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Alder Health Services Board Members

  • Jamin Gibson
    Jamin Gibson

    Jamin Gibson is currently a Credit Executive with PNC Bank. He has held numerous executive positions since joining the Bank in 2008. Jamin’s educational background includes Doctoral Study: Warner School of Education, University of Rochester; MBA: Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College; BS: St. Francis University; and, an AS: Pennsylvania State University. Previously a Member of the Board of the Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute and Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, Jamin is currently a Member of the LGBT Center of Central PA and Human Rights Campaign. He lives in York with his husband, Robert Copeland.

  • 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 in the research process at all levels. Carmen has a plethora of work experience ranging from training as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery Specialist, YWCA Certified “Race” “Let’s Talk Race” series, Event Planning, On-Air Radio and Television experience. Train and educate diverse populations, students and adults, Reading, Special Education and Secondary English. Carmen also enjoys cooking, tennis, reading and gardening in her spare time.

  • William Krenz
    William Krenz

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

  • Erin Shirmer
    Erin Shirmer

    Erin Shirmer has experience with both nonprofit and for-profit organizations as a consultant and a financial executive. She is currently Corporate Controller of Keystone Human Services, Inc.  Throughout her career, her focus has been on providing easily understandable financial information to managers so operational decisions are linked with achieving the strategic financial goals of the organization.  Erin is a graduate of Gettysburg College and a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Nishant Kumar
    Nishant Kumar

    Nishant Kumar is the Senior Director of Corporate Strategy for the Hershey Company. In this role, Kumar is responsible for developing the company’s long-term strategy in collaboration with the executive team and board of directors, driving the Hershey Company’s strategic planning processes, encompassing all regions and functions and leading key strategic initiatives such as evaluating transformational M&A opportunities. Kumar also heads the LGBTQ Business Resource Group for the Hershey Company.  

    Kumar has 15+ years of management consulting experience leading corporate strategy and business transformation projects for Fortune 100 consumer packaged goods companies in the US, UK, Germany, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. He has expertise in growth strategy, strategic planning, digital transformation, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain transformation and strategic sourcing.

    Kumar holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and serves as a board member at Alder Health.

  • 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, for several years, he was the chair of the district’s Act 48 Council (professional development), and the Association president. He also served on several state and national professional education committees, and was awarded a Service Award by Phi Delta Kappa – an honorary international education organization.

    Some of his past activities include serving as a commissioner on the Carlisle Shade Tree Commission, being a PIAA soccer referee, and as the president of the Middlesex Youth Baseball Association.

    Russ was the last co-chair of the Business Association of Gay and Lesbians (BAGAL), and the founding president/CEO of the Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CPGLCC). He was instrumental in the conversation of BAGAL into the CPGLCC, which was launched in 2007. He later served as treasurer of the CPGLCC, until his retirement from the board.

    In 2010, he was recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal as one of the twenty-five most influential minority leaders in the mid-state in the past twenty-five years. In 2013, the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC presented Russ with one of its first “Celebrate Diversity Honoree” awards and he was a LGBT of Central PA FAB awardee.

    He continues to serve the greater community on the Board of Directors of the LGBT Center of Central PA and Alder Health Services, and as the chair of the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission.

  • Yolanda Edrington
    Yolanda Edrington

    Yolanda Edrington is the COO of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, located in Harrisburg, PA. She manages the operations of the national center in its mission to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaborating, sharing, and creating resources and promoting research.

    This includes collaborating with a variety of national partners and funders including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office on Violence Against

    Women (OVW) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Yolanda has over 15 years of experience in navigating different helping systems to afford clients treatment from a strengths-based perspective. Professionally and personally she works for social change. Yolanda has spent many years volunteering for community- based programs in central PA advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness and for Black women and girls to live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.

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Alder Health Services seeks board members to share the responsibility of leadership and support the mission and vision of the premiere LGBTQ+ serving organization in South Central Pennsylvania.  The mission of Alder Health is to improve 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.  Those interested in joining our board of directors should have a passion for making health care services available to the entire spectrum of South Central PA residents, regardless of economic status, race, gender or gender expression, sexual orientation with a particular interest in supporting the health and wellness needs of the regional LGBTQ+ community. Candidates should possess a skill set or area of expertise that would contribute to the organization's ongoing success, such as fundraising, finance, healthcare, media, and community-based services. 

Alder Health’s core services include behavioral health, case management, STI and HIV testing, primary medical care, family planning, pharmacy services, and wellness activities.

Board Member Commitment of Time, Talent and Resources: 

The board meets six times per year.  Board meetings are typically one to one-and-a-half hours in duration. Special board development or other meetings of a longer duration may be held on average of twice per year. The board does not meet in July and August.

Board terms are three years.  Board members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, after which a minimum one-year hiatus is required before being considered to return to board service. 


Christa Nelson

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 own personal experience, transitioning her gender in the late 1990s.  Christa enjoys snowboarding, hiking, music, and taking care of her little farmstead.

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