Executive Director: Alyssa Parker
Starting her time here in April 2020, Alyssa gained this position after being a volunteer for a year! She graduated Bridgewater College in 2018 with a degree in Sociology and Culture Studies. Now she resides here in Harrisburg, PA right in the Allison Hill neighborhood. She has only been here for a year and a half, but has cemented herself as a part of this community.
Board Chair: Matt Kirkley
Matt is a Social Worker with 7+ years of experience in residential, community, and international settings. He works with diverse populations in individual, group, community, and advocacy settings.
His specialties include: motivating students, music, creativity, social services, intercultural communication, Third culture kids, math, research, and analysis.
Board Vice Chair: Mark Pickens
Mark is currently a Field Associate for Anabaptist Disabilities Network. He is also a member of the Christian Education Team at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, Choir member, an active member of the Allison Hill Community. He is also involved with a great organization FREE Together who connects faith based groups to organizations for social justice. Mark has been in the community for a while and also volunteered in the community as a Brethren Volunteer Service member years ago!
Treasurer: Rick Woodard
Rick Woodard is the founder and Co-Coordinator of the Allison Hill Fund; Member of Camp Hill Presbyterian Church; Board member (and current Chair) of the Peace Tax Fund; Camp Hill Borough Council Member; Board members and Treasurer of Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area; Current president of West Shore Sertoma, and has served as president in 2003-2005 as well.
Secretary: Wanda Santiago
Involvements: Wanda is a gem of the Allison Hill neighborhood. She is the Owner-Operator of Santiago Day Care and is heavily involved in the life of The Hill especially in regards to children. Along with running our Kids’ Church program, she is also involved in Life Team Activities, Tutoring with the Hope Foundation, and Coordinating for Underprivileged Children’s Christmas Party.
Board Member: Briel Slocum
Briel is a recent graduate of Messiah College where she earned her degree in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Religion. She has been a participant of our programs and has grown to lead others. She is heavily involved with Youth and Young Adult work in the Church of the Brethren including being on the planning team for National Young Adult Conference, Interning with On Earth Peace as a Youth and Young Adult Coordinator, and participating in Ministry Summer Service.
Board Member: Pastor Ron Ludwick
Pastor Ron Ludwick is the former Pastor of Lebanon Church of the Brethren and is involved in Zion Choral; Messiah College Choral Arts; Ministers of Music Quartet; Living Hope Counseling Center Board; Lebanon Valley Brethren Home Board.
Board Member: Diana Karlinsey
Diana is retired and currently an active volunteer at our weekly Wellness Hub! She has been volunteering with us for over 2 years now and we are so happy to have her voice in this space!
Board Member: Sandra Jackson
Sandra (Sandy) Jackson is a member of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren and a retired State employee. She has been volunteering with our Wellness Hub for over a year now and has participated in community outreach with our Agape Satyagraha program on multiple occasions! She is a resident here on The Hill and is active in the bettering of our neighborhood.
Ex-Officio Board Member: Josiah Ludwick
Josiah Ludwick is the Co-Pastor at Harrisburg First Church! He will tell you he is a PROUD Messiah College Alumni. He has been working with the organization for over 10 years and is very involved in youth work and relationship building within the community.