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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.

  • Gail Snyder
    Gail Snyder

    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
    Dennis Wenger


    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.

  • Ashleigh Aviles
    Ashleigh Aviles

    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
    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.

  • Board 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, or contact one of the following individuals for more information.

Russell A. Boggs, Chair, Nominating & Governance Committee;

Rosemary Browne, President & CEO;; 717- 233-7190  ext. 222

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