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Board of Directors


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Glenn Williams, III
Board President

Mr. Williams retired from the Commonwealth of PA in 2018 with over 28 years of service.  He served as director for the Bureau of Administrative Services within the Department of Human Services in the Office of Administration for twelve years.  Prior to that position, he served as the director for the Bureau of Contracts and Public Records for eight years in the PA Treasury Department.  In addition, he served as the director for the Bureau of Public Assistance Audits in the PA Auditor General’s Office for over seven years.  Glenn’s service with the Commonwealth included extensive administrative, audit and professional staffing operations. 

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Dr. Gwendolyn Poles
Board Vice President

Dr. Gwendolyn Poles is a retired physician, board certified in Internal Medicine, who served as Medical Director at Hamilton Health Center and Kline Health Center, Pinnacle Health System. She was Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine from which she received the Dean’s Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and the Golden Apple Award.
She led health care quality improvement initiatives and provided guidance in policy making decisions for PA’s Medical Assistance Program where she was the Medical Director of the Office of Medical Assistance Programs.

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Alisha Williams
Board Treasurer

Alisha Williams resides in Dallastown, PA with her husband Freddrick Williams and their three children Freddrick II, Aryka and Aden. She has designated a large part of her life advocating and taking care of her son Freddrick II living with Sickle Cell Disease. Alisha is a philanthropic and spiritual leader; she dedicates her life to helping and improving the lives of others. She is someone who cares for, guides, and tends to the needs of others. Alisha is a small business owner and served as an Executive Administrator for 10 years for one company.

Dr. Gayle Smink
Board Member 

Dr. Smink is a pediatric hematology and oncology physician at Penn State Health where she is the director of the pediatric sickle cell program.


Dr. Smink received her bachelors of science from Geneva College and then went to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She completed her pediatrics training at Wake Forest and hematology and oncology training at Washington University/St. Louis Children's Hospital. She has been a physician with Penn State since 2015 where she focuses on the care of individuals living with sickle cell disease.

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Dr. Herman Lawson, Jr.
Board Member

Dr. Herman Lawson is a board-certified physician in family medicine. He is semi retired physician. He is a Harrisburg native and a graduate of Lincoln University. He taught school in the Harrisburg school district for several years before entering medical school. He is a graduate of Penn State university medical school. His residency training was in family medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburg medical school‘s  residency program at the McKee sport Hospital in McKeesport Pennsylvania. He was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for several years. He currently is the Medical Director of the Harrisburg school district.

Judge Royce L. Morris, 
Board Member

With over a quarter-century of legal and civic service, Royce Morris ascended to the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas bench in 2018. Starting his career in 1991 at the Dauphin County Public Defender's office, he climbed the ranks to Chief Deputy before joining Goldberg Katzman law firm in 1999, becoming a partner in 2002. Specializing in criminal law, he has represented both individuals and corporations, often tackling complex and sensitive cases. An educator at heart, Morris has taught at Harrisburg Area Community College and currently lectures at Penn State. He's also Jurist in Residence at Widener University. Recognized as a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer," Morris holds the highest peer rating from Martindale Hubbell. A Temple University and University of Maryland alumnus, he has also trained at the National Criminal Defense College. Currently, he oversees family, juvenile, and orphans court, in addition to handling criminal trials.

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George Chandler
Board Member

George Chandler an Air Force Academy graduate that dedicated years to military service, emerged as a seasoned veteran with a Master's degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado. Over the course of his 20-year career in healthcare, he has skillfully managed multi-state  sales teams, working for industry powerhouses like Eli Lilly and CVS. Notably, George played a key role in the 2021 launch of CVS's specialized Sickle Cell Division, underscoring his commitment to healthcare advocacy. Expanding his reach in 2022, he cofounded a podcast and online community aimed at encouraging healthy aging through balanced nutrition and an active lifestyle. As a devoted husband and father, George's impactful career has not only spanned thousands of miles but has also positively influenced countless lives across the nation.

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