Our Dedicated Team 

South Central Pa Sickle Cell Council provides support to clients, families, and caregivers. In order to help, we rely on a team, of dedicated man and women who work in various levels of service.

Our Mission:

To partner with the health community to provide support to clients, families and caregivers affected by Sickle Cell Disease and Trait, in 26 PA Counties, through advocacy, public awareness, intervention and education.

The South Central PA Sickle Cell Council (SCPASCC) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that provides education and health services to persons with Sickle Cell Disease and their families in today’s global environment. SCPASCC and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center partner to deliver comprehensive medical and psychosocial services.

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is common in many ethnic groups: African, Arab, Black, Caucasian, Greek, Indian, Italian, and Latino.

We Serve 26 PA Counties:

Adams, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Centre,

Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland,

Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon,

Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, and York.

Joseph Robinson, Jr. – Executive Director

Mr. Robinson joined the Council in January 2009. Prior to his appointment he took an early retirement in 2006 from his position as a senior division manager for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to focus on developing a leadership development consultancy.


Over more than two decades with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Robinson honed his managerial, mentoring, and communication skills, and was certified as a quality manager through the American Society for Quality. He authored "7 Leadership Imperatives from a Wildman" (Judson Press, 2008) and has trained over 3,000 in his leadership model.

As executive director, he leads the organization in their mission to provide support services to families affected by sickle cell disease through advocacy, education and awareness. He earned his BA degree from the University of Virginia and is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Mr. Robinson also lends his expertise as executive director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Development Institute, a community think-tank and leadership development resource.

Debra Bizzard, BS – Social Worker

Ms. Bizzard has a BS degree in Applied Behavioral Science and has earned 18 credits towards completion of her MPA graduate degree, Healthcare Management & Policy, both are from Penn State University.


Additionally, she achieved her A.A. degree in Social Service Management at HACC, with a minor in Psychology and Criminal Justice. 

She has been with the Council since 2001. 

Sonia Rivera-Murphy, 

B.B.A & A.L.S.  

Office Manager

Ms. Murphy has a Bachelor in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College and an Associate in Legal studies from H.A.C.C. She comes to us with over 12 years of experience working as an Executive Assistant. In high school, she attended a nursing program that afforded her work as an L.P.N. while in school. One might say that learning is part of her professional development.
In 2013, she received the Community Leadership Award as well as the Extraordinary Women Award.  She has served as Chair on the L.P.T. Arts Council, Estamos Unidos, to raise scholarship funds for minority college students and mentored young underprivileged girls. 
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2000 Linglestown Road, Suite 103, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Monday - Friday  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM



 Phone:  717-234-3358

 FAX:  717-234-1907