Alder Health Services Board Members
Rev.Dr. 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 Society Center, is the Treasurer for the Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Inter-Religious Forum of Harrisburg.
Gail Snyder is the Director of Community Reporting for Penn State Health Community Relations Department. In this role, she leads the Community Health Needs Assessment process and a team of public health professionals to manage the Community Benefit Inventory for Social Accountability (CBISA) database, Partners for Healthy Communities of Central PA coalition, and the annual Community Grants program.
She also serves on the LGBTQ & Allies Affinity Network Resource Group for Penn State Health as well as the Board of Directors for the Lower Dauphin Communities That Care organization.
Gail holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, coffee dates, camping at the beach, volunteering at community events, walking, swimming, and reading.
Dennis Wenger spent his formative years in the Shippensburg area. He earned degrees from Messiah College, Shippensburg University, Kaplan University and Northcentral University in business administration and healthcare administration. Currently, he is an adjunct accounting instructor for HACC. He has served as a board member of a residential home for developmentally disabled adults, a community school of music, and a childcare center. He currently serves as a board member and treasurer of MCC of the Spirit.
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.
Robin Perry-Smith has experience in the nonprofit and academic sectors working to decrease health disparities. With a strong background in public health, her expertise is in the area of health research and practice among diverse communities using community-engagement. As a consultant, she applies her experience and expertise to customize strategies and processes to fulfill program outcomes.
Robin holds a Masters in Health Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.
Her passion is to serve the community by improving the quality of life for all people by translating research into practice.
Ashleigh Aviles is a Senior Project Manager and Event Production Manager at Latino Connection, a full-service marketing and communications agency whose mission is to educate and support the Latino community while expanding the reach of the organizations they serve.
Ashleigh is passionate about health & wellness in vulnerable populations and has supported this mission by traveling to cities all across the United States, reaching more than 80,000 people in underserved multicultural communities, including children, seniors, and families.
Ashleigh has also accumulated thousands upon thousands of miles visiting communities across Harrisburg and the Commonwealth producing and managing Latino Connection's annual statewide Latino Health Summit and Adelante Health and Wellness Expo. In 2018 and 2019, this event involved 300+ providers and community members across the state, offering breakout sessions, CME credits, workshops, resources, and screenings. The Latino Health Summitt was recognized with the 2019 MarCom Gold Award. In 2019, Ashleigh created an immersive story experience that was featured at the Latino Health Summitt. "Meet the Garcias". features a typical Latino Family and the challenges they face navigating the US healthcare system, also won the Davey 2019 Immersive and Experiential Silver Award.
Ashleigh graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a bachelor's in Public Relations. She was a leader in the areas of programming for admissions and student involvement. She has also received a Project Management Certificate from Temple University and is a recent graduate 2020 Leadership Harrisburg Area Community Leadership Series.
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.
Board StrongBoard Strong is a program of Leadership Harrisburg Area that was made possible through a partnership with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Board Strong is a video series inclusive of five components. The components address the roles & responsibilities of non-profit board members; the financial oversight, fiduciary and compliance responsibilities of non-profit board members; non-profit board members’ role in fundraising; tips for non-profit board member to effectively tell the organization’s story; and tips for engaging high performing board.
All board members are expected to serve on at least one committee. Committee meetings are held in the alternate months between board meetings. These meetings are typically an hour in duration. Committee Chairs are likely to spend an hour or two preparing for committee meetings. The Board’s Standing Committees are:
Nominating & Governance
Public Relations & Marketing
Board members are expected to volunteer, attend or otherwise participate in at least one fundraising or other special events per year.
An annual financial contribution is required of each board member. There is no pre-set amount and each board member should determine their level of giving based on personal resources. We are most interested in having 100% participation as part of the Annual Board Appeal, regardless of the amount of your gift.
Potential board candidates should email their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact one of the following individuals for more information.
Rosemary Browne, President & CEO; email@example.com; 717- 233-7190 ext. 222