Alder Heath 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.


By providing high quality case management and supports, health and wellness education, and physical and mental health services, Alder Health Services strives to: Reduce the rate of HIV infection, Ensure access to person-centered care, Foster a healthy and informed community.

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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.

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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: rosemaryb@alderhealth.org; 717-233-7190, ext. 222
• Pastor Lori Hatch-Rivera, Chair, Board of Directors: pastorlori13@gmail.com; 717-810-6711
• Dr. Oralia Dominic, Nominating & Governance Committee: oralia.dominic@highmark.com; 814-574-1850

Carmen Henry-Harris

Carmen Henry-Harris

Carmen Henry-Harris is currently the Community Liaison and Coordinator for Penn State University/PACT (Parents And Children Together). One of the primary missions of Parents and Children Together (PACT) is to conduct research to promote well-being, healthy child and youth development, and healthy families from diverse backgrounds by engaging the community...

Kristen Harfield

Kristen Harfield is the owner and lead planner of Perfect 10 Events. Perfect 10 Events is a full-service event planning boutique based in Harrisburg, PA specializing in flawless event coordination and chic design.  Prior to opening her own business, Kristen worked for Nielsen as a Retail Client Manager and has...

Russell Boggs

Russell Boggs

Russell Boggs was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Levittown, PA. He attended Shippensburg University, which brought him to Central Pennsylvania. There he earned BS and MEd degrees. Beginning in 1970, and until he retired in 2005, Russ taught fifth grade in the Cumberland Valley School District. While there,...

Jennifer Kissane

Jennifer Kissane currently works for the Penn State Health Heart and Vascular Institute in the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Department as an Assistant Professor of Radiology, Medicine, and Surgery. Jennifer is a 2011 graduate of the Penn State College of Medicine and a 1999 graduate of Georgetown University with a...

Matt Roan

Matt Roan is currently a Principal at Health Management Associates (HMA), a national healthcare policy, research and consulting firm. Prior to joining HMA, Matt held multiple positions at McKesson Health Solutions, a division of McKesson Corporation. Matt has also served in several state governmental positions, including as a Legislative Specialist...

David Misner

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...

Robin Perry-Smith

Robin Perry-Smith is Education Manager for Keystone Peer Review Organization (KEPRO). KEPRO, a quality improvement organization, is a cornerstone of Medicare’s efforts to improve healthcare quality at the local level. Robin holds a Master of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science: Behavioral Science from the Pennsylvania State University and...

William Krenz

William ‘Bill’ Krenz is an Administrative Associate working in the Department of Nursing at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In this role, he supports the Community Outreach and Education and Professional Development nursing directors. He is also co-lead of the LGBT & Allies Affinity Network Resource Group...

Chase Wright

Chase Wright

Chase Wright is an attorney at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC in Harrisburg, where he focuses his legal practice in corporate law. Chase earned his law degree at the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, where he served as Comments Editor for the Penn State Law Review. Previously, he graduated summa...

Christa Nelson

Christa Nelson has a strong background in working with the LGBTQ community through helping run drop-in centers for street youth, facilitating a trans youth group, and doing a great deal of outreach, education and activism on transgender issues throughout the state of Oregon.  Her work has been informed by her...

Sean Gill

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...

Lori Hatch-Rivera

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...

Oralia Dominic

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...

Jamin Gibson

Jamin Gibson is currently a Credit Executive with PNC Bank. He has held numerous executive positions with the Bank over the past 10 years, working in Baltimore, MD, West Palm Beach, FL, Charlotte, NC and currently in Camp Hill. His banking experience spans some 30+ years. Prior to joining PNC,...

Elizabeth Mihmet

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...

Ashley B, Medical Assistant
Beate Drung-SuttonMental Health Therapist
Cameron Schatz, Assistant Director of Education & Wellness
Candace Sillers, Director of Education & Wellness Services
Carmen McKinney, LCSW, Behavioral Health Clinic Supervisor
Deven Henise, Medical Office Assistant
Dr. Jarrett Sell, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Elizabeth Lawhead, MD, Telepsychiatrist
Dr. Ellie Hillard, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Leen MSW, LCSW, Resource Development Coordinator
Heather Doyle, Case Manager
Holly Zearfoss, Executive Assistant
J. Ryan Kostukovich, Prevention Project Coordinator
Jason Melcher, Prevention Project Coordinator
Joshua Fleetman, MD, Physician
Julie C, Medical Assistant
Kasha Herbe, Health Center Coordinator
Keisha McToy, Director of Operations & Human Resources
Kimberly Snyder, Director of Case Management and Support Services
Maureen McCarthy, MSW, Case Manager
Megan Tanner. MSW, Assistant Director of Case Management & Support Services
Michael Tschop, Administrative Assistant for Operations & Program Compliance
Noah Penny, Wellness Project Coordinator
Nuchanart Venbrux, MD, Psychiatrist
Robb Delaney, Case Manager
Rosemary Browne, President & CEO
Samuel Rynearson, Prevention Project Coordinator
Shurondae Butler, NCC Mental Health Therapist
Susan Strickland, Care Coordinator
Wendy Cheesman, DPT, MPH, ATC/L, Family Planning Coordinator


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 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.

  1. Annual Report – FY2012 – 2013 download
  2. Annual Report – FY2011 – 2012 download 
  3. Annual Report – FY2015 – 2016 download 
  4. Annual Report – FY2016 – 2017 download 
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    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.

    1. Audit – FY2011 download

    2. Audit – FY2012 download

    3. Audit – FY2013 download

    4. Audit – FY2014 download

    5. Audit – FY2015 download

    6. Audit – FY2016 download
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      1. Form 990-2011 download

      2. Form 990-2012 download

      3. Form 990-2013 download

      4. Form 990-2014 download

      5. Form 990-2015 download

      6. Form 990-2016 download

      7. Form 990-2017 download

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