environment that empowers the people we serve. Alder provides primary health care, behavioral health care, case management and support services, and education and wellness programs.
Interested candidates should have a passion for making health care services available to the entire spectrum of central PA citizens, regardless of economic status, race, gender, or sexual orientation, and/or a particular passion for the health needs of the regional LGBT community. The AHS board seeks to augment its current skill set with those who have experience and success as fundraisers as well as recruiting and building boards.
The commitment of a board member entails one 1.5-2-hour board meeting. The full board meets bi-monthly, alternating with standing committee meetings. Preparation for these meetings may entail one or two hours’ work, though Committee Chairs typically require more time per meeting. All board members are expected to serve on at least one committee. Standing Committees are: Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources, Nominating & Governance, and Public Relations & Marketing. The Executive Committee consists of officers of the Board of Directors.
An annual contribution of time, service and/or funds is expected of each board member, though each board member may determine the amount of his/her contribution based on personal resources.
Board terms are three years each for up to two consecutive terms, after which a minimum of a one-year hiatus is required before a former board member can return to the board.
Potential candidates should contact any of the following individuals:
• Rosemary Browne, President/CEO: email@example.com; 717-233-7190, ext. 222
• Pastor Lori Hatch-Rivera, Chair, Board of Directors: firstname.lastname@example.org; 717-810-6711
• Dr. Oralia Dominic, Chair, Nominating & Governance Committee: email@example.com; 814-574-1850
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David Misner is Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Aside from state government, David has experience working in communications and marketing for the health care, higher education, international trade, and investment banking fields. Fluent in English and Spanish, David is also a Features Writer for...
Juan Maldonado has worked in the insurance industry for the past 16 years. Currently, he serves as Capital Blue Cross’ Outreach Coordinator for the Children’s Health Insurance Program also known as CHIP. Juan serves several community initiatives in a leadership capacity, including the Systems of Care Committee, the Northern Dauphin...
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Sean Gill is a full-time personal nanny for a family in Lebanon County. Prior to this vocation, he served as an Addictions Counselor, working with adults in inpatient and outpatient programs and providing on-site treatment to participating schools in Cumberland County for children and adolescents. In addition to his behavioral...
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Reverend Lori Hatch-Rivera is currently the Senior Pastor of MCC of the Spirit in uptown Harrisburg. Before being ordained in 2004, Rev. Lori was a Teacher and Department Chair at a middle school and worked in the healthcare field. Rev. Lori also sits on the board of The Religion and...
Amy Luckett, CPA, is a Manager in the General Accounting Department at Ahold Financial Services. Prior to this position, she worked in public accounting at Waggoner, Frutiger, and Daub CPA’s. She also has expertise in the field of Latin and Roman history. Amy is actively involved in various local organizations,...
Oralia Dominic is a Behavioral Scientist who examines the effect of behavioral and community factors on communicable and non-communicable diseases by age, sex, race, ethnicity, and geography, and the impact of community and clinic-based approaches to reduce health disparities. Currently, Oralia spearheads cancer health disparities and clinical interventions, including HEDIS...
Sara Baker serves as the Grants Program Manager for the Lancaster General Health hospital and health system. She has also been a member of the health services research faculty in the Department of Public Health Sciences of the Penn State College of Medicine since 2004. In this role, she primarily...
Elizabeth (Beth) Mihmet is the Chief Development Officer for Hospice of Central PA (HCP). She is responsible for marketing and fundraising for HCP, and is committed to HCP’s vision of building a community that embraces specialized care at the end of life. Beth studied English and Art at Colgate University...
Andrew Alexander, Prevention Project Coordinator
Cameron Schatz, Prevention Project Coordinator
Candace Sillers, Director of Education & Wellness Services
Deven Henise, Medical Office Assistant
Dr. Jarrett Sell, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Susan Thornsley, MD, Psychiatrist, Director of Behavioral Health Services
Elizabeth Leen MSW, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations
Jen Glass, Case Manager
Jodi Ford, Medical Assistant
Keisha McToy, Manager of Operations
Kimberly Snyder, Director of Case Management and Support Services
Lorraine W. Bock, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-C, FAANP, Family Nurse Practitioner
Mary Bohacek, Case Manager
Maureen McCarthy, BSW, Case Manager
Megan Tanner. MSW, Case Manager
Noelle Irby, Case Manager
Robb Delaney, Case Manager
Ronna A. Whitaker, MSW, LCSW, Mental Health Therapist
Rosemary Browne, President & CEO
Samantha Dock-Herbster, CHES, Prevention Project Coordinator
Shurondae Butler, NCC Mental Health Therapist
Susan Strickland, Medical Assistant
Theresa Watson, Medical Office Assistantst
Alder Health Services takes our committment to the community seriously. We strive to make every dollar given to the Agency have a positive impact upon the health and well-being of the individuals, families and communities we serve.
Each year, the Agency publishes an annual report highlighting the impact of Alder Health’s programs and how the funds raised have been used to improve the lives of individuals in South Central Pennsylvania.
Alder Health Services takes our commitment to the community seriously. We strive to make every dollar given to the Agency have a positive impact upon the health and well-being of the individuals, families and communities we serve.
Each year, the Agency publishes our annual financial statements providing transparency and documentation as to how our money is managed and spent.